2019 is the year of the ‘conscious consumer’. From Greggs’ vegan sausage roll to Nike’s support of the ostracised NFL player Colin Kaepernick, brands nationally and internationally are aligning themselves with a consumer demand for responsible, ethical practices. Responsible and ethical practices are important to us at Atkinson & Kirby too, and that’s why we already have a large number of FSC certified products in our range and are working on the remaining ones.
Modern designers are calling on the early 20th century for inspiration in all interior design elements, to summon a confident, contemporary, romantic, simple and strong look.
Wooden flooring is beautiful, natural and aesthetically pleasing, as well as being able to fit into almost any interior design or space. With the vast choice available there is nothing dull about choosing an engineered hardwood floor, but have you considered opting for a smoked floor?
With January in full swing we are all keen to get fit and healthy for the coming year and, just like with our physiques, many of us are keen to get our homes in shape.
As the festive season gets into full swing, spare a thought for your flooring which bears the brunt of all that partying and could end up giving you an unwanted Christmas bill if it gets damaged and as a result needs sanding and refinishing.
On Friday 16th November, the UK’s leading manufacturer and supplier of timber products, Archwood Group, which comprises of Atkinson & Kirby, Richard Burbidge and Masons Timber, showed their support for ‘Children in Need’ by holding a host of fundraising activities.
As the UK’s leading flooring experts, we’re often asked our advice on how to lay a wooden floor, avoiding problems such as buckling or gapping? My answer is that preparation is key, and acclimatisation is particularly important. Wood is beautiful, but can also be sensitive, which is why acclimatisation is such an important part of the process. Essentially it means conditioning the wooden flooring’s moisture content to the living environment it will be installed in.
Leading hardwood flooring manufacturers, Atkinson & Kirby, are supporting London Design Festival, a celebration of world-leading design and creativity in the capital this September.
With the availability of solid wood flooring decreasing more people are choosing engineered floors instead. Due to the top layer of engineered floors being hardwood the same finishes can be applied to both giving the same finished look. In addition to this with roughly a third of an engineered board being hardwood they are more environmentally friendly too.
With a variety of flooring finishes available, it's important to weigh up the options and decide on the best flooring design and style for your specific application, particularly at the early planning stages of the project.