Visitors to our factory and showrooms here in Yorkshire will have noticed a few changes to our office recently. When we first moved here, more than 12 years ago, we didn't have time to worry too much about the floor that was put down in the office, our priority was to get our systems up and running as soon as possible. We think that now is a good time for an update and to take the opportunity to showcase our beautiful Engineered Wood Flooring.
The British Hardwoods office is a lovely size (45m2 ) but we perhaps were not making the best use of the area. We decided to split our large rectangular office into two horseshoe shaped sections to provide us with much needed desk space. Our Managing Directory, Tony Fillingham, set the renovations in motion, and the following photos show his step-by-step process to date:
A narrow rectangular section is removed from a floorboard in the centre of the room
Using a Fein multitool to cut across the remaining section of the board . . .
. . . the whole board is carefully removed from the adjoining floorboards
This "open" section is now drilled through to locate the position of the joist
With the joist located a newly machined oak newel post is secured in place
With the newel post in place the framework for the partition is quickly erected by Tony
With the framework now in position - the change in the layout of the office becomes apparent
Next, the partition framework is plasterboarded . . .
. . . and quickly skimmed with plaster
The plaster receives a coat of emulsion and is topped off with a beautiful oak shelf
David and Jamie looking pleased with the new layout
With the wiring and sockets now in place - we are ready to re-arrange the desks into the new layout
All the work to the office so far has been undertaken solely by Tony - showing his all-round versatility. Despite a busy order book, our flooring department have managed to manufacture our new Engineered Classic Grade Oak Flooring. We are always so busy that trying to find an appropriate time to lay it so as to cause minimal disruption is quite a challenge. Once the new floor is laid, we also plan to change all our desks to our own handmade oak desks - which should look truly beautiful.
We are now looking forward to stage 2 and will keep our blog updated with new photos when we have them. Thank you to all our customers who have called in, for bearing with us whilst our renovations are in progress.