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Whenever homeowners are faced with choosing new window frames, whether updating your existing set or starting a self-build project, one of the questions that inevitably crops up is what material to use. At Nordstrom Timber, we specialise in designing and manufacturing bespoke wooden window frames that can completely transform the look of your home and potentially add thousands of pounds to the overall value. Here are just some of the advantages of choosing wooden window frames.
Nothing can beat the warm and elegant look of wooden windows in the home. You also get the added flexibility of being able to tailor your frames by choosing from a wide selection of woods including mahogany, oak or maple. Wooden window frames can also be carved, stained or painted to seamlessly blend in with your current style or even help you create a whole new look. Traditional homes in particular tend to benefit the most from wood frames, but they can also be modified to create a sleek contemporary look for newer homes.
Compared to their PVC-u counterparts, timber windows are the much more environmentally friendly choice. We take our environmental responsibilities very seriously and ensure all of our wood is sourced from well managed and sustainable forests. All of the timber we use meets the policies and guidelines set out by the C.P.E.T. (Central Point of Expertise in Timber) and we also recycle at every possible stage to ensure our carbon footprint is reduced.
Despite the initial outlay being higher, quality wooden windows tend to provide much better value for money for several reasons. The first is that the lifespan of timber far outweighs that of other materials and can easily last a lifetime with the right care, meaning you won’t have to spend money every few years to replace them. They also have incredible insulation properties, providing 400 times more than steel and 1800 times more than aluminium framed windows which results in huge savings on energy bills.
Nowhere in the North East offers a better service than ourselves when it comes to designing and manufacturing wooden window frames. We have over six decades of experience in the business and have recently moved to a brand new, purpose designed premises which has helped us increase our manufacturing capabilities.
We also designed a show home in the new building which gives you the chance to see our work in a real-life setting as well as browse our on-site Joiner’s Shop. Alternatively, you can contact us here for more information on any of our products.
Whether you want a completely new kitchen designed to your exact specifications or some new kitchen worktops, Nordstrom has everything you need all under one roof. We have over six decades of experience in the business and have helped people all over the North East design their dream kitchens. We work with our associate industry partners to ensure you get both high quality and great value kitchens whatever your budget.
Below, you’ll find three of the most popular styles of kitchen:
Defined by on-trend colours, high gloss frontals and integrated appliances, modern kitchens come in a huge variety of styles perfect for contemporary homes. Handleless kitchens in particular are growing in popularity and are ideal for streamlining the room to create a sleek and stylish finish. Ovens and hobs are often integrated to help compliment the style and you can also choose from a wide range of extra touches such as pop-up TVs and SERVO-DRIVE technology.
A style that effortlessly blends traditional and contemporary design, shaker kitchens were originally created in the 18th century and remain as popular today as they ever has been. The shaker style is characterised by elegant lines and strong proportions, often using wood as the main material, with period colours such as creams, greys, blues and greens the most popular choices. You can also add a more contemporary touch by using more modern materials such as granite or quartz and by adding glass panels or modern door handles.
From rustic farmhouse designs to classic Edwardian styling, the traditional kitchen has rightly remained a popular choice for homeowners all over the UK. The foundation of a great traditional kitchen lies in using the best materials such as solid oak to create a warm and comforting look. Many also use decorative elements such as glass inserts, hand crafted canopies and pilasters to further enhance the rustic feel. A traditional kitchen doesn’t mean you have to go without the latest amenities and appliances though, with range cookers in particular being a great addition while being technologically advanced enough to cater for even the most demanding chefs.
Choose Nordstrom For Kitchen Planning & Design in Sunderland
Whatever style of kitchen you’re looking for, we can help you through every stage of the design process and ensure your exact specifications are met in full. You can also visit us in Sunderland, where you can see some examples of our kitchens in our brand new show home. Our design team will be more than happy to talk with you about your plans and answer any questions you may have about kitchen planning and design.
We are delighted to be celebrating the first birthday of our brand new, purpose designed premises on Woodbine Street, Hendon. For 64 years now, Nordstrom have been supplying the highest quality timber products in the North East from fencing and decking for the garden to sheet materials for trade customers.
The move to our new home has allowed us to further expand the range of services we can offer, with our dedicated on-site Joiner’s Shop and the regions only under cover timber yard.
Our new home before and after!
The new premises have helped us remain the number one choice for all things timber in Sunderland and we also have an affordable delivery service delivery available.
Earlier this year, we finished work on our purpose built show home, allowing you to see exactly how our products look in a real-life setting. Everything you see from the fixtures and fittings to the staircases and window framing has been designed and manufactured by ourselves, making it much easier to see what would work in your own home. Plus, if you see something you like but would prefer it in a different size or colour, our design team will be more than happy to talk you through the various options available.
Bigger, better and now another year older – we have everything you need for the home and garden and it’s all here at Nordstroms!
We are open from 8am-5pm Monday to Friday and 8.30am-12.30pm on Saturday so please don’t hesitate to visit us and take a look around.
Nothing can transform your home quite like a magnificent wooden staircase, whether you are looking for a contemporary design with floating glass or a grandiose Tudor oak staircase complete with authentic spindles and panellings. However ambitious your plans, Nordstrom draw on over 60 years of experience in the trade and have the skill to bring even the most ambitious plans to life. We’ve done everything from designing bespoke wooden staircases for listed buildings to creating modern masterpieces for brand new homes.
In this blog, we’re going to take a closer look at a few of the most popular types of staircase.
Straight Staircases – An ever popular design, the beauty of straight staircases is in the simplicity but many different features can be added to make them unique. They are usually the easiest to manufacture, therefore the most cost effective, and work best in minimalist homes. No landing is required if the number of risers is less than 16 or if the overall vertical height is less than 12 feet.
Quarter Turn Staircases (or “L-Shaped”) – Similar to straight stairs, but with a 90 degree bend built into some portion of the stair which is often achieved by adding a landing at the bend transition point. Quarter turn staircases can be more visually interesting and also add some privacy and soundproofing between floors. They are also considered to be safer as the landing reduces the number of treads one could potentially fall.
Winder Staircases – Another variation of the l-shaped staircase, winder stairs differ by having a pie shaped or triangular steps at the corner transition. Visually, winder staircases seem to create a more seamless transition as they meander around corners making them a popular choice for contemporary homes. The compactness of the design also makes them a great space saving solution making them attractive in sustainable home designs.
Let Us Design The Staircase of Your Dreams Today
Whatever kind of staircase you would like, we can help you plan, design and even manufacture it here in our on-site Joiner’s Shop in Sunderland. We also stock a wide range of stair parts including handrails, spindles and newels which can be produced to your exact specifications.
You are more than welcome to visit our show home at any time to see some examples of our work and chat to our design team. Alternatively, you can get in touch with us directly for more information on any of our products or services.
Trex is the world’s number one decking brand and the inventor of timber-alternative composite decking. Trex provide everything you need to create a low maintenance, high-performance garden space that can handle the outdoors without depleting them.
We are one of the only stockists in the North East so be sure to visit us at our Sunderland store today to find the latest Trex composite decking products!
From stunning contemporary oak doors to heavyweight fire doors manufactured to the highest standards, Nordstrom Timber specialise in supplying both the trade and public with the very best selection of wooden doors in the North East. Based in Sunderland, we are the region’s leading timber merchants and are the only local company with an undercover timber yard.
Choosing the perfect doors can be a bit of a daunting task with a huge range of styles on offer, which is why we have created this guide to help you make the right decision from measuring your door frame right through to adding the finishing touches. Our suppliers include JB Kind, XL Joinery and LPD Doors but we can also manufacture any bespoke designs to your exact specifications.
Before you choose your interior doors, the first thing to do is get your measurements right. The most important thing to remember is to measure the frame itself rather than any existing doors as the last thing you want is an ill-fitting door.
Door Width – In total, you will want to take three different measurements of the door’s width. Take one from the top, one from the bottom and from the middle of the door frame. The widest of these three measurements will determine the width of your new door.
Door Height – To calculate the height of your interior doors, measure each vertical side separately and use the longest length.
Adjustments – Make sure to allow for any floor coverings and remember that doors can be planed, but not made any bigger.
When you’ve taken your measurements, you can compare them with the standard sizes available in your chosen style. However, if you do have an unusual sized frame and need a door specially manufactured to fit, check out our bespoke doors service for more information.
Whether you would prefer a classic or contemporary look, we have one of the widest selection of wooden doors in the North East. Below are some of the many designs you can choose from.
Panel Interior Doors – Consisting of solid wood stiles (vertical side pieces) and rails (horizontal pieces), panel doors are the most popular choice for traditional home owners. The texture of panel doors can add interest to the décor of a room and there are a wide variety of styles available from single to six-panels that can include glazing.
Flush Interior Doors – The more contemporary choice, flush doors come with the choice of a hollow construction or one that is solid inside. These doors are generally less expensive as they are easier to manufacture as the back and front of these doors are largely flat. They can however be more expensive when it comes to moulded high-density fibreboard doors that feature crisp surface details.
Louvred Interior Doors – A classic design, these wooden doors are perfect for adding extra ventilation to your home. Made up of horizontal wooden slats instead of panels, louvred doors look great in modern homes and allow air to pass through while maintaining privacy.
Glazed Interior Doors – Adding glazing to your interior doors is a fantastic way to allow natural light to flow through your entire home and brighten up your entire home. They’re also a great way open up more pace in a room and can feature a variety of beautiful designs such as frosted, patterned or traditional stained glass.
Fire Rated Interior Doors – These doors can literally be the difference between life and death, helping to slow the spread of fire and smoke giving inhabitants vital extra time to escape. Internal fire doors (or FD30’s & FD60’s) are now a requirement for most new builds, which is why make ours just as stylish as regular doors.
Oak remains the number one material when it comes to interior doors for craftsmen all over the world because of its durability, versatility and stunning appearance. It’s one of the easiest woods to work with meaning there is an endless range of design opportunities and the beauty of natural timber adds a real depth of quality and warmth to your home. Another benefit of oak doors is there excellent insulation properties which help to trap heat during the winter and allow your home to get cooler in the summer.
If oak doors are out of your price range, we also supply a selection of pine doors which are usually the more affordable option of the two. Pine usually has a lighter appearance than oak and has a more rustic look with a tendency to show ties and knots making it a great choice of country style houses. The smooth surface of pine doors is also more suitable for painting rather than staining as the wood does not assimilate stain uniformly. And, although pine is a softwood, it still remains one of the more durable woods giving you years of usage.
Applying the right finishing touches to your wooden doors is crucial for transforming the spaces you love and we have a wide selection of handles, architraves and skirtings that can really help bring your home to life. There’s also a huge range of finishes to choose from including paints, varnishes and stains allowing you to customise your internal doors to the very last detail.
We believe that seeing real life examples of interior doors complete with a variety of accessories is key when making a purchase which is why we have recently launched our brand new show home. The home is divided with contemporary decor on one side and more traditional stylings on the other, allowing you to see how different elements complement each other.
If you have any further questions about our internal wooden doors or any of our other bespoke services, please feel free to visit us in Sunderland or get in touch with us here for more information.
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You can see our new show home which is launching on Monday, the undercover timber yard and our Joiner’s Shop.
Next week, our brand new exhibition show home is set to open to the public with a whole host of special offers on throughout the week. Having already established ourselves as the number one Timber Yard in the North East, we felt it was important to be able to show our customers exactly what we can manufacture. Everything in our show home from the bespoke staircases, windows and doors right through to the individual fixtures and fittings are all available to purchase. And, for next week only, visitors will be able to get a free bacon sarnie or an afternoon tea giving you even more reason to visit us.
If you can draw it, we can build it
As expert timber merchants, we can handle bespoke joinery projects of any size so if you see something in the show home you like, but would like a different size or material you can speak to our on-site design team to find out more. They will ensure your exact specifications are met in full and also help if there’s any part of the process you don’t understand. We believe that seeing our work in the “real life” setting of our show home gives our customers a much better vision of how to really tie a room together. We have even divided the home into two separate halves with a modern contemporary look on one side contrasted with traditional decor on the other.
As well as our show home, you can also find a fantastic selection of DIY supplies needed to complete virtually any project in the home or garden this Easter. There is also 10% off all Ronseal products including their fencing and decking range along with 10% of all doors.
We are now fully settled in our new home on Woodbine Street in the Hendon area of Sunderland so be sure to pay us a visit this week to take full advantage of our special offers or contact us here for more information.