Sunday, 6 October 2013

Staying put

I have had a couple of weeks out of the workshop, doing some refurbishment jobs. It seems strange loading up the van and remembering a lunch box again, but it is nice to go into an average house and leave it looking a million dollars.
The financial crisis has left many people unable to move, but it is amazing what can be done to face lift a property and make it look like new.
In the last couple of weeks I have replaced skirting and architraves, swung some doors and cloaked a very ordinary stair case with oak.
Changing  the style of skirting board or architrave, perhaps changing the finish from paint to oak, and swinging some new doors can have a huge impact on a property. Replacing traditional features that have been lost, or bringing a tired property up to date does not have to cost the earth.
However, it is worth getting someone who knows what they are doing.
New oak style doors are heavy, so do you have a door frame that will take the weight? Or the right number of hinges? Does it need to be a fire door? All these questions can be answered by an experienced carpenter joiner.
Does your skirting board fit exactly to the contours of the wall? Are the joints in your door frame snug with no gaps. All these little things make a huge difference to the quality of the job and the overall picture. And that is where a joiners skill can shine.
Another thing that people get hung up about is the finish. I was asked this week if it was "ok " to have oak doors with painted architraves? And the answer? Why ever not?
You can have exactly what you want. It is quite common these days to have a mixture of finishes in a kitchen. Painted units with oak work tops are very homes and gardens at the moment, so why not your doors and skirting boards?

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