Guide to wood types

wood-grainWood, perhaps the most common building material anywhere. As a natural product it is easy to find and fairly straightforward to work with. And while we may not build our homes and furniture almost entirely out of bamboo like they do in some parts of the world, we do rely on it a lot as a building material. So what options are available to us? What are the pros and cons of each? We take a closer look at wood this month and try to answer some of these questions in order to help you make a decision on the right wood type for whatever it is you may need it for.

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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.

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