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Case Study: Extension

24 January 2017 in Oak Framed Buildings

We take a close look at a stunning, fully glazed oak framed extension that our buildings team recently completed on behalf of a local client.

 

When a local client approached us recently to assist with extending his substantial detached dwelling, we jumped at the opportunity. The property, which boasted exposed timber features and joinery supplied by our workshop, appeared particularly suited to an extension constructed from an oak frame, our speciality. 

The initial remit was clear; the homeowner wanted naturally lit, additional ground floor space for a new kitchen and dining area, with a floor above for a bathroom and storage areas. Our team then advised on the most practical and attractive way this could be achieved.

The initial step was a visit by our site surveyor. During an extensive consultation, the client’s needs were more thoroughly assessed and possible design themes discussed. Sketches were then drawn up and revisions suggested and acted upon.

 

The result was an outline proposal for an oak framed extension featuring direct glazing, exposed oak beams and a gable roof profile (as this best complemented the house). Once finer details had been agreed, CAD drawings were produced and signed off, before frame manufacture began in our workshop, using traditional crafting techniques.

As with approximately half of our projects, we carried out the fitting of the frame. The size of the oak beams used in construction and the large amount of glass involved necessitated extensive planning and attention to detail on site, but this was fully justified by the stunning final result.  

Oak Framed Extension  Oak Framed Extension  Oak Framed Extension

 

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Box Clever

24 January 2017 in Home & Garden Features

Allister Dempster of Sandstone Design recently used our Clayfibre Chelsea Box planters to great effect in a local garden design project.

Clayfibre Chelsea Boxes

Allister Dempster, a well-respected landscape gardener based out of Crowborough, has been a valued customer of Round Wood for several years. Whilst he most frequently installs our hardwood decking products, he keeps appraised of our full range so got in touch when he needed statement planters to frame a set of steps he had created for a client.

He plumped for Clayfibre Chelsea boxes as their stylish and authentic lead appearance best complemented the sandstone property.

The classic cubes provide an attractive symmetry in this space and are staggered, which creates a softer and more natural look than a balustrade would provide.

Clayfibre faux lead planters are not only attractive but also eco-friendly. They are made from recycled materials and the manufacturing process requires only 10% of the energy used for ceramic and plastic equivalents.  They are also lightweight and will weather beautifully, emitting salts to develop an attractive, misty, faux-lead patina.

The Clayfibre range is available in several designs in boxes, troughs and cylinders. 

If you think these planters may be suitable for a project you are working on, you may be interested to know that our 55cm Chelsea Boxes are currently on offer at £95 (reduced from £112). 

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Garden Fire Pits from £30!

9 December 2016 in Home & Garden Features

Our garden firepits make for the ideal christmas gift and are now available from just £30.

Reductions are available on both our mild steel and corten steel versions, on all sizes.

 

Mild Steel Firepits

Hand worked from sheets of 2mm mild steel, these fire pits offer a lower priced alternative to corten steel which have enhanced anti corrosion properties. Our mild steel fire pits will develop a striking patina as they weather and will provide years of service.

60cm -  Was £44   Now £30

80cm -  Was £77   Now £55

100cm - Was £127  Now £90

120cm -  Was £187  Now £120

 

Corten Steel Firepits

 

Starting out as a blue steel, as soon as Corten Steel is exposed to the elements it will naturally weather and develop a rich and eye catching finish. This natural fixed coating of rust not only looks attractive but also provides protection against further corrosion. 

60cm -  Was £75   Now £55

80cm -  Was £136   Now £95

100cm - Was £180  Now £145

120cm -  Was £210  Now £185

150cm -  Was £420  Now £375

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30% off Animal Statues!

9 December 2016 in Home & Garden Features

In the first of our December promotions we are offering significant reductions on a number of our cast iron statues, including Hippos and Rhodesian Ridgebacks.

Savings of up to 30% are available, whether you order online using the links below or via our sales team on 01435 860 888.

One of the largest discounts is on our Rhodesian Ridgebacks. Usually priced at £645, both the standing and sitting models are now available at £445 throughout the Christmas period.

Our ever popular cast iron Hippo statue is similarly well discounted at £290, from £380. Other models in the promotion include our classic stag, a majestic elephant and horse busts.

      

     

    

 

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Black Friday Weekend Deals!

26 November 2016 in Home & Garden Features | Oak & Decking Products

Our Black Friday Deals have now ended, but stay tuned for a number of offers we will be running in December.

The deals end at midnight on Cyber Monday (28th November). To qualify simply purchase online or call our sales team on 01435 867 072.

Garden Burners/Firepits

We are offering savings of 10% on both our Corten & Mild Steel ranges.

Corten Steel Dish Burners

60cm: £59 (Was £65)    80cm: £103 (Was £114)    100cm: £153 (was £169)   120cm: £193 (was £214)    150cm: £382 (was £424)

Mild Steel Burners

60cm: £40 (Was £44)    80cm: £70 (Was £77)    100cm: £115 (was £127)   120cm: £169 (was £187) 

 

Majestic Stags

 

 Our ever popular majestic stags are now available with a 50% discount. Statues can be facing left, right or straight.

Bronze Finish Cast Iron Majestic Stags:  £593 (was £743)

Rust Finish Cast Iron Majestic Stag: £593 (was £743)

 

Clayfibre Chelsea Planters

Fibreclay Troughs Clayfibre Chelsea Boxes

50cm Chelsea Trough: £16 (was £21)

27cm Chelsea Box: £12.50 (was £16.50)

 

Cast Iron Hippo

Our popular giant Hippo statue now has a little brother! 

Mini Cast Iron Hippo Statue: £85 (was £95)

 

Cast Iron Rhodesian Ridgebacks

Sitting Rhodesian Ridgeback 

Standing Rhodesian Ridgeback: £575 (was £633)

Sitting Rhodesian Ridgeback: £575 (was £633)

 

Oak Wine & Whisky Barrels

  

 Oak Wine Barrel: £118 (was £138)

Oak Whisky Barrel: £113 (was £132)

 

Thermo Pine Decking 

 115mm * 26mm Pine Decking: £20.40/m2 (was £22.67)

 

Log Baskets & Cast Iron Urns

 

We are also offering discounts across our entire ranges of:

Gothic Log Baskets: 15% off

Cast Iron Urns: 25% off

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TOTW: Oak Framed Buildings

1 November 2016 in Oak Framed Buildings

In the latest of our columns for the Times of Tunbridge Wells, we take a look at the process of purchasing an oak framed building.

Oak Frames Simplified

The prospect of purchasing an Oak Framed Building can be daunting, particularly if you have limited experience of construction projects.  If you are a first timer, we suggest viewing the process as a series of stages that can be managed to a level you feel comfortable with. A good supplier will value any input you wish to give, but should be equally happy to oversee the entire process.

 

Obtaining a quote

The enquiry process will be far easier if you have a good idea of the type and style of building you require.  Your first point of contact with a supplier should be to request any brochures they have. Along with their website and magazines, these are a rich source of inspiration.

During your research it is also well worth ascertaining if a ‘kit’ building can meet your requirements as they can represent great value. We supply 47 variations of standard garages, covering one to four bays.

You may, however, have specific needs and therefore require a bespoke design. Whichever path you take; several decisions will need to be made regarding the size and roof profile of your building. It is also worth considering at an early stage if you require joinery and living areas, which may have planning implications. 

The actual build process can be broken down into three stages: groundwork, frame assembly and roofing. The supplier of your oak frame will have in-house teams for each.  Whilst it is possible for you to source your own contractors - which can prove more cost effective if they are nearby - this is only recommended if you are prepared to manage the project to a high degree. 

Planning

Before proceeding with any quote you will obviously need to meet all planning and building regulations in your area. Most established frame suppliers will be happy to guide you through the regulatory process and often employ dedicated staff members.  This tends to be the simplest option given their experience and contacts in the field and knowledge of the buildings their company supplies.

Going Ahead

 

If you decide to take the plunge after obtaining your quote and planning permission, the next stage involves signing off on plans. Unless you have supplied these via an architect, your oak framer should draw these up for your approval. A site visit may be required depending on the nature of the project, from which working sketches may also be drawn.

Construction

 

Watching your building go up is the fun part, especially if you have decided that your framer will manage all of the necessary teams! The first phase involves the groundworkers digging out the foundations, pouring the concrete slab and then laying the necessary brick work.

Then the assemblers move in. First, they will fit a soleplate to the brickwork. Some of the upright green oak posts are secured to this using steel pins, whilst those that stand independently rest on staddle stones. The eaves beam, tie beam, rafters and ridge complete the frame assembly.

Studwork and bracing is then fitted, on to which the external weatherboard is fastened. This can be supplied in either oak or softwood, depending on budget. Next the rafters are put in place, ready for the tiles to be fitted by your final team – the roofers.

 

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Winter Warmers

21 October 2016 in Home & Garden Features

As our range of steel and iron firepits has rapidly expanded over the last couple of years, you may find this quick purchasing guide useful.

The increased popularity of firepits seems to be the result of a permanent shift in tastes, rather than the typical short lived garden trend. Their eye-catching nature, particularly when used as a centre piece at parties, ease of use and outstanding durability means they look set to remain a long-term, staple feature.

Demand has also been driven by innovation. The introduction of new materials combined with evolving design themes makes it possible to find a model to suit any garden.

The majority of firepits on the market echo those first used by our ancestors. Typically, they are cast or wrought in iron into a bowl shape that helps the burning process. Generally they are one piece, but can consist of several smaller panels. As many are supplied with a grill, they are not just suited for generating warmth and burning garden waste, but also cooking.

Recently, steel models have also become more frequently available given the different aesthetic they provide, especially Corten variants

Corten steel was originally developed to provide outstanding strength and durability for bridge building and skyscraper construction. This was achieved by combining a precise amount of base materials and maintaining a high carbon content, which helps ensure unique weathering characteristics.

Corten rusts in the eye-catching, uniform finish often found on a variety of high end features, including planters and sculptures, such as the Angel of the North. This finish, which requires no treatment, protects the blue steel underneath, giving Corten a much longer lifespan than its mild steel counterparts.

Available Materials

Corten Steel:

High grade steel that forms a highly sought after, uniform rust finish. Medium weight, outstanding durability. Available in 60cm, 80cm, 1m, 1.2m & 1.5m

Mild Steel:

Standard grade steel that will patina in a random fashion. Typically a lower gauge than Corten steel, but still capable of providing years of use. Available in 60cm, 80cm, 1m & 1.2m. Also available with trivets.

Cast Iron:

Traditional burner material, often finished with a black matt powder coating that patinas over time. Can form rust spots. Extremely heavy duty; most weighty material. Available in 80cm.

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TOTW: Engineered Flooring

3 October 2016 in Oak & Decking Products

In the first of our columns for the Times of Tunbridge Wells, we explain why engineered oak boards represent the best option for homeowners looking to replace a floor.

If you are looking to replace a floor in your property, whether in isolation or as part of an overall renovation, it is well worth researching the numerous options thoroughly. Particularly if you plan to stay put for some time.

Flooring is key to setting the tone of any room, so avoid making hasty, last minute decisions, even if you are in the midst of stressful, large scale works.

Your first call will be on the material to be used. This will depend on taste, budget, footfall, application and the time you are prepared to spend on maintenance.

Whilst we have an appreciation of stone, tiles, carpet and even laminate here at Round Wood, it will come as no surprise that we believe oak flooring to be the best fit in many circumstances. It suits both traditional and contemporary properties, is hard wearing and affordable. Our ranges are also easy to fit, simple to maintain and are available in a variety of widths, styles and finishes.  

If oak is your selection, the next decision concerns whether to fit solid or engineered boards. We offer both, but the latter has been far more popular in recent years. This is an understandable trend; engineered flooring is the smart choice.

It should not be confused with far inferior laminates. Engineered boards feature a chunky section of oak (mounted on to a highly compressed base that resists shrinking and expansion), are indeterminable from their solid equivalents and can be fitted straight from the pack.

Engineered Flooring: Indeterminable from solid once fitted.

In addition to being extremely durable, even in rooms that experience temperature variance, they are easy to care for. The majority of our boards are supplied with a pre-oiled finished (with accompanying stains if required) that allows any damaged area to be treated quickly, without the need to refinish the surrounding floor. Given all these benefits, why opt for anything else?

Round Wood offer a wide range of high-end products for the home and garden including oak framed buildings, quality decking, flooring, joinery, sleepers, planters and statues. Their flooring range also includes engineered walnut and thermo-treated boards. 

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£10 Off Fun Sized Hippo!

3 October 2016 in Home & Garden Features

Following the success of our giant Hippo Statue, we have introduced a smaller, fun-sized model! Get one now for the introductory price of just £85.

This miniature is just as cute as its parent but stands only 27cm tall and weighs 11kg, so is easier to handle, will suit any property and costs only £10 to ship.

It comes in a rust finish and like its parent, the Mini Happy Hippo Statue is cast in iron with intricate hand-finished detailing.

This Small Happy Hippo is available at £95, but as an introductory offer we are giving a £10 discount! Order online now or call 01435 860 888 and quote code: NEWSH16.

The larger ‘parent’ model is, of course, still available and as popular as ever. The large hippo comes in both rust and antique white and is available at £380. 

Other statues in our range include Stags, Dogs, Horses and Pigs.

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Wagner Trolleys

20 July 2016 in Home & Garden Features

We are proud to announce that we have added the Wagner Trolley collection to our extensive range of planters and accessories. These Trolleys, which are engineered to the highest German standards, make light work of moving heavy planters, and can improve drainage. There are a number of designs available that suit a variety of needs, including:

•Wooden slatted anti-slip surface models in a number of different species for a natural earthy appearance.

•Plastic and WPC models in a choice of colours and shapes which boast water resistance.

•Cast Iron ornate designs for a more traditional use which are suitable for internal and external use.

Models from across the range have interesting and useful design features, including maxigrip surfaces and handles to aid portability.

 

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