What’s the difference between Joinery and Carpentry?

Joinery and carpentry are both wood based construction trades. There are lots of similarities between the two skills and it is understandable that people often confuse the two. There are many areas where joinery and carpentry overlap, with lots of transferable skills between the two professions. There is, however, a big difference between the two disciplines. The main difference between a joiner and a carpenter A joiner is a craftsman who joins wood, usually in a workshop or factory. Joiners make doors, windows, staircases, and all manner of furniture. A joiner’s work often involves using large machinery such as lathes, … Continue reading

Low or high threshold bi-folds – what are the pros and cons?

White bifold door in timber

In recent years, bi-fold doors have become an increasingly popular patio door choice across the UK. Their wide opening action and neat fold back system have proven popular with homeowners who want to maximise floor space and link interior and exterior areas. At Kirkman Joinery, we manufacture bespoke timber bi-fold doors to your exact specifications. Our bi-folds can be installed as an entrance patio door option or between two interior rooms as a movable partition. With timber bi-folds from Kirkman Joinery, you can open up your home to the great outdoors or create large open plan living areas when required, … Continue reading

10 innovative ways to add wood to your home

Timber front door with timber beams surrounding

Using wood in your home is a great idea. It adds a feeling of warmth and cosiness to any room, helping to create a relaxing atmosphere. Wooden features are often viewed as a symbol of quality and luxury. When well cared for, wood will last a lifetime. Its natural grain is both aesthetically attractive and resistant to wear and tear. At Kirkman Joinery, we’re the experts in everything wood related. When you want to add some wood to your home, we have the material knowledge to make your wooden home improvements a complete success. From our factory in High Wycombe, … Continue reading

Red Lion Cottage – Sympathetic timber window & door replacement in Grade II Listed cottage in Amersham

We were recently contacted by the owners of Red Lion Cottage in Amersham, Buckinghamshire to undertake some renovation work at their home. The property is a Grade II Listed Building, so it was imperative that any renovation work retained the property’s character and style. The project involved replacing all the windows and the entrance door with high quality timber alternatives.  The cottage is now benefitting from secure and energy efficient windows and a stylish new door, and has lost none of its traditional charm. Project details Project: Red Lion Cottage – Grade II period property Products and services – Complete … Continue reading

25 reasons to choose Accoya wood for your next project

Are you planning a windows, doors, or conservatory installation project? If so, have you decided which material you’ll choose? At Kirkman Joinery, we’re the experts in wood. We undertake all aspects of joinery, large and small. We know which material is best suited to each individual project. Alongside traditional soft and hardwoods we also use Accoya wood. Accoya has undergone an acetylation process to improve its quality. Here are 25 reasons to choose Accoya wood for your next project. 1. Extremely durable – will last at least 50 years in exterior use 2. Thermally efficient – helps your home to … Continue reading

Why you should never replace your wooden windows with uPVC or aluminium

Angled timber windows

Do you live in a period property with original timber windows? Are these wooden windows beginning to rot or deteriorate? Are your windows prone to cold spots or are they letting heat escape? You may have looked into the replacement options and you’re considering replacing your failing timber windows with uPVC or aluminium alternatives. STOP! Do not do this. Whatever negative things you may have heard about timber windows simply aren’t true. Today’s modern timber window systems are a world away from the originals in terms of energy efficiency, security, and durability. They regularly outperform uPVC and aluminium across all … Continue reading

All Saints Church – High Wycombe

All Saints Church High Wycombe Based in High Wycombe, Kirkman Joinery are experienced joinery installers, having completed a huge range of projects across Buckinghamshire and the surrounding areas. We were contacted by a local architect who was working with All Saints Church in the heart of High Wycombe.  Our job was to come up with a concept for new front doors, and storage cupboards.  The church were delighted with our designs and we were instructed straight away. Project Details Project: All Saints Church – High Wycombe Products & services: Bespoke doors, cupboards and stair case and more Completed: The project was completed … Continue reading

High Wycombe Stained Glass Fan Lights

4. High Wycombe Stained Glass Fan Lights

Joinery installation photos Based in High Wycombe, Kirkman Joinery are experienced joinery installers, having completed a huge range of projects across Buckinghamshire and the surrounding areas. When we were contacted by the owners of this property in High Wycombe, we therefore stood out as the obvious choice to provide them with a complete timber window and door replacement solution. The owners of this property wished to have timber windows installed with stained glass windows, and with our experience working with both timber and glass, we were able to provide them with exactly what they wanted. Project Details Project: High Wycombe … Continue reading

Chalfont St Peter Curved Sash Windows

Three timber sliding sash windows curved

Joinery installation photos Kirkman Joinery were contacted in the early stages of 2015 by the owners of a property in Chalfont St Peter, Buckinghamshire, regarding the supply of bespoke sash windows and curved top door sets. Following a site visit and consultation, it was agreed that the property required us to manufacture and fit a set of bespoke sash windows to accommodate pre-existing arches, and complementing door installations. With decades of experience carrying out bespoke joinery projects, Kirkman were the ideal choice for the project. Project Details Project: Buckinghamshire, Chalfont St Peter property – curved sash windows Products & services: … Continue reading

Nottwood House

Wooden windows painted white on large house

To give the owners of this beautiful property exactly what they were after, we suggested a complete glazing solution by replacing the existing windows with ones which were handcrafted by Kirkman. We installed a complete set of our stunning hardwood casement windows for a look which is traditional, but with additional glazing bars for a touch of contemporary styling.

Our hardwood casement windows not only offered the beautiful aesthetics the owners of Nottwood House were after, but they also offered excellent levels of durability and reliability. Continue reading