Pros and cons of different kitchen layouts

Pros and cons of different kitchen layouts

Pros and cons of different kitchen layoutsThe kitchen is one of the most important rooms in your home. It’s where you spend much of your time, either cooking, spending quality time with your family, or entertaining. So it is important that it is well set out and comfortable to use. A kitchen that you find frustrating to be in will not be one that encourages healthier living if you don’t want to spend any time in it!

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Top five ways to add value to your home

Top five ways to add value to your home

Top five ways to add value to your home

If you’re a Radio Four listener you will know that they found that house moves have dropped by 50% in the last decade. So if we’re not moving then we will want to keep our homes modern and up to date, making changes to them to improve not only our day-to-day life but to add value to them for when we do come to sell them and move on.

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Top 5 Reasons to Choose Bi-Fold Doors


Making the most of your garden is what the summer months are all about and one way to make sure that you get the most from it, come rain or shine, is to increase the amount of glazing in your property. And for many properties the best, and most usable way to do this is by fitting bi-folding doors.

When the weather’s fine they open right up allowing your garden and home to be one, and when the weather isn’t so nice you can take advantage of the extra glazing to view your garden from the comfort of your sofa.

Top 5 Reasons to consider bi-folding doors:

  • They brighten and open up any space, making rooms feel larger and less constricted.
  • You can do away with the boundary between your indoor and outdoor space, giving plenty of room for entertaining or little ones playing.
  • Security can be assured with doors fitted with a three point espagnolette locking system and lever handles or deadlocks and flush handles. Flush bolts hold
  • the doors in place when closed with one or more doors in operation at any one time.
  • Bi-fold doors also come with peace of mind; glazed doors are supplied with  24mm Climaguard, argon gas filled double glazed units to comply with current Building Regulations and, when fitted by Parsons Joinery, will be issued with a FENSA certificate and insurance backed guarantee
  • And like all Parsons Joinery products, wood makes your home even more beautiful


Prepare your home now for next winter

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With spring now with us the depths of last winter are becoming a distant memory, but think back…were you warm enough at home last winter? Perhaps you felt the cold coming in through draughty windows or you felt you were losing heat through ill-fitting or even rotten frames, or perhaps you were warm and toasty but when your heating bills came you realised that cosiness came at a cost?

We’re often surprised when we receive our fuel bills for the winter months, but we pay up and they get forgotten about until the same thing happens next year…so now is a good time to start thinking now about getting your home thermally and financially efficient for next winter.

Draughty windows are a big area of heat loss, if your windows only have single glazing, then it’s likely that you’ll be losing up to 20% of your home’s heat through them. And rotten or metal frames are likely to be sending around 10% of the heat straight outside.

Figures suggest that thermally efficient windows and frames can reduce heating costs by up to £200 a year as well as making your home a pleasant and cosy place to be when its cold outside. And new windows can reduce external noise so if you’re on a busy street or flightpath you might be able to gain peace and quiet as well, we can incorporate acoustic glass into a double glazed unit for extra soundproofing.

And if you are thinking of new windows or doors for your home remember that the Building Regulations requires homes to be energy efficient, requiring you to take steps to reduce the amount of heat that is lost through the glazing in both windows and doors.

Timber is the perfect material to achieve this, by using wooden window and door frames that can be manufactured to incorporate modern thermally efficient glass you’ll be choosing a material that is both thermally efficient and environmentally friendly and with proper care and maintenance will outlast other materials.

Why not give us a call on 01273 814 870 and see how we can help you, we’ve experience of making all kinds of homes energy efficient and have particular experience with properties that are listed or in conservation areas.

Take a look at some of our case studies to see how we improved thermal efficiency in this period barn and replaced draughty, rotten windows in this family home.

What’s your view?

Whatever the view from your home: the South Downs of Sussex, the chalk cliffs of Lewes or the famous pebbled beach in Brighton; the right windows and doors for your property will help you make the most of what’s outside.

Individually designed and craftsmen fitted windows and doors or even roof lanterns can increase the impact of your home and its surroundings, making it look both brilliant from both the outside and the inside looking out.

Replacement windows and glazed doors, bi-folding doors and roof lanterns can frame your vista; a church steeple in Ringmer, a glimpse of the sea in Hove or the bright lights of Brighton pier can look like a piece of art that changes with the seasons and add a real wow factor to your home.


So for impact inside take a look outside and whatever your view, ensure you’re making the most of it.

View some of our case studies – replacement oak windows in Sussex, bi-folding doors in Lewes and a roof lantern commission for a beautiful South Downs home

Contact us to discuss your project needs, we are always happy to help & offer professional guidence.

Summer’s here?

Now that summer has hopefully reached Sussex we all want to spend as much time as we can outdoors. However, we know that the British weather can be unpredictable and even if it’s not warm enough to actually be outdoors, we still want to appreciate the longer days and make the most of the summer; whatever the weather throws at us.

This time of year curtains are thrown wide open, windows are given an extra special clean and our gardens are at their best, whether that means a Brighton roof terrace, a country garden in Lewes or a city garden in Uckfield, we want to be connected to the outside as much as possible.

If you have the space then Bi-fold doors are the perfect solution, open or closed they will let the outdoors in; making your house and garden seem as one. And it’s not just during the summer that they come into their own, by increasing the span of glass on the outside of the building you can enjoy the changing seasons from the comfort of your own home (and knowing the British weather it sometimes seems like we have more than one season in a day).

So contact us and see what our highly skilled craftsmen can offer your home and let the light in, whatever the weather.

Call Joanne or Trevor on 01273 814870 or use our enquiry form here

Outdoor Kitchens

With the summer weather as unpredictable as ever, linking your kitchen to your garden with glass walls and multi-folding doors helps to make good use of your outdoor space all year round. Timber multi-folding doors can he swept back to allow an alfresco atmosphere allowing the garden to become part of the kitchen living space, blurring the boundaries between your exterior and interior living space.
With the addition of roof lanterns or skylights above, your kitchen will be flooded with natural lighting allowing savings on your utility bills. Timber lanterns can fitted with manual or electrically operated skylights for additional ventilation. Double glazed units can be supplied with solar control and easy clean finishes such as Pilkington Activ Neutral and always ensure that they meet with the u value requirements of current Building Regulations.
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Why not design your living space to suit your lifestyle?

Investing in made-to-measure furniture will allow you to have your living space tailor-made to your exact specification.  Well designed storage can make a big impact on your interior design and a piece of bespoke furniture instantly individualises a room scheme.  So, why not design your living space to suit your lifestyle?

From maximising space under a staircase, designing a specific piece of fitted furniture or fitting out a dedicated room such as a study, bedroom, bathroom or kitchen, an experienced furniture designer and manufacturer can create something that is designed to your individual specification to fit a particular space and fulfil a specific purpose.  Made-to-measure is useful in awkwardly shaped rooms which are particularly prevalent in period homes where space may be at a premium.  This can be the first step towards designing the home of your dreams where every aspect fulfils your own personal desires………………..

The Collins dictionary definition of ‘bespoke’ is ‘made to customers’ specification’.  This term has been most widely used to describe tailor-made garments but, more recently, has been used for other custom-made products such as furniture and cars.  There are many companies who claim to offer a bespoke service but beware of those who provide a range of standardised furniture that they attempt to fit within your specification.  This is, obviously, not truly a bespoke design and does not offer the customer all the available options.

Something to be prepared for is that bespoke furniture tends to be more expensive than mass produced which is designed to fit within a broad range of requirements/priorities and benefits from the economies of scale.  If your budget will not stretch to a whole room of bespoke furniture, an individually designed piece can elevate an off-the-peg solution.  In a kitchen, for example, a bespoke pantry unit or dresser can provide storage for specialist items whilst providing display space for cherished decorative pieces and books.  Often the alcoves either side of a chimney breast can, likewise, provide valuable storage for audio visual equipment with cables neatly concealed within the units, whilst providing display storage for books and ornaments.

A bespoke service requires time for the designer to listen to your brief in detail, getting a rough idea of the budget allocation and then advising on how best to achieve your aspirations within that budget.  It is highly recommended that, prior to the initial visit, you make some rough sketches of your ideas and make a collection of pictures from magazine and newspaper articles of the styles that you like and also those that you do not. Decide whether contemporary, sleek lines or more traditional furniture fit within the design of your room.
Careful measurements may need to be taken of items that you wish to store to ensure that these can be accommodated within the unit and decisions need to be made about the percentage of storage space to display space that you require.  Consideration will need to be given to the type of finish, painted or natural wood, and, if the finish needs to match something in the room.

At the initial consultation, the designer should spend time listening to your specific requirements, sharing ideas and advising on finishes, style, storage options, accessories, functionality and content.  It is important to take a detailed brief in order to maximise comfort and optimise storage.  Advice should be given on the ideal materials to fit into the existing decorating scheme and fit the budget, layout, content and many other aspects of design that you may not have initially considered.

Once you have received the quotation, it is generally a good idea to visit the showroom or workshop where the unit will be made in order to assess the quality of the workmanship and to collect samples to match with your room.  When you are ready to place an order, the designer should return to take accurate measurements, if these have not been taken at the initial visit, and to discuss the finer detail and make any necessary changes and alterations to ensure your complete satisfaction with the final design.