3 Gold Nuggets From Grand Designs At The Nec Birmingham October 2012

If You Go To One Show Next Year Make Sure It Is Grand Designs At The NEC In Birmingham

"pete cossie"Note from Pete: As the exhibitions and shows come to a natural end each year one of the spectacles in October is Grand Designs at the NEC Birmingham and this year was so exception.

Being a spectator rather than exhibitor on this occasion was a great way to see everything in a whole new way and we got to meet up with some great new people who we will be forging new networking relationships with a looking for ways in which we can add more value to our customers and everything we do.

So here are 3 of the best gold nuggets from Grand Designs including a spectacular idea for all you wine lovers out there!

Feature Article:3 Gold Nuggets From Grand Designs At The Nec Birmingham October 2012

Green Mortgages At Great Rates

First to grab our attention was The ECOLOGY Building Society which is a building society dedicated to improving the environment by supporting and promoting ecological building practises and sustainable communities.

They focus on “building a greener society” and are a unique mortgage provider that only lends on properties and projects that minimise the environmental impact or which promote sustainable communities and lifestyles.

Even if you do not consider yourself to be “going green” as it were with your next project you might find it beneficial to check out the interest rates and benefits from the Ecology Building Society even if you are just planning some energy saving improvements.

They are loan providers for projects such as:-

  • Energy Saving Improvements such as improved insulation, fitting a condensing boiler or installing a wind turbine.
  • Renovations such as bringing a derelict property back into habitable use as this is considered a form of recycling.
  • Conversions of barns, lighthouses, oast houses, churches or chapels into homes.
  • New Builds where the starting point is trying to determine the environmental impact in terms of energy use, pollution and saving resources.
  • Green Extensions And Loft Conversions.

For more information visit www.ecology.co.uk

More Contemporary Log Living From Specialist Deck Builders

Once a carpenter and joiner .. always a carpenter and joiner so this stand was simply amazing! Lovely friendly experts on hand with some of the most stunning decking photos we have seen anywhere.

Based in Pershore in Worcestershire Deckbuilders have an amazing CAD system that can easily transform your ideas into perfect and permanent solutions to create your perfect decking area.

Creating an outdoor living space for outdoor entertaining is something that has become increasingly popular in the last few years as we battle through whatever the UK weather brings and get those sausages sizzling on the BBQ.

What was amazing about Deckbuilders projects was not only the quality and variety but nothing seemed to be beyond their capabilities.

Most houses have challenging gardens and wasted space, whether you have a conservatory that is crying out for an outdoor sun deck or you have a sloping garden that would benefit from a deck across the back of your house with steps leading down this company’s details are some you will want to keep hold of and share.

If you have a small space, you’ll be amazed at their transformation of a 3rd floor apartment balcony area!

For more details visit their website at www.deckbuildersltd.co.uk

We Love Wood And We Love Wine .. So It Really Is No Wonder This Caught Our Eye

Sticks & Stone specialise in creating rustic luxury furniture from ethically sources and harvested materials found locally in the Cotswold area.

They specialise in solid wood furniture including candlesticks, benches, coffee tables and wine racks. What was so lovely about these eye catching pieces was that they all come with their own story of where the wood was found, what it’s place in history was (for example a mast from a ship) so that you know you are truly buying or receiving something to really treasure and appreciate.

If you were wondering how the timber they use could be “ethically sourced” they use a local tree surgeon who supplies timber from “problem trees” that have to be removed for structural or safety reasons.

They also use a range of reclamation yards that specialise in the salvage of beams which can be traced back to the source to create “the Story” that comes with each wine rack.

If you have some wood with a special meaning, they even offer a service where they will create you a wine rack, coffee table or bench for you, giving it a whole new life.

For more from Sticks & Stone visit their website at www.sticksandstone.co.uk

Attendance At Grand Designs At The Nec Birmingham Was At A Record High This Year

Considering the NEC parking fee is now a whopping £10.00 per car this year was still a record year at Grand Designs and every stand was literally pushed to it’s limit to cope with the number of people asking for information and more details for everything from Rain Water Harvesting, Energy Saving and Solar Power, through to full blown Sips Panel Houses, Timber Frame Houses and Contemporary Home Offices.

The vibe was really good, the attendances were high and just as we expected for this year the ideas for people looking for a “greener, healthier and more contemporary lifestyle” are better than ever before.

Expect more products and services in our range in the next few months as we keep raising the bar in Self-Building in the UK.

You Have A New Choice .. Buy, Rent or Self-Build … It’s Up To You

To get your project underway with the confidence that you are in very good hands, you can either give us a call and arrange a date of use the Contact Us form and we’ll get back to you to arrange your visit.

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In the meantime, for more help feel free to use the Contact Us page with your enquiry about Contemporary Self Build Homes and Traditional or Classic Self Build Homes, or fully furnished Mobile Log Homes we are here to help you!

*OPEN WEEKEND 9th, 10th & 11th November 2012

View ALL Our Log Mobile Home Show Models in one weekend! Including the Finnish Contemporary (below) *By invitation only use the Contact Us page to arrange your visit *Bookings are filling up fast!

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"pete cossie"Pete Cossie is a time served carpenter and joiner with over 30 years experience in the UK construction industry. His passion for wood and acquiring a trade has meant he has never clocked in for a single day in his life. An entrepreneur with a rare gift for making people feel relaxed and completely at ease within minutes of meeting him.

Working with the best in the industry has always been Pete’s goal for Contemporary Log Living and it’s customers because in business reputation means everything. Delivering the best products with the best customer service is what sets us apart.

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