You’ve just finished redecorating your kitchen and you’re chuffed with the new look. The skirting boards and crown mouldings are straight out of a décor magazine … but your doors aren’t quite up to scratch.
Wednesday 9th March sees architects around the UK take to the ExCel in London to join host Stephen Fry and 600 guests for the BD Architect of the Year Awards.
All the way back in 1966, the lines ‘money makes the world go around’ lit up Broadway in the hugely successful musical Cabaret. In the four decades since, the line is still true, especially for a big project like building a house.
It was the big fight everyone had been waiting for. Representing MDF, SAM WRAP didn't disappoint and dominated during eight rounds before delivering a knockout punch on TIM BER to win the most thrilling mouldings championship of all time.
For a lot of people, renovation is a scary word because it calls to mind dodgy DIY mishaps, escalating costs, and having to scrimp and save to get the finish you want. Worse again, renovating on a budget can often mean having to settle for boring doors or frames and skirting until you can afford to upgrade.
But is it a Catch 22? Do you have to live on beans on toast for a couple of months to get that gorgeous finish you want or is there another way?
As it happens, there is.
Obviously, we’re big fans of MDF around here. You could call us biased, but we really do think MDF is great for adding a touch of elegance to any room in your house.
MDF, that’s medium-density fibreboard to the rest of us, can be used in large-scale builds as well as in simple projects, like making your own picture frames, which makes it ideal for all kinds of projects around the house. Read on for seven uses of MDF.
As far as house fittings go, skirting boards are the old reliable. Back in the good old days, they were actually called ‘mop boards’ because they were used to protect plasterboard from water while you were doing a spot of mopping.
As well as hiding old wiring, covering gaps, and looking slick, skirting boards are a barrier between walls and furniture, and help to keep your home looking its best for longer. While installing skirting boards might seem like a pretty easy job, there’s more to it than you’d think, which is why we’ve got five tips to help you avoid a skirting disaster.
Jimmy Sommerville from Bronski Beat checking out the woodwork
You may be thinking that because you’ve gone all out on the kitchen units and doors in Woodland Beech, you’ll have to follow that through with the skirting, pelmets and windowboard to match.
However, when it comes to interior mouldings, we’re with Jimmy Sommerville and Bronski Beat – ‘It ain’t necessarily so’.
The summer is the perfect time to freshen and brighten things up. That surge of energy you get from the sun at this time of year gives you the motivation to finally make a dent in that to-do list. Maybe it's doing something about that dysfunctional kitchen, or replacing those old skirting boards? Or maybe it's just a series of small cosmetic makeovers you've drooled over on Pinterest? There's always something you can do around the house.
Timber cladding looks great. There’s no doubt about that. That’s why it has become one of the trendiest building materials in the market - with many homeowners using it on add-on extensions, if not a large proportion of the entire build.
But like most trends, its enduring practicality is often questioned. Some architects will discourage the use of timber cladding, fearing the maintenance will be too much. So how can you strike the balance between what is visually beautiful, long lasting and easily maintainable? Well, using a cutting edge timber alternative like SAM Trimax, which has been inspired by the traditional Scandinavian look of real timber cladding, will tick all the boxes.
Here are some of the cladding disasters it will help you avoid.