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We have been a trusted supplier of kitchens and wardrobes to architects, builders and their clients since our very inception so it made sense to launch our new service which is exclusively for our trade customers. At this point in … Continue reading

Lead times are very tight in most fitout projects so when (not if) the going gets tough, every client and design team needs a fitout contractor that can step up to the mark. Here are Knottown Joinery’s top 6 tips … Continue reading

Value Engineering is one of those things where most companies talk the talk, but very few are capable of walking the walk. You will see “Value Engineering Services” these days in every brochure and website as if it were some … Continue reading

We here at Knottown have noticed some significant trends in the office fitout market over the last couple of months, and we thought it may be useful to share this knowledge with those of you considering an office fitout: The … Continue reading

Modern solid oak stairs with a cut string,open tread design featuring curved handrail and stainless steel spindles. More images in the Timber Stairs section.               

Six custom bifold doors made from poplar and painted white. The architrave was machined to match the original architrave in the house

Beautiful handmade end grain chopping boards now available. Available in Iroko, Walnut, Maple, & Beech in a variety of sizes.

  This stairs consisting of oak and painted poplar together with black wrought iron spindles is a beautiful center piece to this hallway. For more pictures, check out the Stairs Gallery

Sash window complete with lockable closers and draught seals. John Purcell Knottown Joinery  

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Knottown launches new exclusive kitchen service.

We have been a trusted supplier of kitchens and wardrobes to architects, builders and their clients since our very inception so it made sense to launch our new service which is exclusively for our trade customers. At this point in time we will no longer be be taking general enquiries from the public regarding kitchens and bedrooms.

Some people say that is unusual position to take but the reason is actually very simple and that is because it allows us to provide our customers with the best possible product at the best possible value.

The industry average of converting a kitchen customer into a sale is roughly one in five. We appreciate that this is because people are looking for ideas as they build their dream home, however this adds an overhead to the business which has to be recouped through other work.

We don’t think this is fair so by dealing with people who have designs and are simply looking for the best value for money, we have been able to cut out the huge time and expense associated with design, estimating and administration.

This means that, we are able to provide our clients with the highest quality product at significantly reduced prices.

Please make contact now at info@knottownjoinery.ie for the best possible prices at the best possible quality.

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From designs to completion. Our top 6 tips for delivering exceptional quality in a tight programme.

Lead times are very tight in most fitout projects so when (not if) the going gets tough, every client and design team needs a fitout contractor that can step up to the mark.

Here are Knottown Joinery’s top 6 tips on how to deliver exceptional quality in a tight programme.

  1. Understanding the project’s vision is a key success factor in delivering a quality product, quickly. This can only be done if you work proactively and closely with the design team to make sure all the standards are met and that the client’s vision is achieved. If all you do is price for the work on a drawing then in all likelihood when the project goes to site, your relationship with the design team will become tested. You should visit other work that your client, architect or interior designer has completed. Whilst the brief may differ on this project, you will get a good feeling for the type of quality required. Building a trusting relationship is key.
  2. Being proactive in fitout is also essential. This involves consultation and open dialogue at every step of the way whether that be through regular meetings or not. Having said that Design teams should not be bombarded with requests that are not prioritised and essential. Sometimes you have to show leadership and assist the team with devising solutions to the challenges faced by fitout projects. Waiting for others to arrive with solutions is a sure fire way of falling behind in these projects, so arrive at the table with solutions not problems. Don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it too. Remember the project is what’s important here.
  3. Meticulous attention to detail is required at every step of the project. Some companies have this attention to detail and some simply underestimate how important this is but as fitout projects are extremely challenging, every challenge must be planned for, even at pre-construction stage. You must also understand the pressure the client is under, whether that be to reopen because of a function or to accept a new tenant or for some other reason entirely. Understanding the challenges of those around you also helps you to better plan for your element of the work. Try and build a small buffer into the schedule for yourself because there will always be client changes and little emergencies. Checking your actual work done against the schedule is also of great benefit. If your craftsmen are taking too long on certain jobs then you can proactively step it up or even employ more craftsmen to ensure the project is delivered. Welcome to the world of fitout.
  4. Keeping momentum on a fast paced project is extremely important so programming is critical. You simply won’t have all the answers you want, when you want them so the answer is not to loose motivation and become disheartened. You need to get to that finish line so make sure you have a schedule of work with milestones. If your earlier milestones come under pressure then you are better placed to react quickly and ensure the project is brought back on track. By far the biggest issue in fitout is delays to materials arriving. This is usually the result of materials not being ordered on time or suppliers over-promising and under-delivering. Managing this is key to success.
  5. Never underprice or overcommit on a project no matter how badly you want it. Sure some companies adopt a strategy of going in keen to add on extras later but this simply doesn’t work in fitout. When a fitout project hits site, it needs to be a well oiled machine so one company trying to cut corners or debate tender prices puts the whole project delivery under threat. If you planned badly and you’re up against a tight deadline, do whatever it takes to meet it. That means staying up late and working long hours if possible. The project is all the matters.
  6. On site, we must work together as a team to achieve the one overall vision. Integration and coordination with the rest of the construction team, particularly mechanical and electrical, is extremely important to achieve the quality that’s required. Working as an individual simply won’t help the clients achieve the results. This requires a certain “flexibility” and “mindset” that only comes with those who want to build long term and sustainable relationships with the client.

For your next Joinery project, we would be delighted if you would reach out to us at Knottown Joinery. We would love to work with you and deliver craftsmanship you can admire.

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Value Engineering your Joinery Package.

Value Engineering is one of those things where most companies talk the talk, but very few are capable of walking the walk. You will see “Value Engineering Services” these days in every brochure and website as if it were some form of new buzzword, when in reality Value Engineering is something we here at Knottown have been practicing for years.

So why is this “Holy Grail” of cost savings talked about so much yet so so difficult to achieve? Well the answer is really very simple and as we know how true savings can be achieved, we will let you into our little secret!!

Most of our work nowadays at Knottown requires us to have value engineering input throughout the design process and that is the absolute optimum result for a client. By optimum, we mean that everyone is working towards the one goal of providing all the clients objectives (Including budget!). Of course this collaborative working environment isn’t always possible at the early stages but providing Value Engineering solutions after a design is completed is always a much more difficult process. In 2015, circa 72% of the work we undertook had our value engineering input at the early stages.

The first thing to remember when Value Engineering a project that is “cost sensitive”, is to understand that you are taking a design that people have probably already fallen in love with. Clients, Architects, Interior Designers and many more stakeholders have spent good time and money coming up with the ultimate look and feel, only to establish that the end result is over budget or can’t be delivered within a short timeframe window. They’ve seen the design now, so that’s what’s in their head and that’s what they want. Our job at Knottown is to provide solutions that do not impact adversely on the architectural integrity of the project. While this takes skill and expertise, communicating the results to stakeholders is a whole different level of skill altogether! You are essentially making recommendations on their “baby” and that can be a very dangerous thing to do.

Advice on materials, construction methods and value engineering alternatives is only easy if you understand where all the stakeholders are coming from. This stage in the project is hugely political and there may be all sorts of back stories. Maybe the client is annoyed with the Architect that he can’t get what he wants for the initial budget, maybe the Interior Designer is trying to find money for another element of project or maybe the client is running out of money at this stage. Whatever the story, professionalism and integrity is what matters the most in these circumstances. We are here to help, not to win. Three specific examples of our value engineering on recent projects are as follows:

  • Saved 25% off a commercial fitout package by implementing value engineering ideas such as: Replace shaker panel doors in the attic space to bespoke mdf doors with routered lines and spray painted. Everyone was delighted with the result and saved 25% off the budget.
  • Saved 18% by replacing steel on a stairs with timber. Whilst the central steel spine had to be removed we managed to keep the same contemporary look and feel by keeping the glass, adding a cut string facia and using a nice solid oak step. Actual saving for the client was €5,000 on the stairs alone.
  • We were able to save 15% on a residential fitout by taking two standard IKEA units and turning them into a work of art (even if i do say so myself!).

To be truly great at Value Engineering, communication needs to be one of your greatest strengths and that’s why it’s so hard to deliver. Yes we have to understand and evaluate alternative procurement channels taking into account the very tight timeframes for fitout. Yes we will be looking at alternative materials, yes we will be looking at alternative construction methods but most importantly what we are trying to do is to maintain the design intent, not to sacrifice too much to the concept and ultimately to reach a compromise with all the stakeholders. The partnerships that we have fostered throughout this process in the last couple of years have been fantastic. It has created lifelong friends because as a team we need to trust each other in order to deliver the best result for the client.

Too many companies these days look at these “cost sensitive” projects as an opportunity to make a quick buck. Our firmly held view here in Knottown is that winning once is short sighted. Consistently deliver value to your clients over time and they will keep coming back, time and time again.

For your next Joinery project, we would be delighted if you would reach out to us at Knottown Joinery. We would love to work with you and deliver craftsmanship you can admire.

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Office Fit Out Trends 2016

We here at Knottown have noticed some significant trends in the office fitout market over the last couple of months, and we thought it may be useful to share this knowledge with those of you considering an office fitout:

  1. The day of the high walled cubicle is now a thing of the past. That is not to say that offices aren’t providing quiet, confidential areas for people to work in but these areas are becoming more of a dedicated “hotdesk” whereby any employee can retreat to and use if they so wish. The growing trend is towards maximising employee productivity and as such more and more of the workspaces are encouraging teamwork and collaboration, with an option to retreat to privacy and quietness if required. Here is a recent project by our clients OLS Architects which demonstrates the latest trends. ols
  2. There is also growing trend of office spaces getting more social. Now we are not just talking about some of the large tech companies when we say this but our experience is that there is a trend toward casual meeting areas, break out areas, communal eating areas and the like. Below is picture of our neighbours offices “Done Deal” which is coming more of a typical working environment. (Designed by the wonderful Anne Doyle of Page Interiors) You can start to see where the office is now becoming more of a “Home away from Home”. We spend enough time there and that’s for sure!done-deal
  3. The office space has also become much more engaging with their employees as companies strive to attract and retain the best. Only time will tell whether is a fad but certainly there is an increasing use of bold colours, inspirational murals on the wall, the use of frosted glass and all sorts of funky furniture. We love the funky furniture here at Knottown!
  4. Mother nature is in! Last year we had nature prints on the wall, this year we are seeing more garden areas and plant installations are employers are looking to try and give employees a moment of reflection and solitude if they need it. Then they can get back to the desk refreshed and more motivated. It is all about happy employees!
  5. Health & Happiness. If you are happy in your work then you will perform better. There are a range of initiatives being introduced in 2016. Even our neighbours at Wexford Enterprise Centre have forged a path by providing an innovative workout area. Designed only for a short five or ten minute getaway, the whole concept is to allow colleagues the opportunity to clear their head. It also doubles up and confirms our previous point about offices trying to “bring the outside in”.wexford-enterprise-centre

Businesses now recognise that the presentation of a workplace represents a company’s brand and that it plays an important role in forming and maintaining the corporate culture. Being collaborative, creative and flexible is the new trend. Keeping your employees engaged, healthy and motivated is a trend we hope is here for a very long time.

For your next office fitout project, we would be delighted if you would contact Knottown Joinery. We would love to work with you and deliver craftsmanship you can admire.

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Unique Solid Oak Stairs

Modern solid oak stairs with a cut string,open tread design featuring curved handrail and stainless steel spindles. More images in the Timber Stairs section.               

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Bespoke Bifold Doors

Six custom bifold doors made from poplar and painted white.

The architrave was machined to match the original architrave in the house

Glazed Bifold Doors

Painted Bifold doors with Panelling

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Shelving Unit

Floor Unit

Ideal shelving unit for under the stairs or childrens bedroom

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Christmas Gift

Beautiful handmade end grain chopping boards now available.

Available in Iroko, Walnut, Maple, & Beech in a variety of sizes.

Iroko 400mm X 300mm

Iroko 400mm X 300mm x 60mm

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Recent Curved Stairs

 

This stairs consisting of oak and painted poplar together with black

wrought iron spindles is a beautiful center piece to this hallway.

For more pictures, check out the Stairs Gallery

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Handmade Sash Window

Sash window complete with lockable closers and draught seals.

John Purcell Knottown Joinery

 

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