by Scott Edwards

We are regularly approached by clients who are in the first stages of planning or construction of their own houses to manufacture many of the items they wish to incorporate into their homes.

Quite often a client will approach us for a specific product then decide to employ our services for the majority of their joinery works which was the case with Mr & Mrs Ikin of Culcheth.

Initially Mr & Mrs Ikin wanted us to make the external windows and doors for their new home after locating us through a web search. However, once they visited our showroom and production facility and we had surveyed their new home and met with their builders they decided to contract us to supply their internal doors, casings, architraves, skirting boards, driveway gates and a showpiece bespoke staircase that would be the main feature of their grand hallway.

The original plan for their home was to have all of the windows and doors in European oak. However, due to the house being in a very open area and highly exposed to the elements we advised that they might wish to consider Idigbo hardwood as an alternative as it would be less likely to discolour and more cost effective. Upon creating a sample window with high security “Espagnolette” locking mechanisms our clients decided that they would opt for the Idigbo and we commenced production of all windows and external doors.

The house was to be a unique design with oak timber frames, a huge open plan living area and the entire back and side section of the house to have bi fold doors rather than windows. We constructed no less than eleven made-to-measure bi folding door systems for this one property. All of the windows and doors were fitted with high security multi-point locking systems and double laminated units which made them virtually impenetrable. Unfortunately the family had experienced an aggressive burglary in their previous home and wanted piece of mind that this could not happen again.

Once the house was completely secure from the elements we manufactured the client’s choice of door casings, skirting board and architraves and supplied pre-finished engineered doors and a pair of solid vestibule doors all in American white ash. Now that the house was moving along rapidly the driveway gates were required to secure and privatize the property. We manufactured these in 3 inch thick Iroko hardwood which would be highly durable and match well with the perimeter fencing.

Finally, once the majority of internal finishing had been carried out we removed the temporary stairs and manufactured and installed the modern centrepiece staircase. The staircase would be the first thing seen as you entered the house. Behind the flight was the large open plan lounge so we designed an open rise staircase with stub glass riser and solid glass balustrade. Mrs Ikin requested that we make the staircase as streamline as possible and stated that she would like us to come up with something that meant she didn’t need to have conventional newel posts at the start of the flight as she felt this interrupted flow. As a result we created the effect of the handrail turning down into the floor, therefore eliminating the stop-start effect she disliked with normal posts.

Thankfully Mr & Mrs Ikin were extremely pleased with all of the products we supplied for them and kindly wrote us a testimonial. 

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