Examples of work

Did You Know?

Wood offers better thermal insulation than any mainstream bulding material. It insulates 5 times better than concrete and is 10 times better than brick.

Trees absorb one metric tonne of CO2 for every one cubic metre of growth. At the same time this growth produces three quarters of a tonne of the oxygen needed for respiration by every creature on the planet.

When a tree is felled and used in construction the timber continues to store the CO2 locked away inside it.

Fuel from Trees

The Copaiba tree is sometimes called the 'Diesel Tree' . It grows in the Amazon, particularly in Brazil, and produces a resin that can be used as fuel for diesel engines. On average a mature tree can produce approximately 14 gallons of diesel per year.

Copaiba tree

Ancient woodland

Ancient woodland is a term used in the UK to refer to woodland that has existed continuously since 1600 or before in England and Wales (or 1750 in Scotland). Before those dates, planting of new woodland was uncommon, so a wood present in 1600 was likely to have developed naturally. Ancient woodland

About me

Andrew Donaldson pic

 

 

 

I have worked for over 30 years in the construction industry, specialising in installing wood flooring for the last 10.

I love my work. I am passionate about quality, a stickler for detail and, yes, a bit of a perfectionist; if I can't do it well, I won't take the job! More

Customer comments

"1st class job - fantastic finish. Really pleased!", Mrs Jagger, Silkstone Common

"Thank you for a superb job"
T.R. Harrogate

"A real quality job. many thanks."
Mrs P., Newsome

The originals of these unsolicited comments are available on request. Plus, I will happily put you in touch with previous customers if you would like an independent opinion about my work

Picture Caption: Below - Oak skirting fitted around central heating pipe. The section below the pipe is removed and an matching oak fillet inserted to fill the gap. (click for larger image)

Picture Caption: Below - Oak skirting fitted around architrave (click for larger image)

Oak skirting fitted around architrave

Refurbishment

Sanding a pine wood floor in the lounge of a small Victorian terrace house.

Picture Caption: Above - Sanding a pine wood floor in the lounge of a small Victorian terrace house. After revoving dust with a specialist industrial vacuum cleaner, the floor is now ready for its first coat of wax. (Click on the picture to open up a window with a larger image)

Not all of my work involves installing new floors. I also re-furbish existing installations that have become damaged and restore original wooden floors to something approaching their former glory.

The photos below show the stages involved in renovation an existing parquet floor in a 1920's stone terrace house in Harrogate.

Sanding a parquet floor which had been stained in a rather dark colour

 

Picture Caption: Above - Sanding a parquet floor which had been stained in a rather dark colour (top of picture). (Click on the picture to open up a window with a larger image)

The parquet floor after sandingPicture Captions: Left - The parquet floor after sanding. (Click on the picture to open up a window with a larger image)

Below: The parquet floor receiving its first coat of Osmo natural oil. (Click on the picture to open up a window with a larger image)

The parquet fllor receiving its forst coat of Osmo natural oil.