Movember Boys Raise Thousands!

30 November 2012 in Home & Garden Features | Oak & Decking Products | Oak Framed Buildings

The Christmas spirit has come early to Round Wood! Customers, suppliers and friends have rallied to our ‘Movember’ cause, donating in excess of £3,000.

12 of the boys on the staff started the month clean shaven with the hope of raising £1,000 for the charities supported by the annual event, including Prostate Cancer UK and the Institute of Cancer Research.

With the support of their ‘Mo Sistas’ they have already achieved triple that target and pledges are still coming in. Round Wood easily ranks inside the top 300 teams inside the country, out of well over 30,000. A final total of between £4,000 and £5,000 is hoped for, along with a top 150 spot. 

Donations have come in from a variety of amazing sources and from all corners of the globe. Various suppliers from China, France, Germany and the UK have chipped in, alongside customers from across the continent. Other sponsors include local MP Charles Hendry and of course many friends and family members.

“The reaction to this month has been unbelievable,” said MD Zac Soudain, who won the ‘Man of Movember’ award after collecting the most sponsorship. “Everybody around us really rallied to our cause; I really cannot thank them enough.”

Commenting on his impressive ‘Trucker’; style moustache, he added: ‘It is really itchy. I cannot wait to get it off; I am looking forward to getting my face back. But it has all definitely been worth it. I am sure we will take part again next year with the aim of raising even more funds.”

Other moustache styles on display at Round Wood included ‘The Mexican’ and ‘The Major,’ as well as one dyed purple.

General Manger Trevor Stratford performed a ‘Reverse Movember.’ He has sported a moustache for 32 years, but maintained a completely hairless top lip for the month.

Round Wood of Mayfield supply a variety of products from their main base on Newick Lane, including oak framed buildings, hardwood decking and oak flooring. Their sister company Round Wood Trading offers a range of home and garden features, including giant replica Easter Island Heads which also ended up with a hairy top lip!

 

To follow our progress and see a FULL PHOTO GALLERY please visit our facebook page.

To done to the cause, please visit our Movember page.

 

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From Oak Frames to Floor Boards

9 November 2012 in Oak & Decking Products | Oak Framed Buildings

An article shortly to be published in Self-Builder magazine is a good example of the publicity received by our hardwood decking, oak flooring and oak framed building ranges.

From Self-Builder, December 2012

Whether you require an entire building or just a finishing touch, the range of products and services available from Round Wood of Mayfield will appeal, particularly if you are developing to a high specification.


Oak Framed Cricket Pavilion featuring hardwood decking, oak flooring and joinery.

The company consists of several strands that all adhere to traditional crafting techniques and the supply of premium materials. This quality doesn’t cost the earth and is more than worth the investment given the years of service it will underpin.

Round Wood’s involvement in your development can vary from that of a trusted product supplier, if you simply require hardwood decking or flooring, to full build management if you are looking to erect an Oak Frame.

The team behind their ‘Oak Framed Building’ division has planned, erected and finished thousands of projects over the last 20 years. These have included buildings typically associated with oak framing such as garages, gazebos, garden rooms and offices, but also larger scale undertakings such as houses.

One such development offers almost 600 square metres of floor space set across four levels. The structural frame comprises beams of over a foot wide and is topped by impressive bespoke finials that stand in excess of 7 feet.

The house also features flooring supplied through the ‘Quality Oak & Decking Products’ strand at Round Wood. In line with their commitment to high end products only the most durable and attractive hardwood floor boards are offered, including solid and engineered oak and walnut.

The decking they supply is also cut from the most durable species of timber. Toughest of all is Ipe, a South American hardwood that will last over 100 years without treatment. Others include Balau, Garapa and Oak, all of which are far more durable than the softwood equivalents available at standard timber merchants.

Hardwood decking boards also hold a considerable advantage when it comes to catching the eye. They feature beautiful grain swirl and deep, rich colouration that can vary widely in some species. This can look really striking on a large deck, particularly if the boards are finished with hidden fastenings that cut out the need for unsightly face screws.

Whilst decking and flooring is provided on a supply only basis by Round Wood, they do have recommended fitters and are always on hand to lend advice. Their oak frames can also be purchased on this basis if you have your own works team.

The most recent project where these elements have been combined was for the construction of a new pavilion for Mayfield Cricket Club. This project was led from inception to the completion of a building that stood 21 metres wide, 19 metres deep and 7.5 metres tall. In addition to decking and flooring it also included oak joinery supplied by Round Wood, including 5 sets of bi-fold doors, 2 sets of garage doors, 3 standard doors and 9 windows.

Through its sister company, Round Wood also supplies ‘Home & Garden Features’. These tend to have a reclamation style focus and include cast iron statues, urns and benches and wrought iron furniture sets. Recently they have also developed a range of garden planters. These are crafted in a variety of materials and designs, including faux lead jumbo boxes, troughs and cylinders.

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Movember comes to Round Wood!

1 November 2012 in Home & Garden Features | Oak & Decking Products | Oak Framed Buildings

The boys of Round Wood are showing their support for the fight against cancer by agreeing to grow moustaches throughout November.

By participating in the annual ‘Movember’ event, they are joining an army of ‘Mo Bros’ that is expected to number in excess of 2 million. Each must begin the 1st of ‘Movember’ with a clean shaven face (as pictured above). 
They must spend the remainder of the month growing and grooming moustaches that must not be joined to a goatee or sideburns.
‘Mo Bros’ ask their supporters to help them through the weeks of itching by making a donation. The number of moustaches on display also helps raise awareness of men’s health issues.
Last year almost £80 million was raised for worthy causes such as Prostrate Cancer UK and the Institute of Cancer Research. It is hoped that the 2012 figure will top £100 million.

To follow our progress, please like our facebook page.

To done to the cause, please visit our Movember page.

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E-Commerce now available

16 August 2012 in Oak & Decking Products | Oak Framed Buildings

Whilst we love talking to our customers, it is now possible to purchase products from our range without even picking up the phone. The latest in a series of updates to our website sees the introduction of e-commerce capabilities that offer an intuitive and secure checkout process.

ArchiDecks

 

Given its vast nature, we have not rolled out online purchasing for our entire product range at this stage.

Large, bulky items offered in a number of dimensions and that may require machining - such as decking and flooring - still require ordering over the phone.

This allows us to provide materials as closely as possible to your requirements, provide accurate delivery times and combine shipping charges.

For items that are suited to courier despatch, such as our ranges of ironmongery, flooring oils, decking accessories and even door kits, however, ordering now just requires the click of a button.

Items eligible for online shopping have a prominently displayed ‘Add to Basket’ button.

 

Decking Oils

You can view your basket at any time by using the link in the top banner. We have also introduced an easy to use ‘Prices to Include VAT’ toggle, allowing both retail and trade customers to view prices in a familiar form.

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Fibrestone planter range expands!

16 August 2012 in Home & Garden Features

Our range of Fibrestone planters now includes a Mega (120cm) Faux Lead Chelsea box capable of holding several members of the Round Wood team, (photographic evidence provided).

Mega Fibrestone Planter      Giant Fibrestone

 

Previously, our largest Fibrestone Chelsea planter spanned a not insignificant 60 x 60 x 60cm, making it suitable for medium to large shrubs and trees. When one of our customers approached us with a bespoke requirement for a larger proposition, however, we were happy to oblige.

We are now happy to offer the new model (1.2m x 1m x 1m) as part of our standard range, along with an only relatively smaller 90cm x 90cm x 90cm Giant Chelsea Fibrestone Box. Other sizes are under development.

Fibrestone is an innovative composite, combining fibreglass with stone. So whilst it offers all the durability benefits of fibreglass, it still retains a solid feel. Unlike Fibreclay it will not weather or easily chip.

These new larger models have reinforced walls, so are suitable for large volumes of soil and large plants, such as palm trees. We hope to bring you photos of the boxes in situ shortly.

Siberian Larch Decking

18 July 2012 in Oak & Decking Products

Whilst we specialise in hardwoods, we have recently extended our decking range to include boards cut from Siberian Larch.

Until now, the only softwood we have used for decking is Cedar, as it high levels of natural oils make it particularly resistant to insect and fungal attacks.

Siberian Larch Decking 

Siberian Larch also has outstanding qualities that provide a durability normally only found in its hardwood cousins. It is particularly noted for its dense grain structure and resinous composition.

In its native Russia, the Larch is known as ‘The Tree of Eternity’. It is hardly surprising; buildings constructed from the timber remaining standing in Russia today, most notably in Siberia.

An abundance of trees can be found in the region. For a softwood timber it is extremely slow-growing and is responsibly harvested, so also has strong environmental credentials.

New videos available

6 February 2012 in Oak & Decking Products | Oak Framed Buildings

We now have a total of 5 videos on our YouTube channel that either showcase our product range or detail recent projects, including the Oak Framed Pavilion we built for Mayfield Cricket Club.

Three additions sit alongside our original videos: ‘Oak Framed Buildings, Oak Flooring & Hardwood Decking’ and ‘Ipe Decking – A Case Study.'

Mayfield Cricket Club Pavilion – The Build

Our Oak Framed Building team has been involved in a series of interesting and large scale projects recently, such as the development of a new Oak Framed Pavilion for Mayfield Cricket Club.

The building, which also features our hardwood decking and engineered oak flooring, replaces the old structures that were lost to a mindless arson attack at the club's picturesque 'Wellbrook' ground. This video follows the project, which took place in spring 2011, from the ground up.

Oak Framed Buildings by Round Wood of Mayfield

The cricket pavilion also features in this video, alongside several other projects we have completed. It takes a look at a 6,000 square foot house that also includes our engineered oak flooring, a stable complex, a farm shop and a garage with additional garden storage.

Solid & Engineered Oak / Walnut Flooring

Our range of flooring products is continually expanding. This video takes a short look at several styles of board we offer either being fitted or in situ.

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New Garden Statues Available

6 January 2012 in Home & Garden Features

Contrary to popular belief, not all of the garden statues in our range of Home & Garden Features are cast in iron. Whilst this was the medium we first favoured, we have recently introduced statues crafted in a range of other materials, including an innovative concrete/fibreglass composite.

This composite has allowed us to develop a range of giant statues that can be handled relatively simply, whilst still retaining a solid, heavy feel. Subjects included Easter Island Heads, which scale to over 2 metres, and life-size Terracotta Warriors.

Easter Island Statues

Other mediums include stone, limestone and high quality, weather resistant, resin. All are selected for their durability and ability to be hand crafted/finished. As such, our statues are not always the cheapest on the market, but are finished to a very high specification and will provide years of service.

Given its traditional roots and outstanding resistance to the elements, cast iron does remain a firm favourite. It also lends itself beautifully to classic designs such as our cast iron stag and gliding lady. That is not to say that it isn’t suitable for more contemporary themes. For evidence of this, just check out our cast iron Hippo, which is always a winner!

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Fibrestone troughs now available

17 December 2011 in Home & Garden Features

We are now offering Chelsea Troughs cast in Fibrestone following the success of the boxes we introduced earlier this year. Fibrestone offers a harder wearing alternative to the Fibreclay models in our garden planter range.

Fibrestone Chelsea Troughs

 

Fibrestone is an ideal material for the manufacture of planters. It combines the durability of fibreglass, so is strong enough for use in giant models, with a solid, heavy feel, courtesy of the stone powder mixed into the composite

The result is an authentic, attractive planter that provides years of service at reasonable cost.

Unlike fibreclay, another popular medium we offer, fibrestone will not age greatly, so should be your choice of material if you would prefer your garden planter to maintain a consistent appearance.

Our Fibrestone Planter range also includes contemporary boxes and troughs in both white and black.

Full Fibrestone Range details:

Fibrestone Chelsea Troughs – Available Sizes: 50cm, 60cm, 70cm

Fibrestone Chelsea Boxes – Available Sizes: 30cm, 40cm, 50cm, 60cm

Black Fibrestone Contemporary Boxes – Available sizes: 30cm, 40cm, 50cm, 60cm, 75cm

Black Fibrestone Contemporary Troughs – Available sizes: 73cm, 88cm, 100cm

White Fibrestone Contemporary Boxes – Available sizes: 30cm, 40cm, 50cm, 60cm, 75cm

White Fibrestone Contemporary Troughs – Available sizes: 73cm, 88cm, 100cm

Black Fibrestone Tapered Planters - Available sizes: 48cm, 62cm, 92

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New Chippy Site Now Live!

14 October 2011 in Oak Framed Buildings

The ‘Chippy’ website that promotes our range of ready to assemble, oak framed kit garages has been relaunched. It has a new design theme and the facility to purchase buildings online.

Whilst internet sales are usually associated with books, CD’s and Xbox games, surfers can now purchase entire oak framed garages without even having to pick up the phone.

Oak Framed Garages  Oak Framed Garages 

www.oakframedgarages.co.uk, which is now e-commerce enabled, markets the standard ‘kit’ garages that Round Wood supply through their ‘Chippy’ range. Buildings are supplied in ready to assemble form, so are ideal for builders, carpenters, general tradespeople and even highly competent DIY enthusiasts.

47 standard designs of garage are offered. Frames vary from one to four bays, are available with gable, hip or barn-end roofs and can include half-bays, aisles and log-stores. All are traditionally crafted and pre-assembled in workshop to ensure fit once on site. The largest buildings have a footprint of over 73m2.

www.oakframedgarages.co.uk is the second in a series of sites being relaunched by Round Wood of Mayfield to cover the four strands of their business. ‘Quality Oak & Decking Products’ was launched earlier this year, whilst bespoke ‘Oak Framed Buildings’ and ‘Home & Garden Features’ are currently under development.

All can be accessed via a new portal at www.roundwood.com and share an attractive, image-led design theme.

www.oakframedgarages.co.uk segments the available garage frames by the number of parking bays they provide. This, in conjunction with logical navigation paths and product feature filters, allows users to drill down into the exact products they require in the fastest possible time.

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