Monthly Archives: August 2014

  • Solid oak flooring - Sustainable & Beautiful!

    Sustainable oak flooring

    Solid oak flooring is both beautiful and sustainable!

    Wilson’s Yard were delighted to be involved in a prestigious sustainability resource efficient housing project in Scotland last year.

    Wilsons were selected to provided a sustainable floor for the main living areas in the Resource Efficient House. The wooden floor that was selected was one of our naturals solid oak flooring which we all thought would look amazing and be fully sustainable. Here are a few images of how it turned out plus some information about the project

    The Resource Efficient House

    The house was built in 2013, on the BRE Innovation Park @Ravenscraig – a demonstration development and hub of construction industry innovation which showcases the future of sustainable housing under the themes of energy, sustainability, affordability and community. The Resource Efficient House exemplifies the work that Resource Efficient Scotland are conducting to promote efficiency within the built environment.

    Developed by Zero Waste Scotland under the Resource Efficient Scotland programme and in partnership with Tigh Grian Limited, the Resource Efficient House is a contemporary, three-bedroom home which has achieved not only the Gold Standard (Scottish Building Standards, Section 7: Sustainability) but Platinum Aspect 1 as a zero carbon house.

    The Resource Efficient House demonstrates a flexible design, using best practice in efficiency, including offsite ‘pod’ construction which allows for greater quality and minimises the effect weather conditions have on build time.

    The house is highly energy efficient and affordable to live in, due to the selection of materials and inclusion of lighting, heating, and water conservation measures.

    Materials with high recycled content, which were re-used or recycled from elsewhere and those which can be recycled at the end of life were specified for the Resource Efficient House. This re-use and recycling of materials carries through to the fixtures and fittings with the kitchen work surfaces made from material reprocessed from recycled coffee cups; recycled paint for the décor; and kitchen bar stools made from reclaimed wood from whiskey barrels. Wilsons Yard were selected to supply the solid oak flooring in the main living areas

    Tours of the BRE Innovation Park @Ravenscraig, including visits to the Resource Efficient House can be arranged by contacting Jackie Reilly at BRE (reillyj@bre.co.uk, 01698 262 193).

     

    About wilsonsyard.com (Wilsons Conservation Building Products)

    Wilsons is a family business specialising in the supply of reclaimed plus sustainable wooden flooring for both commercial and private customers. We hope you liked the solid oak flooring used on this project and hope you get to check out our eclectic mix of individual and unique product at www.wilsonsyard.com

     

     

  • Reclaimed quarry tiles

    wilsonsyard.com old reclaimed quarry tiles

    Reclaimed quarry tiles

    Old reclaimed quarry tiles make the perfect, versatile old stone floor. They has multiple uses both inside and outside your home.

    Quarry tiles were primarily used in old mills and factories at the end of the 19th and early 20th century. Over the last 40 years virtually all of these mills have reached the end of their usable life span and have either been demolished or been turned into trendy apartments or retail developments. This has resulted in many of these wonderful tiles being lost forever and as time moves on, fewer and fewer are salvaged / reclaimed.

    Just some idea for using old stone tiles

    Reclaimed quarry tiles are extremely versatile and have a huge number of potential uses. One of the most common uses recently, has been by people carrying out barn conversions, wanting a dramatic natural floor to compliment their restoration.

    Old original salvaged quarry tiles make the perfect floor for creating a country kitchen and also work as a contrast to gloss and contemporary kitchens. They are also suitable for outside use, making the perfect natural paving to create a rambling path for your cottage garden or green house flooring or sunroom floor.

    So if your are looking for :-

    • an interesting reclaimed floor for your barn conversion
    • Old Country kitchen floor tiles
    • a natural stone path for your cottage garden
    • a natural floor for your conservatory
    • couping stones for old brick walls
    • old porch or boot room tiles
    • old uneven tiled flooring
    • interesting floor for a retail business (Boutique Cafe, Restaurant...)
    • a great easily maintained floor for a Pub or bar
    • an interesting floor for a commercial project
    • Ideal Cellar or basement floor

    then reclaimed quarry tiles might be just the product that you are looking for.

    Aside from their obvious beauty and low maintenance, wouldn't it be amazing to bring a little bit of our industrial history into your home and give it a new lease of life!!

    Tile sizes

    Quarry tiles mainly come in 3 sizes

    • 6"x6" inch (15x15cm)
    • 9"x9" inch (45x45cm)
    • 12"x12" inch (30x30cm)

    The thickness of these tiles vary. In general the larger the tile, the thicker they tend to be.

    Where to find old reclaimed quarry tiles?

    At Wilsonsyard we are always trying to source these old tiles and have recently been fortunate to purchase some fantastic old quarry tiles.

    So if your looking for interesting, individual old tiled flooring with a little bit of history, then why not check out these old reclaimed quarry tiles on our website. 

    We ship all over the UK, Ireland and Europe. So give us a call on UK 02892692304, Ireland 04892692304, Int. 0044 2892692304 or email us at info@wilsonsyard.com for a general chat to discuss your project, or any of our products.

    Thanks for taking the time to read our blog

    Nigel

     

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