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Spring is here....for now

Well, we have had a run of interesting weather havent we? 

The Beast from the East definitely hit us with a bang, some people are still clearing up. 

Spring is literally just round the corner though and a perfect time to start planning a garden project ready for the beautiful summer we will have (!) 

Fresh Sawn Oak Sleepers are such a versatile product...Retaining Walls, Borders, raised beds, garden steps....the possibilities are endless. 

Standard Oak Sleeper sizes are 200 x 100mm - in 2.4 and 2.6m lengths but we can cut to order. 

Lead time on sleepers is only 7 / 10 working days too so you could get cracking in no time! 

Fresh Sawn Oak Sleeper Wall


Time to check your Timber!

February / March time is the perfect time to check your timber for Winter damage or wear and tear. 

We've just had the perfect weekend for it. Sunny and dry, if a little cold! Having found a great little suntrap in our back yard I spent the weekend merrily tidying, sweeping and checking things before we roll on into spring.

A build-up of wet leaves can easily start to break down exterior wood and cause damp and rot, get those leaves swept up and if possible, add them to your compost heap.

Wind damage to fences and gates can leave them weak and vulnerable, Even if all looks well at first glance, check fixings to make sure nothing has worked loose. 

This is a great time of year to start planning ahead for the spring and summer months which are sure to bring us with copious days of beautiful, sunny and warm weather (!) Ever the optimist eh?! 

If you need inspiration have a browse at our Flickr Gallery or our online shop. Links Below.....


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Winters Coming....

I know, seems like yesterday we were talking about our Summer Shutdown. 

Our good old British winter will inevitably bring Rain, Frost, Wind and storms - Storm Brian is heading our way this weekend apparently! 

To keep external timber looking great and to maximise durability it’s important to keep gutters clean to prevent leaves from building up and rotting down against fascia's, cladding etc...

Check your Joinery, Inspect your windows and if they need a recoat of treatment do that before the bad weather. 

By doing these (sometimes painstaking tasks - especially the leaves!) your timber will last and last! 

IF you do need replacements just get in touch, happy to help , advise! 



Windows Windows Windows....

Walking around the workshop yesterday I noticed just how busy we were manufacturing hardwood windows for Clients. 

If you’re in the market for new windows why not consider wooden windows? 


Not only is the process of manufacture more environmentally friendly but numerous tests have shown that a well cared for wooden window will last twice as long as a UPVC equivalent, meaning less replacements. 

Wooden windows are biodegradable, so when they (eventually) come to the end of their life, they are more widely recycled than UPVC.


They can be made to suit a whole host of tastes and styles, they can also of course be left naked or painted to pretty much any colour you if you want bright pink windows...go for it!  

Many UPVC manufactures are offering 'wooden look' windows...this is because people want the clasic style and beauty of wood....why settle for second best?


Yes, its true, some wooden windows will come up as more expensive in the short term against UPVC we have stated, they will outlast UPVC meaning no replecment needed, and they may also add value to a period home.

Follow this link to our windows gallery on Flickr: 

Flickr Gallery - Windows


Georgian Property - Painted Sash Window   Oak Windows Bespoke Size


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Feeling Autumnal

Not sure about you but all of a sudden the darker mornings have crept up on us !

This inevitably leads to thoughts of Darker Nights, Cooler Weather and the approaching winter. 


Your home should feel like a retreat from the Weather, a retreat from your busy day and a place to relax in. 

People often overlook the entrance hall, not treating it as a room in itself.


Practical Warm flooring is a must - Solid Oak Flooring provides that solution, great for muddy paws, wet boots and children! 

A Beautiful Bespoke Oak Door provides a Secure, Individual option that can be completely tailored to your property and tastes. 

The Staircase design itself can really help make a big impression, from a classic style to a contemporary look.


Have a browse through our Flickr albums, full of ideas and previous projects to help inspire you.