Monday, 18 October 2010

Period Doors

Thinking about changing an external or internal door? Have you considered finding the right style of door for the period style of your home. Find out more about which door might be right for your house at these below links:

External period doors

Internal period doors

Monday, 11 October 2010

Stained Glass

If you are interested in Stained Glass or are thinking of adding some to your home, you may find this page useful:

Leaded glass generally refers to glass held together by lead and then secured within timber, metal or stone framework.

Early leading designers were the Pre-Raphaelites, William Morris (1834-1898) and Edward Burne-Jones who set up their own glass works. In America, John LaFarge and Louis Comfort Tiffany, who were part of the Art Nouveau and Aesthetic movements, popularized stained glass by using opalescent glass and produced glass windows, lamps and mosaics.

After the First World War glass designs became mass produced and less intricate. Scene would depict galleons, flowers and sun bursts.

Tuesday, 5 October 2010

Herringbone brickwork

Are you interested in herringbone brickwork?

Herringbone brickwork is where bricks are laid at an angle with each course alternating its direction. This is primarily seen as a decorative feature and not suitable for load bearing walls. Herringbone brickwork has been most popularly seen in fireplaces, porch entrances, floors and chimneys.

Herringbone brickwork was a popular decorative feature that was part of the Tudorbethan and Jacobethan style used in the 1920's and 1930's. Builders were imitating the look of Tudor and Jacobean houses which used a mixture of half timbering with herringbone brickwork.

Monday, 4 October 2010

Tle Hung Walls

Do you have a period house and want to know more about tile hung walls? See this page:

Decorative external features such as Tile Hung Walls were popular on the Arts & Crafts home and then continued into the 1920's and 1930's traditional homes. The clay tiles could be produced in different shapes and colours and hung from wooden battens to create a pattern on gables, bays and roofs of porches.

Friday, 1 October 2010

Pebble dashing and rough casting on houses

Pebble dashing was introduced as a design feature that was popular with Arts & Crafts and Tudorbethan style homes. External walls were red brick at the lower end and pebble dashed above. The wall surface was often left unpainted.

Pebble dashing obtained a poor image after it was over used in post war housing. Rather than a design feature it was used to covering up poor brickwork as there was a shortage of skilled bricklayers. After the second world war pebble dashing was a very common feature on council estate houses.