|Posted on Thursday, 20 April, 2006 - 09:08 am: |
In an effort to support our local businesses, could someone recommend a decent, trustworthy, value for money builder. I need part of a floor replacing and a kitchen installing. I have spent several months cultivating contacts at a good local pub, but the 4 local builders in there are all too busy at the mo! My dedication deserves better!
|Posted on Thursday, 20 April, 2006 - 12:00 pm: |
The bathroom shop on Lordship Lane has a list of local builders. They are all very busy, I know I am trying to get them to do some work for me. There is also a kitchen fitters in Forest hill. Google "kitchen fitters" in Forest Hill as I am not allowed to put name here but it is similiar to a woodworking jointing method like a Dovetail Joint!!!!!!
|Posted on Thursday, 20 April, 2006 - 02:28 pm: |
PvP - post an e-mail address and I will let you know the names of a couple of people who might be able to do the work.
|Posted on Thursday, 20 April, 2006 - 03:05 pm: |
I can recommend someone really good- he lives in East Dulwich- if you post an address or number I can give you his details.
|Posted on Thursday, 20 April, 2006 - 04:14 pm: |
Oh yeah, forum rules ok! In an effort to preserve the enigma that is pvp please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Many thanks in anticipation of all your suggestions!
|Posted on Friday, 28 April, 2006 - 11:58 am: |
hi, I need to put up a large mirror and due to a shoulder injury I need some expert help.
you can post any names at
|Posted on Friday, 28 April, 2006 - 04:09 pm: |
Hate to say it but I think you might struggle to find someone who'll come and do such a small job - what you need are strong friends with a drill! Offer to cook/buy them dinner in return!
|Posted on Thursday, 04 May, 2006 - 12:03 am: |
Aono73, there's a site that if you Google for 0800 and handyman you'll probably come across. They charge around £30 for 3 minute jobs and I've read a few articles about them recently in some broadsheets (not advertorials) although haven't yet had to use them.
I may get in touch with some of the other posters on the thread though since I'd like to replace the window in my living room with french doors but suspect I need someone knowledge of local planning laws. Since I live on the 'wrong' side of Wood Vale, it's the Southwark ones I need rather than the Lewisham side.
|Posted on Thursday, 04 May, 2006 - 09:32 am: |
Applespider - it'll be Building Regs rather than Planning you need and windows are now generally covered under what's called FENSA. Without knowing details I think what you'll need is to get someone who is FENSA registered. This means that he/she will be able to give a certificate that states that the door complies with Building Regs.
Suggest you call Southwark Council and ask to speak to someone in Building Regs to have a chat about what you want to do.
Whoever you get to do the work, don't rely on their word that they are FENSA registered - get something official from them!
|Posted on Thursday, 04 May, 2006 - 09:39 am: |
Or even better check the Glass and Glazing Federation website to check for yourself.
|Posted on Saturday, 06 May, 2006 - 08:36 pm: |
Will give the council a call and ask - I was assuming that since there's only a sash window there at the moment, if I wanted to add French doors and even a Juliet balcony (what I really want is to use my downstairs neighbour's bay as the base of a small balcony), I'd need planning permission although hopefully as all the gardens are already overlooked by the window and the floor above, it shouldn't be too hard to get?
|Posted on Monday, 08 May, 2006 - 11:12 am: |
Sorry if this sounds a bit negative, but you may not find that it's not that straightforward. Planning will probably resist the creation of a balcony. Then there's the issue of Building Reg's for the supporting structural work over the bay window. You may also find a problem getting consent from the freeholder for the alteration. I'd suggest that you speak to someone in Planning first. I hope you manage to swing it though!
|Posted on Monday, 08 May, 2006 - 11:25 am: |
Alternatively, you could just do it as Lewisham Planning don't seem too hot on enforcement, not even responding to requests to look into blatant breaches. Wouldn't really recommend this though as XXX's law would be that yours would be the one they would take an interest in.
You will probably find the top of the bay is fine to support the load but again get it checked!
|Posted on Monday, 08 May, 2006 - 02:48 pm: |
The Tewkesbury Lodge Residents' Association has a directory of local, and not so local, businesses recommended by their members.
They have been improving and updating the list for many years now and is a great place for everybody who wants recommendations of all types of business.
|Posted on Monday, 08 May, 2006 - 09:14 pm: |
Anotherjohn - I realise it's likely fraught with issues hence why I need some more investigation into feasibility before calling on builders etc
The freehold bit is fine since I and my immediate neighbours hold it and are OK with the idea of building on the bay
It's the planning bit that I need the advice on presumably to do with privacy and the neighbours on either side. There is another floor above me which can obviously see into the gardens and there's an uglly first floor terrace next door (I'd be second floor) which obviously looks into our garden already.
I need replacement windows either way - and it just seemed like a good idea to explore the options. I'll keep you informed!
|Posted on Thursday, 11 May, 2006 - 07:47 am: |
Applespider - Give Lewisham Planning dept a call. Try to speak to the Planning Officer who deals with your area and find out how they feel about this type of thing. If they sound negative, don't be immediately put off, ask what Policies relate to this type of development in order that you can assess for yourself if it should be allowed (I was told point-blank by a senior Planning Officer in Bromley that I had no hope of satisfying Planning criteria for a new house-build but, after studying the relevant Planning policies, I pushed for it and won!).