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With over 35 years experience we are a small business supplying and fitting cornice and standard coving.We can also match/make/repair any damaged/missing plasterwork that you may have. Please see our many excellent ratings and call us for a free quote.

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Reviewed by George on 23/4/2019

Paul and his assistant was on time and completed the coving as far as he could as we are having a couple of bookcases made for each side of the fire place. His workmanship is very good and he cleans up the site before he leaves. Will recommend his work to anyone.

A good hard working reliable sorce for custom or bespoke fencing projects and all aspects of metal workings and installations. Also I build besopke frames using mild steel from railings to staging metal grills and also heavy duty oil drum to bbq converts, and the list goes on. I try hardest at all times to maintain a good work eticate, and will always go above and beyond to meet customer needs. To Add i am also available for flat pack assemebely as this goes hand in hand with fabrication.

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Reviewed by Franziska on 27/3/2019

I'm happy to amend my earlier rating as Josh fixed the job.

AG Handyman Services provide high quality home maintenance covering a variety of trades.

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Reviewed by Michiela on 11/3/2019

Geoff did a great job for us. He turned up when he said he would. The work was completed in a timely fashion, he was very efficient and to a high standard. The price was good and the quote included all materials and labour. We had him back to do more jobs that were not on the original list. He fitted a new toilet which turned out not to be as easy as first thought due to some previous tiling we had had done, Geoff found a work round for this. I will be keeping his number for any future work.

Hi everyone, my name is Festim and I’m happy to help with my experience in different jobs your house need. I work for 15 years in Italy in general building and I’m from 2015 in London. I can do to many different jobs,brick work,everything about flooring,tiles,exterior interior,bathrooms, kitchen,mosaics,paving .... Carpenter first fixed and second fixed,partitions,doors,skirting,wood flooring. Joinery,cupboards,wardrobes,book shelves,kitchen fittings, and lots of other jobs. For me the important thing is I nice finish, I like to be friendly with the client and help them with my idea and experience to have a quality job and with right price. Don’t hesitate for any job,free estimate. Many thanks

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Reviewed by Jan on 7/4/2019

Excellent job. Thank you again Festim.

With over 30 years experience in the joinery trade you can be confident that I have come across the same task previously that you need completed presently doors ,floors,ceilings,locks,flat packs,kitchens..no job to small

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Reviewed by Niaz on 1/4/2019

Great guy, and came out quickly and did a fantastic job. Would recommend and definitely use again.

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Reviewed by Naomie on 23/4/2019

Alex did a great job he worked around me and my young kids as well as made use of the space. He was polite and offered to clean up afterwards. In addition he gave suggestions on other jobs I needed done.

Belco Home Improvements is a family run business that prides itself on high quality workmanship undertaken by time served tradesmen. We specialise in house Refurbishments. Joinery, PVCu windows, doors.

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Reviewed by Victoria on 31/1/2019

Excellent service. Communication was outstanding and Andy really took the time to explain all aspects of the work bring carried out and followed up with a call at the end of the job to check our satisfaction.

I'm an experienced, Time Served Carpenter with gained experience throughout the years, of other trades, which means in most cases I am able to be the 'One Stop Shop' for your project. Friendly and reliable - See my reviews!. Quality work is Guaranteed!! I pride myself in producing top quality results, on time and on budget. Give me a call and allow me to give you a free, no-obligation quotation.

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Reviewed by Giovanna on 4/2/2019

Peter is a very skilled carpenter, his work is very professional. He is very precise and likes a well finished work. He is tidy and cleans up when done. He listens to the customers requests and finds a way to make them happy. I am very satisfied with the wardrobe he built in my room and I will be calling him again to rebuild my shed.

We are a specilst repair company for all double glazing

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Reviewed by Sonia on 8/4/2019

The window in the bathroom was matched correctly, the job was completely properly and he was very prompt.

Do it with passion or not at all...

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Reviewed by Clara on 14/7/2018

Internal double doors were re-glazed with vintage coloured glass at their workshop. Collection and drop off were punctual. Communication throughout the project was excellent - when unforeseen complexities arose, these were promptly communicated by text, phone and photographs and resolved at no further cost. The end result looks great, I'm very happy and would use again for this type of project,

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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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