5 tips for draught proofing

February 24, 2017
Tips for Draught Proofing

We’re approaching that time of year where if your windows aren’t sufficiently sealed, you’ll certainly be noticing the change in weather by now! It’s one of the most important aspects of your windows functionality and so it’s important you do the job properly, whether you’re doing it yourself or paying a professional to do it …Read More

My Recent Home Restoration Project

May 24, 2016
Drawing Room

Welcome to this blog of my current home restoration project. Katie and I have owned this property for 10 years now and this room is one of the last to be completed, and had been put in the “Too Hard and Too Expensive” bracket until recently. The house itself had been converted to a Rest …Read More

Cute “working-man’s cottage”

December 23, 2015
Cute Cottage

You wouldn’t know it, but this cute little working-man’s cottage in Mount Cook, Wellington has just had double glazing fitted to the Bay Window. That’s window restoration how we like it at The English Craftsman, because we work mostly on Historic Character Homes and homes of distinction and we don’t want to detract from their …Read More

Here’s a challenge!

December 17, 2015
character home challenge

I’m just quoting on this property in Christchurch, the owner wasn’t present when I visited, but it looks like they’ve just clears the ivy from it. The paint is a mess, but there is only a small bit of facing board rotten. We’ll quote for double glazing which includes new sashes, and a real good …Read More

Pressed Tin Ceiling – The Manor

December 16, 2015
The English Craftsman - Pressed Tin Ceiling

Owning a character home is a lifelong commitment. You can practically guarantee that someone has done something awful to it at some stage in its life. In my case, the entire house used to be a nursing home for the elderly. Industrial carpets, dividing walls, and lowered ceilings: this was how I found it back …Read More