Cost Effective Laminate Flooring Installation

Can RRD Achieve A Cost Effective Laminate Flooring Installation?

 

Another “Feather in the Cap” for the boys at Real Room Designs. Cost effective laminate flooring installation is what we do!

Every now and again we get asked by our customers whether we can install other companies’products such as B&Q, Homebase etc. There tends to be one of two reasons for this. One, because their delivery and installation costs are much higher than ours or Two, because they have used us in the past for other jobs and trust that we will do a better job than someone they haven’t used before.

This Was One Of Those Projects

We were asked by our customer to remove an old carpet and then deliver and install brand new solid bamboo ‘laminate’ flooring. This project also included fitting new underlay and finishing off with beading around the skirting boards.

The removal was fairly straight forward. We just needed to rip out the old worn out carpet/underlay and remove everything until the bare floor boards were showing. Obviously we then disposed of the discarded materials in an appropriate manner. We then ensured all the floor boards were still securely fixed in place
to give us a level surface to lay the new underlay.

With laminate or engineered wood flooring once you have the first row scribed round the door way and skirting board on one side of the room it becomes a fairly easy task so long as you know what you are doing! It was then just a case of sliding the next row up to the next and so on, ensuring there are no gaps, thus making a tight fit. Then once we reached the opposite wall it was a case of again scribing round the skirting
boards ensuring a tight, neat fit.

This job only took one full day; this is however bearing in mind that all of the materials for this job were already waiting on site for us. The only small problem we came across was once we came to put the door back on in was a little too big, scratching along the new laminate floor. This is because laminate/engineered wooden flooring sits 3-4mm higher that carpet. This was only a small problem as we were able to sand this off the bottom of the door to ensure the door closed perfectly.

We have been able to demonstrate that in a short time, less than a day, we were able to provide a cost effective laminate flooring installation for a very satisfied
customer.

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Replacement Of Banisters And Spindles

Case Study – Replacement Of Banisters And Spindles Using Metal Spindles And Other Tasks

Mrs G of Preston called us in to undertake a number of jobs including the replacement of banisters and spindles on her stairs. Additionally we were asked to hang two doors, fit a pair of French doors leading to an extension and install laminate flooring in an entrance of her house. So, I’m sure you can get a flavour of the variety of tasks we were charged with!

Firstly we took up the old laminate flooring and also the skirting boards. This gave us a clean and open space to start our laying of the laminate floor. We put down the underlay which fitted perfectly and was a necessary requirement as a solid foundation for the installation of the flooring that was to follow. The flooring that the customer had chosen was the Concertino Kolberg oak effect that we supplied and delivered. The laying of the laminate flooring took a full day. We had two door casing to cut out and also the base of the staircase which is a time consuming process if you want to do the job properly.

The next morning we turned up to Preston early to get a full day’s work in to complete as much of the task as possible. As there was 3 of us on site we all took a door each which needed fitting to size. This involved plaining the door both top and bottom so as to get the fit exactly right. We were then able to rebate the hinges on the doors. The doors were then hung and fitted perfectly. Finally the latches and handles were fitted and the doors were ready to be used.

At Last We Get To The Banisters And Spindles

 

 

We saved the biggest job till last which was the removing the old banisters and spindles so is was ready for a new modern look with metal spindles. After removing the old banister we had to sand down all of the existing newels and bases as the customer wanted them to be stained. We then measured out for the banister and cut it to the correct length. We also had to cut to the correct angles so it would sit correctly. We then measure the distances for the spindles, cut them all individually and fixed them evenly up the stairs. The customer was very happy with all the work that we had completed for her, but was over the moon with the transformation of her staircase giving the entrance to the house a massive facelift. The replacement of banisters and spindles really gave the entrance hallway to her house a new modern feel. Another very happy customer.

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Under Stairs Storage Solutions

Some Fine Examples Of Under Stairs Storage And Other Simple Storage Solutions

 

This post explores the opportunities for turning wasted or dead space into useful storage capacity. Initially we examine the under stairs storage solution for our customer Mr S from Hoylake.  We will also take a quick look at other storage solutions we were able to resolve for Mr S.

The property is a Victorian 3 storey house with many original period features.  The preservation of the Victorian authenticity of the property is paramount in our actions. We have already completed a number of significant projects for Mr S from replacing old dining room cupboard doors to providing under eaves storage solutions.  Added to that we were instrumental in renovating newel posts, spindles and banisters throughout the property.

Under Stairs Before We Get Started!

Under Stairs Before We Get Started!

 

Mr. S came to us with an under stairs space that he wanted fitting with bespoke furniture all made to measure.  Essentially he wanted the empty space under the stairs fitted out with cupboards so he could store any number of things in an organised and tidy fashion.

Finished Under Stairs Storage Solution

Finished Under Stairs Storage Solution

 

Here at Real Room Designs we pride ourselves with the ability to accommodated the aspirations of our customers. We got an understanding of the customers exact needs and fitted three angled wardrobes with Victorian styled doors to match the doors throughout the rest of the house.  In addition we were able to configure these cupboards so they could be pulled out to make access to the contents so much easier. The images show the finished under stairs storage solutions both closed and flush with the stairs and pulled out to display the contents.

Under Stairs Storage With Easy Access

Under Stairs Storage With Easy Access

Also we fitted two large drawers for storing shoes and other small objects as well as other storage solutions. Take a look at the series of images:

Shoe Storage At The Foot Of The Stairs

Shoe Storage At The Foot Of The Stairs

New Meter Cupboard With Open Shelves Above

New Meter Cupboard With Open Shelves Above

So there we have it!  Loads of storage solutions concentrating on the under stairs storage solutions.  If you think we can do the same for you the just fill out your details on the Contact Us form.

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Under Eaves Storage Solutions

Can The Space Under The Eaves Be Utilised?

 

Here we have a simple case study to solve the under eaves storage problems experienced in a typical family home.  The Real Room Designs team were able to come up with a great solution in total sympathy with the age and structure of the house.

Top Floor Bedroom Under Eaves Cupboards During The Construction

Top Floor Bedroom Under Eaves Cupboards Under Construction

Mr. S from Hoylake, amongst a number of other requests which included replacing spindles and banisters, replacing old dining room cupboards and doors and creating under stairs storage, wanted two large open spaces under the eaves at the top of the house making into useful storage areas. Mr S has a period 3 storey Victorian dwelling so it was vital we solved his storage space problems without compromising the integrity of the Victorian surroundings.

Top Floor Bedroom Under Eaves Cupboards Under Construction

Under Eaves Storage Solutions At The Top Of The Stairs Under Construction

The problem essentially was about tidiness!  There was plenty of space under the eaves at the top of the stairs and in a large bedroom to store items, but they were always on view. As such they tended to look untidy and often a bit “random” as the customer put it. Because of the sloping nature of the roof it was very difficult to store things neatly even in boxes or bags. The under eaves storage solution would be to enclose the space with a set of matching opening doors. That way Mr S could just put whatever he wanted in the newly created cupboard space, shut the doors and gaze admiringly at his tidy space!

We started by putting in some new floor boards in the space under the eaves.  We carefully began laying the Oak Style laminate flooring which was finished of with matching beading around the outside. This formed the base of the inside of the under eaves storage space to give a level and clean surface for all the “stuff” the customer was going to put in there.

Under Eaves Cupboards In The Top Floor Bedroom

Under Eaves Cupboards In The Top Floor Bedroom

The next job was all about the cabinetry, to make the framework that would sit flush under the eaves.  By doing it this way it would give the cupboards a much better finish! After the framework was constructed and fixed securely in place, the doors were ready to be fitted. We fitted the doors to the framework with soft close hinges as the customer requested.

Under Eaves Storage Cupboards At The Top Of The Stairs

Under Eaves Storage Cupboards At The Top Of The Stairs

Victorian style doors were chosen by the customer which were in keeping with his Victorian home.  As a result the finished job provided the storage space required concealed behind the doors. In this very straightforward case study Real Room Designs were able to provide under eaves storage solutions to a very satisfied customer.

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Replacing Spindles And Banisters

A Case Study In Replacing Spindles And Banisters In A 3 Storey Victorian House

 

The task ahead was to replace spindles and banisters for our customer Mr S in Hoylake.  He is the proud owner of a Victorian 3 storey house and with the original spindles, newel post and bannister on the top floor.

Panelling To Be Replaced With Spindles & Banister

Panelling To Be Replaced With Spindles & Banister

 

The staircase from the 1st floor landing to the top floor has unfortunately been panelled in by previous owners of the property – who knows when or indeed why?  As a result the original spindles and bannister has been lost or destroyed.  The result has been to give this part of the staircase a look that is not in keeping with the age and appearance of this magnificent Victorian property.  Additionally it has contributed to a reduction in the natural light available to the staircase by the application of the panelling.

Replacing Spindles & Banister At The Foot Of The Stairs

Replacing Spindles & Banister At The Foot Of The Stairs

Definitely a job for the boys at Real Room Designs.  Our brief was to take out all the horrendous panelling. This done we then set about replacing spindles and banisters and anything else that was needed with quality products completely in sympathy with the age and style of the house.

1st Floor Landing Opened Up With Replacement Spindles & Banister

1st Floor Landing Opened Up With Replacement Spindles & Banister

At Real Room Designs we have a supply chain that allows us to offer new but authentic products to match the specific period requirements of this Victorian home.

Stairs To The 2nd Floor Opened Up By Replacing Spindles, Banister & Newel Post

Stairs To The 2nd Floor Opened Up By Replacing Spindles, Banister & Newel Post

The old panelling served to cut out light and cause the staircase to look dark and dingy. Why would anyone do that?  In opening up the staircase with replacement spindles and banister we were able to reconfigure the first floor landing and create a space with loads of light and an airy feel to it.

Replacement Spindles &  Banisters Offer A Totally New Aspect

Replacement Spindles & Banisters Offer A Totally New Aspect

As you can see from the series of images all the staircases look authentic and it has transformed the hall and landing areas. It is now in keeping with the Victorian feel of the property and by replacing spindles and banister we have brought this part of the house back to how it should be.

We have done a considerable amount of work for Mr S throughout his house. The scope and variation of work undertaken by Real Room Designs gives you a flavour of the types of projects we can accomplish. These include replacing old dining room cupboard doors as well as creating under eaves storage solutions and under stairs storage solutions.

 

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