Where have all the trees gone?

blog 110It could be my biased memory, but when I was younger I remember residential streets lined with lush and leafy trees. In fact one of my favourite memories as a child was walking home from school kicking the masses of golden autumn leaves that had gathered at the kerbside. Just to prove I wasn’t going a little mad I decided to investigate and looking on Google Street View. I took a look at the road outside my school. Since the original Street View car passed in 2008 it appears that the trees have indeed been removed, not only those but quite a few streets I travel down regularly appear to be less green than I recall.

So, why have the trees been banished from their urban habitat? After all, I’m sure the majority of readers would love to live on a beautiful tree lined street. And shouldn’t the council be promoting a greener living environment? Perhaps even planting more trees in our towns and cities to improve air quality intercept rainfall.

It seems there are a number of factors to take into account and it’s not always as simple as planting more trees for a more natural environment. In the past trees have been planted with little long term urban planning.

Pavement upheaval

Pavement upheaval © wfmillar and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

As trees mature they generally take up a lot more room than younger trees. Larger, taller trees mean a more complex and far reaching underground root system that can cause damage to drainage systems. The trunk of the tree also becomes problematic with larger trees. When planted a tree may have has a sufficient area to grow in its tree pit, but 10 years later the tree is substantially larger and struggles to fit. Often lifting and cracking the pavement above, creating trip hazards and increasing pavement repair costs. It’s not just a problem below ground, trees often clash with our urban environment, falling branches cause occasional damage, if they’ve not already been mercilessly cut back as they’ve grown towards our telephone lines or over our parking areas. The yearly leaf fall in combination with our wet British weather causes a slip hazard, not to mention the cost of ensuring drains are cleared of leaves and sticks.

All of these problems seem to mount up, and so it seems with the bad urban planning of yesteryear the trees around my neighbourhood are slowly been removed and the pavements re-tarmacked, removing all evidence of their existence. Trees no longer seem to get fair rights in our urban areas and are seen as a secondary to utilities and infrastructure. I just have to hope that in future the new housing developments and neighbourhoods make provision for trees and green areas, allowing for space, enough soil and water to allow trees to flourish. Maybe then we’ll see more lush, leafy, tree lined streets once again.

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Top Interior Trends for Autumn 2015 – Kershaws Doors Style File

Edwardian 4 PanelAs I trained as an interior designer I am always interested in the latest trends for property interior schemes and it’s essential to keep abreast of trends as our company supplies interior timber doors.

My recent research into future Autumn and Winter trends in Interior Design has been particularly pleasing to me as I love some of the colours and textures suggested for next season. Last year saw a lot of greys and blues for paint decoration and this has been coming through in our painted doors. This grey neutral trend, which was often contemporary, is set to continue with a more retro feel which will compliment many of the UK’s older properties.

With winter weather as inspiration, knits for cushions and accessories seems to be suggested again as do fabrics with texture such as tartans and checks, in particular fabrics with a luxurious, strokable feel such as plush. All hinting at a cosy, fireside atmosphere and as woodburning stoves are increasingly purchased then this cosy style will be very popular. I have noticed a surface decorative trend towards woodland, ferns and natural organic images, in tiles, furnishing fabrics down to screens with sumptuous coverings of embroidered Japanese tree themes.

The Nordic folk theme is also evident and blue on cream/white lends well to surface designs on fabric, tiles and household accessories. In contrast a retro interest in such as Downton Abbey during the 20’s will be influential, with glass chrome and vintage drinks cabinets (I have seen a lot of cocktail shakers in the shops).

Retro freestanding baths seem to be a must for traditional homes with larger bathrooms and with these in mind there as some stunning, vintage style, ceramic tiles in Edwardian and retro designs in shades of blues, greys and green. These on-trend colour ranges give a fresh look to traditional homes and in the same vogue, Liberty have a lovely range of fabrics and wallpapers with fresh blues greens greys and pinks. To complement this natural theme there are some stunning coloured candles and candlestick holders in fresh, vibrant colours to accessorise and bond an interior and of course these are always a special winter purchase

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Inside Out Doors

I recently went to the cinema, with my grandson who is 4, to see the new Pixar computer animated movie, Inside Out, on its first release date. I hadn’t read anything about the movie so it was a total surprise for me and a pleasant one that it is was a sensitive Comedy/Drama aimed at young people. The main character is Riley Anderson, a very happy 11 year old living in Minnesota. The scene is set with 5 character emotions who reside in the headquarters of her mind i.e. Sadness, Joy, Fear, Disgust and Anger within her brain which help to organise her thoughts and emotions. The story evolves around the move to San Francisco due to her dad’s job relocation and mixed in with her adolescent changes she experiences a wealth of emotional turmoil, caused mainly because Sadness accidently causes Riley to cry in front of her new class.

You need to see the movie to truly appreciate it and I don’t intend to review it as such. It was generally a bit advanced for a 4 year old though he experienced empathy with the emotions as he said it made him sad. It is very emotional and maybe a little lacking in sufficient humour to balance the enjoyment out, but without a doubt very well done and I imagine a lot of adolescent girls and boys will really enjoy it.

As my grandson was due a birthday present I let him choose a gift the following week and surprise surprise he had to have the 5 Inside Out characters which seemed pricey for what they were (little plastic figures). However, they have proved useful and have focussed his thoughts about emotions and are a perfect size for him to carry everywhere.

I really enjoyed the short film which precedes Inside Out it’s a musical love story called Lava about two volcanoes called Uku and Lele who are lonely, find each other and bond. This is beautifully done with great graphics and lovely music.

When I think of Inside Out I can’t help but think the title is ideal for a door shop like ours as we sell Inside and Outside doors and when installed in a property they will be part of the emotional feelings of the people who inhabit the rooms.

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External door weather protection – Awnings, Verandas and Porches

porch-264890_1280I have been considering the purchase, for some time, of an automatic weather protection awning, to be fitted over the area of our external folding sliding door set. Recently, we arranged a family BBQ and as the weather had been great the previous week I set out the garden seating and tables with candles for the evening. But, as usual and typical of our UK climate, before the guests arrived the heavens opened and torrential rain ensued for the whole afternoon and evening. Of course we made the most of the event, as stoic Brits do, but it would have been so nice to stay outdoors as the evening was warm but extremely wet.

This summer, in the North of the UK in particular, we have experienced unpredictable weather which does make planning events tricky. We love our Bi-Fold door set as it allows the outside Patio to flow in to our kitchen/dining area and when the weather is good we open a large section of wall which is really great for entertaining. I am now researching awnings seriously before next summer. In addition to protecting from the rain, of course, awnings are primarily for shade protection, I have realised that they will be useful during full sunshine as this room faces south west and in bright sunshine creates a good deal of dazzle from our greenhouse roof.

The protection of timber doors and windows from all weather situations is important for their structural integrity therefore Awnings, Porches and Verandas can be an essential outdoor addition. While researching these products I have also come to the conclusion that structures such as Traditional and Contemporary Verandas can compliment the appearance of many properties by adding character and style.

I will certainly discuss the addition of these external weather protection structures with customers purchasing our external doors as we always emphasise that weather protection is essential along with our recommended finishing products.

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Timber – What else can it be used for?

Timber is one of the most versatile and popular materials to use in construction, but if we look a little further you may be surprised at some of the more unusual applications that people have used timber for.

Mosquito and Splinter Supercar

Mosquito and Splinter Supercar image © Joe Harmon Design

Buildings have been made from timber for many years, the strength and ability to cut and reshape wooden components into just about any shape makes it a perfect candidate for construction, but you may be surprised to find out that some larger scale buildings are now being planned using timber. In fact a project in Vienna, the HoHo project is set to use a timber construction for an 84 meter high skyscraper (or “plyscraper” as it has been dubbed in the press recently). But why use timber when more resilient materials are the standard these days? The major breakthrough is in costs, when compared to steel and concrete it’s not only cheaper but with over 75% of the building expected to be made from wood, architects say it will also save 2,800 tonnes of CO2 emissions, which is a huge deal these days when environmental concerns are high on the agenda. Using modern construction techniques, cross laminated timber can be used to give a superior performance and is far more fire resistant than standard timbers used in every-day construction.


Planes are also another surprising application for timber, most are now manufactured using extremely lightweight metals that offer superior strength and stability. However during the Second World War, metal was in short supply. The RAF were shown a design by the de Havilland company which used timber as the primary material for the entire plane. These designs were developed and in March 1940 a prototype of the de Havilland DH.98 Mosquito aircraft was produced. The Mosquito was powered by Rolls Royce Merlin engines making it one of the fastest operational aircraft in its day. Not bad for a plane created from heat-formed plywood over a wooden aircraft frame. This almost all timber construction also gave rise to the Mosquito’s nickname of “The Wooden Wonder”.

Another unusual and speedy timber creation, (and possibly one of my favourite in this list) is the ‘Splinter’ supercar. Turning out an impressive 600bhp from a twin supercharged 4.6L V8 engine and weighing in at an equally impressive 1134 kg this timber beauty isn’t short on power. 0-60 mph takes just over 3 seconds, making it as fast if not faster than some of the Porsche and Lamborghini models. The car body is designed and engineered for the maximum strength using laminated veneered timbers. But most impressively the suspension is also constructed using laminated timber arms and springs made from osage orangewood. Even the wheels have wooden rims with 20 inch diameter tyres. It may only be a concept car, with no plans for a true production, but it’s proof that engineered timbers can be as strong and versatile as a number of different materials.

Finally my last choice for impressive timber products is the wooden Vespa scooter by Portuguese carpenter Carlos Alberto. Carlos designed the scooter for his daughter Daniella when he came across a Vespa that was in complete disrepair. He gutted it and handcrafted a new body, carved into the classic Vespa shape. The structural components inside use laminated timbers for strength, but remarkably the majority of the body appears to be hand carved in solid timber with veneers applied using a steam moulding technique adding to the wonderful aesthetics of the scooter.

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The doors of Southern Spain

Spanish courtyard doors

Spanish courtyard doors

I’ve just returned from a short family holiday in Spain, working at Kershaws doors has obviously had an effect on me as I couldn’t help but notice the similarities and differences in the door styles to the apartments and buildings.

Internal doors seem to be very similar in style to the ones we sell here in the UK, especially in modern properties where popular flush grooved doors like the Iseo and Palermo feature heavily. One thing I did notice was that our apartment had very little internal doors, the open plan layout meant the only rooms that required doors were the bedrooms, bathroom and ensuite. And externally the balcony had a sliding UPVC patio door. However the majority of homes, apartments and even public buildings had a timber door to the main entrance. These door styles differ significantly to those we have here in the UK. I didn’t see any 4 or 6 panel at all throughout my stay, yet these are some of the most popular door styles both internally and externally here in the UK.

One of the more notable styles was a 23 panel door with a raised moulding around each panel, something which I’ve not seen at all before from any of our suppliers, but it appears to be a popular door style in Spain. Large door knobs at the centre of the door are also quite a visible feature to many of the properties, giving a symmetry to the property frontage. These aren’t really functional as the key acts to open the lock/latch they’re mainly attached for aesthetics or to assist when closing the door from the outside. The majority of the external doors are hardwood or stained to a darker colour. I can only take a guess at the reason for this being that the higher pigment values in dark stain protects the timber against the effects of UV light from the strong sunlight.

If you’d like to recreate an entrance in this Spanish style then contact our sales team who can advise on the best products and hardware to suit your requirements.

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Castle doors, do they really fend off armies?

IMG_1079Last week I took a family trip to the Western Lake District and visited Muncaster castle, a historic castle with a history of extension and restoration. It’s difficult to pin a date on the castle’s history as it’s thought the Roman foundations would date back as far as 79AD. But according to the history the castle and lands were granted to Alan de Penitone in 1208 and fifty years later a castle was built by Gamel de Mulcastre. As with all family days out where there’s some unique architecture I’m drawn towards taking a look at the variety of doors. Muncaster castle was no exception and I was pleasantly surprised by the diversity in style of both the castle and it’s doors.

As would be expected, the main front door to the castle is a grand size, surrounded by a gothic stone arch. I would estimate around 1.5 meters wide and at the peak of the arch around 3 meters. I could only take a guess at the timber type being oak, but the door is built with a rustic planked style with heavy black cast tee style hinges and stud work, adding to its authenticity. I love this type of hardware style, especially with the black studs which used to be a sign of wealth in the 1600’s. Historically door studs held iron plates onto the face of the door to protect against arrows and the like, from an attacking army.But my guess would be that today’s weapons wouldn’t be fazed by such armour. Many of the other doors are in similar styles with smaller dimensions and less hefty hardware, but some of the door styles came as a surprise. One in particular door with 18 glazed panels drew my attention. The door didn’t look out of place, but it’s not a style that I would have thought would suit a castle and certainly wouldn’t offer much protection from attackers.

At Kershaws doors we supply a large range of doors and traditional rustic hardware. We’ve never had to supply a castle door, but if it’s a truly custom option then the sales team will be more than happy to take a look at your enquiry and decide if it’s something that can be manufactured. Similarly we have a broad range of hardware suppliers, not all hardware options are listed on our site, but if it’s something specific then ask the sales team who can usually attempt to source most door hardware.

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Britain’s Modern Architectural Heritage – High and Over

unq-internal_white_prefinished_kensington_6-panel_insituWhile watching TV recently I caught a snippet of a program referring to High and Over House in Amersham, Buckinghamshire. I had forgotten this property but seeing it again I recalled it from my architectural research done at Art College.

This modernist house, built 1929-30 and designed by architect Amyas Connell, is considered to be the first and finest Modern style property built in Britain, consequently it has a Grade 11 Heritage classification.

Amyas Connell was a New Zealander and a student of the archaeologist professor Bernard Ashmole, Ashmole asked Connell to design his home in 1928. The site was found and the plan of the house was designed in a distinctive ‘Y’ shape to make the most of the sun and the surrounding views. The 3 wings of the property radiate from an hexagonal hall, this I presume, will give good light filled interiors and is a plan not often seen due to the meagre plots of land used these days.

As with other modernist houses built at this time it would have inspired a great deal of interest and controversy both from it’s appearance and the internal concrete block and external brick with render construction used. I see know that this property is for sale and presumably it will be purchased by a lover of the modernist architectural style.

As a door supplier we are often contacted by Listed Property Owners who have specific requirements for new timber doors due to the Grade 1 or 11 listing. As we are able to supply both Internal and external doors in bespoke sizes and styles we ask customers to send us details of accurate measurements, timber types and and information from the listing in order to give them an accurate quotation. These orders are particularly fulfilling for us and for the customer when fitted and completed.

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Summer heat, how does it affect your doors?

The temperatures last week reached a magnificent high with reports of up to 36.7°C in some parts of the UK. We can certainly say summer is finally here after months of standard grey dull weather. The heatwave along with a couple of calls from customers having trouble with their doors, inspired me to write a quick blog entry on the effects of heat on timber doors. Timber doors as with many other materials can be affected by temperature and climate, more so here in the UK where our weather seems to swap between extremes in a matter of days or recently even on the same day.

So here’s a quick insight into how wood reacts to heat and how we can minimise and protect our timber doors.

Beach Huts

Brighton Beach Huts, image © Kevin Poh and used under CC license

If we look closely at timber it is far from a solid material, the formation of the timber as it grows is made of individual fibres and cells. These have a moisture content, and this moisture when in tree form allows the tree to not only live, but to adapt should there be a change in the climate or temperature. It is known as a hygroscopic material, meaning it can naturally expel and absorb water from its surrounding environment. When timbers are subjected to heat, the water it contains expands and so does the timber. In an equivalent way to heating water in a pan makes it turn into steam and expand. Heating usually causes timers to swell and potentially warp or twist. If the moisture in the timber can escape it may even cause the timber to shrink when it cools later in the evening. How much your door changes with the temperature depends on a variety of factors including the species, construction and treatment of the timber.

So, how do we protect our doors from this staggering summer heat? We and our importers employ quite a few differing methods;
Firstly the timbers are treated at the factory to optimise their water content. Timbers are usually kiln dried or left to rest to reduce the moisture content down from its natural state. This adds strength and reduces the weight of the timber before it is manufactured into a door.

The majority of our doors are of an engineered construction, this construction can vary dramatically between door types, but overall an engineered construction generally means that the door resists the natural movement of timbers. A major advantage, especially for external doors where the timber is subjected to the most extreme climate.

Storage is also a huge factor. Our importers ensure that the doors are stored at the correct temperatures and aren’t left in contact with the ground. All our doors are imported ready packed in substantial plastic sleeves. This plastic sleeve doesn’t just protect the doors in transit but it keeps the moisture content at a constant, which is why we say when you unpack your doors it’s important to apply your finishing product right away. If the room is hot the doors may begin to lose moisture, or too damp and they may absorb it.

Finishing is most certainly the most important part in protecting a new door from the heat, as well as UV if your doors is in direct sunlight. Many products are available for finishing timber, but its most important to use the correct products to seal your doors so the moisture content is preserved. Finishes such as Sikkens Rubbol or Sadolin Ultra are recommended by us as we’ve tried and tested them on our external doors for many years and know them to be most effective in sealing the timber and protecting the wood from UV.

If you’re in doubt as to how to finish your doors then take a look at our finishing guidelines or don’t hesitate to get in touch with the sales team on 0800 002 9440, they’ll be more than happy to discuss the best products and methods to use on your timber doors.

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Improve the exterior of your house – look at Exterior Design Photos for ideas

Image © Neosnaps, cropped and used under CC License

Image © Neosnaps, cropped and used under CC License

There are so many ways we can find inspirational ideas for our properties these days and as I am always interested in Interior design and Architecture I have links to websites such as Houzz and Pinterest. The regular updates I get from these sites are fascinating and make me want to transform aspects of my home that are yet to be completed.

A refreshing feature of ideas sites is the variety of property types featured, often home magazines feature a particular focus on contemporary or traditional homes. However, inspirational property and interior ideas websites usually feature compilation images based on say exterior doors, windows or garden rooms for example, which helps when renovating or embarking on building projects.

If you are about to start repairing or renovating the exterior of your property then I would suggest you search through these sites as part of your research before making firm decisions about the look of your own property. Its not a matter of copying others ideas it’s a very sensible way of seeing what looks good on a similar house.

Don’t be put off by seeing grand properties which do not seem to relate to your own. I suggest focussing on particular detailing such as a door and the placing of the fitted hardware to maybe the external door canopy and right down to the Wisteria growing around the door. It’s amazing to get down to the intricate details which really make something attractive and pleasing to the eye.

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When to make changes to interior decoration?

Its interesting to find out why people make changes to their properties. Working in the architectural and interior design industry for many years I have come across so many different reasons for redecoration and renovations.

rollerPurchasing a new property, whether a new build or an older property, is a prime reason for a full renovation. As a species we need to put our own stamp on our environment regardless of whether we are happy with the decor we inherit, even if with only the addition of a painted wall or a new wallpaper.

I am so pleased that wallpaper is now back in fashion. I worked for a while in a branch of the wallpaper industry which was primarily aimed at the contract market. At this time wallpaper was slightly out of fashion for domestic interiors as some great paints in exciting new colours had come onto the market. However the contract market, particularly for hotels, was buoyant due to the protection that wallpaper gives to walls, something which is often forgotten when choosing to paint a wall. Recent innovations and great designs have now made wallpaper a trending item. If designs are used in clever ways a wallpaper can really enhance an interior.

As a budding Interior designer aged 12 (yes I started early) I had permission from my parents to redecorate my bedroom. Funds were limited and I remember choosing a wallpaper pattern in grey with deep red and lime green images of rock-n-roll dancers as it was the 60’s, probably hideous now but I thought it was great at the time. But the most distressing memory of this was what I did with the bedroom side of the lovely Victorian, original, 4 panelled pine doors. I painted them Lime Green then covered the inner panels of the door with a cherry red, padded and quilted PVC fabric generally used for covering chairs. It was useful as I could pin notes and other valuable mementos of my youth onto the door but I do remember when my tastes had changed that it was a challenge to remove this material ready for a more conventional paint finish. Oh well there is no accounting for the tastes of a teenager and it was a great learning curve for me.

Victorian style 4 panel Pine doors are still one of Kershaws Doors best sellers, I wonder how many are given a unique treatment like my bedroom door.

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Free 0800 numbers from mobiles from 1st July

phoneThis Blog is primarily to give our customers important information about contacting us by phone when requesting information regarding timber doors or when ordering.

Have you been informed by your mobile provider that from the 1st of July telephone numbers with the prefix 0800 & 0808 will be free when made from mobiles? These numbers have historically been free to landlines but incurred charges to mobile users.

Just incase you have missed this I want to remind you that in May we changed our free advice number to 0800 002 9440 ready to comply with this new ruling, as part of the UK Calling changes. (UK Calling is the name given to the changes that are being introduced to make telephone charges clearer).
Alternatively you can use our landline 01274 604488.

Prior to July 1st calls to freephone numbers were typically charged between 14p and 40p per minute and typically 20p which makes a lot of difference over a usual call length. (Blog written June 2015). some of these services were important ones run by the government and NHS departments. Consequently Watchdog Ofcom published proposals to end this rip-off pricing situation used by mobile phone companies

A spokesperson for the telecoms price comparison website say’s “ we welcome moves to make the price of calls clearer to consumers” - broadbandchoices.co.uk

These mobile charging changes are good news for people calling companies such as our door showroom and when interacting with TV shows that ask for phone votes.

To find out about the cost of other service numbers such as 084, 087, 09 and 118 we advise you to contact your provider.

If you are in any doubt regarding the charges your mobile provider is charging we would advise you to contact them before making these calls.

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Interior White Doors – do you need help in choosing?

unq-internal_white_prefinished_kensington_6-panel_insituWhite doors are a very popular and top selling product at Kershaws Doors Ltd, particularly for home renovation projects. We have a large selection, choose from Designer White doors, White Panelled doors and White Custom Made doors. It can appear to be difficult for customers to sift through the choices therefore to make this easier there are a few pointers relating to our website which will help in your search.

  • Firstly decide on the style of white door you are looking for.
    Traditional or Contemporary?
  • Your white door prefered finish.
    Completely Pre-finished i.e. no painting required or Pre-primed ready for top coats
  • Next the style of door. Contemporary (Modern) or Traditional?
  • Do you need a custom made and bespoke size Door?

If your main priority is the type of finish Then:-

  1. Go to our 1 Doors Website and click on top bar on Internal Doors
  2. The middle of the 3 drop -downs will display White doors.
  3. The left hand side has filters used for all our door searches, the white doors are ticked
  4. Above this is the Finish Section, you can choose the Pre-finished doors or the pre-primed (you will find more choices in the pre-primed section)

So thats the finish,

If the style of white door is your priority then look at the top of the filter section and you will see Modern, Cottage and Traditional use these separately to filter the options.

If you also require Fire Rated doors then use the filters found at the lower end of this section, you will see lots of options here.

You can also use the first drop down menu in the far right section to look at Bespoke Doors (Custom Doors) and glazed doors which may also relate to your search criteria.

Following these guidelines will hopefully help you but customers do say our website is easy to navigate. and remember if you need help it’s often easier to give us a call or send an email with your requirements. Our sales staff are there to help you all they can.

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Needing Timber Doors and Timber Floors?

Underfloor Heating

Underfloor Heating image © Martin Pettitt & used under CC License

I was recently discussing door designs with a customer who was asking about the construction of our timber doors and had wondered whether they were made from solid pieces of timber. This led into a discussion about the fact that most doors are engineered nowadays as the laminated construction provides a more stable and strong timber door.

The customer also mentioned that they were looking at timber flooring supplies for the house they were renovating and as they were installing underfloor heating in the property their chosen flooring company had advised them to choose engineered timber flooring as opposed to solid timber planks. I explained that this advice related well to why our timber doors are also engineered and that the flooring company had suggested engineered planks due to better stability with changes of temperature very near to the flooring.

This conversation highlighted the close comparisons between timber doors and timber flooring both in timber types available and their construction methods. Another main point raised was the finish of the doors they would choose in comparison to the finish of their timber flooring choice. Again very similar finishing choices are available dependant on the style of door chosen. Choosing a timber door with a Satin varnish finish is a popular choice as it provides a subtle sheen which gives a good appearance and enhances the timber grain. An oiled natural appearance which also enhances the grain of the wood is often used on solid timber floors, though requires more maintenance than varnishes. However, an oiled finish is not recommended for engineered timber doors as this can interfere with the veneer construction. There are matt finishes available which replicate a natural oiled appearance so ask our sales team at Kershaws Doors Ltd for advice on the Pre-finishes on our doors, alternatively many designs are available unfinished so you can choose your own but please ask us or look at our Door Finishing page on the website about our recommended products from Sikkens and Sadolin as the wrong products can affect the warranty.

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Bricks and Mortar – there’s a lot more to a home!

House Extension

House image © Allan Crutchley

I few months ago I noticed a medium sized, detached, late Victorian house for sale in my area, it particularly interested me as the billboard said For Sale by Auction with plans for demolition. Now, although this house was in need of repair, it did not appear to be in need of demolition and the other houses built very close to it were in good condition, so I presumed there must have been a structural defect. Nevertheless, months have gone by without any change then I drove past the other day to see the demolition work in progress. There was a large skip and an extremely serious looking vehicle ramming into the lovely Yorkshire Stone walls. The following day I had to drive past again and to my surprise the house had been completely razed to the ground apart from a small pile of rubble, making a very sorry sight.

Seeing the speedy demolition of this house made me very thoughtful about this building, it had looked sad and neglected and maybe it was beyond making good but it’s demolition was a poignant reminder of the saying ‘here today – gone tomorrow’. I wondered about the families who had lived there in the past, particularly the first Victorian family opening the door of this new build home with the highest specifications of the time. I always look upon a house as a building with greater significance than other buildings as it is a home where we raise our families, where there are births and deaths and all the other major experiences of life. A home is our haven and when we own it we are the custodians for the years we are in residence and we can change and decorate it to suit our finances and our tastes. Yet we will move from it someday and hopefully, leave it in a better state than we found it.

I’m writing this in a thoughtful mood but what heartens me is the amount of people who buy from Kershaws Doors Ltd, I wondered about the families who had lived there in the past, particularly the first Victorian family opening the door of this lovely Yorkshire Stone house which will carry on into the future and hopefully built and cared for better than this sad house I recently saw knocked down. The good news is that it appears a builder has purchased this house for the land and will undoubtedly build a few houses on the site, so providing lovely homes for others to enjoy with their families, all good in the end.

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