7 Ways We Can Help – Keeping the Neighbourhood Safe

Keeping Your Neighbourhood Safe

In the next series of our blogs on 7 Ways We Can Help Enhance and Secure Your Property we want to deal with the issue of how we can help keep your neighbourhood safe as security at home is an important issue.

Now we don’t make any promises about doing the next shift of the Neighbourhood Watch Scheme but we have seen first hand how a very simple product can make a big impact for a customer.

Take Mrs N from Shaw for example:-

Mrs N lived in a lovely house on a small, new development where the children would often play outside.  However she had an issue with some children running past the front of her house, directly next to the lounge window and front door, which caused noise and a nuisance.  When she got in touch we advised a simple wrought iron panel fixed to the front wall would prevent them running past without looking out of place.  It resolved the problem with the children and gave her added security.  Here is a before and after picture of the panel which made all the difference:-


There is also our customer Mrs H from Oldham who had a problem with kids congregating outside her house and sitting on her wall making noise, littering and generally being a nuisance.  This also raised security issues.  After installing some simple wall top railings it deterred the kids from sitting and congregating and made a huge difference, allowing them to enjoy their home again.  Here is a picture taken after the railings were installed showing what an affect it had:-

So whether you have a problem with unruly people congregating outside your property, children causing noise and a nuisance or just need security in your property give us a call.  We offer a free, no obligation quotation to discuss your needs.  Call us on 0161 303 7383 or email info@sykesbespokesteel.co.uk

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Why to choose stainless steel?

Interesting facts about stainless steel

A man named Harry Brearley was said to have invented stainless steel in 1913 but in the early years it was mostly just used for cutlery.

Stainless steel is not a very good conductor of electricity.

It is 100% recyclable

It can remove smells from your hands and you can even buy stainless steel soap bars!

Why choose stainless steel?

Stainless steel has good corrosion resistance in a wide variety of environments.

Although it is not maintenance free it is maintenance friendly and it just needs cleaning periodically and usually soap and water is fine to use for routine cleaning.  For grease marks organic solvents can help and for sticky finger marks just use glass cleaner. Where discolouration has occurred you can buy stainless steel cleaner which you just spray on and wipe with a soft cloth.

Stainless steel is a good alternative to the traditional look of wrought iron as it gives a modern, sleek, clean look to a property and allows an unobscured view from your patio or garden.  Often we use toughened glass panels with our stainless steel balustrading and these provide some UV protection too.

What type of stainless steel should I choose?

There are 2 main grades of stainless steel which are 304 and 316.  Grade 304 is generally used indoors for example on a stair panel.  Grade 316 is commonly referred to as marine grade as it is used outdoors and manufactured to withstand the elements better.  Here at Sykes Bespoke Steel we use marine grade 316 as a matter of course because of the superior quality it offers.  Here are some examples of the stainless steel work we have done:-



So if you would like to know more about stainless steel, how it could be used to enhance and secure your property or you would just like a free, no obligation quotation then just give us a call on 0161 303 7383 or email info@sykesbespokesteel.co.uk

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What’s in a name?

Naming Your House

Research has shown that giving your house a good name can actually increase its value!?

As long as your house number is still visible you can pretty much name your house whatever you like providing the name is not already in use in your local area.  There is even a website to help you choose a name if you’re a bit stuck for ideas – http://www.housenameheritage.com

To check if your house name is already being used locally you should contact your local council.  Also if you want to change the name of your house you should contact them then register the change with all the relevant parties such as your utility companies, the Land Registry, your mortgage lender and the electoral roll.

Apparently Orchard House and The Willows are very popular, at least according to this article from The Express with the 50 most popular house names.  You can use this for inspiration or as something so you can avoid the more obvious ones http://www.express.co.uk/life-style/property/586565/Top-50-house-names-Britain

Personally I like house names that give you a clue to the property.  For example Nutshell Cottage which was picked because of the prominence of squirrels in the house garden.  Here is a gate we made especially for this property.

So whatever name you choose, or if you just want to add your number to the front of the property we can help you make a statement with your entrance.

Here are just some examples of the properties where we have helped them stand out.  Who could argue that Candy Cottage doesn’t conjures up images of home sweet home?


If there is anything you think we can help you with then please contact Sykes Bespoke Steel for a free, no obligation quotation on 0161 303 7383 or email your enquiry to info@sykesbespokesteel.co.uk.

You can also like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/SykesBespokeSteel and follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/SykesBespoke

Also please feel free to comment on here if you named your house or have a favourite!


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7 Ways We Help Enhance & Secure Your Property – Safe & Stylish!

In the next in our series of blogs on “7 Ways We Can Help Enhance and Secure Your Property” we want to show you how we help our customers make things safe as well as looking stylish.

When we come out to see you at your property for your free, no obligation quotation we don’t just come along to have a nosey and take a few measurements…

We also like to discuss with you what you want, what you need, how it will look and whether it complies with the relevant legislation or guidelines.  We can give you options then too.  Although we are generally happy to manufacture something to the customer’s specification we also want to ensure that it will last, be safe AND look good for many years to come.

Take our customer Mr H from Saddleworth for example.  He was renovating his home and had an old, worn out wrought iron balcony rail that he wanted to replace.  We suggested we could make him a new wrought iron one but that a balcony rail made from stainless steel and glass would not only be strong and safe, but it would give an unobstructed view of his lovely garden and was more in keeping with the modern renovation he was doing on his home.  Here is how it originally looked:-


And then after the installation you can see the difference.  Mr H was very happy with it:-


So if you would like to enhance and secure your property, whether it be with wrought iron or stainless steel, or just want some advice then please get in contact with Sykes Bespoke Steel on 0161 303 7383 for a free, no obligation quotation.

Also please keep an eye out for the next in our series of blogs entitled “Keeping The Neighbourhood Peaceful”

Made to Measure Not Make Do

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5 tips to get your garden summer ready

5 tips to get your garden summer ready

OK so I know it doesn’t feel like summer is quite here yet but that is good as it gives you chance to work on getting your garden ready for you to enjoy when the sun does make an appearance! So here are our 5 tips for now to get your garden summer ready:-

Tip 1 – Plant out summer bedding

Now is the time to get your summer bedding plants in ready to flower and look gorgeous all summer long

Tip 2 – Tie in climbing and rambling roses

Climbing and rambling roses need help so tie them in now.  Our wrought iron garden arches and arbours are a great way of holding your climbing roses in place.  They also make a great garden feature too.  Here is an example of oneA detailed garden arch

Tip 3 – Stake tall or floppy plants

Just as with climbing roses tall plants need help keeping upright so they can grow so use a stick or something else to stick in the ground then tie them up too

Tip 4 – Position summer hanging baskets and containers outside

My favourite part of doing the gardening is putting the baskets and containers out full of flowers.  You may be surprised to know that wrought iron manufacturers like us also make planters (like these pictured) but it is part of what we offer and we think they look great. As part of our bespoke range we also offer hanging basket brackets      

Tip 5 – Mow the lawn weekly

This is what I call a Marmite one!  You either love mowing the lawn and feel its therapeutic OR you just hate the monotony and tedium of it all.  Which one are you?  Either way the lawn needs to be mown weekly to keep it short and looking good all summer longgardening meme

So once you have done all that you can sit back, relax on your patio and admire all your hard work whilst you enjoy the view.  Maybe some of our wrought iron railings or stainless steel balustrades may just finish it off nicely?  What about our garden decor?  Take a look on our website for some ideas. http://sykesbespokesteel.co.uk/domestic-products/garden-decor/

However you choose to sort your garden out just make sure you enjoy it and if there is anything you think we can help you with please get in touch for a free quotation.

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National Bike Week 10th-18th June 2017

This week sees the start of National Bike Week which runs from the 10th to the 18th June in the UK.

The week was formed as an annual opportunity to promote cycling, and show how cycling can easily be part of everyday life by encouraging ‘everyday cycling for everyone’.
Demonstrating the social, health and environmental benefits of cycling, the week aims to get people to give cycling a go all over the UK, whether this be for fun, as a means of getting around to work or school, the local shops or just to visit friends.
To find out more or an event near you check out the website http://www.bikeweek.org

Apparently, incentives such as the Government’s Cycle to Work Scheme has encouraged many to take to their bikes to get to and from work as well as for leisure or exercise.

I have to admit I have never been one for cycling.  Even as a kid my parents couldn’t afford a new bike for me so I had to borrow a friend’s (which was actually a trike) and so it just wasn’t fun.  My kids are different as they have both learned to ride at a young age and my 10 year old daughter has even undergone a Bikeability course at school.

Despite my lack of cycling prowess I am quite jealous and admire those that do and can, particularly people like my friend Chris Doyle of Hub Projects who recently cycled coast to coast to raise money for charity after someone he knew sadly passed away (see his Facebook page for more info and to pledge something https://www.facebook.com/c2cforSarah/?ref=br_rs)  I even have a lovely pink mountain bike sat in the garage but am afraid to say it is just gathering dust!

Nevertheless if you are one of the thousands who do cycle, whether it be for work or pleasure, we can help you out.  Whether you need a cycle rack to keep your bike safe, are looking for something bigger like a cycle shelter or just need to keep an area free of vehicles so cyclists and pedestrians can enjoy it freely we can manufacture a vehicle barrier.


Contact Sykes Bespoke Steel for a free, no obligation quotation on 0161 303 7383


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7 Ways We Can Help Enhance & Secure Your Property

7 Ways We Can Help Enhance & Secure Your Property

In the second of our series of articles on how we can help enhance and secure your property we are going to talk about how we can help you to enhance your garden.

Enhancing the garden

Whether you are a keen gardener with greenfingers or just someone who likes to sit out and enjoy the warm weather (when it makes an appearance!) we recognize the value in adding features to your outdoor space.  With many people now adding to their homes with extensions, renovations and wanting to use the garden more it is becoming like an extra room of the house to entertain, relax or play in.


Our range of garden decor includes pond railings and covers to help keep children safe, bespoke planters for your flowers to show off your hard work and garden arches and arbours as somewhere to sit and relax or just have as a feature.  Examples are given above.

In this second article our example of how we can help comes from Mrs V in Saddleworth. She wanted something in her flat, somewhat sparse garden to add interest and be a feature.  We manufactured a heavy duty wrought iron garden arch to sit at the top of some steps.  This not only showed the divide between different parts of the garden but also was a lovely feature, an imposing entrance way and gave her a way of adding climbing plants which she had not been able to do before.  Below is a picture of the finished installation:-

A detailed garden arch

As everything we do is bespoke we can make these in a number of designs.  So if you’d like to get your garden summer ready, just want to add a feature or there is anything else we can help you with please get in touch on 0161 303 7383

Sykes Bespoke Steel – Made to Measure Not Make Do

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Do I Need Planning Permission For My Gate?

Planning permission for building and renovations can be a complex issue and one that you should seek professional advice on from a qualified architect, building surveyor or building control officer.

But we are often asked, when quoting for gates and railings, whether planning permission is needed for them.  This link is a great resource if you ever want to check for yourself:-


A good rule of thumb to use is two simple questions:-

  1. Is the gate or railing over 1 metre high?
  2. Is it next to a highway?

If the gate or railing is not over a metre high then you will not need planning permission unless its for a listed building or on a boundary with a listed building.

If the gate or railing is over a metre high then you will only need planning permission if it is next to a highway.


Check out this useful list of 20 things you can do with no planning permission required:-

20 Things You Can Do Without Planning Permission

And as ever, if there is anything you have any questions about do not hesitate to contact us

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7 Ways We Can Help You

7 Ways We Can Help You Enhance and Secure Your Property

According to the Oxford Dictionary a gate is “a hinged barrier used to close an opening in a wall, fence or hedge https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/gate



We make more than just gates here at Sykes Bespoke Steel as you can see from our website.  Also we believe that we help our customers in a number of ways with the range of products and services we provide.

Over a series of articles we shall show you some of the ways we can help including:-

  • providing an easier means of access
  • keeping your neighbourhood peaceful
  • giving you a feeling of security
  • making the most of a wonderful view
  • compliance with building regulations
  • enhancing your garden
  • making things safe as well as stylish

Wonderful view

In the first of this series we share the customer experience of Mr H from Glossop.

Often people dream of the days they can sit out in the garden enjoying a spell of warm weather (few and far between though they may seem to be!)  To enhance his garden Mr H wanted some railings around his newly laid patio but without blocking the view of his lovely garden.

We suggested stainless steel rails to complement the style of his house, for their ease of maintenance and adding toughened glass panels so as not to obstruct the view.  We worked with the customer, and the builder who laid the patio, to schedule the works to minimise the disruption to the customer and ensure the work was completed around the same time.

Here are some pictures – a great result I’m sure you’d agree – and he was very happy.


So if you’d like some help to make the most of your view give us a call for a free no obligation quotation on 0161 303 7383.

And for more of the ways we help our customers look out for our next blog post entitled “Enhancing the Garden”.

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Bespoke vs B&Q* (*other DIY stores are available!)

A Bespoke Service or DIY?

So it’ll soon be Easter and the bank holiday season.  No doubt you, along with thousands of others, will decide to tackle some DIY over the bank holidays and head out for your nearest DIY store full of great ideas and enthusiasm.

But, stop and think for a moment whether this is actually the right way to go?

If the weather is nice and you are going to tackle the garden or outside space do you really want to cram the family in the car, scrunched together in the heat, to then drive and spend half an hour just looking for a space on the already busy car park?

Once inside the store you wander around trying to find the aisle you need whilst seemingly everyone with a name badge on their overalls is busy with another customer or walks past like you are the Invisible Man.  All this whilst the wife decides to grab every paint tester pot and wallpaper sample she can physically carry.  The children are screaming at you because you didn’t buy them an ice cream from the van conveniently situated outside and so instead begin to blackmail you into shiny new things for their bedrooms/garden/play area etc.

Once you find the gate you want you then have to carry it yourself and get it loaded into the car. (Obviously making sure not to break the paint tester pots, rip the wallpaper samples, bang the kids new lamps/ornaments or anything else they’ve picked up!)

Once home you breathe a sigh of relief at having made it back in one piece.  Now you can relax yes? No! Then you realise you now have to fit the gate.  Having argued with the other half over where exactly it’s going to go you have to make sure you have all the fixings for the gate, all the necessary tools then you have to fix it making sure it hangs properly and can be opened and locked when needed.  All this whilst the kids and dog all decide to test it out whilst you’re still trying to install it.

Yeah, you’re exhausted just thinking about it aren’t you?  You’re already dreading it and wondering how you could possibly avoid having to do it all without being nagged constantly for months that the “hole” where the gate should be lets the dog/kids out, or in, or looks a mess.

Wouldn’t you be rather sitting in the garden enjoying the nice weather?  Then you can! Just pick up the phone and ring Sykes Bespoke Steel.  We will come out to you for a free design visit to see what it is you need, how you want it to look and take measurements.  We shall send you a quote and once you’re happy with it we can get on making it for you.  Once made we can have it galvanized, so it’s less maintenance for you in the long run, and paint it.  (See our previous blog post for more details on galvanizing http://sykesbespokesteel.co.uk/what-is-galvanizing-and-why-is-it-important/)  Then our team of experienced fitters will come and fit it for you


Once it’s fitted and you’re happy with it then you pay (other than a small deposit to secure your order) then you can sit back in the knowledge it’s all done by a team of professionals

So call us today on 0161 303 7383 or email info@sykesbespokesteel.co.uk to find out how we can make your life easier

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