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What do our Customers Think?

Following on from our previous post we are bringing you another fantastic overview passed across by one of our customers. Today we are delving into Kent based Sarah and David’s story. 

Where it all began;

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“We approached Joinery For All Seasons 3 years ago when we were hoping to rebuild our hardwood conservatory.  After our initial consultation we proceeded with the project and added in some bespoke french doors and windows too”.

When Sarah and David approached us we were ready to attack their project with as much energy and passion as ever. We love building from scratch but it’s always exciting to undergo the rebuild of a hardwood conservatory too. The existing space was tired requiring some TLC and with the nod from this duo, we were soon underway. 

How did we work? 

As ever we took the lead from our customers and did this to ensure their dream became a stunning reality. Your home is not just an investment, it’s a place of solace deserving to be everything you desire. 

“The service and quality have been second to none. This is a real family business who go above and beyond.  They have always created everything we have envisaged to perfection, even if some of our requests have been a little bold”!

It doesn’t matter what your ideas are, tell us. We always provide an honest, professional opinion whether requiring subtle or bold. Listening is a huge part of what we do because end results matter. 

We go above & beyond;

It’s great to have this strength highlighted by customers. Whilst carrying out the conservatory rebuild we designed and created a bathroom shutter. Although not part of the original project specification, this was something we were happy to do. 

Customers stay with us; 

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We always highlight the relationship building aspects of our company. The fact Sarah & David have booked in their next project shows how alongside great work, this element is appreciated. 

“We have already recommended their services to friends and family. Project number 3 is already booked in for us, next we shall be having custom fit wardrobes installed”.

This beautiful hardwood conservatory was wonderful to work on. Results were met with pleasure and it’s this joy that drives us here at Joinery for all Seasons. 

“Our favourite part of the house is definitely the hardwood conservatory, it is unique, and everyone always compliments us on it”. 

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Doing What we Love = Happy Customers

Having recently added a testimonial section to our website we thought it would be nice to discuss one of these by highlighting it further in a blog. As a family run team of joinery specialists based in Kent, we’re extremely passionate about every single project undertaken. Whilst it’s all very well making this statement, as a potential customer, it’s helpful for you to learn the experiences of others.

Let’s dive straight in;

We’ll begin with Carolyn from Bromley. Carolyn’s journey, like many, began with a good ‘old fashioned’ Google search. Specific to Bromley, Carolyn had a trip out to a couple of showrooms close by before arriving home, disappointed. 

So what was Carolyn looking for? 

Design style and inspiration was at the top of the list in Carolyn’s mission to discover the perfect hardwood doors and windows. Having exhausted local options and becoming disappointed with composite doors as a majority, Carolyn broadened her online investigation to the whole of Kent. 

This is where we popped up! 

Unbeknown to us, this potential customer was looking for exactly the products and services we provide. A professional, knowledgeable and friendly company that would give her confidence and the end results she envisaged.

 

“I actually visited to get some ideas for the style of my front door (and a feel for the company) as I didn’t really know what I wanted and the first thing that struck me was the smell of sawdust and that it was actually a working site”.

 

At Joinery for all Seasons we are personable and enjoy building long-lasting relationships with our customers. This all begins with a sit down and a hot drink. It was fantastic to hear afterwards how Carolyn raved about the ‘busy working environment’, so much so, her husband was disappointed in not being able to attend. 

About the project;

Carolyn and John were looking to beautify the front of their home with a hardwood front door and a replacement window next to this. Because we are good at what we do, this type of project is one of the less complex to complete. That said, the same amount of guidance, relationship building, passion and effort goes into the work. It appears we met the customer’s requirements head on, without even starting the replacements.

 

“Our project was as it turns out just a replacement front door and a one new window next to the front door. In the great scheme of things that’s a simple job but to me it was more than that. We have always found the ‘buying experience’ to be just as important as the product itself. If you enjoy the experience of purchasing an item then you view it with a smile on your face for many years to come”.

 

How did we help? 

Carolyn and John’s home was built in the 1950’s and in order to achieve the best possible results, they required some advice. Upon visiting we initially had a look at the indoor hallway. The couple were keen on allowing as much light as possible to shine through so we began by sketching an idea. From here we enjoyed a walk along the street with the pair whilst assessing existing colours and styles of other homes. Our personal, detailed service was well received and we booked a date in the diary.

 

Our new door has a quality feel to it especially when you close it. The design maximises the light coming into the hallway and no more draughts! (Our previous door used to stick in the summer and felt draughty in the winter)”.

 

We understand how important your home is and when making a purchase such as a new front door, it simply has to be right. We spend time with Carolyn looking at different wood types, paint finishes, hinges, locking mechanisms and even door furniture. 

But why did we do this? 

Because we care and are proud of our profession. Carolyn and John will be looking at their new front door and window for many years to come. With this in mind, it has to be perfect. Our customers have to be happy with our designs and even fall in love with them. When this happens, we leave a project, satisfied.

 

I am delighted with our completed front door and window installation!

Joinery For All Seasons provide an excellent, personable and responsive family run service. The door suits our home, the price was excellent and the buying experience was second to none. We highly recommend Joinery For All Seasons and would like to extend our thanks to Daryl, Natalie and all the team”!

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Discount for NHS & Healthcare Workers

Hello and welcome to Joinery for all Seasons, a family lead company based in Kent, in the South East. Covering the local area including London and Surrey we will travel further if requested. With over 30 years of experience we have built up a fantastic reputation, highlighted via online reviews. Such positive feedback has been earned through hard work, knowledge and of course, a passion for what we do.

Times have been Testing

It’s certainly been a tough few months for many of us across the UK. COVID-19 has brought the majority of the nation to a sharp halt. Shops, companies, factories and schools have had to close their doors in order to remain safe. We’re no different. That said, not everyone has had the luxury of working from home or indeed, being furloughed. The latter, whilst not ideal has given individuals the option to make memories with those in their households. The same cannot be said however for doctors, nurses and healthcare workers. 

We’d Like to Say Thank You

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As Coronavirus swept it’s way across the world, workers of the NHS, nursing homes and other medical establishments have been working tirelessly. Many medical staff have been redeployed to alternative departments in order to cope with rising numbers of patients. Couple this with increased working hours and for some, being apart from their loved ones, times are sure to have been challenging. 

We would like to say a HUGE thank you to all NHS staff and healthcare workers. The time, effort and care you have put in will not go unnoticed and we are extremely grateful to everyone for helping the UK in beating this virus. 

And that’s not all;

To show our appreciation we would like to offer NHS and healthcare workers a 10% discount off our joinery services. Having worked arduously over the last three months, at Joinery for all Seasons, we feel this is the very least we can do. 

What Does the Discount Cover? 

If you’ve been considering an extension for a while and never quite got around to it, 10% will be taken off a brand new hardwood conservatory or orangery. Perhaps you’d like a fresh new look with hardwood windows and doors? This is another specific area of expertise and we work hard in creating the perfect look based on your vision. 

Gain some inspiration with our portfolio. Here you will find stunning examples of the projects we have carried out across the South East. 

Thank you once again to all NHS and healthcare workers. You’re doing us proud. 

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Is Planning Permission Required to Build a Conservatory?

For anyone thinking about building a conservatory today, you sure do have a lot of things to consider. A conservatory is a fine example of bridging the divide between being outside and inside. It allows you to enjoy nature more whilst making sure you are still protected and indoors to an extent. However, the problem with going ahead with such a build is the need for planning permission can be needlessly confusing.

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Despite adding immense value and extra space to your home, conservatories can be hard to get started on due to the complexity of planning permission laws. Thankfully, this appears to be changing quite drastically after new 2019 legislation made the whole process so much simpler to understand.

So, the general rule is that if you wish to go ahead and build on your property and make use of any land or buildings then you will need planning permission. This means that you need to take into account the impact that your investment would have on the local area and other properties in the area. However, not EVERY property needs to have planning permission to be adjusted and built.

We have what is known as ‘permitted development rights’, and many single-storey property extensions, like a conservatory, can fall within this particular agreement. However, the best thing that you can do is check with your local council, or the team building your conservatory, to go ahead and find out whether or not your personal project needs to have planning permission.

When do I not need planning permission to build a conservatory?

Since May 2019, it’s now much easier to build a conservatory without having to go through planning permission. Planning permission is needed depending on how extensive you intend to make the new build. Today, homeowners across England can go ahead and build a conservatory without having planning permission if you can meet some strict criteria.

For a home that is detached, you can make an addition as large as 8m in size without having to get planning permission. For semi-detached or terraced homes, though, you can go as far as a 6m conservatory without needing to go and get any kind of planning permission.

It also has to be within a 3 to 4m height range. It also cannot cover more than half of your garden, and the roof ridge of the top of your conservatory must not be taller than the eaves of your properties roof. Also, any side conservatory builds must also not extend around half the width of your home. So, you have quite a few regulations that you need to try and make sure you follow closely.

That can be tough to do, which is why we always recommend reaching out for professional advice as soon as you can. There is no real benefit to not looking for advice before building. As they say, it’s better to be safe than sorry!

So long as you try and build within the confines listed above, though, you should have no problem in building a planning-permission free conservatory.

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Spring into the New Season with a Conservatory

Spring is the season of change. The weather becomes warmer, the flowers begin to bud and the animals come out of hibernation. This spring is the perfect time to consider a conservatory as a new addition to your home. Conservatories are a splendid idea for those of us looking for more space to entertain and to relax over the coming months. With conservatories becoming more popular, especially with young people and families, it is easy to see the benefits of adding this space to your home.

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A modern alternative…

No longer are conservatories considered to be ‘old fashioned’. Modern conservatories and orangeries are an ideal way to bring the outdoors into the comfort of the indoors. With current trends in 2020 leaning towards rustic, timber furnishing and solid oak floors, it is easy to create a modern, yet comfortable feeling. For an added touch of contemporary style, the addition of plants in mismatched pots can add a nice element. If you’re not greenfingered, do not fear, false plants will create the same aesthetic.

Summer nights and winter’s evenings…

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Conservatories are not only for warm summer days lazing around with family and friends, they are perfect for all-weathers and seasons. Spending those cold, dark winter nights, wrapped up in your conservatory, listening to the rain falling on the roof makes for a wonderful evening. Or, if you’re not a night owl, eating your breakfast while watching the sun rise through the autumn and winter might be more your cup of tea. No matter what you’re into, a conservatory can be a hub of relaxation.

Endless possibilities!

With many different styles and designs to choose from, finding a conservatory to suit your needs has never been easier. If you are a cosy person, who loves overstuffed furniture and tonnes of blankets and pillows, opting for a conservatory with warmer timbers and plenty of space for seating might be an option for you. If you are more contemporary, bringing ‘outdoor’ bistro sets indoors can be a great stylistic feature and focus piece to accompany modern fixtures and fittings. There are endless possibilities for ways you can utilise your conservatory to make it a useful, relaxing and stylish addition to your home. 

Dining room, play room, office, or sitting room!

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If you love your home, but need more space, then a conservatory is a practical option to consider. No matter what you need the space for, maybe a dining room, play room, office or sitting room, your conservatory can provide for this. A conservatory is a blank canvas for you to place your stamp upon. Whether you are looking for year round relaxation, or somewhere to host parties, a conservatory is the perfect choice for you.