Creating a Feature Staircase

For years, staircases have been used as prominent design features in homes. Centuries ago, they were seen in large mansions and palaces, curling grandly up from expansive lobbies and usually incorporating some kind of marble. You probably know the ones we’re talking about. But, as times have moved on, so have staircases. Now, a feature staircase is not a luxury for only the incredibly rich; they can be incorporated into any home. Here’s how you can craft your own…

Know your Budget

The first thing you need to consider is your budget. Think realistically of what you are willing to spend, allowing some wiggle-room for any extras you may not plan for. You should always be prepared!

Consider your Space

You also need to have a good idea of how much room your staircase can take up and consider the rest of your décor. What kind of size will fit your room? How will it work with what you already have? Of course, if you’re completely re-furbishing a room you have a little more freedom to plan around the staircase, but if not you should be aware of your space.

Material Choices

Timber, oak, walnut; we have a whole range of materials at Wood and Wisdom for you to choose from for your timber staircases in Sussex. Consider both the stairs and the handrail. Most people do choose the same material for both, but you don’t actually have to – you could use contrasting materials for a unique look. You should also consider what wood you already have around your stairs and in your home so that your staircase blends with the rest of your décor, and think also of that budget you put in place earlier. You can only buy what you can afford!

Design Factors

Do you want a traditional, straight-up-and-down staircase, or perhaps spiral steps are more up your street? A spiral staircase can actually be great in smaller spaces and adds a little bit of a quirky design. You also need to consider your balustrades, carving details, the distance between each bar on your handrail and whether you even want a handrail at all! You can go traditional or modern, ornate or minimal – the choices are endless!

Get Inspired

If you’re struggling to get your creative juices flowing or perhaps don’t really know quite what you want, it can always be useful to look for inspiration. Search ‘Feature staircase’ into a search engine and take a browse through the images. Places like Pinterest and Houzz can also be great sources of unique ideas. Pick up some home magazines, too, which will be filled with designs that you can take inspiration from.

At Wood and Wisdom, we specialise in creating bespoke spiral staircases from the finest materials, though we can also create pretty much any type of staircase you want! Whether you’re looking for traditional timber staircases in Sussex or something more modern, we’ll get it done. If you’ve got an idea in mind, or perhaps need help developing your ideal feature staircase, start chatting to our team of experts today.

Ways to Save Money in a Period Home

Period homes are among the most beautiful styles of property you can buy. From the high, sweeping ceilings to the beautifully laid brick-work and the ornate little details that we don’t see on modern properties, it’s hard to deny their appeal. However, traditional period homes weren’t built in a time where energy saving and the environment were so much of a big issue. So how do you cut down on heating bills and slash electricity prices in your period home?

High-Quality Sash Windows in Sussex

Most period properties will be fitted with traditional sash windows. Even now, property owners tend to stick with the style to stay in keeping with the rest of the house. By buying quality sash windows, you can help to cut down your heating bills and keep your house toasty even in the coldest winters! Wood and Wisdom provide high-quality sash windows in Sussex that are fully draft sealed to prevent warm air escaping and cold air seeping in.

Insulate your Loft

A lot of heat in a home is lost through the roof, particularly in large period homes. By insulating your roof, you’re going to keep far more of your warmth in and will drastically cut the cost of your heating. As period homes are usually quite large, they can take a lot of heat to warm them up so anything to help that stay inside is a definite bonus!

Eco-Friendly Energy

A lot of people don’t consider things such as solar panels as a way to save money because they can’t see over the initial payment. However, renewable energy actually pays for itself – and more! By investing in eco-friendly power supplies for your home that use natural sources (such as the sun) to power your tools, the savings from energy bills will add up before you even realise and soon your initial cost is covered and you’re saving heaps!

Smart Meters

By using smart meters, you can monitor the amount of energy you’re using in your home. You can even see which of your appliances is using the most energy and at what time of the day. Becoming more conscious of your usage is a great way to begin saving money.

Energy Saving Bulbs

Switching old, traditional light bulbs for modern day eco-friendly bulbs is a great way to bring your period home’s energy consumption a bit more up to date. They take far less electricity to run and also give out less wasted energy in the form of heat and sound. Basically, they’re just much more efficient!

It doesn’t take much to start saving money in your period home. Just by making a few changes you’ll be on your way to energy efficiency in no time! If you want to do something today then head to Wood and Wisdom’s sash windows and find the perfect fit for your home!

Whether you are after sash windows or bespoke kitchens in Sussex, get in touch with the team.

How to Clean External Windows and Door Frames Correctly

 

Regular maintenance of your windows and doors clean doesn’t take much effort but it can save you money in the long term while increasing your property’s curb-appeal! A key and easy part of the maintenance is keeping them clean. Here’s our advice on how to clean everything from aluminium Crittall-style doors  to casement windows in Sussex.

Cleaning Products

If you’re using a commercial cleaner to do the job, make sure you do your research. Ensure it’s compatible with your window and door materials and also any varnish or paint that’s been added or you could end up with a bit of disaster! If you’re worried, a homemade cleaner is usually the safest option and just as effective. For most windows and doors, a little detergent mixed with warm water does the trick, and an added teaspoon of baking soda can be used as well. For glass windows, substitute the baking soda for a few tablespoons of white vinegar to remove smears and marks. Aluminium frames such as those on our aluminium Crittall-styles doors can sometimes need something stronger like white spirit to get rid of a build-up of grime.

Cleaning Doors and Frames

Before going in with your cleaning solution, give your doors and window frames a wipe down with a dry, soft cloth. This’ll help to prevent dust and dirt from causing muddy streaks when you add water, which you really don’t want! Then, soak a sponge in your cleaning solution and gently wipe away all the remaining dirt and marks before drying with a clean cloth. If you have any metal fixtures, be sure you clean these too with their recommended cleaners. For windows such as our casement windows in Sussex, be sure to get into all the little nooks and crannies where dirt can build up over time.

Cleaning Glass

When cleaning your glass, aim to do it when the weather is warm but overcast with no wind. This’ll help to stop your solution from drying too quickly and leaving unsightly streaks behind. When you have those perfect conditions, use a spray bottle to spray your cleaner over your windows before using a cloth or non-abrasive scrubber to clean away marks. Rinse with water and use a dry microfibre cloth or squeegee to dry your windows. Make sure you clean both sides for the best results and don’t be afraid to repeat the process for maximum shine!

Why to Avoid Pressure Washing

We at Wood and Wisdom aren’t big on using pressure washers as they can so easily cause damage, particularly to our timber window frames and doors. This is because you just can’t fully control them. Though some may come with pressure and temperature adjustments, that still doesn’t account for distance and how long you focus on a particular spot. Before you know it, you could have caused permanent damage to your timber! We believe a gentle hand will have much better results and help your windows to last, even if it does take a little longer.

If you have any questions about how to look after your doors and window frames, please contact us at Wood and Wisdom on 01444 819 127. We’re always happy to help!

The Wisdom of Wood

Exclusive design and best quality materials. We can make your vision and dreams come true when you build your ideal home with us!

Making a house into a home can be a long process. If you can imagine how you want your place to look, it’s certain that the craftsmen at Balcombe’s Wood and Wisdom will be able to make your dream a reality.

I went along to their 5,000 square foot joinery workshop, accompanied by Adam King and Mark Scarff who run the company, to see how completely bespoke joinery can transform a design into something completely unique that will last indefinitely. “Many manufacturers tend to specialize but we do everything” Mark told me, “customers only have to deal with one company.” After 10 years in business, Wood and Wisdom has gained a superb reputation for premier architectural joinery including doors, windows, bespoke kitchens, gates and staircases. Windows can be constructed to echo a specific period with the advantage of double glazing and draught sealing and can be sprayed with a three coat finish in any colour. A bespoke designed external door can create a grand or classic entrance while internal doors can extend the style through to the living areas. The kitchen is where bespoke joinery really comes into its own; whether fully fitted, freestanding, classic Shaker style or hi-gloss contemporary, the choice is limitless and can transform a tired kitchen into the central hub of the home.

Bespoke joinery instantly creates character in a home. There are few features so magnificent as a sweeping spiral staircase and Adam showed me a recent example that effortlessly combined elegance with understated cool. Rooms that bridge the space between inside and out are another speciality. Stunning orangeries incorporating roof lights and folding doors create added space while making a grand visual statement. Craftsmanship is not confined to the house. Gates to gardens and drives gather every part of a property together and create coherence in detail and style. The company is also creating a portfolio of Victorian verandas, elegant carports and simple glass rooms in powder coated aluminium that help to extend the ambience of the house into its surroundings.

Many happy clients have written of their pleasure in such high quality workmanship. One mentioned how they were “absolutely delighted with the outcome” while another noticed how Wood and Wisdom are “very reliable, always delivering on time and on budget” while being “extremely knowledgeable and helpful.” Mark told me how they can transform a client’s ideas or sketches and help create a home that is completely individual while remaining functional, practical and beautiful. A showroom above the workshop is in the process of being designed. Clients will be able to see, touch and experience the difference that bespoke joinery can bring to a home.

Your home is where you can fully express your dreams, personality and character; Wood and Wisdom can work with you to make the utmost of your personal space.

Benefits of Aluminium Windows

 

If you’re on the hunt for a new set of windows, there are a lot of frame options you can go for. From the style to materials, there’s just so much choice nowadays! To help you out, we here at Wood and Wisdom want to give the low-down on our aluminium doors and windows and tell you why they may just be your perfect choice. So, without further ado, let’s get into it…

1) Thermal Efficiency

Aluminium window frames can improve heat retention in your home, reducing the amount of heat lost by up to 60% compared to PVCu. That’s pretty impressive. Think of the amount you’ll save on heating bills! Not to mention how toasty your home will be even when the weather outside is less than favourable.

2) Design Options

Aluminium is a pretty versatile material, meaning you can have a bit of fun when designing your window frames. You can go for styles such as aluminium art deco windows to reflect your personal taste and the style of your house, and pick from a huge variety of glass options and finishes

3) Environmentally Friendly

In an age where we must be conscious about our impact on the world around us, you’ll be happy to hear that aluminium windows are environmentally friendly. Not only do their thermal advantages work to reduce your carbon footprint, but it’s also a very sustainable material; thanks to its ease of recyclability. It’s good to know you’re being kind to mother nature when picking your windows, isn’t it?

4) Low Maintenance

Aluminium windows are incredibly easy to maintain, which is great for all of us leading busy lives! They won’t swell or crack and are corrosion resistant with the ability to withstand harsh weather conditions. You can basically just give them a little wash every now and then and they’ll be good to go!

5) Affordable

After all of those benefits, you might be wondering what the prices of these wondrous windows looks like – it’s got to be expensive, hasn’t it? Surprisingly, no! Aluminium windows are actually quite competitive in comparison so you won’t have to pay out a small fortune for all their perks. Great!

At Wood and Wisdom, we supply and install  aluminium windows in Sussex. All of our windows are made to the highest quality and we offer a range of styles including aluminium art deco windows, so you don’t have to look anywhere else! If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us – we’re always happy to help.

Why Purchase Oak Windows?

As designers, manufacturers and installers of casement windows in Sussex, we at Wood and Wisdom are big fans of oak windows. There’s some hesitation when it comes to purchasing oak windows (which seems very strange to us) and people don’t really know a lot about them besides their disadvantages. There’s actually a lot more to oak windows than people think, so we thought we’d help out by showing you just why they’re the best choice.

The Look

Now, obviously, oak windows have a huge aesthetic appeal. They look great in traditional and modern houses, adding that cosy touch that we all crave in a home, and can also be stained or painted to suit you and your surroundings. In terms of appearance, it doesn’t get better much than an oak window.

Eco-Friendly

Something that’s less thought about but is becoming more and more of an issue is the sustainability and environmental impact of the materials we use. Oak is a renewable source unlike its man-made alternatives, making it instantly more sustainable and environmentally friendly. Compared to plastics, oak windows are the saviours of the environment. Being eco-friendly is something we should all consciously be thinking about in our day-to-day lives, and that doesn’t stop at windows!

Natural Insulators

The fact that oak is a natural insulator surely makes it perfect for windows! Having oak windows will help to keep your home nice and toasty, whilst reducing both your carbon emissions and your heating bills. This is definitely something to consider if the slightly higher price of oak is putting you off. It’s an investment and every time you pay less on heating, the price of those windows goes down.

Long Lasting

Oak windows can last for an incredibly long time (a lifetime!) as long as they’re looked after properly. Again, this reduces the cost in the long run as you’re not going to have to replace them in ten or twenty years’ time. Everyone knows how annoying it is to install new windows so if you can avoid it, do so!

Maintenance

Contrary to what a lot of people think, maintenance of oak windows isn’t actually hard. As long as you weatherproof them and keep them in good condition, you’re not going to have much work on your hands at all! Besides, that tiny bit of maintenance is worth all those benefits, isn’t it?

Wood and Wisdom provide a range of products, including oak casement windows and sash windows Sussex. For tips and advice on timber windows, doors and orangeries or bespoke kitchens or conservatories, please call us on 01444 819 127.

Casement Windows can Increase the Value of Your Home

Replacing the windows in your period property can be daunting with so many options and styles to choose from. How do you decide when there are so many options? Here at Wood and Wisdom, we think you can’t go wrong with casement windows in Sussex whether you own a farm house, cottage or a barn conversion. They have so many great advantages and are always in demand; they can even increase the value of a property, making them a great investment!

If you want to learn more about casement windows, we’ve put together all you need to know.

What are Casement Windows?

Casement windows are hinged on the side and the sash opens horizontally opposite the hinge.

Their traditional appearance makes them more popular in older homes, and they allow for full ventilation from top to bottom of the window opening.

So, what are the benefits of casement windows, and why are they such a hit with prospective buyers?

The Aesthetics

A huge perk of casement windows is their look and the versatility of their design. Their appearance, reminiscent of stately English homes, keeps a house looking fresh whilst remaining traditional and in-keeping with surroundings.

Efficiency

As energy wastage becomes an ever-more prominent problem in modern day homes, increasingly casement windows are receiving praise for their energy efficiency. When closing your window, the frame presses right against the sash and creates an airtight seal, meaning that less heat can escape from your warm, cosy home.

Air Movement

Unlike the closed tops of double-hung windows, casement windows open completely, allowing for excellent ventilation around the home. This can come in handy for old homes which may get a little musty from time to time and can have problems with damp and mould, meaning good air flow is essential. Their wide surface also allows for more light, helping to make a home brighter which is always more appealing.

Safe and Secure

If you are worried about potential break-ins or just want to feel safer in your home, casement windows are definitely the window choice for you! Their hook shaped locks which are embedded deep inside the frame create a very secure close; it will be impossible for anyone to get to them.

Increase Property Value

As we mentioned, installing new casement windows can increase your property value and make your home more appealing to prospective buyers, for all the reasons we just mentioned! If that is not a selling-point, we don’t know what is.

 If you’re interested in casement or timber sash windows in Sussex, please get in touch with us.

Wood and Wisdom of Sussex Awarded Best Of Houzz 2017

Over 40 Million Monthly Unique Users Nominated Best Home Improvement and Design Professionals in the UK and Around the World.

Wood and Wisdom of West Sussex has won “Best Of Customer Service” on Houzz®, the leading platform for home renovation and design. Wood and Wisdom was chosen by the more than 40 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than one million active home building, home improvement and design industry professionals.

The Best Of Houzz is awarded annually in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 40 million monthly users on Houzz. Customer Service honours are based on several factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2016. Architecture and interior design photographers whose images were most popular are recognised with the Photography award. A “Best Of Houzz 2017” badge will appear on winners’ profiles, as a sign of  their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals on Houzz.

“We’re so pleased to award Best of Houzz 2017 to this incredible group of talented and customer-focused professionals, including Wood and Wisdom,” said Andrew Small, MD of Houzz UK and Ireland. “Each of these businesses was singled out for recognition by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts for helping to turn their home improvement dreams into reality.”

Follow Wood and Wisdom on Houzz http://www.houzz.co.uk/photos/query/wood-and-wisdom.

About Wood and Wisdom

Firmly established in the South East, Wood & Wisdom produces and installs a range of high class bespoke joinery and offers architects, contractors and private individuals a unique, quality driven approach to all aspects of joinery design and manufacture.

The 5000sq ft joinery workshop based in Balcombe West Sussex is fitted with the very latest in modern machinery and spray finishing equipment. Using traditional techniques our professional team of craftsmen is able to meet our clients’ needs in casement windows in Sussex and specifications in a reasonably short space of time and ensure each project is finished to the highest standards. Serving Sussex, Surrey, Kent and London we are a phone call away.

About Houzz

Houzz is the leading platform for home renovation and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a small room to building a custom home and everything in between, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community empowered by technology, Houzz is the easiest way for people to find inspiration, get advice, buy products and hire the professionals they need to help turn their ideas into reality. Headquartered in Palo Alto, CA, Houzz also has international offices in London, Berlin, Sydney, Moscow and Tokyo. Houzz and the Houzz logo are registered trademarks of Houzz Inc. worldwide. For more information, visit houzz.co.uk.

 

Give your Home the Wow Factor with a Bespoke Kitchen

In recent years, as TVs invade our living rooms and bedrooms and become private retreats, kitchens have taken over as the central hub of the home. A place to chat, relax and find peace in an increasingly noisy world. A haven. But, to create that ideal space, you need to create a kitchen that you feel comfortable in; one that fits perfectly within your home and works alongside your needs and individuality. More and more people are turning to bespoke to answer their design dilemmas, and it’s not hard to see why! As designers and manufacturers of bespoke kitchens in Sussex, we thought we’d tell you a little more about what exactly goes into a bespoke, contemporary kitchen, and why it could be the choice for you.

Sleek Cabinets

As one of the main design features of a kitchen, the cabinets have to be a focal point when designing. For contemporary kitchens in Sussex, a glossed finish is usually preferable as it gives that modern, sleek look and works brilliantly in bright block colours or minimalist monochrome. However, if you want a more traditional bespoke kitchen, real wood can create a cosy yet classy style. You can design everything for your cabinets from the style of hinges right down to the door handles, making them undeniably ‘you’.

Worktops

Another design feature to consider will be your worktops. With such a huge range of materials to choose from, this can be a tough decision! At Wood and Wisdom bespoke kitchens in Sussex, we can work with a variety of surfaces including solid wood, granite, marble and quartz. When picking your worktop, you should consider how it will flow with the rest of the room; think about your cabinet colour and material, as well as the lines and curves of your units. If you’ve got the space, an island in the centre of your kitchen using the same worktop surface is a great way to tie your whole room together and create that contemporary feel.

The Little Things

One of the great perks of bespoke kitchens in Sussex is being able to add those little details that make a whole lot of difference! Sometimes, it’s these personal touches that can really transform your kitchen. A curved edge on your cabinet doors, worktops positioned at different heights and even unique little additions such as the perfect space to fit your radio are what make bespoke kitchens so special.

A Space to Suit your Home

No matter the size or layout of your kitchen, there will always be little areas that standard kitchens just don’t fit quite right in or spaces that aren’t utilised to their full potential. At Wood and Wisdom bespoke kitchens in Sussex, we’ll create your designs to fit perfectly into your room. Awkward crevices are transformed into innovative storage spaces and corners no longer get in the way but are incorporated into your design! Small kitchens can especially benefit from these creative touches, making the most of what you have and creating a space that you’d never think possible in a little room!

If you’d like to learn more about our bespoke kitchens or timber windows in West Sussex, you can take a look on our website or get in touch with us directly. We’re always happy to answer any questions and look to how we can create your dream kitchen for you!

Contemporary Kitchens Will Increase Property Value

You can’t deny the appeal of a bespoke contemporary kitchen. From their seamless design that works harmoniously with your home to their great quality finish – it just can’t be beaten!

At Wood and Wisdom, as a designer of contemporary kitchens in Sussex, we have collated some research on why you should consider getting a contemporary kitchen.

The Figures

By re-vamping your home with a contemporary kitchen, the value of your property when you look to sell can actually increase significantly. The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors claim that an investment in a bespoke kitchen will give a return on its original value when sold. Readers Digest backs this up, stating that house value can increase by 11% when a luxury kitchen is installed. They also fare much better with time than their cheaper alternatives, meaning you can live in and enjoy your kitchen and still sell it on in the future with the added value; quality and good design do not fade quickly.

Why is a Contemporary Kitchen So Important?

As a designer and manufacturer of Bespoke Kitchens in Sussex, we definitely value a good, contemporary kitchen, but that’s a given! What about the people who would be looking to view your home? Why will they pay more for a bespoke kitchen?

Well, firstly, there’s how important the kitchen is in a home; in a busy life, it’s important that your kitchen is a sanctuary where you can relax, chat and cook your stresses away. This means that the value of a good kitchen goes beyond it’s worth in money.

Your kitchen is also a place where hygiene is important, so an old, worn out kitchen can be very off putting to prospective buyers; if you let your kitchen get into that state, what about the rest of the house? Would they really want to cook in there?

A bespoke kitchen is also fitted around your home, making use of all the little hard to reach spaces and maximising the room’s potential, giving buyers the feeling that there is a lot the room has to offer, rather than a dingy, bulky design that doesn’t really do it any favours.

The final thing we’ll say – because, trust us, we could go on about this all day – is simply that having a contemporary, luxury kitchen helps your viewers to envision themselves living in the house. They can imagine having their first cup of coffee in the morning and making the family meals every night in a beautiful, well-designed space. This is essential to selling your house at a good price.

Get Your Very Own Contemporary Kitchen in Sussex!

At Wood and Wisdom, we design contemporary, bespoke kitchens, tailored to your needs and the unique layout of your home. We strive for an excellent standard of quality and work hard with each of our clients to make sure you get exactly what you want. For beautifully crafted kitchens that will add value to your home, look no further!