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How Is Our Comapny Tackling Climate Chnage?
How Are We Helping The Environment?

As a company, we believe it is incredibly important, now more than ever to protect the environment. We hear a lot about pollution and global warming, and ways to reduce our carbon footprint, but what does it really mean and what does it mean for companies like us? Environmental pollution is defined as "the contamination of the physical and biological components of the earth/atmosphere system to such an extent that normal environmental processes are adversely affected”. Why is global warming an issue? Mainly because we have already built enormous infrastructure based on the climate we now have. People in some temperate zones may benefit from milder winters, more abundant rainfall, and expanding crop production zones. However, people in other areas will suffer from increased heat waves, coastal erosion, rising sea level, more erratic rainfall, and droughts. The crops, natural vegetation, and domesticated and wild animals (including seafood) that sustain people in a given area may be unable to adapt to local or regional changes in climate. The ranges of diseases and insect pests that are limited by temperature may expand. 

For companies and businesses, it is so important to take these issues into account when considering your products and services. We are a bespoke furniture manufacturer, so, we require materials and electricity to run our offices and workshops. What do we do? Firstly, we considered how to reduce our waste and increase recycling, then how we could make the energy we use to run our factory more sustainable. 

How better to reduce waste than to optimise our recycling efforts? We invested in a compact baler, a machine that crushes cardboard or plastic into large bales, which we store in an onsite container before they are taken away to be properly recycled. We have yellow and blue bins throughout the factory to make recycling even easier, from large cardboard boxes from deliveries, or a plastic water bottle, they go on to have a new life. We also have a wrapping machine to reduce our usage of plastic while wrapping protection on our joinery that is ready for delivery. The plastic we use is 100% recyclable to once the product has been delivered and installed, we bring the waste back to the factory and it is ready for baling. 

To tackle the sustainable energy option, we decided to install solar panels on our factory roof, these provide sustainable power to run our office and workshop. By installing solar energy, we are reducing our carbon footprint by 2.7 tonnes CO2e / year. Savings were calculated by dividing the energy generated over 2 months by the average daily sun-hours for the period, as published by the Government. Average monthly sun-hours were used to extrapolate an annual energy generation. The generation of electricity was then considered an energy-saving, as less energy would be drawn from the grid supply. The energy-saving was converted to a greenhouse gas emission saving using the carbon conversion figure for UK grid electricity as published by the Government at the date of project installation (January 2021). From January to March: Total energy generated = 1,791 kWh. Energy generated per day = 20.11 kWh Average sun-hours per day = 2.76 hours Energy generated per hour = 7.28 kWh. For the period April to December: Total sun-hours = 1,338 hours Energy generated = 9,741 kWh Energy saving: Annual savings from the Solar PV = 11,532 kWh Carbon saving (Carbon conversion for electricity in 2020-21) = 0.23314 kg CO2e / kWh Annual saving = 2.689 tonnes CO2e. 

But that is not all we have done; we have also installed a wood waste heating system. A dual-action effort to reducing energy consumption! The system has features such as automatic de-ash, heat exchange cleaning and lambda sensor control; all to ensure clean, efficient, and controlled combustion. As we work with a lot of wood, we, of course, will produce offcuts of wood which will then become waste - with this new heating system, we can cleanly dispose of waste while heating our factory to keep our workers warm!

Here at Middleton Bespoke Joinery, we are extremely proud to announce that our waste is now CARBON NEUTRAL! We will continue in our efforts to become more environmentally friendly, but we are extremely proud of how far we have come already. 
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How Does Middleton Bespoke Joinery Work?
Our Process

So you are interested in working with us? We would be delighted to work with you, we understand you may have some questions about how we work - so we have answered them! We look forard to working with you and welcome all ideas and enquiries.
 
I am interested in working with Middleton Bespoke Joinery, how do I get in touch?

To get started on your project, please send us over any requirements, intent drawings, or images that you have. Alternatively, you can call us to discuss your ideas. We can then begin to compile a quotation for you from the information provided.

What if I am not sure I want my furniture to look like?

We can send you our e-brochure for you to have a look at and gain some inspiration. We can also compile a personalised mood board of ideas to help you decide what you want your furniture to look like and what qualities and functions you may want it to have. The beauty of bespoke, is that the choice is yours.
After the first initial contact, what happens?

We would like to set up a meeting where possible, to fully understand what and how you would like the work to look. You may want to discuss including services such as installation. The meeting is completely free of charge and there is no obligation to proceed at that point. This meeting ensures that we clearly understand you needs and desires of the project, so that we can provide a more accurate and detailed quotation. If you are happy to agree to the terms and the quotation (which are always highly competitive) we can then get started on your project.

I agree and am happy with my quote, I would like to go ahead – what are the next steps?

We start by providing you with fabrication drawings, we will keep you updated on the process. Depending on the complexity, we may need to arrange a site visit to take accurate dimensions and consider any special services that are in place or required. From this we can finalise the fabrication drawings, which you can inspect and sign off when you are happy. At this stage, we often provide any samples that have been requested. These are popular for designers to show their clients to gain approval before the next stage.

I have signed off the fabrication drawings, when will manufacturing begin?

When we are all agreed to proceed, we reserve a build slot with the factory, which will provide you with a specific delivery date. If we are providing installation, we will have a team of experienced installers ready on that date. If the items are not being installed in a finished location, they can be appropriately protected.



What happens after installation?

We will leave the works with our items fully cleaned and ready for you to use. If you agree, we may ask to take photographs to feature on our gallery. You will then have the opportunity to leave us a review on how you think we did and how happy you are with our work.


 
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New Year, New Trends

New Year, New Trends

 
Happy New Year! One thing everyone can agree is that we are all extremely excited to say goodbye to 2020 and look forward to a brand-new year full of hope in 2021. But each year brings brand new trends to follow, lets find out what they are.

Maximalism

Minimalistic interiors have dominated designs for many years. 2021 brings maximalism, with a wider range of possibilities and combinations of various styles. You will be able to use more interesting decorative objects that are neither simple nor standard.

Contemporary fireplace

Contemporary fireplaces are increasingly sought after as a decorative element. With their subtle design, it will make all the difference in the design of a living room as well as adding a much-needed cosy environment.

Back to black

Black will be a dominant and widely used colour in furniture, fitting, finishes as well as walls. Used with clear contrast, black can make spaces visually larger and steer away from the feared risk.

Velvet

Velvet will be widely used in interior decoration. From velvet upholstered armchair, to velvet headboards and ottomans. Velvet can also be used with soft furnishings such as cushions as a way to achieve elegance in your home.

Hardware display

Industrial design will exceed in 2021, particularly in bathrooms. Leaving pipes and tubes beautifully exposed. Traditionally used in old houses, this is a trend we will see used again to bring elegance and charm into the home.

Windows replacing mirrors

This year mirrors over vanity units are being replaced with windows. Flooding the bathroom with natural light, inspiring everyday beauty.

Warm colours

Before, white, and grey walls dominated interior design but in 2021 things are warming up. Still with neutral colours taking centre stage, they will warmer creating a deeper, cosier environment.  

We look forward to seeing the new trends of 2021 and welcome the new year with open arms. At Middleton Bespoke Joinery we are enthusiastic about the year ahead and working with all our clients on new and exciting projects.
 
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Vesta Interiors and The International Property Awards

Award Winning Design

 

We recently worked with Vesta Interior Designers on a project involving a London apartment. The client, Hala, wanted a space where she could socialise and relax "Home is such an important thing to me, it’s not just about having walls and a roof, it’s about telling a story and most importantly my story; sharing my loves, life and passions."


Together, Vesta were able to design and Middleton Bespoke Joinery created and installed the client's dream space. When the project was complete, Vesta's client, Hala, loved the design and quality of the craftsmanship. As the project was such a success, Vesta put the project in for the International Property Awards and won.


 

The International Property Awards celebrate the highest levels of achievement and a world-renowned mark of excellence. Winners of the prestigious award generate extensive media coverage and are listed inside the official 'World's Best Winner Books'. Companies who win, have the right to display the awards logo within their company as to display the quality of their work and service.
 

Daniel Middleton, director of Middleton Bespoke Joinery & DM Specialist also said "I am extremely proud of Vesta and the team that worked on the project and it is a pleasure to be a part of such an amazing project, showcasing our craftmanship which the client loved as well as the amazing design, the award is well deserved, and we are all please here at Middleton Bespoke Joinery. Our clients are at the heart of our company, so it is always good news to hear their success"
 

Client Brief

 

Vesta asked Hala what her initial brief vision was after she explained what her London apartment meant to her and the sentimental value both London and her apartment have to her.

"Wardrobes, wardrobes and wardrobes... this is where I started. I have a LOT of bags and shoes (at least 50 pairs of shoes...) that I wanted to display beautifully so this was the first thing I listed when speaking to Vesta. This then played into my Dressing Room ideas; since being a child I have wanted a swoon-worthy Dressing Room I could have huge mirrors and lights in and large display areas for my favourite things. I wanted a spacious room I could get ready in alone or with friends before heading out, a really sociable and luxurious space. When it came to colour, I was clear I wanted hot pinks and purples but to be used in a sophisticated way. And I wanted to add elements of gold where possible. Ashley was so helpful in guiding me on the best use of colour and how and where to combine colour."

Hala describes her apartment as "my home from home and my safe haven" which is why it is so important to deliver her brief.
 

Dream Dressing Room

 

“Our client was looking for a luxurious, chic and feminine home from home in the city. And as a frequent traveller, it was important for her to feel grounded when in London with lots of comfort whilst tapping into her cultural roots. Our client was very specific on including lots of pink, purple and pops of colour as well as marble and golds to create a truly high-end and bespoke residence. It was clear from the outset that this project would require a lot of bespoke joinery and we needed to work alongside a trusted supplier to create some truly outstanding elements. We worked with Middleton Bespoke Joinery to create our client's dream walk-in dressing room, a stunning media unit in the living area with wallpaper wrapped door & floating shelves above and luxurious mirrored entrance hall." - Ashley Baker, Vesta Interior Designer. As a trusted supplier, we always make sure the products that we produce are always up to the specification, to the highest quality and exceed client expectations. We love making an everlasting impression with our clients, especially when we can bring the design and someone’s dream to life, in this case, Hala’s dream dressing room.


 

Client Satisfaction 

 

This is everything the little me imagined it to be and more – I mean from when I was a young girl and dreamt of one day having my own home with a beautiful Dressing Room. It has everything from the gorgeous chaise lounge, to the large mirrors and lighting and the perfect storage for my bags and shoes." – Hala


 

International Property Awards

 

The International Property Awards are open to residential and commercial property professionals from around the globe. They celebrate the highest levels of achievement by companies operating in all sectors of the property and real estate industry. An International Property Award is a world-renowned mark of excellence. The awards cover Africa, Asia Pacific, Arabia, Canada, Caribbean, Central and South America, Europe, the UK, and the USA. Benefits of winning this award include global media coverage, higher awareness and endorsement and award logos.

Vesta were ‘Award Winners’ for the 2019-2020 International Property Awards. Ashley Baker, interior designer at Vesta was overjoyed to receive the award "I am so happy this project has won an International Property Award, it was an incredible experience to work on and was an absolute joy to work with so many talented people within the industry. More importantly, though, our client was beyond thrilled and stated that one of her absolute favourite elements is her dream dressing room we created.”


Visit Vesta's website and read their interview with Hala and their fantastic design journey.

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Turning your ideas into your dream piece of furniture

All we need is a sketch of your idea and our workshop will do the hard work

Turning your ideas into your dream piece of furniture

All we need is a sketch of your idea and our workshop will do the hard work
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