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Ways to make the most of Victorian wooden coving

Ways to make the most of Victorian wooden coving

It is important to fully understand the function of different mouldings in order to make the most of these items which can really enhance the interior and exterior of your house if used cleverly. Coving is used to top or finish a wall or plane off and is often…

04 Sep 2019

It is important to fully understand the function of different mouldings in order to make the most of these items which can really enhance the interior and exterior of your house if used cleverly. Coving is used to top or finish a wall or plane off and is often a method of hiding the structure of this area ie a less than perfect join between wall and ceiling or fixings at the very top of a piece of furniture.We are often asked by…

07 Aug 2019

We have launched a product specification service aimed at architects and designers. We work with a wide range of professionals, including architects, who will typically specify for the building contractors, a ‘shopping list’ of products to be included in the project including the manufacturer or retailer’s name and contact details along with product codes or names.Often, we will be contacted several times a day from 5 different…

How can wooden picture rails add a decorative element to any home?

How can wooden picture rails add a decorative element to any

Picture rail mouldings are not present in every period house and every room. Old houses with low ceilings would not have originally had picture rails as a picture rail requires a ceiling to be tall. The function of picture rail is to divide up and give a…

02 Aug 2019

Picture rail mouldings are not present in every period house and every room. Old houses with low ceilings would not have originally had picture rails as a picture rail requires a ceiling to be tall. The function of picture rail is to divide up and give a structure to plain walls; it also allows the hanging of paintings on these walls without the need for damage to be made to plastered wall surfaces in the form of nails or screws. In the…

Choosing the right style of Victorian architrave mouldings for my home

Choosing the right style of Victorian architrave mouldings

When selecting which wooden mouldings, such as Victorian architraves, to use in your home there are a series of questions to ask in order to make the correct choice for your renovation. If you have existing architrave in the house you will probably wish to…

01 Aug 2019

When selecting which wooden mouldings, such as Victorian architraves, to use in your home there are a series of questions to ask in order to make the correct choice for your renovation. If you have existing architrave in the house you will probably wish to match this as closely as possible but sometimes it can be difficult to find a good match because the information you have when trying to find the match is not easily available.From…

How to buy bricks to extend your Victorian house

How to buy bricks to extend your Victorian house

When carrying out an extension on a period house, there are many things to consider. However, a fundamental consideration if you wish your extension to seamlessly mesh   with your existing house is the size, colour and texture of the bricks you use. You need to…

25 Jan 2019

When carrying out an extension on a period house, there are many things to consider. However, a fundamental consideration if you wish your extension to seamlessly mesh with your existing house is the size, colour and texture of the bricks you use. You need to make sure they are as close to the original bricks as possible and that new bricks have gone through an ageing process to match the appearance of your older, more worn ones.How to…

How to choose fabric for your upholstery project

How to choose fabric for your upholstery project

Brocade, Brocatelle, Chenille, Chintz, Damask, Linen, Tapestry, Tartan, Tweed, Velvet, Weaves, Wools to name but a few. There are so many fabulous fabrics; sometimes it’s overwhelming choosing the right one.Although I will be talking about some practical…

01 Nov 2018

Brocade, Brocatelle, Chenille, Chintz, Damask, Linen, Tapestry, Tartan, Tweed, Velvet, Weaves, Wools to name but a few. There are so many fabulous fabrics; sometimes it’s overwhelming choosing the right one.Although I will be talking about some practical considerations when selecting fabric, my intuitive choice is usually the right one. Love the fabric you choose. Upholstery is a hard craft; all that effort needs the perfect top…

Were Victorian houses cold?

Were Victorian houses cold?

Are they cold = NoAre they colder than other houses = NoAre they more expensive to heat = Yes

18 Sep 2018

Are they cold = NoAre they colder than other houses = NoAre they more expensive to heat = YesWere Victorian houses cold?This is a common question asked by people assuming that newer houses are warmer than older houses. The simple answer is that average room temperatures have risen over the years however this is only partly due to the age of the architecture. So the simple answer is that some were and some weren’t cold. A house is…

Are cast iron radiators more expensive to run?

Are cast iron radiators more expensive to run?

Cast iron radiators can be very beautiful and are available in a wealth of different heights, widths, designs, paint effects and as such generally cost more than their modern steel equivalents. They are also very heavy and each section is hand cast so can have…

13 Sep 2018

Cast iron radiators can be very beautiful and are available in a wealth of different heights, widths, designs, paint effects and as such generally cost more than their modern steel equivalents. They are also very heavy and each section is hand cast so can have slightly different characteristics. We often get asked by uncertain customers whether, because of the volume of water they can hold and how heavy they are, are cast iron radiators…

How to install a roll top bath

How to install a roll top bath

The bath really is the stand out feature of most bathrooms and a roll top bath is the perfect choice for a period bathroom. There are a lot of different shapes to a roll top bath. For example there is the slipper bath with one high end, the oval bath with both…

06 Aug 2018

The bath really is the stand out feature of most bathrooms and a roll top bath is the perfect choice for a period bathroom. There are a lot of different shapes to a roll top bath. For example there is the slipper bath with one high end, the oval bath with both ends at equal heights, the bath that is flat at one end or on one side and therefore supposed to be positioned against one wall.Are roll top baths comfortable?This is a really…

How to restore a Victorian fireplace

How to restore a Victorian fireplace

Fireplaces can be beautiful centrepieces in all rooms of your Victorian house but they are enhanced incredibly as a period feature if they work and provide a source of heating too. We'll help you achieve that with this article which focuses on bringing your…

20 Jul 2018

Fireplaces can be beautiful centrepieces in all rooms of your Victorian house but they are enhanced incredibly as a period feature if they work and provide a source of heating too. We'll help you achieve that with this article which focuses on bringing your Victorian fireplaces back to life. It would be unusual to have a working fireplace in a bedroom nowadays as people typically want their bedrooms to be cooler than their reception…

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