Why choose Engineered Flooring

4 April 2015 in Oak & Decking Products

We take a look why engineered flooring boards are now far more popular than their traditional, solid equivalents. 

Stability benefits

Our engineered flooring has a cross bonded multi-ply backing, which adds strength and durability to the oak veneer and overall floorboard. This engineered flooring can be fitted straight from the pack, so there is no need to acclimatise it for weeks before laying. Once laid you can add a tint or clear oil to create the required overall finish, and would be hard pushed to distinguish the difference between engineered and solid flooring.


Use with underfloor heating

As above, not only does the cross bonded multi-ply backing provide strength, but additionally the layers are easier for the heat to penetrate and for you to feel the benefit. Timber has a naturally warmer feel than other flooring compatible with underfloor heating such as tiles, adding to the benefit.


Long lasting

There are countless reasons why engineered flooring is the preference for many, including the ability to “patch up” scratches. This can be done by simply sanding the area and re-applying treated hard wax oil, unlike laminate or tile where only a replacement tile or board would be sufficient. We also provide a treatex oil hardener to toughen the surface, perfect for high traffic areas.


Adaptable with changing tastes

When buying a floor, we all expect it to last the test of time. The great advantage of engineered oak and walnut flooring is the ability to stain the timber when styles and tastes change, allowing you to renovate a room by simply re-oiling your floor.


Prices cut on Fibrestone planters!

26 February 2015 in Home & Garden Features

We have lowered the price of many models in our range of Fibrestone planters, including the classic faux lead Chelsea box. Fibrestone is fast moving, and with the price cuts will be moving quicker, so don’t hesitate in placing your order.

Fibrestone is a new and innovative material ideal for the production of garden planter containers. It provides all the benefits associated with fibreglass, such as durability, but offers a more solid feel courtesy of the significant amount of stone powder added during production. Unlike Fibreclay, Fibrestone does not emit salt so maintains a more consistent finish. These flower pots are available in the classic faux lead Chelsea range, and the black or white garden planters, perfect for creating a more contemporary look. These pots and planters are available in boxes, troughs, cylinder and tall tapered pots.

Below are just some of the planters lowered in price:

Faux Lead Chelsea Box 30cm – WAS £31.00 – NOW £20.00

Faux Lead Chelsea Box 40cm – WAS £62.00 – NOW £45.00

Contemporary Trough Black 73cm – WAS £50.00 – NOW £44.00

Tapered Contemporary White 62cm – WAS £50.00 – NOW £32.00


Walnut Engineered Flooring - Back in stock

10 February 2015 in Oak & Decking Products

Our engineered walnut flooring, ideal for those looking to achieve a luxurious, contemporary finish, is now back in stock.  With its warm rich tones and a cross bonded backing for outstanding stability, it has proved extremely popular in both commercial and residential properties.

Our range comprises two board thicknesses. A 189mm x 21mm for structural purposes and a 189mm x 15mm with a slightly thinner wear layer, (4mm as opposed to 6mm).

The boards have been pre-finished with two coats of hard wax oil, saving you both time and fitting costs. We recommend that once laid an additional layer of protection is added using Treatex Hard Wax Oil, which will also help seal the joints. 

Walnut Engineered Flooring 189 x 21mm £53.40 inc. VAT


Walnut Engineered Flooring 189 x 15mm £45.00 inc. VAT


Oak Frame Buildings Simplified

15 January 2015 in Oak Framed Buildings

Purchasing an oak framed building can appear a daunting propsect, so we have put together a quick step-by-step guide for prospective customers.

It has recently been published in a number of leading lifestyle magazines. The version here is taken from the Wealden Propery Magazine where it was featured as a front page lead. 

If you require any further information or a copy of our brochure, please do not hesitate to call our sales team on 01435 867 072.

Oak Frames Simplified

A guide by Round Wood of Mayfield

An important consideration when looking at any new property is its potential for improvement. This is often achieved by extending the main residence or adding and replacing outbuildings such as a garages, porches, garden rooms, and gazebos.. 

Whilst many types of structure are available, oak frames are increasingly used as they offer a stunning aesthetic, outstanding durability and are treated sympathetically by planners. Their recent recently rise in popularity ensures they add to the value of any home, whether new or existing.

The prospect of purchasing an oak framed building can, however, appear daunting, particularly if you have limited experience of construction projects.  As such, here is a quick guide that breaks the process down into a series of stages that can be managed to a level you feel comfortable with. A good supplier will value any input you wish to give, but should be equally happy to oversee the entire process.

Obtaining a quote

The enquiry process will be far easier if you have a good idea of the type and style of building you require.  Your first point of contact with a supplier should be to request any brochures they have. Along with their website and magazines, these are a rich source of inspiration 

During your research it is also well worth ascertaining if a ‘kit’ building can meet your requirements as they can represent great value. Round of Mayfield, for instance, supplies 47 variations of standard garages and 12 off the peg garden rooms!  

You may, however, have specific needs and therefore require a bespoke design. Whichever path you take, several decisions will need to be made. You can save time by considering these before contacting a supplier to obtain a quote. You will need to provide information on the following:

Dimensions: You will need to give relatively accurate details of desired footprint & height.

Roofline: Where appropriate, you will need to choose from a selection of profiles:

Gable - Front & rear rooflines tiled to apex. No tiling to sides.

Hip - All four sides of roofline tiled to apex.

Barn Hip - Front & rear rooflines tiled to apex.  Side rooflines tiled from halfway.

Bricks/Tiles: Do these need these to keep in style with surrounding buildings? 

Joinery: Do you require doors, windows or a staircase? Many frame suppliers also have joinery workshops.

Space: Do you require partitions or living areas, which may have planning implications?

Construction: Who do you want to carry out the build?  The build process can be broken down into three stages: groundwork, frame assembly and roofing. The supplier of your oak frame will have in-house teams for each.  Whilst it is possible for you to source your own contractors - which can prove more cost effective if they are nearby - this is only recommended if you are prepared to manage the project to a high degree. 


Before proceeding with any quote you will obviously need to meet all planning and building regulations in your area. If you are considering a large frame and your local authority is considered to be strict, it may save time to enquire about any conditions you may have to meet before even contacting an oak frame supplier for a quote.  

There are several useful planning resources at your disposal. Most councils offer a pre-application advice service and a wealth of information can be found on the ‘Planning Portal’ website, where applications can be made online.  

Most established frame suppliers, however, will be happy to guide you through the regulatory process and often employ dedicated staff members.  This tends to be the simplest option given their experience and contacts in the field and knowledge of the buildings their company supplies. If your project is relatively small, they may be able to tell you immediately if planning permission is even a requirement.

Going Ahead

If you decide to take the plunge after obtaining your quote and planning permission, the next stage involves signing off on plans. Unless you have supplied these via an architect, your oak framer should draw these up for your approval. A site visit may be required depending on the nature of the project.

“After a quote is approved, we will contact the customer to discuss the fine details,” explains Anna Baldwin, CAD operator for Round Wood of Mayfield. “Plans will then be drawn up and sent to them for sign off. If they have any revisions, the plans are amended.”


Watching your building go up is the fun part, especially if you have decided that your framer will manage all of the necessary teams! The first phase involves the groundworkers digging out the foundations, pouring the concrete slab and then laying the necessary brick work.

Then the assemblers move in. First, they will fit a soleplate to the brickwork. Some of the upright green oak posts are secured to this using steel pins, whilst those that stand independently rest on staddle stones. The eaves beam, tie beam, rafters and ridge complete the frame assembly.

Studwork and bracing is then fitted, on to which the external weatherboard is fastened. This can be supplied in either oak or softwood, depending on budget. Next the rafters are put in place, ready for the tiles to be fitted by your final team – the roofers.


25% OFF Baskets & Burners

14 January 2015 in Home & Garden Features

We are offering a 25% discount on our wrought iron log burners and mild steel burners until the end of January.

Whether you are looking for a log basket to tidy up your fireplace, or a Brazier or fire pit to keep you warm outside, we have something on offer for you. Our wrought iron log baskets are available in 2 designs and a range of sizes to suit. The carbon steel burners are ideal for keeping you warm outside throughout the colder months and summer evenings.

To claim your 25% discount, simply email us at sales@roundwood.com or call us on 01435 860 888.

The Log Baskets

Gothic Wrought Iron Log Basket / Brazier (LOG003XXS) - 45 x 45 x H.33cm

Gothic Wrought Iron Log Basket / Brazier (LOG003XS) - 47 x 47 x H.41cm

Gothic Wrought Iron Log Basket / Brazier (LOG003S) - 50 x 50 x H.48cm

Gothic Wrought Iron Log Basket / Brazier (LOG003M) - 55 x 55 x H.54cm

Gothic Wrought Iron Log Basket / Brazier (LOG003L) - 60 x 60 x H.61cm

Knotted Wrought Iron Log Basket / Brazier (LOG002) – 45 x 45 x H.67cm


The Carbon Steel Burners

60cm Carbon Steel Burner / Fire-pit (BUR007S) - 60 x 60 x H.19cm

80cm Carbon Steel Burner / Fire-pit (BUR007M) - 80 x 80 x H.27cm

100cm Carbon Steel Burner / Fire-pit (BUR007L) - 100 x 100 x H.34cm

            120cm Carbon Steel Burner / Fire-pit (BUR007XL) - 120 x 120 x H.38cm             


Trivet (To raise your burner or brazier off the grass)

31cm Wrought Iron Trivet (TRI002) - Diameter, Top - 26.5, Base - 38 x H.31cm

33cm Wrought Iron Trivet (TRI003) - Diameter, Top - 31, Base - 40 x H.33cm


Carbon Steel Burners - Fire Pits

16 December 2014 in Home & Garden Features

New in and already flying out the door, Carbon Steel Burners have a great 'wok' like shape and disperse the heat of the fire beautifully. These are availble in a range of sizes, from 60cm to 120cm for a variety of needs. So whether you want a 60cm for a few people to huddle around, or a 120cm to heat up the party and cook your marshmallows, you will find somthing for your requirements.

As pictured above, a trivet can be purhcased to raise the burner off th grass. 

These burners are hand worked from sheets of 2mm mild, or carbon steel. The level of carbon introduced to this alloy, (approximately 0.2%), has been carefully balanced to provide durability, whilst ensuring it remains sufficiently melleable to achieve out distinctive bowl shape. 

These are perfect for keeping you warm outdoors in the winter and throughout the summer evenings. 

Carbon Steel Burners


Caron Steel Burner with Trivet


Oak Framed Buildings & Listed Properties

25 November 2014 in Oak Framed Buildings

We recently advised members of the Listed Property Owners' Club on the issues around constructing an oak frame within the curtilage of a listed building. 

In an article published in their monthly magazine, various topics were covered, including how to approach the planning stages and liasing with conservation offices. The article can be read in full below.

Oak Framing and Listed Properties

Oak Framed Garden Room

As you will all be aware any development to, or around, a Listed Building can be a tricky, bureaucratic process. Adding an oak framed building to such a property - whether it be an extension, garage or garden room - is no exception.

In addition to any standard planning permission that may be required, which can prove tricky enough, Listed Property Consent must be sought simultaneously. This generally necessitates the involvement of a number parties including, of course, a conservation officer and architect.

To facilitate this process, your selected Oak Framing Company would ideally be involved from a very early stage. As every Listed Property owner knows, the status of their building and its surroundings provides the context against which any development decision must be made, so their input into what can and can’t be achieved is often crucial.

Round Wood of Mayfield, an established national supplier of Oak Framed Buildings, have been involved in a number of such projects. Whilst they are happy to come on board to work on plans already drawn up by the conservation architect, they have often been called in at the concept stage.

“If a customer still only has a rough idea of what they are looking to achieve, we will carry out an initial consultation with them,” explains Will Sheffield, Head Site Surveyor at Round Wood of Mayfield.

“This involves visiting the property and getting as much information as possible on their requirements and the existing vernacular. Whilst the architecture of the buildings within the curtilage of the Listed Property is crucial, it is also important to consider those within the more general neighbourhood.”

Extensive discussion would also take place at this point on the style of development that would most likely get approval.

“Whilst the key is to maintain the appearance and integrity of the listed building, this does not always mean that the oak frame must be designed to match,” Will Sheffield adds.

“We have been involved with extensions, for instance, that have needed to be distinct from the existing building so they were given a modern feel. The conservation officer was keen for the original to stand out by itself and not be seamlessly integrated into a new structure.

“Generally, however, and almost always in the instance of outbuildings such as garages, garden rooms and home offices, remaining in keeping is the major objective.”

Following this initial visit, sketches of the possible development are drawn up. These are provided to the customer for feedback and any required revisions are made. This process is repeated as often as is required until the desired building is achieved. 

Oak Framed Building Sketch


At this stage, the Technical Design team gets involved. A CAD technician will work closely with the surveyor to translate sketches to detailed plans. Once signed off, these can be formally submitted for the required permissions.

Oak Framed Building Plan

If Round Wood of Mayfield have not been involved from the concept stage, they are generally brought in on a consultation basis before plans are submitted. Involvement after this point allows for the possibility of plans being approved, but then being unachievable or unnecessarily expensive from an oak framing perspective. Any subsequent modification would then have been sent back into the planning and Listed Property consent process.

Even at this stage, advice is often sought on a range of issues to ensure that applications have the best chance of being approved.

“There are a lot of factors that can be taken into consideration by the authorities,” Matthew Lyward, Sales Director at Round Wood, points out. “These can range from major issues such as which roof profiles are permissible, right down to minor details, such as which tiles are used. All of these can determine whether the appearance of a building is significantly altered.

“Generally speaking, working to the highest standards possible are desirable with Listed Properties. So opting for oak weatherboard and rafters over cheaper softwood equivalents may well save money in the long run as the building is more likely to be approved first time around.”

Once the development is approved, the frame is finally made. Round Wood of Mayfield use traditional crafting techniques - including curved braces and mortise and tenon joints - and dry fit every component in their workshop to ensure ease and speed of fit on site.

Oak Framed Building Construction

Whilst Round Wood of Mayfield’s own installation team erect the vast majority of frames they supply, homeowners can use their own fitters. This can prove more cost effective if skilled carpenters are on site working on other projects or are readily available locally.


2-Bay Oak Framed Building


Wrought Iron Log Baskets

20 November 2014 in Home & Garden Features

We have added to our range of Log Baskets so now there are even more sizes to choose from, all can be used for wood storage or as a Brazier. Being hand wrought, all have a beautifully sturdy feel, along with a homely traditional look. 

So whether you want convenient log storage next to your fire, or a flaming brazier to keep you warm in the garden – We have a variety of choices to suit your needs! Sizes range from 45cm to 67cm in two different designs. You can accessories your brazier with a trivet to keep your brazier off lawn! 

Wrought Iron Gothic Log Baskets

Wrought Iron Knotted Log Baskets



Cedar Shingles & Ridge Tiles

4 November 2014 in Oak & Decking Products | Oak Framed Buildings

Our Cedar shingles continue to prove a popular choice of roof covering given their warm, rich colours and natural, sweet smell. 

The shingles we offer are blue label certified and are manufactured by Olympic Cedar Products, a member of the Cedar Shake & Shingle Bureau. Member mills have committed to consistent quality through independent third-party inspections by accredited.

As Cedar is very rich in oils, it is extremely resilient to the effects of weathering and requires no treatment.

             Pictured: Blue label No.1 grade cedar shingles

We also offer ridge tiles. These allow you to finish off your roof with minimum fuss, as they are pre-stapled and ready to fit. We recommend you fit your cedar shingles with stainless steel ring shank nails, of which we provide a range of sizes to suit your needs. 

Western Red Cedar Shingles £39.50

Western Red Cedar Ridge Tiles £40.00

Various Ring Shank Rails


New Cast Iron Statues

28 October 2014 in Home & Garden Features

From Pigs, to Buddhas and Ballerinas, our new hand finished cast iron statues cover a wide variety of subjects, all with their own personalities.

So whether you want to add a touch of serenity to your garden, or cheer up your grounds, take a look at our new additions section. You might even find some Christmas gift inspiration.

          Pictured: Cast iron pig statues. Available separately.

One of our favuorite new cast iron statues is Jeremy the Frog, who doubles up as a water feature! 

The cast iron hand finished detail makes these statues come to life, as well as a variety of finishes (Black, Bronze, Rust, or Antique White) to choose from.

Below are a few of our newest arrivals:

Jeremy the Frog

Little Sitting Fairy Statue - Antique White

Buddha Serene Statue

Miniature Cannon Statue

Pair of Whippet Dog Statues


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