What is the difference between joinery and carpentry?

Many people wonder what is the difference between joinery and carpentry. More to the point, when you need something made of wood, do you call a joiner or a carpenter? The thing is, there are lots of similarities between joiners and carpenters. Confusingly, in the UK the use of either term is dependent on location. For example, in the South of England people tend to use the term carpenter whereas in the North of England people prefer to use the term joiner.
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Sash window in childs room

Are sash windows safe for children?

Are your sash windows safe for children? It’s something many parents are rightly concerned about. The statistics show that ten children die each year due to a fall in a home, with most of these cases involving stairs or windows.  Children are naturally curious and like to explore, which can make sash windows an accident waiting to happen if proper precautions are not taken. Fortunately, if you do have sash windows, there are lots of measures you can implement to ensure your children are safe from harm.
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Wooden furniture and window frames

The best uses of timber inside your home

Wooden furniture and window frames Last month we explored the increasing use of timber in our homes, and in particular what it is used for externally. With such a versatile material – and one that is sustainable when sourced properly – it is a great material with a wide variety of uses and applications. This month we focus on the inside of your home and consider the most common and best uses of it internally.
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Timber Wood

Why use timber and what are the best external uses?

Timber WoodTimber is a hugely versatile material and is increasingly used inside and outside homes. In fact, timber-framed buildings are increasingly popular around the country. For the purposes of this article, though, we are assuming that you are not building a new house from scratch but, rather, that you are looking to include timber in your home in some other way. We look at the ways in which you can do that on the outside of your home this month.
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Building plans

Planning application vs permitted development

The recent changes to permitted development rules for home extensions – covered here in last month’s article – have got many people thinking about what they can and can’t do when it comes to improving their homes. While the majority can probably do what they need to within their permitted development rights there are those who may need planning permission instead. This month we look more closely at the differences between the two to help you determine which best applies to you and to help you to better plan and budget for any work.
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Changes to permitted development rules

Making changes to your home or extending it would be possible either through permitted development rights or by getting planning permission from your local council’s planning department. The extent and type of changes you could make would depend on a number of factors, such as whether your property is listed, is in a conservation area, has already had an extension in the past, or the size of extension you were seeking to make. The government has announced some changes recently and we explore what they are and how you may benefit from them in this month’s article.
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What are the limitations when making changes to a listed property?

listed-building-in-london If you live in a listed property or are considering buying one then it’s worth knowing exactly what you can and can’t do when it comes to maintenance, renovations, and extensions that you are considering making to your home. It doesn’t have to be overly complicated, but you will need to keep certain things in mind and take certain actions before progressing so that you are not committing a criminal offence. We explore those issues in more depth this month to help you be sure that what you are planning is going to be acceptable to your local authority’s conservation officer.
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A practical kitchen: get the organisation of it right

Having a well organised kitchen is half the battle when it comes to enjoying the time you spend in it cooking, cleaning and tidying up. For many of us these are chores that we don’t always enjoy but endure, but it doesn’t have to be that way. It’s easy to get it right if you set yourself up well from the start and this is exactly what this month’s article is here to help you do.
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