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From Zero to Hero

Posted by Roxy George on Jan 5, 2017 10:10:28 AM

 From Zero to Hero – how doing your interior trim a different way can save you money and make your client happy

All your working life you’ve done skirting boards and architraves a certain way. Nothing wrong with that, you might say – never been a problem.

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Topics: Skirting, SAM Zero

How to take energy-efficiency to the next level

Posted by Roxy George on Oct 27, 2016 4:17:36 PM

While it might seem like it, going green hasn’t always been so ingrained in the mainstream. Recycling and compost heaps have been sneaking their way into most people’s houses for years now, but eco-friendly houses weren’t quite so embraced.

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Topics: Homes of the future

The Pros and Cons of Exterior Cladding

Posted by Roxy George on Oct 13, 2016 4:02:03 PM


Is cladding more than just a pretty façade? We definitely think so. Whether you’re cladding your walls or your roof, cladding gives a gorgeous finishing touch.

But what are the pros and cons of cladding? And is cladding right for every build?

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Topics: Cladding

Architectural upcycling: turning a fixer-upper into a dream house

Posted by Roxy George on Oct 7, 2016 11:04:08 AM

Berlin-based design firm Raumlabor inadvertently embraced the spirit of Star Wars mania by creating and building a metal AT-AT-like structure in October. Built in the free port at Frihamnen, the AT-AT is a masterclass in architectural upcycling and recycling.

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Topics: Homes of the future

Update your doors to finish a room

Posted by Michelle McNeill on May 30, 2016 2:21:58 PM

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.

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Topics: Architrave, MDF, DIY tips, Internal Mouldings, Renovating

Housing Architect of the Year Award 2016 - a quick look

Posted by Michelle Jenkins on Mar 8, 2016 4:31:17 PM

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.

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5 ways to save money on a build without sacrificing the aesthetics

Posted by Michelle Jenkins on Jan 7, 2016 10:51:00 AM

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.

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Topics: Cladding, Architrave, Skirting, Internal Mouldings, Renovating, SAM Wrap

The Fight of the Century - SAM WRAP vs TIM BER

Posted by Michelle Jenkins on Sep 11, 2015 4:18:00 PM

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.

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Topics: MDF, mouldings, SAM Wrap, Timber

Renovating on a budget? Here are 4 tips to ensure costs don't escalate

Posted by Michelle Jenkins on Sep 4, 2015 12:57:13 PM

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.

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Topics: Architrave, MDF, Skirting, DIY tips, Internal Mouldings, Renovating, renovation

Whaaat? That's MDF? 7 great uses for MDF

Posted by Michelle Jenkins on Aug 13, 2015 10:19:00 AM

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.

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Topics: Architrave, MDF, Skirting, DIY tips

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