Solar light range expanded

12 October 2011 in Home & Garden Features

We are now able to offer a style of solar light to suit any garden or patio after taking on the full range available from our friends at ‘solar mates’.

Alongside their silver and copper classics are a host of new models, including the large ‘Tube’ and eye-catching ‘Sleek’ solar lights. All provide ambient, warm white LED lighting.

Tube Solar Light  Sleek Solar Light 

All solar mates are made from stainless steel and feature an automatic dusk switch-on so that power is not wasted during daylight hours. The range is eco-friendly, CE certified and will continue to operate in even extreme temperatures.

In its simplest form, solar power can be described as the conversion of sunlight into electricity. This can be achieved through various methods, but photovoltaic is by far the most common, where power is converted and used directly, (with no intermittent processes).

Please note that as the available energy varies in relation to the amount of sunlight received, run times of all solar lamps will be reduced on overcast and dull days, particularly if positioned in areas of shade.


Photos: Pavilion opens for first time

1 August 2011 in Oak Framed Buildings

The Oak Framed Pavilion we recently built for Mayfield Cricket Club opened its doors for the first time on Friday 29th July.

The occasion was marked by an event at their ‘Wellbrook’ ground featuring a match between players selected from the clubs three teams in the East Sussex Cricket League, a drinks reception and barbeque.

The whole day was extremely well attended, with Mayfield’s residents turning out in large numbers to lend their support to a project developed with the local Community in mind.


In addition to the standard facilities you would expect to find, the pavilion features a large external veranda and social area which is also available for hire to non-club members.

In addition to constructing and erecting the Oak Framed Building, we supplied hardwood decking, oak flooring and a soon to be fitted external oak staircase.  For photos of the build process, see our blog entry: Cricket Pavilion nearing completion.



Case Study Video: Ipe Decking

27 July 2011 in Oak & Decking Products

A behind the scenes look at a landscaping project in Hove carried out using our Ipe Decking Boards and ArchiDeck Hidden Fastenings.

Whilst we don't fit the hardwood decking boards we offer, we do have a number of contractors we are happy to recommend. One of our favourites in the Brighton region is Langlea Garden Design, who regularly fit our Balau and Ipe decking boards.

Langlea, headed up by designer Lea Sideris, have a reputation for creative and fun landscaping, so we jumped at the opportunity to film them on a job fitting our Ipe Decking Boards to create a sun-trap deck in a South facing garden.

In order to display the Ipe boards to their full potential, fitting was carried out using ArchiDeck Hidden Fastenings. By clipping into the side of decking boards, ArchiDecks cut out the need for unsightly face screws, making them the logical choice of fastener if you have invested in a high-end decking timber.

As ArchiDecks require a rebate to be cut into the side of the decking board, fitting times can be increased. Our unique pre-grooving service, however, eliminates the need to biscuit joint on site as we are able to cut a slot down the entire length of a board in our mill before despatch. This service is available for just 50p a linear metre plus VAT.

The benefits of ArchiDecks are obvious, as can be seen on this video. Langlea finished this job to a high specification, using complementary slate tiling and lights that are controlled solely via iPads.

Fore more information on the services offered by Langlea Garden Design, please visit


Tongariki at Hampton Court

26 July 2011 in Home & Garden Features

Our new style of 'Tongariki Easter Island Head' featured on a thematic show garden at Hampton Court Flower Shower recently.

The sculpture, which stands 1.5m tall, was a key feature of ‘A precious Warning,’ an exhibit that strongly emphasised the importance of sustainability. The stand was the brainchild of local garden designer Keri Mulqueen who worked in association with Plumpton College.

It proved extremely popular with both event organizers and the public; receiving a bronze award for design and being frequently used as a backdrop for photos.

“The Easter Island Statue really helped us to bring a dash of Easter Island authenticity to the garden,” said Mulqueen, MD of Hove based The Good Design Company. “It played a key part in conveying the message that we need to protect our natural resources and also really helped to draw people in.”

The garden was created to inform and educate the public about the effects of an unsustainable culture.  The story of Easter Island, or Rapa Nui, provided an ideal backdrop to explore these issues against.

Easter Island Head Garden Statue

Easter Island experienced a collapse of its Eco- system, which led to the extinction of many of the islands prehistoric and indigenous species; events associated with the over exploitation of Easter Islands natural resources, particularly timber.

Many of the trees on the island are believed to have been felled and used as ‘rollers’ to transport the giant heads the population carved to commemorate their ancestors. When explorers from Europe, led by Roggeveen and Captain Cook, first discovered the Island in the 1500’s they were struck by its bleakness.

This was represented by the rear of the show garden which featured the Easter Island Statue, or Moai, set affront his native, barren landscape. Lush planting with a tropical influence surrounded this area, representing other islands living sustainably. A water irrigation feature within the planting made out of plastic represented how items can be re-cycled and re-used advantageously.

A ‘Tongariki’ Moai Statue was selected for the exhibit, a recent addition to our range of Easter Island Head Garden Statues. Other models we offer include the classic ‘Rano’ and ‘Louvre’ style Easter Islands Heads, which range in size from 30cm to a whopping 2.05 metres - the largest available anywhere in the world on a non-bespoke basis.


Engineered Oak Flooring Range Extended

25 July 2011 in Oak & Decking Products

We are now offering 220 x 21mm Engineered Oak Flooring with a chunky 6mm wear layer.

Given its thickness, the new board is suitable for structural purposes and can be sanded back more times than the 220 x 15mm alternative with a 4mm wear layer already in our range.

In fact, it can be sanded back as many times as a 21mm thick solid product, which has to be replaced once its depth has been reduced to the tongue in the side of the board.

Engineered Oak Flooring offers several advantages over its solid oak flooring equivalents.

As it features a compressed ply backing it is extremely stable and has far less tendency to shrink and expand, so is suitable for use with under floor heating.

It does not have to be acclimatised to its environment, so can be fitted straight out of the packet, and is very easy to lay – particularly if it is simply floated over underlay.

Once down, Engineered Oak Flooring is indeterminable for Solid.

Our Engineered Flooring should not be confused with far inferior laminates. It is machined from a solid piece of European oak, not strips, and offers a solid, underfoot feel, courtesy of its depth.


Photos: Mayfield Cricket Pavilion almost completed

22 July 2011 in Oak Framed Buildings

Our Oak Framed Building team have been working on a series of interesting projects recently, including a new Pavilion for Mayfield Cricket Club.

  Oak Framed Pavilion Oak Framed Pavilion Oak Framed Pavilion

In addition to housing storage and changing facilities that a David Lloyd Health Club would be proud of, the building features a large external veranda and fully equipped bar that is available for use by the whole community.

Members made the decision to build a Pavilion that the whole of Mayfield could be proud of after a mindless arson attack reduced their previous structures to ashes last year.

Oak Framed Pavilion Oak Framed Pavilion Oak Framed Pavilion

In addition to constructing and erecting the oak frame, we also supplied and fitted an external oak staircase, hardwood decking and engineered oak flooring; making it one of the most extensive builds we have worked on.

Our teams were on site for several weeks and several pieces of heavy plant had to be brought in given the size of the frame. Elements of the build process can be seen on our promotional video outlining the range of products we offer and a dedicated feature will be available soon.

Mortise and tenon joints Hand Wrought Ironmongery 

The Pavilion is officially due to open on July 29th when snagging is complete, although a couple of games have already been played on the recently re-laid turf at the picturesque ‘Wellbrook’ ground.

The club has three teams competing in the East Sussex Cricket League, with their firsts winning Division 4 last year.

  Mayfield Cricket Club Pavilion


Fibrestone Planters now available

18 July 2011 in Home & Garden Features

Our range of garden planters just got even bigger! We are now offering extremely hardwearing Fibrestone planters in a variety of sizes and styles, including jumbo containers, contemporary troughs and faux lead Chelsea boxes. 

 Fibrestone Chelsea Box

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.

The largest model on offer comes in at a whopping 75cm x 75cm x 75cm; perfect for larger plants and trees. Troughs are available up to 100cm and tapered planters up to 92cm.

Full Range details:

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, 92cm


Video: What we do!

28 June 2011 in Oak & Decking Products | Oak Framed Buildings

This video offers an insight into the Oak Framed Buildings, Hardwood Decking, Oak Flooring and Quality Oak Products we supply.

In addition to showcasing some of our timber products, the feature takes a brief look at some of the work that goes on behind the scenes.

People are often surprised at the extent of our timber ranges. Regardless of their scope, however, the different strands of the business all share a common belief in traditional crafting techniques and high end materials.  This includes our sister company Round Wood Trading, who offer Home & Garden Features from our base in East Sussex.

Our Oak Framed Buildings, for instance, are manufactured using traditional woodworking techniques, including oak pegged mortise and tenon joints, and the only decking we supply is cut from extremely durable hardwoods.

Our doors and joinery items are handmade in our workshop, whilst our flooring is either offered in solid oak, or as an engineered board with a chunky top wear layer that makes it indeterminable from the real thing.

The materials and manufacturing processes we manage ensure that these are all products suitable for projects being carried out to a high specification, in terms of both the appearance and durability they provide.


15mm Engineered Walnut Flooring now available

26 June 2011 in Oak & Decking Products

You can now achieve the high end look of a Walnut floor from just £37.50/m2 with our new 189 x 15mm Engineered board.

Our 189 x 21mm Engineered Walnut Flooring has long been a staple of our range, proving popular with those seeking a luxurious, contemporary aesthetic.

In addition to looking great, the board also offers years of service as its 6mm wear layer allows for multiple sandings.

Our 15mm range offers an alternative for projects being managed to a tighter budget. Whilst its wear layer is narrower at 4mm, this will still allow for a couple of sand backs so is still capable of providing many years of use.

As for all our flooring and decking products we are able to supply a sample. Just contact us on 01435 867072 or use our contact form – and don’t forget to supply your address.


The sample process!

24 June 2011 in Oak & Decking Products

We just wanted to remind you that we are happy to supply samples of our hardwood decking and oak flooring products.

All you have to is complete our contact us form. We do have a couple of small requests: please don't forget to supply your address and also details of the products you are interested in!

Because they are sent via Royal Mail we are only able to post out small samples. These will be sufficient to give you an indication of the grading and finish on the selected board style.

Please note, however, that as timber is a natural product, board colouration can vary - even between those cut from the same tree.


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