Category: Building Materials

How to create a fall when laying a patio

When laying paving slabs, it is important to include a ‘fall’ to help water to drain off the patio. Adding a patio to your garden can provide you with a comfortable outdoor living space. Invest in some garden furniture and some potted plants and your patio will soon become your family’s favourite place to spend…




Why choose a reclaimed cast iron fireplace?

Elegant, ornate, and bold, a cast iron fireplace can bring any interior to life. As well as being a stunning feature focal point, a cast iron fireplace is also a powerful source of heat, creating a warm and cosy environment. Here are six reasons why a cast iron fireplace is an excellent investment for your…




How to care for stained glass windows

Whether original or reclaimed, stained glass windows are an attractive feature that can add real value and kerb appeal to your home. Keeping beautiful stained glass windows clean and free of dust and debris enhances their appearance and increases their longevity and value. Stained glass windows are delicate and should be cleaned and maintained with…




What are encaustic tiles?

Patterned tiles have added interest and style to interiors around the world throughout history, making them a timeless addition to any home. From intricate, modern, multi-coloured patterns, to bold and simple monochrome designs, patterned tiles are now more popular than ever. If you’re considering adding some beautiful new tiles to your home, one of the…




4 alternative uses for a garden shed

The humble garden shed, typically a small wooden structure full of cobwebs, hibernating critters, and garden tools. Whilst garden sheds are a convenient place for storing garden tools, they have so much more potential. Many people are now transforming their garden sheds to add extra space to their homes. Here are just a few inspiring…




Pros and cons of pine wood flooring

Pines are fast-growing trees that produce attractive, lightweight wood, the perfect material for building an affordable wood floor. Choosing the right wood flooring for your home can make a huge difference to its overall aesthetics. As well as choosing a wood that has the right look, it’s important to think about the room’s purpose and…




Benefits of cast iron radiators

If you thought cast iron radiators were a thing of the past, think again. It’s not unusual for those with period properties to use antique radiators to restore their homes to its original glorious state. But recently, the benefits of a good old fashioned cast iron radiator have been rediscovered, and even those in modern…




What is a corbel brick?

In architecture, a corbel is a piece of wood, metal, or brick that is embedded deep inside a wall and juts out to support the weight above. Corbels come in all different shapes, sizes, and materials, from red brick corbels, to long, wooden beam corbels. Corbeling can be functional or decorative, but you’ll usually find…




How to Source the Salvage for Your Building Project?

With so many places to look, it can be hard to and sometimes bewildering to source the right architectural salvage you need for your project. Then there is the scale of the project to think about. One recent building development project in Manchester managed to recycle, 96% of the material gained from the demolition of…




Why Should You Buy Reclaimed or Antique Furniture In 2019?

The simple reason is there has never been a better time. Prices for antiques and some reclaimed materials are now steadily increasing after two decades of falling prices. Antique furniture and other reclaimed items however are still relatively cheap compared to what they have been historically and this represents a great buying opportunity to invest…