Kaybee Doors Blog

Everything you wanted to know about doors and more..

  • The Art of Broken Plan Living

     Open plan living has long been a favoured look for the home but another trend has been becoming even more popular amongst the design conscious and that’s Broken Plan Living.
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    If you’re not familiar with the term, you may to an extent be already doing it – broken plan living is about having open spaces throughout the home but creating indivdual ‘zones’ by using different floor finishes, shelving or partitions to divide the spaces. In your kitchen for example, you may have a distinct area for cooking, with laminate floor, and and a carpeted area for relaxing or watching TV.
    Many people are taking the trend one step further and creating unique areas using internal bifold or sliding doors and partitions – this enables you to have the best of both worlds – open the space when you need to and close it when you want to feel a bit more snug or need some peace and quiet to work.
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    If this trend appeals to you and you want to embrace broken plan living in your home, here are some useful tips to follow:
    1. Try and make sure natural light reaches each of your ‘zones’ – also consider adding additional soft lighting to illuminate a snug corner or work space.
    2. Think carefully about how you plan to use each ‘zone’ in your broken plan. Keep the dining area close to the kitchen and introduce a media area behind sliding doors so noise can be kept to a minimum.
    3. Consider including a mezzanine floor into your scheme – this can really transform a space into something special.
    4. Don’t forget to include plenty of storage in your design - a plan like this doesn’t lend itself to clutter!
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    You can view all our internal sliding doors which are the perfect choice for broken plan living on our website here: and don’t forget to give is a call on 0151 709 6274 or pop into our showroom for more advice.
    Also bear in mind we won’t be beaten on price so if you get a quote from somewhere else, do get in touch!

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  • Bring the outdoors in this Spring!

    As Spring has at last arrived and the weather will hopefully starts to turn a bit less ‘arctic’, this month’s blog is all about getting outdoors – or rather, letting the outdoors in!

     

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    As well as internal and front doors, we also stock a fantastic selection of external doors which help connect you with your garden or outdoor space.
    But how do you decide which type of door to go for? There’s French doors, sliding doors and bifolds – which is the best choice for you?

     

     

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    There are a lot of things to consider when choosing the right door for you property and here’s a few things you may want to take into consideration before you make your final decision:
    Style
    What sort of property have you got and what type of ‘look’ are you going for? For example, traditional French doors may work better if you are hoping to keep the original character of an older home and they come in lots of different shapes, styles and sizes which work well with sash windows and stained glass for example. Sliding doors meanwhile may not suit a more traditional property if you are hoping to be sympathetic to the original aesthetic and work better in a more contemporary house.
    Space
    What sort of space are you working with? Remember a French door will have panels which open as traditional doors, so you will need to allow room for this. They will also feature a ‘lip’, which must be stepped over so think of the practical aspects of this choice too. Bi-folds meanwhile can be fitted flush and so there is not ‘divide’ between outdoor and inside.
    Cost
    Cost is obviously an important consideration when choosing such doors. The most affordable choice would be French doors with sliding doors coming in a close second. Bi-fold doors however are more expensive but do remember they offer the most flexibility in terns of configuration whilst also enabling you to truly bring the outside in – and they may not be as expensive as you may think and we have prices starting from just £1395 including VAT.

     

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    You can view all our external doors on our website here and don’t forget to give is a call on 0151 709 6274 or pop on to our showroom for more advice.
    Also bear in mind we won’t be beaten on price so if you get a quote from somewhere else, do get in touch!

    *T&Cs apply, see website for more details.

  • Happy New Year – it’s time to hit the Sales!

    First of all we’d like to say Happy New Year to all our friends and customers and a huge thank you to all those who have supported our family business in the last year (and beyond!).

    As January arrives, we find many of our customers turning their attention to home improvements, while trade customers are gearing up for a busy season of quotes and projects.

    Traditionally, this is a time for Sales but as you know at Kaybee, we’re proud to feature Sale prices year-round so the price you get will always be the best available. In fact our 30 Day Price Promise means that if you find the same product cheaper elsewhere within 30 days of purchase we will refund the difference*. So if you do find a cheaper price than ours, call us on 0151 709 6274.

    According to a survey for Go Compare Home Insurance, a new bathroom is the top home improvement in the UK with 39% of those who carried out home improvements saying they splashed out on one. Second was a new kitchen and a new boiler or central heating system being number three.

    Of the most popular home improvements to add value, changing your doors came in at number six which is not surprising when we all know that first impressions count. In fact, studies suggest that 20% of people even make an offer on a house without even seeing it in person which shows you the importance of that much-coveted ‘curb appeal’.

    If you’re thinking of some home improvements for the New Year – do check out our fabulous range of Doors – we stock everything from traditional oak to contemporary composite and everything in between! You can check them out online now: https://www.kaybeedoors.co.uk/exterior-doors.html

    Also don’t forget when you buy from us, there are a number of other benefits to give you that extra piece of mind

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  • Top Tips for Insulating your Home This Winter

    As the nights get darker and temperatures start to drop, in this month’s blog, we focus on how best to keep your home warm this winter with the help of Kaybee Doors.

    Did you know that on average, keeping your home warm equates to 70% of your household energy consumption? Maybe it’s not surprising given the inclement weather we seem to get these days and the fact that many of us live in older houses with inefficient insulation and weather-proofing.

    Combine this with soaring energy prices and a shift in focus to carbon reduction and you may well be keen to find a way to get those costs down while still keeping your home warm and cosy. Luckily you’ve come to the right place.

    The easiest place to start when weather-proofing your home is to ensure your doors and windows are not letting drafts in.

    At Kaybee Doors, we don’t just focus on the door itself, we also supply external and internal door frames with built-in weather seal to ensure drafts are eradicated and heat cannot escape. Our doors come with a 60 day returns policy too as
    As the nights get darker and temperatures start to drop, in this month’s blog, we focus on how best to keep your home warm this winter with the help of Kaybee Doors.

    Did you know that on average, keeping your home warm equates to 70% of your household energy consumption? Maybe it’s not surprising given the inclement weather we seem to get these days and the fact that many of us live in older houses with inefficient insulation and weather-proofing.
    Combine this with soaring energy prices and a shift in focus to carbon reduction and you may well be keen to find a way to get those costs down while still keeping your home warm and cosy. Luckily you’ve come to the right place.

    The easiest place to start when weather-proofing your home is to ensure your doors and windows are not letting drafts in.
    At Kaybee Doors, we don’t just focus on the door itself, we also supply external and internal door frames with built-in weather seal to ensure drafts are eradicated and heat cannot escape. Our doors come with a 60 day returns policy too as customer satisfaction is key.
    And doors aren’t the only thing you can check. Below are just a few more ideas on how to keep your home warm this winter:

    1. Move any furniture out of the way of a radiator so any heat isn’t not blocked
    2. Shut your curtains and check all windows and doors for gaps/drafts
    3. Invest in some radiator panels which reflect heat back into your room
    4. Use timers on your central heating system so it only comes on when you need it
    5. Install radiators with thermostats
    6. Ensure you have adequate loft insulation
    7. Properly lag your emersion heater if you have one
    8. Change your boiler if you think its old and inefficient
    9. Try lowering your thermostat to 18°C for a more continual temperature
    10. Block out any drafts - DIY draft proofing can be really effective

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    If you think you’re loosing heat through your doors, check out our range of external doors and frames here (https://www.kaybeedoors.co.uk/exterior-doors.html) or give us a call now on 01517 09 62 74.

  • Do we need fire doors in our homes?

    We’re being asked more and more about whether there is a need for fire doors in domestic houses. In short, the answer is ‘yes’ you may need fire doors in your home but only in certain circumstances.

    The legislation is complicated, but as a general rule, places where lots of people live, like blocks of flats need to have more fire doors than detached houses. This is because of the greater risk of the fire spreading through people’s homes.

    Fire doors are designed to prevent deaths in the event of fire. If a fire door is correctly installed, it can block smoke, fumes and flames for a lot longer than a normal door, usually between 30 minutes to 2 hours depending on the situation.

    So, there are building regulations which suggest places that you need fire doors in domestic properties. This is a complex area, so we’re not able to offer you legal advice but just some suggestions of some of the circumstances when it’s likely you’re best to have 30 minute fire resistant doors fitted:

    • Doors that adjoins a garage in a two-storey property (you need a step too!)
    • New three storey properties must have fire doors on the third floor. This applies to loft conversions.
    • In shared houses, its recommended to have a fire door between everyone’s private space.
    • Doors to a protected stairway so people can escape.
    • Doors to individual flats and apartments.

    We have a truly huge range of fire doors to choose from, so you don’t need to compromise the look of your home just because you need a fire door.

    Don’t forget, an open door provides no fire resistance! For more information on Fire doors click here.

  • New Door Handles and Knobs to Transform Your Old Doors

    Sometimes small things make a big difference. When it comes to doors, just changing the handles can give your door a makeover and your home a brand-new look and feel. Problem is, there are so many to choose from, how to you decide which ones are right for you?

    Well firstly, we love to give our customers friendly advice, so you can always give us a call if you want to chat about door handles (or anything else door or furniture related). But we thought we’d get together a very brief overview to help you decide as it is a bit of a minefied!

    Latch on a back plate – this is the type of handle you’re most likely to have in your home. It’s for doors that don’t need a lock.

    Lever lock on a back plate – pretty similar to the style above but designed for doors that need locking.

    Bathroom lock on backplate – this is a specially designed handle to make sure that you can safely look your bathroom door. The benefit of this is that if there was an emergency you would be able to get access without the need to knock the door down.

    Lever latch rose - So just when you think you’ve got your head around it all, there’s the added consideration that maybe you want a lever latch handle like this one. Well that’s no problem we stock lots of choice on these too.

    Lever lock on rose – if you want to lock your door but fancy the lever latch rose type handle, then you’ll need one of these to go with it. This is separate from the handle.

    Bath set on rose – for your bathroom to have a safe locking system. Again, it’s separate from the handle.

    We have loads of handles to choose from so take a look at our range here. Still puzzled by the best door handle for you? Give us a call for advice on 0800 088 4355.

  • Maintenance Free GPR Composite Doors

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    We’ve got some great news!! Are you tired of having to give your external doors a coat of paint every couple of years? Do you wish you could replace them with composite doors but don’t want the hassle of having to change the existing door frame and locks?

    Well, we’re really pleased to announce that after years of development you can have all this. We’re now stocking a fantastic range of top quality GRP composite doors that will most certainly make your life very easy. GRP stands for Glass Reinforced Plastic. These doors are usually about 44mm thick and are filed with high-density polyurethane foam.

    Enough with the technical stuff, there are so many benefits to you of getting one of our GRP composite doors;

    • They virtually maintenance free, won’t warp, shrink or rust
    • They are immune to sun fading and bleaching
    • They can be fitted into existing timber door frames with no hassle
    • They are compatible the hardware you already have without the need to buy any more
    • You get the look of a traditional timber door but with no need for regular painting
    • You can even have the door different colours inside and out
    • Our doors are made of a naturally insulating material so are thermally efficient helping keep your house warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
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    We have lots of different styles to choose from with colours to suit all different tastes; you can go for a wood grain finish or a painted finish.

    These doors come in two different sizes but amazingly for composite door, if you don’t have quite a standard door size, up to 20mm can be trimmed off each size and 40mm off the bottom. Just a bit of advice, if you do this, you will need to give the trimmed section a lick of paint.

    Best news of all, all our GPR composite doors come with a 10 year manufacturer’s warranty so changing your doors is totally worry free. We really do feel that these are the perfect solution, so if you want to look at our range, click here. Don’t forget you can give us a call if you have any questions.

  • Blog January 2017 – You don’t have to wait for the Kaybee sale, we have one 365 days a year!

    Have you noticed we’ve changed our logo strapline? It’s now ‘Sale Prices Every Day’. We thought you should all be aware that Kaybee offers value for money all year round, because we know that people need our doors and furniture when they’re doing a project and they need to know that we give them a good price whichever month of the year it is.

    January is generally a time when retailers are advertising their fabulous discounts and shoppers are searching out the best deal. Then it all happens again at Easter time but with an emphasis on DIY and gardening. We don’t need to do that. We have great prices all the time. With us you don’t get any gimmicks on price, we don’t just put our prices up for the legally required time just so we can claim that we’re giving you a discount. Basically, we’re giving you the choice to buy what you want when you want, because you know whenever you pop into our store or visit us online you’ll get a great price. So, if you need a new front door in May or June, it’ll be the same competitive price is was at Easter.

    We’re so confident that you won’t find our internal or external doors or furniture cheaper anywhere else, we actually make our customers a promise that if they find the same product cheaper elsewhere within 30 days of purchase, we’ll refund the difference. Better still, if you find that the product wasn’t what you wanted or your requirements change, you’ve got 60 days to get it back to us for a full refund.

    Ok so now you’re thinking the catch must be maybe they don’t provide great service? Well the truth is, we’ve been in business for 40 years for a reason, people keep coming back to us because we offer them advice, expertise and a fantastic service. What more can you ask…..

  • Blog November 2016 – Easi-Slide Frame And Track Room Divider Door System

    Are you fed up of tripping over the kids toys when they’ve gone to bed? Do you wish you had a separate room for their toys? Maybe you’ve always wanted a dining room instead of such a big sitting room, or perhaps you just want to be able to shut the kitchen off from the sitting room, but have it open plan when you’re entertaining.

    Well the Easi-Slide Frame is the perfect neat solution as it allows you to fit doors as room dividers that can then be pushed back when you want a big open plan space for entertaining or to keep an eye on the kids as they play. It can then be closed up again when it’s not needed. Might just come in handy when you don’t want to heat a big space now the colder days are approaching.

    The system comes in three configurations and so can fit many different apertures making it such a flexible solution for your home. You can have up to four doors meaning that this really is a great solution for dividing up wide and narrower spaces. The doors are designed so that they slide as opposed to folding. This means that when you have them pushed back, you have a sleeker finish and more space.

    The frame and track comes in a choice of Oak or White Primed and is designed to fit with standard door sizes from within our range. We recommend you take a look at the Shaker, Worcester or Pattern 10 as in our experience they work beautifully as sliding doors.

    The Easi-Slide comes with a frame, all sliding door hardware and a pair maker. Once you have this kit you have loads of choice as to which door style fits with your home. Adding doors doesn’t have to make your room dark. As you can see in the picture below, you can use glazed doors to ensure that you still have a light and airy space even if you divide your room. Don’t forget you can also choose the handles and locks from our range to compliment your choice of doors.

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  • Blog October 2016 – Palermo Oak Internal Door

    Over the summer, most of us have been focusing on improvements to the outside of our house and our gardens. Now that summer is sadly over and the kids are back at school, we’re all starting to think about the jobs we can do inside to get our homes ready for winter and Christmas which is scarily only 3 months away!

    Simply replacing your doors can give your home that much needed update without breaking the bank. Perhaps you’ve just moved house and the doors are old fashioned, or maybe you’d just like to refresh the look of a house you’ve been in a while. Either way we think you’ll love the Palermo Oak Internal door.

    This 7 panelled door which has both vertical and horizontal oak veneer would create a contemporary feel in any home. It has clean and simple lines and is available in different sizes so we’re sure to have one to fit your home. The deep u-groove design is made with real oak inlays.

    The unstained Palermo is only £99 meaning you save £56. There is also plenty of choice, if you love the design but are looking for a fire door or bi-folds that’s no problem. It comes unstained so you can choose if you’d like to paint or stain it. At Kaybee for Doors we like making your life easier, so we offer a competitively priced painting, staining and varnishing service. Alternatively, we have the same door pre-finished in a clear lacquer ready for hanging with no hassle at all and there’s a £90 saving on that one!

    If you want to be sure of a good quality item, you’ll be pleased to know that the Palermo is made of A-grade American Oak Veneer, FSC certified and has been engineered for added strength, stability and performance. Even better, it has a 10 year manufacturers defect guarantee!

    Don’t forget October is a good time to check that your doors are draught free for the winter. Identifying any draughts could save you money on your bills. Make sure you check your keyholes and letterboxes too.

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