Customer Review: Gareth in Newport South Wales
Having just loving converted a Barn over the last 2 years, which was to be our forever family home, we were looking for high end finishes but had to still be mindful of a very stretched budget. Build costs had gone way over of that planned, due to circumstances out of out control. That said, at the same time we weren’t willing to use cheap finishes. So with all this in mind, we went to local high end stone / slate showroom. We saw tiles we really liked but when we saw the prices we just could not afford / justify the costs.
So we set to, searching the net for best prices. We had the usual samples from various stores online, including Stone and Wood. However, when Stone and Wood samples arrived, pretty much next day, the quality was superb. The delivery and the samples were free and the best bit was the price! Cheapest out there. So I called the store to confirm a few details.
They were always very helpful and dealt with any questions promptly. They even threw in free delivery due to the quantity I was ordering. I started off with about 35m of the Classic Travertine. They supplied all the adhesive and grout at prices local tile stores couldn’t come to close to. I selected the day of delivery, a guy called me half hour before delivery, arrived with the tiles all neatly wrapped up in a crate, and delivered it to my door. I would usually expect some breakages during transit, but there were latterly about 5 tiles broken in 35m! brilliant. So I tile myself and I have to be fair, they were lovely to work with.
This was my kitchen before grouting.
I was that impressed I also did the downstairs bathroom with them as-well. As a result of this excellent combination of quality and customer service I came back and ordered about 17m of a different Limestone looking amazing once down. Again brilliant service and after service. They really set the house off a treat and combined with the underfloor heating are so comfy in the winter under foot. The best bit is, they look better than the tiles we saw in local show rooms and we ended up saving about £3k when compared to local suppliers. I really cannot recommend these guys enough.
Gareth in Newport South Wales
Easter Break To The Lakes
Over the Easter bank holiday weekend I thought it would be a great idea to make the most of the Good Friday holiday. We drove up to the Lake District to relax for a few days with the other half in the stunning English countryside. We got to the lakes on Friday morning and what was supposed to be a four hour drive ended up being six and a half hours!
Not a great start as most of it was in traffic and stuck behind a very noisy football team. Needless to say entering the Lakes quickly relaxed us and made the journey worthwhile as the views were breath taking from the outset.
We had booked to stay in the very scenic Gilpin Hotel Lakehouse. Comprising of only six rooms and overlooking a picturesque lake, it was everything we needed to relax and get that “getaway from it all” feeling.
Our first full day comprised of a two hour walk around the Windermere countryside. I thought this would be a walk in the park (excuse the terrible pun) but it certainly wasn’t, especially for a city boy like me. Hiking outside of London was much harder than I thought and it was my very first time in wellies. But once again it was very much worth it as the walk proved to be the highlight of the whole weekend.
For miles around in some areas there was nothing but green rolling fields and lakes that just appeared out of nowhere in some places. We stopped off for lunch later in the day where we were treated to some of the best pub food I had ever tasted. All of the pubs in the region served nothing but the finest quality food as everything was so fresh.
The next day we drove to Bowness-on-Windermere where we walked around the waterfront and visited the local trinket shops that my wife would not leave without seeing. That evening we enjoyed yet another beautiful meal in our hotel then followed by a walk around the grounds and surrounding lake.
Not being a seasoned hiker myself, all the walking made sure I slept early and wake up in time for the clear and crisp early starts. Our last day consisted of a short breakfast and yet another two hour walk to a local pub for lunch. A perfect end to a perfect getaway.
In traditional Stone and Wood Shop fashion it wasn’t possible to leave the area without commenting on some of the stunning stone flooring I encountered over the weekend. From large format flagstones to small random sized wood flooring, you could really see where the latest trends for flooring are being inspired from. With character throughout every floor I came across, I’ve come back with a great sense of what we want to add and improve in our range.
A London Wood Yard Converted into a Light-Filled Family Home
We came across an amazing home tour on Design Milk of a London Wood Yard. The house was converted into an amazing, light-filled family home taken on by De Rosee Sa Architects. You probably won’t recognise the transformation from a former storage shed into a contemporary family home anymore. According to Design Milk, the project was driven by a vertical height limit to stay under and housing restrictions. This inspired the architects to design a new basement level. The home consists of a living room, kitchen and an ensuite bathroom on the ground floor.
This is the perfect space to enable an indoor and outdoor living, especially with children, as they built three external courtyards between three spaces separated by steel and glass doors. It maximaizes natural light throughout the house and makes the design unique.
The washed wooden floor throughout the house combined with white interior makes it modern, whereas the Cedar pannels, hung vertically clad the courtyard walls and other walls throughout the house, warm up the white surfaces. The main bathroom is kept all in white with large tiles and a large ceiling window, as well as a glass door to make the most out of the daylight. The whole house is actually set up to to be light-flooded.
Scandinavian interior gives the house a clean finish, while the focus is kept on the amazing architecture. Minimal interior is probably best for this type of house as it has a lot of glass doors and it enables light to reach through the whole house.
If you have a similar project lined up, we’re happy to advise you on wood flooring and tiling. Don’t hesitate to give us a call on 020 8204 1121 or email us to email@example.com
We love making our customers feel special…
Whether it’s helping them with inspiring ideas or how to lay their flooring or wall tiles, we always like to go that little bit extra for you. As of late, with the large amount samples we have been sending out and especially the ones where we receive a large sample order, we’ve begun introducing our beautifully crafted Stone and Wood Shop sample boxes.
Made from the same beautiful oak as our European sourced engineered oak boards, these wooden boxes are perfect for presenting multiple samples to our clients. They’re also great for filing (as we have found in the hectic Stone and Wood office!), using them as additional storage in your kitchen and being a great addition to a happy home.
Our customers up and down the country have been receiving small courier parcels over the past couple of months so keep an eye out for “Sorry you weren’t home” slips. Otherwise, should you wish to purchase one for £14.99 including the postage, then just drop us an email or call us and we’ll get one out to you!
For more information on our products, please visit our website or give us a call on (+44) 020 8204 1121.
Ali – Stone & Wood Shop
10 Ideas for Contemporary Wood Flooring
Just like with every other trend, wooden flooring has its own sector within interior design. Wood flooring has been trending for the past few years and is still one of our favourites. Especially white washed wooden flooring was and still is very strong. Thinking about it, it’s probably the biggest trend within the past years. Social Media platforms such as Pinterest and Instagram were overflowing with grey/white interior decoration and perfectly matching white-washed wooden flooring.
Nonetheless, dark unfinished wood with a panel effect, engineered wood just like we offer on our website or unfinished solid wood will be very popular this year, just like parquet. People will start to implement the dark flooring trend in their homes soon to give their home some punch and character.To achieve the desired contemporary look, give it a twist in design by adding glass furniture or modern textures for example.
To achieve the desired contemporary look, give it a twist in design by adding for example glass furniture, white curtains, and a sheep skin rug.
The motto is: Sleek and clean lines meet darker and bolder flooring.
Below we’re showing you 10 Ideas for Contemporary Wood Flooring with a modern twist. Enjoy!