Signature pieces of bespoke furniture – why do it?

Signature pieces of bespoke furniture – why do it?

Signature pieces of bespoke furniture – why do it?

When it comes to the word ‘bespoke’ the immediate reaction that most of us have is that we can’t afford it. But is that really true? There are lots of things to consider when it comes to deciding whether or not a bespoke piece of furniture is right of us or not and while money is one such consideration, it is by no means the only one; and you might be surprised to hear that it’s not as expensive as you may think either.

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Planning your Bespoke Kitchen – Key Considerations

The role of the kitchen has been nothing short of revolutionised over the past decade. Where once this room was nothing more than a place to prepare and store food, today it should serve as a thriving, vibrant hub of the home – a place in which families relax, friends entertain and culinary fans can unleash their creativity. If you’re planning a bespoke kitchen project, then you have many important considerations before you, and here we summarise four starting points.

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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


natural oak timber framing windows

Don’t let wrong windows cost you money


If you’re planning on selling your home this year, or just want to ensure that your property doesn’t lose you money, whatever the market does; then consider the impact the windows in your property could have on the re-sale value of your sale.

Property Guru, Phil Spencer listed new windows in the Top 10 ways to improve value of your home, with figures of 4% being talked about – on a 500,000 house that could mean a significant sum of money. As well as the value new windows add, consider the value you could be losing out on. Windows are one of the first things both Estate Agents and potential buyers see, and rotten, tatty or out of place windows could reduce your houses valuation price by anywhere between 15-40%.

Aesthetics are important when it comes to selling your home and windows can make or break a home’s appeal. As well as making sure your windows and frames are clean, tidy and free from any defects, you need to make sure your windows match the age and style of the house, uPVC just isn’t going to add any benefit to your cottage and leaded windows don’t belong on your 1970’s detached property. Aesthetics are important, and if previous owners have done things that just aren’t right then we can work with you and your budget to come up with the best wooden windows for you.

Take a look at this case study where we replaced out of place uPVC windows with timber casement style double glazed windows, manufactured in European oak, these new windows are much more in keeping with the property. We work with sensitivity to your property and the understanding that new windows are a major investment, but done correctly an investment that can bring value to your home.

painted black front door with brass lion head knocker

Need some front door inspiration?

Following on from our recent blog post on ‘Making an Entrance’, we have put together some information on the things to consider when updating or replacing your homes front door.

Call Joanne or Trevor to book a free client consultation and quotation or to visit our showroom – 01273 814870

Design and proportion

Consider what style of door attracts your attention and suits your lifestyle and the architecture of the house.  A wander around your immediate vicinity or a browse through house and garden magazines can be a good inspiration for the design and colour choice of your new front door and frame. Where a door has been replaced inappropriately with upvc or aluminium, we can replicate the design of one of the adjoining properties to restore the integrity of a period building. Additional features to consider could include a fanlight above the door to introduce natural light into a dark entranceway or glazed sidelights for a wider opening.


We would generally recommend the use of hardwood for stability and longevity and it is essential to consider the aspect of the doorway when making your timber choice.  A south facing, unprotected entrance would demand a different treatment than a covered doorway with a northerly aspect.  For a natural wood finish, European oak treated with Osmo uv filter oil offers beauty in pattern and texture.  Utile hardwood is ideal for a factory spray finish with a superior quality paint. With its excellent ecological credentials, Accoya, a chemically treated softwood,  can also be an excellent alternative to hardwood where a painted finish is required.

    design, timber, ironmongery, finish and glaze consider when replacing your front door


Due to the large surface area of an exterior door, it may shrink and swell several millimetres with the seasons. Choosing a hardwood or Accoya will minimise this movement and also thorough decoration can reduce shrinkage and swelling with careful attention to the top and bottom of the doors and the bare woodwork within the letterplate cut out.  Doors and frames can be fully factory finished prior to installation or undercoated for painting in situ for a more authentic period feel.  The ever expanding choice of colours allows you to choose colours to create visual links between the door and the façade or the door and the interior colour choices.  Beware of darker colours in south facing elevations as the colour retains heat and the finish may deteriorate more quickly than lighter colours which are more reflective.


There are three main choices in security ironmongery – a five lever sashlock with handles, a Yale lock which is often paired with a deadlock for additional security or an espagnolette.  Each method gives security and peace of mind and the choice that you make is down to personal preference.  Traditional designs will usually incorporate a Yale lock and deadlock with the Yale having a tag feature for pulling the door shut from outside or, alternatively a fixed handle or knob.  A five lever sashlock will have a pair of handles, preferably lever handles as knobs will usually be located too close to the door frame causing grazed knuckles and potentially trapping fingers. A knob is better located in a central position unless you choose a deeper lock if the design of the door is compatible. An escutcheon protects the woodwork and finish from damage as a key is inserted into the lock and gives a neat finish to the key hole,  A cover plate stops draughts.   Door furniture is available in a range of finishes including brass, satin or polished chrome, nickel and antique black.


With a panelled door, a choice needs to be made about whether the top panels are glazed or solid and, if glazed, how you can maintain privacy whilst making the most of the natural light.  Coloured or leaded glass can add additional interest and create a truly unique finish.  A patterned or satin obscure is a cost effective alternative.


        A free survey and consultation with our estimator, Trevor Flint, will assist you in this important decision making process.

Call Joanne or Trevor to book a free client consultation and quotation or to visit our showroom – 01273 814870

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