Edinburgh is a fantastic place to be based. We’re spoilt by an array of amazing landscapes, history and architecture which means we are lucky enough to be able to work on some really interesting projects. As specialists in heritage and conservation work we are often asked to work with owners of buildings with some fascinating stories behind them but often with complex needs. It’s a real honour to be part of these projects and we know there is a lot responsibility and trust on our shoulders, but these are the kind of challenges we thrive on.
We are often asked to work in Edinburgh’s historic city centre where the New Town has a wealth of beautiful buildings. Some of these are Georgian, some Victorian, and most are listed. Our expertise in bespoke joinery and our understanding of listed buildings means we know exactly what we’re doing when it comes to restoration and repair. Not only do we know our stuff when it comes to the legislation surrounding these special buildings, we also make every effort to source and work with the right materials for each job to replicate and/or manufacture existing features e.g. architraves, doors, cornices and windows etc, ensuring the maintenance of the original character of your home or business space.
Often, windows are an area of real specialism in these types of buildings. Sash and case windows are acknowledged as a key feature of traditional Scottish architecture and can be found in all sorts of properties but they require a special kind of care and attention to keep them in great working order. For the repair, restoration and replacement of sash and case windows we work alongside our sister company Sash & Case Windows Direct. They offer an expert, quality service for all aspects of maintaining and replacing these eye catching home enhancements.
We’ve done lots of work in conservation areas, on listed buildings, on grant assisted projects and with heritage organisations. This means we can anticipate any special requirements and offer knowledgeable advice to homeowners, architects and project managers. We understand that it can be daunting to be responsible for an historical building, but there is lots of advice and support available. If you are looking to do some research, Historic Environment Scotland can help so click here for a wealth of information and archives. They can also advise on grants and funding which may apply to your project.
If you have an historical building and would like to find out more about our services to restore or renovate your property, please get in touch. We’d be delighted to have a chat about how we work, and how we can help you from the planning stages right through to completion making sure your project complies with all the regulations from the relevant planning authorities.
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Sash and case windows can be found in different types of properties all over Edinburgh. This type of window has movable panels which are made from wooden frames which hold glass panes. The panels are moved by a system of weights, sash cord and pulleys to open and close. This traditional style is still a very popular choice throughout changing trends, due to the classic and elegant touch they can lend to architecture.
To ensure a long life and efficient performance, sash and case windows need to be properly maintained. The timber frames can rot over time meaning that the sashes and casements can stick and rattle, leading to deterioration of the components. This results in draughts being able to make their way through any gaps. Left untended, sash and case windows can become beyond repair.
We have some advice on how you can maintain your windows keeping them in tip top condition:
Now that Autumn is here it’s time to prepare your sash windows for the coming cold weather. This will help preserve your windows giving them a longer life, and also maximise the energy efficiency of your home. For more information on improving the thermal performance of traditional windows, click here for information from Historic Scotland.
Our sister company, Sash and Case Windows Direct, specialise in a range of services to repair, restore and replace sash and case windows in Edinburgh. They can help with any aspect of getting your sash windows ready for winter including reglazing, painting, draught proofing, renovating and shutter work. They also offer a double glazing service which means you can ensure energy efficiency during the colder months while maintaining character and style in your property. Like us they’re based in Edinburgh but work all over Scotland on both residential, commercial and public property of any age.
Have Sash & Case Windows Direct come out and check your windows over before the winter sets in. If you would like to find out more about any of their services, please don’t hesitate to get in touch by calling 0131 510 6868 to speak to a member of the team or using the contact form. More information can be found on the Sash & Case Windows Direct website.
We were delighted to recently be asked to undertake some renovation work on the beautiful presbytery building at St Columba’s RC Church on Upper Gray Street in the leafy area of Newington in the south side of Edinburgh. Having previously replaced a number of the church’s windows with bespoke casement windows it was great to be asked back to undertake another project. A fantastic historical building at the heart of the local community, the church felt that the kitchen area was in need of upgrade, modernisation and extension and they consulted with us with regard to this refit. It was important to retain original features and character of the building, and also to keep the project running efficiently so that any disruption to the busy daily life of the church was kept to a minimum.
The church was looking to replace their tired kitchen and make a bigger and much more modern working kitchen for the church members and community groups who regularly rely on the space to cater for their various meetings and events. Working to the architect’s drawings we were able to create a larger working space by removing a brick walled cupboard to extend the kitchen space, and also by changing positions of windows and doors meaning the space could be used in a more efficient arrangement.
The church opted for a high quality, durable and attractive solid wood oak fitted kitchen which we installed along with new integrated appliances. The wiring was in need to modernisation so we moved the fuseboard to a more practical position and also upgraded the electrics. In order to make sure the kitchen was nice and bright, we lowered the ceiling and fitted LED down lights which means all areas are bright and accessible to the users.
In line with the historical feeling of the church we then installed new double glazed timber windows ensuring warmth, sound proofing and energy efficiency for the room. We finished off the project by fitting new cornicing, plastering all of the walls as well as the new ceiling and added new wall tiles and a lick of paint. The floor was finished with heavy duty twin floor vinyl, tough enough to cope with the high number of people using the kitchen space.
Above are some pictures of the kitchen before, during and after our renovation.
We regularly provide our contract joinery and building services in a non-domestic setting and are experienced in working with businesses and organisations to help them make the best of the space they have. We can provide all trades and manage your project from beginning to end, leaving you free to focus on your own business. If you’re thinking about making changes in your premises, get in touch.
Now that March is here and Spring upon us, it’s time to start looking at making the most of the opportunity to improve your garden. Decks are a popular garden landscape feature fitted to create more space for socialising and entertaining in the garden and increase your living space for the summer months. Whether you choose natural wood or a low-maintenance composite, decking is a great way of adding character and value to your outdoor space. There are several benefits associated with adding a new deck.
Whether having a barbecue or throwing a party a deck provides additional space. Your decked area can be an extra room in the summer months where you can spend time with family and friends. A deck is easy to furnish to create a living or dining area and can also be used as a storage space so your garden can become much more functional no matter what it's size or terrain.
USING DIFFICULT SPACE
If your home is positioned on a hill, your garden is on the small side or on uneven ground, there may not be much usable space available. A deck can increase your garden’s usability because it may be elevated or built in levels to provide multiple areas and can hide any problematic areas of ground.
OPPORTUNITY TO BE CREATIVE
Adding a deck can add visual appeal and enhance your garden by giving different heights, dimensions and colours to suit your lifestyle and the space you have. You could consider incorporating a gazebo, built in seating or raised beds for bringing in some greenery, or choosing a vibrant stain to bring a splash of colour to your garden. Decking doesn’t have to be attached to the house either. You can zone your garden by choosing the sunniest and most peaceful area and create a natural seating area that will never be muddy underfoot.
AFFORDABLE AND LOW MAINTENANCE
Decks are an affordable and low maintenance solution and involve a much shorter construction period than brick-and-mortar additions to your garden, and a well-designed and covered decking space or roof terrace can offer a year round option.
We are experienced in assessing outdoor space, planning and building decks to enhance our client’s gardens. If you’re thinking of making changes for this summer, get in touch to arrange a visit and we can advise you and provide a quick quote.
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There’s no doubt about it, the kitchen is an important part of any property. It’s where we go to fuel our minds, bodies and souls with tantalising dishes and laughter when inviting friends around for dinner.
The size of a kitchen is likely to be a big determining factor in how frequently the heart of a home is used, but that’s not to say that a small kitchen can’t be utilised. All that’s needed to create the perfect kitchen is some clever design, space planning and thoughts about how you can cook up a storm while simultaneously spending time with your loved ones.
Work Out How You Use Your Kitchen
Determining how easy it is for you to currently move between appliances and utensils will help you to figure out whether you need to redesign the layout of your kitchen. Similarly, an inclusive kitchen with low worktops may be a necessity for you, whereas your current room doesn’t allow for such mobility.
This could be solved simply by ridding yourself of unnecessary items and relocating the ones that remain so that they are easier to access. However, if you find that you’re still in need of more space, looking for alternative places to store items may be the solution for you.
For instance, deep drawers are ideal to see everything from above as opposed to rifling to the back of a cupboard. Likewise, open plan shelving and hanging large utensils are a great way to optimise space and create the aesthetic that you are hoping for.
Picking a palette is arguably one of the best ways you can create the kitchen of your dreams as different hues will allow you to adhere to various design options. For instance, a sleek and glossy white and black interior will enable a modern aesthetic whereas pastel colours on wooden cupboards are ideal for a traditional country style.
Consider the Finer Details
There are a number of ways to transform your kitchen into the heart of your home, one of which is considering how you can entertain yourself and others while in there.
Having a TV on the wall or fridge will keep you entertained while cooking, or enable you to cook along with culinary programmes. You could also incorporate a wine fridge or rack for when you’re entertaining guests.
Other Things to Consider
Creating a kitchen of your dreams means transforming a space so that it fits your personal tastes and needs. Opting for a bespoke service that will enable you to decide how you want your room to look and operate is without a doubt the key to creating the perfect kitchen.
So if you’d like more information about how we can help you install and create a dream room, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us for a quick quote.
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A renovated kitchen adds value to your home, and if your kitchen has looked the same for the past few years you will most likely be tired of the design. Renovating a kitchen, however, is more than choosing the right colour scheme and whether you want an open kitchen or an island to give you more countertop space.
The first step to renovating your kitchen is to know how much you can spend. You may have the perfect kitchen in mind and every colour and furniture picked, but you have to account for how much you can spend.
If you opted for a rustic style or you love to cook, you might want to invest in copper pans or in a pasta maker so you can impress your loved ones! A modern style will look stunning with the latest kitchen gadgets in the market.
The Right Time
Having your budget is essential, but knowing when to renovate is also important. If you are planning to renovate your kitchen around Easter, for example, it will cause an inconvenience if you’re having your family over.
It might be frustrating to not renovate your kitchen straight away, but planning for when you have free time and for when you know no one will be around will prevent potential accidents. You will also be able to have a party later on, to show off your new stunning kitchen!
Your Kitchen Grows With You
Older kitchens run into the issue of worn cabinets and outdated design choices. Older appliances might cost you more money due to not being energy efficient, and investing in new dishwashers with low energy consumption will save you both water and money.
If your family has expanded, you might not have enough space in your kitchen. More than one cook in the kitchen will need more countertop space. Having an open plan kitchen also allows for more social interactions.
Having children around the house is always delightful and joyful, but if your kitchen is outdated it might be putting them at risk. You might need to renovate your kitchen in order to keep ovens and microwaves inaccessible for the little ones.
If you think it’s time to give your kitchen a breath of fresh air and renovate it, here at B&M Joiners and Building Services we have over 40 years of experience in high-quality workmanship. For more information about our services, you can contact us on 0131 556 9816 and our friendly team will happily answer any query you might have. For updates on our news, you can find us on Facebook or Twitter.
Deciding to extend any part of your house is an exciting adventure. Adding extra space opens up a world of new possibilities! It will certainly change the way you and your family feel at home.
Style and design are very important parts of this kind of project. Do you want the new space to be added to the existing room as if it had always been there? Or do you want to create a completely different atmosphere?
Reconfigure the Space
When you add an extension, the whole design of your home changes, so don’t forget that. The entrance and the hallway should keep their central position. Also, there are spaces that should naturally remain together if possible: the kitchen and the dining room, the bedrooms and the toilets.
If you’re adding extra space to a room, you will have to reconsider its whole layout: natural light, views, points of access, the necessity (or not) of privacy and so on. In some cases, you might want to add walls or knock them down. It all depends on the purpose of the extension itself.
Can’t decide between having an open space or an enclosed one? Stop over thinking, because you can have them both!
Pocket doors are the perfect solution. If you have them closed, the two spaces become completely independent from each other. This will allow you to enjoy some privacy and relaxation. In another moment, the pocket doors can be opened, creating the illusion of the two spaces being just one. These kind of doors bring even more extra space, as you can put furniture next to them – whereas normal doors always need a minimum of space around to be used.
Maximise your Budget by Building Up
You’ve already decided on adding an extension… why not building two storeys instead of just one? The average price for square feet can be reduced by stretching the more expensive elements of roofing and foundations over a larger area. If you already have a one-storey structure (such as a garage) you can also add another one onto it.
In this way, you will be getting more space for almost the same amount of money. And having more space will become handy at some point. For example, it can be a study room for when your children to complete homework; it can turn into a library to organise your DVD collection and so on. Once you invest money and the effort on adding a home extension, you should get the most of it!
At B&M Joiners we pride ourselves of having more than forty years of experience adding home extensions. Whatever the project we are working in, we always keep in mind all the pertinent regulations as well as maintaining the unique character of your house. We work with almost any material (timber, brick, stone and plaster, among others). If you want advice and guidance for your project, don’t hesitate in contacting us, we’ll be delighted to help! For more tips and ideas, follow us on Twitter and Facebook.
The attic is one place in the house that often ends up as wasted space. Yes, you might need to climb two or three sets of stairs before getting there, but that is possibly its only disadvantage. Using it only as a place to store things that you probably never use doesn’t need to be its destiny forever. This spring, you can open your mind and think about what you always wanted to have at home. Is it a library, to store that huge book collection? Your own study room where you can stay focused? An extra bedroom with an added toilet where friends can stay whenever they visit?
As soon as you start seeing your attic as a loft space of infinite possibilities, you will want to refurbish it but, where to start? Staying focused is perhaps the most important thing. Have you ever thought about having a lookbook? This can be a normal notebook where you can paste photos from friend’s houses or images you get from interior design magazines. Collect everything that inspires you and then take a bit of time to reflect on that to discover what your preferred style might be.
A lookbook is a creative space, so everything is allowed; including samples of colours and textures, or even doodles of that Victorian mirror you would like to hang on the wall – but you haven’t found yet. Show it to friends and family to get even more ideas or to decide between different styles.
Money will decide many things, like the materials you can use, the furniture you can afford… Always calculate an extra 15% to face any unexpected issue that might arise. This means that if something happens, you won’t need to take shortcuts in other areas or renouncing to things you might have wanted to incorporate – like a large TV if you’re planning to have a home cinema. In fact, having a realistic budget will guarantee success as you won’t find yourself with a half-remodelled attic and no money.
How you are going to use your loft will help to decide the kind of lighting you need. For instance, if it’s going to be a study room your children will use to do homework when they come home in the evenings, you need an appropriate desk light that allows them to work comfortably when reading or using a computer. If you’re turning your loft into a massive DVD library where you are planning to install a large TV then you probably don’t need too many lights – you want a cinema-like effect.
Perhaps the reason why many people forget about their attics is because they just see them as dark, cluttered rooms. That’s precisely the feeling you want to combat from the very first minute you start thinking about remodelling your attic into a stylish loft. To make sure that objects don’t accumulate in the corners – they will make the room feel smaller – install tailored furniture. In that way, you can still make the most of the space whilst you enjoy it. And, finally, the attic will be that space you and your family come to relax in.
Remodelling your attic can be your most exciting adventure this spring. We know you need an expert team of workmen who understand what you want and work according to your time and budget. We’ve been redesigning attics into fantastic lofts since 1970, and we know how to do it causing the minimal distress to your everyday life at home. Contact our friendly team today; we’ll be delighted to hear about your project!
Coming home and unwinding in a hot bath or with a hot shower after a long day of work is very important. Having a nicely decorated bathroom is something that some people overlook. The bathroom is a place where you spend a good amount of time in your day, so having a spa-like bathroom makes for a relaxing environment.
If you feel like your bathroom doesn’t reflect the coming warm, summer days as well as you would like, giving it a new look might just do the trick. After all, who doesn’t love a beautiful looking bathroom?
Go For Colour
Summer is all about light colours; you can choose a colour scheme to give your bathroom a soothing and calming ambience. The colours you choose for your rooms have a big impact on your mood, so a change of pace might be what your bathroom needs to be the ideal place of relaxation.
You can paint your entire bathroom in one colour, or you can choose just one wall to paint. You can even paint your favourite scenery on one of the walls and bring the beach or the mountains to your own home!
Replace Your Furniture
Do you feel like your cabinets and sink are outdated? If you’ve had the same cabinets for a few years, then treating your bathroom to new furniture will give it a modern look. A broken cabinet will bring your bathroom down; you can give them a makeover, or update to new, modern models.
If you need more storage space, why not add a few shelves above your sink? If you feel like they don’t provide enough space, you can install more cabinets. Don’t forget to coordinate your cabinet colours with your colour scheme of choice!
Add Luxurious Accessories
After remodelling your bathroom, it’s time to add some luxurious accessories. You can install a shelf just for candles, to keep them from being in the way of your towels. You can also add some decorative objects next to the candles; it will make your bathroom look and smell lovely, and decorative shelves are very modern looking.
You can also add a beautiful clock, artwork from an exotic beach, vases and plants, and a new mirror. Mirrors can be personalised to fit with the colour scheme you chose. You can also choose a theme, like a naval theme, and decorate your bathroom accordingly. A model of a ship would be a great addition to your bathroom!
If you want more information about how we can help you with your dream bathroom, you can contact us on 0131 556 9816 to speak with our friendly team. You can also follow our news on our Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn pages.