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NWBPS is a local business specialising in the plastering and building trade with over 13 years experience in the trades we offer a high end job from a patch in the wall to an extension.We are highly skilled in our field we pride ourselves on giving 100% to our customer

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Reviewed by Nazar on 18/3/2021

Really happy with all the work done so far, and sincerely recommend them to take on what ever home building project you have.

Residential & commercial cleaning solutions

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Reviewed by Alison on 30/11/2019

Carolyne is lovely, quietly spoken but very hard working. I would have no hesitation recommending her.

Bespoke joinery to a high standard by a time served joiner with over 40 years experience.

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Reviewed by Nikki on 21/2/2021

Andrew did a great job of our Alcove shelving around our fireplace. They’ve been in for 5 years now and still look great.

A family run buisness with 10 year workmanship, helping others

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Reviewed by scott on 30/3/2021

Allan and the guys were great, carried out job very promptly and very happy to use again. Cheers

Providing roofing services across the South West. CITB and CSCS approved with 10 years experience in the industry. No Job is too big or small. All work will be considered.

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Reviewed by Colin on 10/4/2021

Matt worked hard and produced an excellent result Would recommend

Offering free quotes 25 yrs experience covering wardrobes alcove units radiator cases boxing in stud walls plasterboarding doors hung Skirting arctraves laminate flooring etc

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Reviewed by Joshua on 11/4/2021

Glen did a very good job on fitting furniture into a very wonky house. The fitting smooth and he provided good advice on how to get a good paint finish. It was also very good that all the hinges and fixtures were of the type that unclip easily, meaning it was easy to paint.

General builders. Garage conversions Loft conversions Roofing Joinery Carpentry

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Reviewed by andrew on 10/7/2020

Well...what a job !! I cant fault Jim and his team for anything. Our toilet and shower building for our yurts at Looe Yurts is fantastic. The job was not without challenges - Covid-19, social distancing, lockdown and lack of supplies. However none of this phased Jim and his team. Its always tough trusting builders...cant think why, but these guys were ace. Polite, diligent and tidy and most importantly ON TIME & ON BUDGET. Even did a couple of extra bits too. No hesitation to recommend.

We are a professional team of Carpenters & Joiners. We have been established for many years servicing all sorts of clients. Kitchens, Stair Bannisters, Wooden Flooring, Cupboards, Furniture you name it we make it.

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Reviewed by bob on 6/5/2020

We had two wardrobes fitted The whole experience from start to finish was first class, He is very professional and his attention to detail was excellent. We changed a few details along the way and Craig was quite happy to accommodate this. The workmanship on the finished product we could not fault All in all Craig and his team come highly recommended

Local family run double glazing company with years of industry knowledge. We offer honest advice and high quality home improvements at competitive prices. Products include uPVC & aluminium windows, doors, conservatories, patios, bi-folds & much more!

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Reviewed by Bandu on 22/7/2020

I am very pleased about the job done, The window fitter Paul Francis was excellent and worked very hard to complete the job in 3 days to fit 10 windows. The workmanship was up to very high standard and would recommend this firm to anyone who is thinking of replacing windows .

Hello my name is Gill, I have a team of lady decorators working with me. We are all extremely hard working and enjoy what we do immensely, thus ensuring that your decorating will be carried out to a high standard and your home left clean and tidy. Are you planning a complete renovation of a property but don't know where to start, which trade to have in first? Let me project manage for you. Together we can go through everything that needs to be done and I will then organise all relevant trades to quote and do the jobs, in the correct order, before we come in to decorate, thus saving you time and stress of organising the renovation. I cover East London and North London but not South or West London.

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Reviewed by richard on 18/12/2020

Very pleased with the work Gill and her team did . They were flexible with my start date and finished on schedule, would definitely use them again .

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Traditional Craftsmen - what you need to know

Traditional craftsmen, or artisans as they’re often called, have a variety of skills, many of which are now performed by machines. Creative at their heart, the work they do is broad, ranging from handcrafting ornaments for the house, to designing and building bespoke furniture. If you want something that’s truly unique, they can help bring that vision to life.

What a traditional craftsman can help with

  • Designing and building bespoke furniture.
  • Handcrafting household ornaments.
  • Decorative cornicing/plasterwork.
  • Decorative glazing.
  • Decorative ironmongery and metalwork, e.g. creating ornamental gates.
  • Working on fireplace features.
  • Creating murals.
  • Restoring period properties, e.g. by cleaning stone.
  • Creating and restoring stonework/ stone cladding.
  • Repairing and fitting thatched roofs.
  • Installing wooden doors inside a home.
  • Building a wooden shutter for a window.

Different craftsmen will have skills in different areas so a tradesperson who specialises in creating murals may not also have the skills to carry out stone cladding work.

It’s therefore important that when advertising the job, you’re as clear as possible with the details of the work you’d like done. Also, to reiterate this when you speak to the tradesperson, in order to get the right craftsmen quoting for the work.

Many craftsmen deal with a lot of period property work. Often that can be to clean stone on an old building and carry out essential repairs but it can also be to reproduce period features in a modern home. Sometimes, older houses are stripped of their authentic period features and it’s not uncommon for new owners to want to recreate some of their original charm. They can do this by working on decorative gates and fireplace features to make sure they’re appropriate in style.

A traditional craftsman is particularly skilled at working with metals and wood, so they can take on a lot of carpentry jobs, such as building you custom cabinets to give you more storage and introducing wooden doors into your home. Some craftsmen will also work with thatched roofs. Although the roofs tend to last 50 years, they can get damaged over time by wildlife or high winds. If this happens, they’ll need expert care by a tradesperson (either as a specialist craftsman or roofer), who has the skills to restore them.

The qualifications your traditional craftsman needs

There are no specific qualifications needed. Most traditional craftsmen learn on the job by becoming apprentices.

Planning permission for craftsman jobs

Whether or not you need planning permission depends on the work you’re having done. You may need planning permission for work on a listed building, e.g. a thatched roof. If you’re erecting or adding to an ornamental fence, wall or gate, you’ll need planning permission if:

  • It would be over 1 metre high and next to a highway used by vehicles (or the footpath of the highway); or over 2 metres high somewhere else.
  • There’s an article 4 direction or planning condition that takes away your right to put up or alter a fence, wall or gate.
  • Your house is a listed building or in the land immediately surrounding a listed building.
  • The fence, wall or gate, or any other relevant boundary, forms a boundary with a neighbouring listed building or the land surrounding it. 

Building regulations for craftsman jobs

You don’t need building regulations approval for fences, walls and gates. If you’re working on a garden wall which is classed as a 'party fence wall' and it’s not a wooden fence, you may need to notify your neighbour of the work under the Party Wall etc. Act 1996.

You may also need building regulations approval for work on listed buildings, including thatched roofs. For building regulations relating to other jobs that a craftsman may carry out, visit the Planning Portal https://www.planningportal.co.uk/.  

Insurance for craftsman work

There’s no legal requirement for craftsmen to have insurance but it’s a good idea for them to buy public liability insurance to cover themselves against any property damage and personal injury claims.

Questions you should ask a traditional craftsman

  • Do they have public liability insurance and what does this cover?
  • How long have they been trading?
  • Will it be themselves that carries out the work? If not, what experience does the person have and are they covered by insurance?
  • Can they show you examples of their work and have they worked on projects similar to yours?
  • Will they give a guarantee for the work and how long does that last?

See the latest questions that homeowners have been asking traditional craftsmen.   

Craftsmanship ideas

Learn more about the different trades that fall under traditional craftsmanship  and get some tips on creating a period perfect home.  You can also find some ideas for custom builds, such as a built-in wardrobe or a breakfast bench to maximise space in a kitchen diner.

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