Can wooden bi-folding doors be used externally as well as internally?

Timber bi-folding doors

At this time of year many homeowners are seeking renovation inspiration, combining both traditional styling and modern performance. Popular with homeowners looking to maximise floor space whilst seamlessly linking interior and exterior areas, the demand for bi-folding doors has significantly risen over the last two decades. Wooden bi-folding doors are a popular choice, especially in period properties. And, although their popularity continues to steadily increase, confusion still surrounds; ‘Can wooden bi-folding doors be used externally as well as internally?’ Generally, timber is thought to be quite a porous material; therefore, not as long-lasting and not suitable to be used externally. … Continue reading

What is Accoya wood?

Timber front door with timber beams surrounding

Accoya wood is chemically modified timber. Natural softwood is put through an acetylation process to enhance its characteristics. Accoya is durable, sustainably sourced, and thermally efficient. Its superior strength and attractive aesthetic make it the perfect material for creating bespoke windows and doors. The Accoya wood acetylation process Wood acetylation is a scientifically proven method of improving the properties of natural timber. During the acetylation process, the softwood is treated with acetic anhydride. This alters the cell structure of the softwood, transforming the naturally occurring free hydroxyls into acetyl groups. Once the process is complete, the Accoya wood is harder, … Continue reading

What are the benefits of buying a timber conservatory over a uPVC conservatory?

A timber conservatory/extension with modern kitchen

When you’re planning to install a conservatory at your home, there are lots of things to consider. Perhaps the biggest consideration is what material your conservatory will be made from. Your conservatory’s frame should be strong, durable, and aesthetically attractive. It should also suit the style of your existing property. If you live in an older, more established property, a traditional style conservatory will probably suit your home best. Conservatories are available in Victorian, Edwardian, and Georgian styles, in both timber and uPVC. Ultimately, personal preference, budget, and property type will influence your final decision. A timber conservatory does however, … Continue reading

Tempting timber bi-folding doors (and how to use them indoors)

White Timber Bifolds

Bi-fold doors are an innovative way to open up your home. In recent years, they have become a popular choice for homeowners across the UK. At Kirkman Joinery, our timber bi-folding doors are bespoke designed and manufactured to meet your exact specifications. Here are some of our timber bi-folding door installations to help you gain inspiration for your home improvement plans. Six glass pane exterior bi-fold doors These six panel and four panel bi-fold door runs are finished in a muted light grey colour. Their low-level panelling provides extra privacy while lots of natural light is brought in through the … Continue reading

What is bespoke joinery?

Bespoke wardrobe and bedroom furniture

Bespoke joinery involves making customised timber items to fit individual requirements. Bespoke joinery can include any wooden products which are designed and fabricated to precise specifications. Many bespoke joinery items are designed to optimise space in a building. They can include built-in wardrobes, cupboards, shelves, and a range of innovative storage solutions. Bespoke joinery also includes structural timber products. These can be large-scale, such as tailor-made staircases and roofing framework, or smaller scale windows and doors, designed and manufactured to meet unique dimension requirements. Bespoke joinery is a highly skilled profession and blurs the lines between construction and art. Bespoke … Continue reading

10 stunning bespoke timber door styles for any home

Oak front door with traditional hardware

Your entrance door is the first thing people notice when they arrive at your home. It is used every day and can change the entire look and feel of your property. First impressions are important so your entrance door should make a good one. If you plan to make an investment in your home this year, make it a new entrance door. At Kirkman joinery, we craft bespoke timber doors for any type of home. Our team of skilled joiners and craftsmen have years of industry experience and are experts in their field. If you’re thinking about replacing any doors … Continue reading

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

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