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Basement Cellar conversionsTanking a very wet cellar room
Tanking a very wet cellar room
Structural AlterationsWall(small) knocked out between kitchen and living room. the wall is a supporting wall.
Wall(small) knocked out between kitchen and living area to make it open plan. the wall is apparently a supporting wall. joanne
Property Refurbishment1- create a new opening and fit a window. 2 - create a new opening in the roof and install a new velux window. 3 - remove fitted wood cabinet below a boiler
Create two new openings and fit one window and one velux. in addition remove existing fitted wooden cabinet below a boiler.
Knock ThroughsKnock an interal wall down
Check if a wall is load bearing
Garage ConversionsConvert garage into office
Budgeting costs to convert integral garage into office
Property RefurbishmentTo block off and brick up back door and put patio doors further along the externaal wall.
I would like to block off my back door, so bricked and peppled dashed to match rest of house, then I would like to put patio doors further along my back exteranl door.
Outbuildings garden buildingsDetached garage to be removed from site. approx 5.5m x 2.5m.
Detached garage to be removed from site. approx 5.5m x 2.5m.
Property RefurbishmentInsert lintel - bathroom windowm - first floor)
The window is around 180 by 120 cms (upstairs bathroom window)
Basement Cellar conversionsInformationcosts for tanking a relatively small cellar that is used as a utility and storage space. the cellar flooded last year and has been rerendered.
Cellar to be tanked in north shields.recently flooded and has been re-rendered.quotes welcome!
ExtensionsSingle storey extension to rear of semi detached property to extend 2 bedrooms, built with blockwork and render finish to new extension and existing kitchen extension below.. approx 5m x 3m with flat roof up to plaster finish and skirting boards etc. new electrical sockets to be installed in both bedrooms with chimeny stack to be romoved from rear bedroom down to ground floor level making good roof and plaster finsih internally. existing house roof to be replaced with new felt and tiles.
Single storey extension to rear of semi detached property to extend 2 bedrooms, built with blockwork and render finish to new extension and existing kitchen extension below.. approx 5m x 3m with flat roof up to plaster finish and skirting boards etc. new
ExtensionsConvert a garage into a liveable space up to recognised authority standards. job may also involve installing a new gas boiler
Garage conversion up to a liveable standard and local authority standards. installing a gas boiler may be necessary.
Outbuildings garden buildingsHello. i need to re-felt my garden shed roof which has been done for a long time. i wonder if this is something you are able to do. i live near hendon central tube station. thank you for your kind help.
Gerden shed roof re-felting
RenovationsRendering repairs to stone walled house. ridge tiles and eaves re-bedding. damp and condensation problems sorting. redundant chimney removal and roofing over. other chimney top repair/new pots etc. ventilation of house checked and improved to cure condensation.
Rendering repairs to stone walled house. ridge tiles and eaves re-bedding. damp and condensation problems sorting. redundant chimney removal and roofing over. other chimney top repair/new pots etc. ventilation of house checked and improved to cure
Property RefurbishmentRefurbishment of 1 bed retirement flat required: 1. kitchen; fit, tile & decorate + laminate floor 2.3m x 1.7m 2. bathroom; fit (walk in shower), tile & decorate + lino floor (or wet room) 2.1m x 1.7m 3. lounge; decorate (wallpaper/paint) throughout 4.6m x 3.2m (1 window) 4. bedroom; decorate (wallpaper/paint) throughout 3.5m x 2.8m (1 window) 5. hall; decorate (wallpaper/paint) throughout + wood flooring all major units to be sourced by me (kitchen, bathroom, tiles, flooring, wallpaper etc) - you will provide consumables (plumbing, wall/ceiling paint etc) toal floor area = 37 sq m
Refurbishment of 1 bed retirement flat required: 1. kitchen; fit, tile & decorate + laminate floor 2.3m x 1.7m 2. bathroom; fit (walk in shower), tile & decorate + lino floor (or wet room) 2.1m x 1.7m 3. lounge; decorate (wallpaper/paint) throughout
Property Refurbishmentreplace rotton gallows bracket on porch
replace rotton gallows bracket on porch
ExtensionsSingle storey rear extension to create additional living room/dining room, new central heating including boiler, downstairs toilet to be installed where boiler is currently, new kitchen, new upstairs bathroom, general redecoration throughout.
Single storey rear extension to create additional living room/dining room. Central heating including boiler, downstairs toilet to be installed where boiler is currently, new kitchen, new upstairs bathroom, general redecoration throughout.
Garage ConversionsIntegral garage conversion. already plastered with skirting boards. door to be replaced with small wall and tall windows. possible new floor as current floor is lower than house. new radiator needed. electrics already.
Integral garage conversion.
House RefurbishmentFit woodburner thanks
Fit woodburner thanks
Property RefurbishmentI am looking for someone to fit two wall mounted electric fires (may need new sockets to connect to) and make good as necessary. Also some general painting and putting up pictures/mirror. General builder/handyman who can also do electrics?
Fit two wall mounted electric heaters (new sockets may be required), some painting, put up pictures
RSJ and LintelsRemoval of wall between dining room and kitchen and insertion of steel beams. calculations from structual engineer are ready
Wall removal and steel inserts. calculations complete
ExtensionsExtension of dining and bedrooms, plus build a new conservatory-ground level facing garden. (will require new roof/wall)
Extension to dining room, ground floor bedroom, plus build new conservatory. all facing garden.
RSJ and LintelsThe aim is to create an opening at the rear of the house for the installation of bifold doors. the opening will be just under 6m wide requiring a steel support and there is also an internal wall that will require support (this joins the external support at 90 degrees, roughly in the middle). i have the structural plans/calculations for this. a pre-requisite to this will be to remove existing electrics and heating plumbing on the wall and this could be include if possible (otherwise i'll arrange this separately). the work could start pretty much any time once the electrics/plumbing are sorted.
The aim is to create an opening at the rear of the house for the installation of bifold doors. the opening will be just under 6m wide requiring a steel support and there is also an internal wall that will require support (this joins the external support
Property RefurbishmentInternal wall removal, plastering potentially 6 rooms, new windows and doors, fencing all required for house refurb.
Internal wall removal, plastering potentially 6 rooms, new windows and doors, fencing all required for house refurb.
ExtensionsRemove existing porch build wrap round extension single storey to include bigger porch to the front and down stairs bedroom with en suite also possibly build brick built summerhouse in garden
Remove existing porch build wrap round extension single storey to include bigger porch to the front and down stairs bedroom with en suite also possibly build brick built summerhouse in garden
ExtensionsBuild over existing single storey utility room. to make first floor bedroom bigger.
Build over existing single storey utility to make 1st floor bedroom bigger
Property Refurbishment1970's Build. Knock down existing extended garage/front door porch roof. Create new front door porch (remove old front door remove side window replace with new front door and new side window) Remove old balcony and replace. Render over existing bricks to bottom half of house. Replace existing hung tiles on top half with timber cladding.
Knock down porch, remove front door/window replace. Render bottom remove tile hanging replace with timber.
RSJ and LintelsFit a 2.5m rsj. just require a couple acros and there is not redecoration required.
Fit a 2.5m rsj. just require a couple acros and there is not redecoration required.
House RefurbishmentLooking for someone to take down and make good studwork walls, erect small studwork walls, plum in small bathroom, one price, no daily rate please,
Small building work will include some plumbing and electric work, studwork erection and removal
ExtensionsTwo storey side extension - ground floor garage and family room, upstairs bedroom and en-suite.
Two storey side extension. garage & family room ground floor, bedroom and en-suite on 1st floor.
Property Refurbishmentreomove former exterior wall between existing kitchen and extension utility room. make new window opening in extension exterior wall. build stud wall to form a small utility area within the newly created space. make good all walls and window sill in the newly created space
structural alterations between existing building and extension
Structural AlterationsI need lintel supplied and fitted above the living room window
I need lintel supplied and fitted above the living room window
Property RefurbishmentFull renovation of victorian 4 bed property, demolition of old extension, building new, complete rewire, installation of central heating, bathroom and kitchen plumbing, new roof, installation of new kitchen and bathroom, taking down internal wall x2 load bearing ++ and probably +++ We need someone with great project management skills, a trusted team of great tradespeople and excellent finish with plenty of excellent references.
Full renovation of victorian 4 bed property, demolition of old extension, building new, complete rewire, installation of central heating, bathroom and kitchen plumbing, new roof, installation of new kitchen and bathroom, taking down internal wall x2 load
Property RefurbishmentWe are looking to install a doorway into a load bearing wall at 1st floor level.
We are looking to install a doorway into a load bearing wall on 1st floor level
front of house repointing about 50m2
Property RefurbishmentTake down partially fallen down wall, rebuild higher and create patio area
Rebuild brickwall higher and create a patio area
Property RefurbishmentRainwater ingress at rear of detatched house. identify cause and repair.
Rainwater ingress at rear of detatched house in horwich. identify cause and repair. possibly pourous brickwork.
Property RefurbishmentWe are a gym, that need to move an existing reception area and entrance- work involves removal of existing reception and 3 waist high partition walls, roughly 10 metres in length- floor to be made good where walls are removed. remove 1 internal full height partition wall including door - make good suspended ceiling where removed.all walls are of timber/aluminium frames with dry wall attached- probably requires a site visit to quote accurately- associated comms /electrical work will be completed by other contractors.
Removal of reception and waist height walls in gym- relocate entrance-make good floors & ceilings
House RefurbishmentCreat archway in lath/plaster wall, install wc & enclosure, room clearance, painting, shelving, partition building, fixed seating removal
Creat archway in lath/plaster wall, install wc & enclosure, room clearance, painting, shelving, partition building, fixed seating removal
ExtensionsNeed a builder to finish a garage and a short wall including the roof
Finish garage roof and side wall
Property RefurbishmentWoodbeetle infestation (all floors, timber and roof) as well as repairing cracks in wall.
Woodbeetle infestation (all floors, timber and roof) as well as repairing cracks in wall.
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If the builder you choose does state that they are a member of a trade body, make sure they're genuine. Check out any details they provide for total peace of mind. Don't be afraid to ask for references, either. A good builder will be happy to provide you with these details and you can contact previous customers directly to get their impression on the price and quality of work they had done. Always for testimonials, ratings and reviews from past customers. Most good building trade professionals will have good reviews.
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Ask whether there is public liability insurance in place if your home gets damaged whilst building work is underway. What trades bodies and associations are they members of (e.g. Federation of Master Builders, Chartered Institute of Building, Construction Licensing Executive (Scotland Only), Federation of Master Builders (Scotland), Federation of Master Builders (Northern Ireland), National House Building Council, National House Building Council (Scotland), National Federation of Builder, National House Building Council (Northern Ireland)? What guarantees do they provide? With regards to qualifications, this will vary from trade to trade and depends on building and construction projects undertaken. As building companies often deal with multi-trade jobs, it's likely you need to ensure a good NICEIC electrician and 'gas safe' registered plumber is available. Don't just take a builders assurances they're registered. Check building trades associations and body websites.
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