Carriage Price Reductions
We are delighted to announce that carriage charges for online orders are to be reduced for 2015. The standard rates will be held and extended across the whole of the UK and Ireland. The additional cost to deliver to the Scottish Highland & Islands, Isle of Man, Isle of Wight, Channel Islands and Northern Ireland and Eire. will be swept away. House Martin always strives to offer the best value.
Xterio Price Reductions 2015
Not only have we held prices from 2013, but 2015 prices are to be held and even reduced for the following products. All our Gallows Brackets FC01, GB02, GB03 & GB04. Our best seller Exterior Cornice C820 and accessories and newly introduced for 2014 CX806. House Martin always aims to offer the best value.
WINNER OF THE RED DOT PRODUCT DESIGN AWARD 2014
WINNER OF THE RED DOT PRODUCT DESIGN AWARD 2014
The 'Wave' displays elegant and organic lines. This ia a contemporary uplighter coving for LED lighting for either the home and office.
With its contemporary shape, this design combines beauty and practicality. The horizontal and vertical lines discreatly merge into each other and includes an attractive shadow line.
This uplighter coving conceals the LED indirect light (supplied seperately) and allows the creation of subtle lighting effects. All our uplighter coving profiles will bring shape to a room, and remove the starkness of a single central pendant light fitting. The LEDs are easy to install, cost very little to run, have a long life and are environmentally friendly.
Mitre Box Hire Service
We now offer a Mitre Box Hire Service on our retail HM Online web site. There are two sizes available which covers our entire range of profiles. This is an ideal service if you do not think you need a mitre box after your project. Just place with your order and return in good order when you have finished, no restrictions on time. Michael.
Grand Designs Excel London
Grand Designs at the Excel London was an excellent event this year with a good range of exhibitors and quality visitors. House Martin's Orac Decor range kept us busy with both trade and public customers. The uplighter coving cornice and flexible mouldings caught attention, with the huge range of mouldings soon making visitors take a deeper interest. Since the show are pleased with the enquiries and level of sample requests. If we didn't see you this year, come next!
Repair of Coving & Cornice Joints
Occasionally when the correct jointing adhesive is not used (FX200 / FX210) coving and cornice joints can open and need repair as a result of buliding movement. We have added a guide for this on our Installations Page of our retal site. If need please download and follow the instructions. This information will apply equally to skirting boards and dado rail / panel moulding. Michael.
New Projects Section for HM Online
If you want to be inspired with ideas take a look at the HM Online Projects Section. A selection of major installations of Orac Decor projects in the UK and around the world. Here you will be able to see the work of interior designers and what they have achieved with Orac Decor products.
Flood Damage Repairs
When the waters retreat the repairs will begin. House Martin polyurethane Orac Decor mouldings are waterproof and ideal in stiuations where water damage may occur in the future. If you did not have waterproof skirting boards before we are sure you realise what a benefit they can be. All our mouldings are waterproof and our architrave, pilasters and columns will not be affected if your property suffers water damage. Yet these mouldings can be painted so will be indistinguishable from wood and plaster. Have a look through our site and order samples or give us a call. Michael.
New Products now available online
Check out our innovative over profile for the C388, both for straights and corners, the new SX165 skirting board and the new Flex Axxent range. Previously flexible mouldings were only available in the Luxxus range, but now the Axxent range benefits from this as well. Twelve profiles in the Axxent range are now available in both rigid and flexible, seven coving cornice mouldings, three dado / panel mouldings, one architrave and the new skirting board SX165 (as well as the previously available skirting boards).
2014 Decorating for the New Year
The Christmas decorations have come down and your home is looking in need of refreshing. Be a little more imaginative than just repainting and papering. Many recently built houses do not even have coving or cornice let alone other mouldings. Installing Orac Decor coving cornice is a simple DIY project and will transform a room. For the more creative use our uplighter coving or add a dado rail to divide a wall to allow two different finishes. We provide a comprehensive range of mouldings to suit all budgets and projects.
Ceiling Roses & Adhesive Cheaper Carriage
We have introduced a cheaper rate of £7.50 ex vat for ceiling roses and adhesives. This is £5.00 cheaper than our standard rate of £12.50 and reflects the smaller size of the packages.
Up Lighter Coving Cornice Price Reduction
Three profiles of our uplighter coving cornice is being reduced in price for 2014. The C361 and C362 by 33% and the C364 by 20%, great news. These are our most popular LED uplighting coving cornice profiles. Buy with our LED lighting systems or let your electrician install his own. LED is the new lighting, saving on electricity bills and making your contribution to reducing our carbon footprint.
The Hotel Granvia was refurbished this year using Orac Decor mouldings. Luxxus and Axxent coving / cornice, dado rail / panel mouldings and skirting board were used. Use this link to the Belgium manufacturers web site to see the all the details: http://oracdecor.com/en/our-projects/hotel-granvia
Orac Decor are increasing their prices as from 1st January 2014. So if you want to take advantage of 2013 rates make sure you order before the end of the year. The increase is happily only small and better still C361, C362, C363 and C364 Uplighter Coving is actually coming down in price! Michael.
Lots going on this month. GRP canopies went out from the factory, GRP and Stonecoat coping, exterior cornice, GRP dummy purlins , GRP chimneys , GRP radius guttering, Stonecoat exterior cornice, GRP quoins and started work on a dispaly GRP gin VAT! This is not including our off the shelf dentils, gallows brackets and Orac Decor range of interior mouldings, the biggest seller of which was as usual the coving. Not forgetting however the ceiling roses, corbels, pilasters and columns as these were in high demand this month. Michael
GRP & Stonecoat August 2013
So what have we been up to in the last month or so?
Well some Double Window Dormers were delivered to Travis Perkins to be installed in Paignton, Devon.
We delivered white radius guttering to Cobham, Surrey and to Edinburgh in Green Gel Coat to match RAL6028. It is worth noting that we can match RAL colours in all our GRP products at just a small charge.
160 GRP dentils with ply foot plates were delivered to Wheathampstead, Herts.
Eye slot design barge boards were made for two customers, one in white for Doncaster and one in RAL9018 for Upladon, Gloucester.
Twin pot render chimneys were made and delivered to Teignmouth, Devon matching Dulux Frosted Grey and Cherry White. Four bespoke saddle brick effect chimneys were made for Whitstable, Kent and one Kent Leicester Autumn Multi to Sawbridgeworth, Herts.
A flying truss in white went to Ascot, Berkshire.
Black anthracite cornice went to a new development in St Albans.
Finally 16 GRP dummy purlins were made and delivered to Beaconsfield.
There are already many projects in production for September in both GRP and Stonecoat for delivery in September and beyond! Michael.
We have major changes at House Martin. Stephen is leaving the company, whilst retaining a consultancy role to complete existing contracts and projects. His move is motivated by both personal reasons and by a new challenging role with Orac Decor to increase their profile in the UK. This will be to promote Orac Decor benefits to developers and architects on major projects, both new build and refurbishment. I have no doubt, given Stephen's sales skills, that this move will be a great success. The Chudleigh office will close at the end of August and all work will be now handled by Warlingham. Michael.
Special Offer on Gallows Brackets
See our sister site HM Online for a special offer on ECO Gallows Brackets whilst stocks last.
A 40% reduction on ECO1, EC02 and ECO3 Gallows Brackets.
House Martin Facebook
Take a look at our facebook page. We add news and all sorts here for customers, who are welcome to comment and make postings. Developments such as new products, events and even what we are up to. Michael.
Ulf Moritz Collection
The 2013 Ulf Moritz Collection has been launched on House Martin Construction. This is a designer collection of contemporary mouldings which includes coving cornice, uplighter coving cornice, dado rail and skirting.
We have just complered an order for ten glass fibre finials. MS11 Finials are flat backed and can be made in any colour. Normally our finials are ordered white, but specify a RAL colour, and this is no problem. Phone us today and we can deliver to site. - Michael.
We are introducing a new cheaper and improved quality LED lighting range of LED tape. This will be on our HM-Online site shortly and already includes a new dimming option. LED lighting using our Uplighter Coving Cornice will transform your room and is a must for refurbishemnt projects.
Visit to Grand Designs Live
Early Bank holiday Monday, seemed a good time to visit Orac at Grand Designs live. The stand is showcasing the new Ulf Moritz range of mouldings, including coving cornice, skirting board, dado / panel and decorative mouldings. Retailed by House Martin Interiors, this is range is an innovation in contemporary mouldings. Our early arrival was well timed as by 11:30am it had become quite busy. This is a show I can highly recommend with lots of interesting developments. A vast improvement on the Ideal Home Exhibition earlier in the year.
Grand Designs Live London Excel 4 - 12 May 2013
Orac will be exhibiting at this years Grand Designs Live at the London Excel between the 4th and 12th May. The new Ulf Moritz collection will be on show on the B309A stand. The first time in the UK. To take advantage of our £10 ticket offer log onto Grand Designs Live and use code EXHIB13. Offer expires 3rd May 2013.
Flexible Coving Cornice & Skirting Boards
Perfect examples of flexible coving cornice and flexible skirting board installations from one of our delighted customers. C321F Coving Cornice and SX118F Skirting Board. Both installed on a curved wall which would have been an extremely difficult installation without the unique Orac Flexible Moulding products. See their comments on our facebook page.
Orac at Fabre 13
An excellent show for Orac at Fabre 13 with much interest in the new Ulf Moritz collection. Coving Cornice, Dado, Skirting Board and Decorative Mouldings. The new beer range with its colourful labels was on show as well. Not sure how much was left after the event. There is a new brochure of the Ulf Moritz collection and samples are available on request. Contact us for more details.
House Martin Online revised home page
We have just revised our House Martin Online home page. This should make it more user friendly, putting the most popular products at the top and introducing a 'Polaroid' for the new Ulf Moritz collection. Don't forget to scroll down though as there are some great products for improving the home further down. Some of the smaller ceiling roses and smaller lengths of Box in Pipes can now be sent by post at a reduced cost. Michael.
New Ulf Moritz home page
We now have our new Ulf Moritz home page live on House Martin Interiors. This is the unique contemporary range designed solely for Orac Decor and just launched. Samples are shortly to be available, and stock is ready and waiting in our Belgium factory. Please take a look and give us a call if you have any questions.
More snow this morning, but we are not expecting this to cause delays to our deliveries. Driveways may need clearing but the roads seem fairly ok. So phone us and place those orders for our lovely ceiling roses, coving cornice, skirting and architrave, and all our architectural mouldings.
Ulf Moritz moulding profiles
Six new profiles have been added to our range. This range designed by Ulf Moritz for Orac Decor will soon have its own home page. These are contemporary coving cornice, dado / panel moulding and skirting board such as you will not see available from any other manufacturer. With these products Orac Decor won the AIT Trend 2013 Award. View the first six of these mouldings on our Retail site blog.
New adhesives guide pdf
We have a new adhesives guide pdf shortly to be added to our 'Downloads' page. This is an update of our seven year old guide, so rather overdue. There is no material change, just a better format in a table form to more clearly explain which adhesives to use with which products.
January 2013 Refurbishments
After a lull end of December sales and enquiries have started to grow. Hardly surprising, who in their right mind is going to install coving etc. when the Christmas decorations are up! There are of course some refurbishments carrying on and pleased we are. So now the decorations are coming down and rooms seem a little lack lustre, redecorate and add coving or our other mouldings to improve your home.
Happy New Year for 2013
We will be open in the New Year on Tuesday 2nd January 2013. Please phone or email us with any enquiries using the contacts page, (the mobile number will not be available until Monday 7th when the Chudleigh office will be open). Enjoy your celebrations as hope to do business with you soon.
Orders over Christmas week for Orac and Pipe encasement products will be dispatched on Tuesday 2nd January 2013 for delivery 3rd. Apologies for the delay, but our depot is closed during the Christmas break. In the meantime, may we wish all our customers a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
Paint for Orac Mouldings
Oil based paints can sometimes take a very long time to dry on polyurethane products, staying tacky. We would not recommend these paints, but suggest water based or acrylic. Often the tins are not clear as to the formulation. The easiest way to tell is with the cleaning of the brushes. If white spirit is recommended it is usually oil based, so we suggest you avoid these paints.
Coving Installation Video
Please take a look at our coving installation video. This is on our sister retail site and just goes to show how easy our coving cornice is to install. These are great products with many advantages over plaster and fibrous cement coving and cornice. Any questions about installation or adhesives, please do not hesitate to pick up the phone and give us a call.
Are you ready for Christmas?
Well we are and we have lots of stock for those pre-Christmas and post-Christmas projects. With only three weeks to go though it may be time to get your coving and cornice in, to either complete before the Christmas break, or to be ready immediately after. Don't forget our invaluable sample service all supplied with a full brochure. Sample boxes with a selection of the most popular mouldings are also available, useful when helping customers choose a design. And of course for volume users and trade's people discounts can be negotiated.
We are gradually updating the text on many of our House Martin Online pages. This is to improve the explanation of the products and their advantages over traditional materials such as plaster coving, fibrous cement and paper lined. This has started with the Luxxus Cornice selector page and Axxent Coving selector page which are now done and the main Coving & Cornice selector page which is shortly to be listed. Please let us know if you have any thoughts on improvements or additions. Many thanks. Michael Chandler.
For our uplighter coving C361, C362 and C364 we can supply LED lighting at very competitive prices. Check out our sister site House Martin Interiors where these are supplied. The LED lighting page offers a range of options and the power supplies to match. The LED tape comes in 5m lengths which can be joined by plug and play connectors and can also be cut and rejoined. Just choose the correct power supply for the length. This makes for the easiest LED lighting we know.
2013 Orac price increase
Prices for Orac products are due to increase on the1st of January by approximately 3%. Any orders before this date will be at the 2012 prices, so order early!
Joan Armatrading at Brighton Dome.
All the classics and some brilliant new work. A delight to hear the originality of a true singer songwriter performing her own work. Her voice may not be as good as in the past but the performance is, and her guitar playing impressive. Joan Armatradings new album, Starlight, of which she played some songs is every bit as good as her classics, fusing folk, jazz and rock with poignant vocals. If you get the chance to see her tour, go!
Remembrance Sunday, Herbie Flowers Jazz Breakfast at the Brighton Dome.
Herbie Flowers and his band appeared at the Brighton today playing his usual great live jazz. Herbie is a born live performer with a brilliant wit. It is a shame there is not the regular slot at the Dome as he would like, for a player of his standing and humour. That's the thing I love about jazz, the fun. The last number 'Caravan' was played out to perfection. However there is more to come in the new year. Sunday breakfast with a coffee listening to Jazz.