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The Dovetail Joint Ltd


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Tel 020 8291 5578 Unit 15, Forest Hill Business Centre, Clyde Vale, Forest Hill, London SE23 3JF

Valerie Breese visits The London Door Company On a crisp morning in February I parked up outside the Penge office of The London Door Company. I wasn’t exactly sure whether I was expecting an Aladdin’s cave of thousands of doors or perhaps a dusty artisan’s workshop. I was, however, pleased to find a clean and crisp modern showroom and a warm welcome. I had arranged to meet James Williamson who runs this most recent addition to The London Door Company’s list of showrooms. Once I was comfortably settled with a coffee in hand, James was happy to explain that all the doors are made to order in the company’s own workshops in Wimbledon, and that the showroom had been carefully set up to show all the various details that can be used to recreate almost any London door style. I quickly learned how different doors suit different periods of house and from the many photos dotted around the room it’s clear the difference a door can make. While we were talking a couple with two young children popped in to take a look. I could see they were not exactly sure what to expect either, but James quickly welcomed the family and set about getting some toys to occupy the children. With a few well thought-out questions from James, the couple were soon shown a door that they agreed not only matched their house but fulfilled the requirements for a particular glass and even paint colour. I could see they were now really getting a picture of exactly what could be achieved. James went on to talk through a range of timbers including Accoya® - which apparently has up to 85% better stability than teak, with the added benefit of being entirely ecologically friendly – the supply and fitting of locks and furniture, the essential draught-proofing and even a choice of paint finishes. After arranging a meeting the following evening for James to pop by and measure up and talk costs it was clear that they were looking forward to their new front door. The approach at The London Door Company is very informative and professional, while being approachable and inclusive. I very much enjoyed my London Door experience and I can see that with 30 years of making doors behind them the passion is still alive. So for lovely doors, expert advice and a warm welcome visit or call for an appointment. The London Door Company 67 High St, SE20 7HW 020 8634 4080

Taking care of your property from foundations to chimney pots When you are considering home improvements, it’s vital to choose a contractor you can trust House extensions and loft conversions New roofs - flat roofs - overhauls Kitchens and bathrooms Interior and exterior decorating Patios and garden walls All aspects of building work undertaken All works are supervised and completed by qualified tradesman and are fully guaranteed. Full Public Liability Insurance.

We are the area’s leading specialists with a proven track record. A selection of our range of expertise can be seen on our regularly updated website. Contact for a free estimate:

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Getting the home ready to put it on the market...


Kerb appeal

n a buyer’s market doing everything you possibly can to give your house the ‘edge’ over the competition could mean the difference between selling or not. The view from the road is the first impression prospective buyers get and it should be inviting. Your house may need just a quick makeover, from a new front gate, weeds removed from the garden and new plants planted, to a repointing of the front wall or fixing a wobbly flagstone. Do find a way to camouflage the wheelie bins if they have to live in the front garden. After a cold wet winter the paintwork will look dull and painted walls may have a green patina, which should be scrubbed away. A coat of paint will brighten the look of the house and give it ‘kerb appeal’. The front door should look solid and in good shape… and don’t let your windows let you down. If you have maintained your home on a regular basis there shouldn’t be too much to be done, but sometimes we put things off until tomorrow and don’t get round to fixing simple faults that then become larger problems. New buyers don’t want to buy a home that will cost them more money as soon as they move in. Windows tend to be neglected the most; if you have timber frames they are very durable and if taken care of will last for decades, but they will require periodic maintenance. Rattling, ill-fitting drafty windows can easily be remedied, but if the windows are old and rotten it will be time to replace them with new well-fitted sashes. If the box frames are salvageable and in good condition, new doubleglazed sashes can be fitted to the existing frames making a considerable saving. New windows can transform the look of the property inside and out and the cost is an investment in the property, which can be reflected in its price and saleability. Many of our homes are covered by conservation orders or are listed, and period features like windows have to be as original – and that means timber. If the windows are old and rotten it makes more sense and is cost-effective to replace them. If you are drawn to the qualities of PVCu or aluminium, which require very low maintenance, you could replace your old windows, again an investment in your home that makes your property more desirable to a new owner. Nanette Fielding



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by the opening of an exciting new Bathroom & Kitchen showroom at Shad Thames SE1. Having built a reputation of providing the very best quality products and service the new showroom takes this to another level. Why not see for yourself what is on offer. Design & Installation service available. WC One, 11 Lee Road, Blackheath, SE3 9RQ. 020 8297 1118. 20 The Circle, Queen Elizabeth Street, SE1 2JE. 020 7378 8555.


Refurbishing your bathroom or kitchen can be an expensive and stressful experience. But it doesn’t have to be. Bathroom & Kitchen Installations have been in the industry for over 20 years and this family run business believe their success is down to the personal service and attention to detail they offer. Skilled tradesman Martin Burch runs Bathroom & Kitchen Installations, and together with his wife, interior designer Natalie, offers bespoke bathroom & kitchen refurbishments. If you are considering refreshing your kitchen or bathroom and adding a significant value to your property call: 020 8226 2132 or 07850 752373. www.bathroomandkitcheninstallations.

Their new Roller Blinds and Roman Blind fabric books have arrived! The new collections of fabrics include over 500 stunning designs. Giving your windows the attention they require to bring a room together. Blackheath Interiors offers made to measure Shutters and Blinds. For a FREE estimate please contact or visit their showroom. For all your interior needs, from sofas, chairs, footstool, mirrors and furniture. Blackheath Interiors & Flooring are here to help. Also an Upholstery service is now available. Blackheath Interiors & Flooring Ltd, 131 -133 Lee Road, Blackheath SE3 9DS. 0208 297 9600.



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Gardens to inspire


AS WE ENDEAVOUR TO THROW OFF THE SHACKLES OF WINTER and look forward to some much needed spring sunshine, now is the time to start planning for the long, lazy summer days spent enjoying your garden. At Landscape One Design we are providing our clients with the gardens that they want to spend time in. We offer services to help invigorate a tired-looking garden right through to a full design and construction. From planting schemes, decks and water features to complete makeovers, we can offer the solutions to make an outdoor space your dream garden. Contact us at: 0800 848 8053

It’s your space, make it unique GARDENING IS A FORM OF ESCAPISM, a way of switching off from the technological demands of modern life. While there may be hundreds of apps offering gardening advice, design tips and the best plants for tricky places, nothing beats the real feeling of getting outside and leaving the gadgets indoors. Growing something isn’t just a way of making fresh food for the kitchen or helping local wildlife find food after an incredibly wet winter, it’s also food for the soul, a way of reconnecting with the very things which give us the air we breathe – plants.


Spring of course is an explosion in itself, when plants shrug off winter and burst into life with a riot of colour and fragrance. Now’s the time to get ‘hands on’. You don’t have to be a plantoholic to brighten up the dullest of shady spots or make the most out of a tiny space specially reserved for those quiet moments we all need. The best designs, like the paperclip, are the ones, which are the simplest. Sandstone can give a modern edge to a patio or seating area while traditional Yorkstone will provide a timeless quality to period properties, but there are so many materials to choose from you really can make a personal statement that reflects the living space indoors. When choosing plants, be adventurous but take advice on how fast they grow, particularly if you don’t have much room. If you want privacy, before reaching for the hammer or trowel, consider going green and think of hedging first. Not just a cheaper option but the local wildlife will love you for it. Lighting is something some people shy away from under the false impression that it’s not beneficial to the environment but what is more ecologically friendly, being outdoors with a few low wattage LED lights on enjoying the garden, or being indoors watching a huge TV screen? Modern lighting has increased longevity, too, ensuring your investment lasts for years to come. There are few things more satisfying than looking back on your endeavours, knowing you helped the local wildlife and increased the value of your property at the same time. Adam S Bailey Garden Design, Unit 9, Home Farm, 3 Riverside, Eynsford, DA4 0AE, Tel 01322 865566, e-mail:

BA (hons) degree garden design service multi award winning landscapes specialist driveway and patio installer FOR FULL PORTFOLIO AND SPRING RATES VISIT Call 01689 819974

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• Steamed Up Windows from £30 • Replacement Handles from £35 • Replacement Hinges from £55 • Replacement Locking Systems from £60 • Anti-bump/anti-snap Security Locks from £69.95

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THE ICONIC BRITISH HOME SHOW will return to Earls Court, London from 15th March - 1st April, for its 105th Year and we have 10 pairs of tickets for our lucky readers to win! With seven dedicated show areas catering to every need and taste, and boasting over 600 exhibitors, the Ideal Home Show is the only place to visit when making your home ideal. From ideal Interiors, to ideal Home Improvements, with ideal Gardens, and ideal Technology, plus ideal Food & Housewares, ideal Shopping and ideal Woman, the enhanced sections give you more choice and bigger brands, all under one roof. It’s a great day out for the whole family – shop, see new product launches, explore full scale show homes and gardens, visit the revolutionary Technology Hub, powered by Virgin Media, and enjoy a glass of bubbles in the Ideal Gardens champagne bar, sponsored by Hydropool. You can even celeb spot and enjoy a spot of lunch in the Celebrity Chef restaurant. Not forgetting the fantastic Celebrity Ambassadors and Experts that will be on hand at the show, both on the Super Theatre stage, and B&Q’s own DIY theatre, to share


Win tickets their knowledge and skills through 1000s of demonstrations and workshops. Don’t forget to stop by the Drinks Theatre, sponsored by Regina, for tips and tipples too! Plus this year you can see a very special interiors makeover on a very famous TV home and visit the ITV ‘Love your Garden’ show garden, sponsored by Oceans. For your chance to WIN one of 10 pairs of tickets to this year’s show, simply answer this question: In 2013, how many years will the Ideal Home Show have been in London? Send your name, address and daytime telephone number to Meridian magazine (IHS), 8 The Village, Charlton SE7 8UD or email For those not lucky enough to win, you can still get a great deal booking in advance.

Visit / 0844 858 6763 Find out the latest news for the 2013 show @ideal_home_show *Terms and conditions: 1. This offer is only open to UK residents. 2. Complimentary tickets are valid for one day only, on any one day of the show between the 15th March - 1st April 2013 at London’s Earls Court. 3. Tickets are non transferable. One pair of tickets per winner only. 4. Complimentary tickets obtained through this offer may not be duplicated. 5. All tickets will be scanned on entry to the show 6. The closing date for this offer is 13 March.

Time for a spring refresh What are the latest trends for the home?


EMILE AZAN OF CHAMELEON DESIGNS discusses colour trends… One of the big trends for interior colour schemes is Cosmetic shades - such as peachy and blush tones. They have a very soft aesthetic that’s warm, calming, reassuring and relaxing, and are now a great way to move beyond standard and slightly pedestrian creams and beiges. If you are feeling more

daring, then go for something a bit brighter, such as apricot or an uplifting coral. In this palette you can also include soft greys and lilacs. At the other end of the spectrum, one of the key colours for spring has been Gucci purple, which is now filtering through to bathroom design. Rich, jewel-like and velvety colours like this help to create a luxurious and cocooning feel. A mistake people make, particularly if they have a smaller bathroom, is to think that they have to paint it white in order to make it feel bigger, when actually this will probably make the space feel cold. What is more important than size is that the room feels like a wonderful place to spend time and relax in, so although a dark colour won’t increase the feeling of space it can make it look extremely sumptuous. Another rule made to be broken is the idea that a bathroom should be blue. We often turn to blues as an easy option and because of its water connotations. If you really want to use the colour blue, make a statement with a Sapphire blue or Turquoise.



pring is a time of renewal, after a winter of hibernation it seems nature comes back to life – and with it comes an abundance of energy and colour! Green is tipped to be a hot colour in the home this spring and no wonder, it is synonymous with this season of new beginnings - the grass becomes greener and the trees start to bud again. If you want to play safe just introduce the colour into the soft furnishing in the room like these chairs from Sofa Design.

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At Selectric we supply the full range of freestanding and built-in appliances from a host of major manufacturers, offering delivery, installation and removal services, including work with gas appliances and refrigeration. We will always aim to match or better any price from our competitors online or on the high street. Feel free to get in touch or visit either of our stores for further information.


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LATEST TRENDS Tudor Touch has been dressing the nation’s windows for over three decades, providing windows with bespoke décor, from the classic roller blinds to plantation shutters. Tudor Touch’s newest product is the mirrored shutters, the mirror is set into the louvre, adding warmth and creating a beautiful reflection on each louvre surface. Tudor Touch is a family-run company that pride themselves on being professional, inspirational and helping every client to fall in love with their home. Tudor Touch, 26 The Village, Charlton, London, SE7 8UD. 0208 319 4444.

BLACKHEATH DECORATING SERVICES are an established team of professional builders and decorators, with over 40 years experience in all aspects of building and decorating trades. Specialising in refurbishments, renovation, contemporary extensions and conversions. BDS provide a quality, reputable and reliable locally based service, undertaking domestic contracts. All projects fully managed from one room to complete refurbishment. All kitchen and bathroom installations, plastering and quality decorating works expertly finished. All electrical works completed and certified by an NIC EIC registered installer. Blackheath Decorating Services. 020 8309 1891/ 07961 387 643.



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Lee Service Centre Celebrating 40 years of outstanding local service


ill Leo first started repairing Domestic appliances in 1973, moving to Lee in 1977 as the business grew and joined by Ray Elliott shortly after. Lee Service Centre has served the local community repairing, servicing and supplying all Freestanding and integrated domestic appliances. Our aim has always been to give a fast, efficient and honest service and we are proud of the reputation we have built up. Lee Service Centre also carries out work for a number of well known estate agents, letting agencies and Housing Associations covering the Southeast London and Docklands area. Our emphasis is on ‘service’, when a customer arranges for a visit from Lee Service Centre they can be assured of a personal service, when a washing machine is purchased it can be delivered, installed and the old appliance taken away and safely disposed of. Bill and Ray wish to thank all their customers for their continued support during the past 40 years, we look forward to continuing our service for many more years to come.

• Specialising in supplying built in appliances • Washing machines, electric ovens, dishwashers, tumble driers • Supply and install new fridge freezers Contact: 35 Burnt Ash Hill, Lee SE12 0AE

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Homes & Gardens Supplement March 2013  
Homes & Gardens Supplement March 2013  

Meridian Magazine brings you the best home and garden specialists fom South East London and Kent. Kerb appeal - getting the home ready to p...