Q What building contracts do you undertake
A Most of our core business is undertaking extensions, loft conversions, and remedial building works. Our team of builders can cater for any job size.
Q Do I need an architect before phoning your company for a quotation.
A No we are happy to meet with you and discuss any proposals. Once we establish an idea I can guide you on building regulations and the cost of an architect if necessary. We have been established in Harrogate for twenty years , Many architects use H&S for tendering and undertaking contracts.
Q Are you a member of any guild or society within the building federation.
A (No) simple reason I do not believe any federation can influence the relationship between client and contractor. We undertake many of our contracts using a JCT Minor works contract. I believe that most builds are undertaken on trust for one another. The government should start a licensing scheme to recommended companies which should be type rated as in many other businesses. If this became available H&S would wish to be apart of that.
Q Are all your staff trained to do a professional job.
A Yes We employ many different trades people at H&S We have brick layers joiners roofing contractors, plasterers plumbing & heating engineer (Corgi registered), Painters & Decorators and ground work operatives.
Q How big and small are your contracts
A A large contract would be £250,000 – £500,000 contract. However most of our domestic jobs tend of be £20.000 to £75,000, We also undertake a great number of remedial jobs. As we have a large client base we tend to undertake lots of repairs at old and new properties.
Q Do you do electrical work
A Yes we do. We subcontract all our electrical to Walter Hartley ltd. There are a similar size company to H&S employing 10/12 staff. Sometimes we only need 1 electrician other times it may be ten. All the work is certificated and it helps both businesses, as we are recommended to their client base
Q How long does it take to do a loft conversion in a 3 bedroom semi detached house
A No property is the same however we can go from start to completion in 8/10 weeks.
Q How much of your labour is subcontracted
A We only subcontract the electrical side of our business. Many of our clients have weird and wonderful ideas on electrical work walter hartleys are more qualified to design and complete a scheme.
Q Are you NHBC Registered
A No house building is not our main business. Ive undertaken many large builds including barn conversions and House builds every time an architect has been involved (this helps put prospective on the build)
Q Do you help with design of a build
A Yes we tend to do very strong designs on projects and I believe anything’s possible. With my experience comes a great understanding of the mechanics of a building, and I often help clients achieve a good deign which will enhance a space.
Q Would you come and change a washer on a leaking tap
A Yes as we undertake lots of remedial work.
Q Can you undertake a loft conversion in a truss loft
A Yes, 50% of our loft conversions have truss roofs. We work closely with several structural engineers who can design the loading of a structure.