First fix carpentry is generally a term used for the structural part of a build. The services we supply are as follows:
Establishing a strong foundation is fundamental to any build.
- Strip foundations
- Pad foundations
This involves building timber stud walls during the framing stages of the build.
- Separate rooms
- Form a corridor or hallway
- External structural wall
These provide strength for a development and separation between floor levels.
- Traditional timber joists
- Metal web joists
- TJI Joists
Our carpenters and joiners build and install bespoke staircases that complement the interior of the building.
- Straight flight
- Kite and winder
- Floating stairs
These provide structure and strength using a choice of timber prior to hanging any of our bespoke doors.
Second Fix and finishing
Second Fix involves all the finishing work that is usually carried out after plastering. Some of the services we provide are:
These provide strength for a development and separation between floor levels.
- Traditional timber joists
- Metal web joists
- TJI Joists
We supply and fit a range of bespoke doors installed to your specification.
- Pocket doors
- Double doors
- Stable doors
- Garage doors
- Hard wood and soft wood
- Glazed doors
We also install various ironmongery fixtures and fittings to a wide range of applications. Here are some examples:
- Curtain rails and blinds
- Door handles
- Locks & latches
- Door closers
- Cabinet hardware
- Coat hooks and rails
Wooden floors finish a room off beautifully; we cover a wide selection of floors tailored to your requirements.
- Luxury Vinyl
- Solid Wood
Second phase of installing a staircase consists of those finishing touches.
- Newel posts & caps
- Spindle installation
- Bespoke glazed panels & ironmongery
A box is built around the pipes to make the room appear immaculate.
Traditional hand cut roofing
Our team of carpenters in Suffolk are highly trained in the art of hand-cut roofing, prepared to tackle any style of roof you require.
If your property is listed or your roof is in any way abnormal and trusses are not an option, then a hand-cut roof might be the answer.
Standard timber roof trusses are not designed to support a usable living space. Therefore, this makes it almost impossible to use a trussed roof as accommodation without great expense. We specialise in hand-cut roofs of any shape, style, pitch and height. From prospect to completion we have your project covered.
We are on hand to guide you through the possibilities of your roofing project. Book a free consultation today and a member of our friendly team will happily assist you with our carpentry services.
Our Bespoke Carpentry Includes:
- Dutch hip
- Traditional hip
- Straight Gable
- Dorma roof cutting
- Pitched lean too
- Existing roof extension
- Loft Conversion
- Flat roofing
- Trussed roof
- Attic trussed roof
We at B A Boyle & Son LTD utilise a historical carpentry technique known as ‘Scribe Rule’, this is a way of marking out the joints between timbers no matter the shape. This in turn ensures a very high standard and level of complex work, using a combination of mastered traditions alongside contemporary design and finishing technique.
We care deeply about the environment working closely with local companies in order to reduce our carbon footprint, therefore all our timber is sourced locally.
Whether you require professional help with your self-build project or a team to turn your dreams into a reality we are here to help. We really enjoy a challenge, so if you have a complex and challenging design please get in touch today.
See below of examples of our work.
Carpentry Services in Ipswich, Suffolk
What is underpinning?
Underpinning is a broad term for the process by which the foundations of an existing building are supported and strengthened. Significant subsidence under or around building foundations often make underpinning a necessity – this can be caused by unsuitable or overly saturated soil, pre-existing cavities, or even extreme cases of tree root growth.
The two primary types of underpinning are concrete and mini piling. Mass concrete underpinning is a more traditional method, which works by excavating beneath foundations and pouring concrete within the space left to provide additional strength and support. Though fairly disruptive, this method is proven to be effective across a variety of scenarios.
Mini piling involves boring piles through all levels of compromised soil until a more suitable base is reached – whether this be stronger soil, or bedrock, creating further support without causing as much disruption as concrete underpinning.
Can stud walls be load-bearing?
The vast majority of load-bearing walls in UK homes are composed of block or brickwork, whilst stud walls are traditionally used elsewhere. This trend has resulted in a typical pattern of blockwork downstairs, timber, and stud walls upstairs – especially in homes with roof trusses, which transfer weight to surrounding walls. This is not to say that stud walls are never load-bearing – they are commonly used in this way in timber-framed houses. If you are looking to alter a stud wall, but are unsure of whether or not it is load-bearing, the best course of action is to contact a construction expert, who will be able to confirm the status of your stud wall, and further assist in bringing your vision to life.
What flooring is best for kitchens?
Though some flooring types are more suited for use in a kitchen than others, there is no universal ‘best’ kitchen floor. When choosing surfaces to be installed in an area of such high traffic, it is important to consider the way in which you would like it to function. Kitchen floors must be able to withstand exposure to moisture and humidity and are often required to be very hard-wearing. Below is B.A. Boyle & Son’s list of ‘top’ kitchen floors:
• Hardwood – a traditional and upmarket choice, hardwood floors are warm, classic, and water-resistant. Though they are relatively hardy, they will require a certain amount of maintenance in order to retain their condition.
• Laminate – an easy-to-install, budget-friendly version of hardwood floors, laminate comes in a variety of specifications, with some being water-resistant, and some being fully waterproof.
• Tile – a classic choice for high traffic areas exposed to moisture regularly, tiles, when properly installed, can last for decades. It's important to consider texture when choosing a kitchen tile, as they can become slippy.
• Ceramic – a more durable, man-made version of tile, ceramic is stain resistant and waterproof. Ceramic tiles are available in a wide variety of colours, and styles.
• Natural stone – an upmarket option, natural stone such as marble and granite offer a hardwearing floor surface and are available in a wide variety of colours, patterns, and textures. Though relatively low maintenance, natural stone floors may require occasional re-sealing.
Can you paint external doors?
Whether or not an external door can be painted depends entirely on its base material. Whilst traditional wooden doors can be painted with relative ease, the majority of modern doors on the UK market composed of UPVC or composite cannot. The properties of such materials make it difficult for paint to adhere properly, meaning an irregular finish, and fast, uneven wear and tear.
Can you change your staircase?
Though staircase direction alterations and installations are a significant job, they are entirely possible in the vast majority of cases. Installing a new staircase can make significant positive changes to a home in which the current stairs are not suited to the property, badly positioned, or block the flow of natural light.
As staircase replacement is a large and complex job, it is important to involve a construction specialist, architect, or joiner from the planning process onwards to ensure the new installation is correctly fitted, functional, and a good choice design-wise for your property.
How do you cover exposed pipes?
Exposed pipes can be an unsightly addition to properties – particularly in interior spaces. One of the most effective ways to disguise existing gas pipes and heating pipes is the installation of tailored ‘pipe boxes’, composed of either wood or melamine depending on location. Custom pipe boxing works to seamlessly disguise the presence of pipes within your property, using a traditional box, or soft curved form to blend into the space in which they are installed.
What is the difference between joists and trusses?
Though joists and trusses are often used in conjunction and are two major elements in ensuring structural integrity, their primary functions differ greatly. Joists are supports running between walls and beams primarily used to support the weight of floors and ceilings, or as column supports. They are most commonly composed of steel, concrete, or wood.
Trusses, on the other hand, have a wider variety of applications but are most commonly used in roof design and support to effectively transfer weight to load-bearing walls. Their triangular shape makes creating a structurally sound pitch relatively easy. Trusses are also commonly used in bridge construction.
What are ceiling joists and beams?
A combination of ceiling joists and beams are used in traditional construction to support ceilings, ceiling cladding, and walls. Joists and beams tend to run the entire length and width of the ceiling.
Joists are supports running between walls and beams primarily used to support the weight of floors and ceilings, or as column supports. They are most commonly composed of steel, concrete, or wood.
A roof beam is another load-bearing element of construction, which works to support the joist and truss system. Beams are generally recognisable as one of the thickest and largest elements of the ceiling or roof support system.
How are joist and beam style ceilings constructed?
Joist and beam style ceilings are a hugely important element of a building’s framework. Installed after wall framing, ceiling joists are placed horizontally between opposite walls and attached to walls using a wall plate. Planning permission and building regulations dictate the type and number of joists required to complete a ceiling. Following the installation of joists, ceiling beams may be installed, completing the framework of the roof or ceiling, and further ensuring the structural integrity of the build.
What is the best kind of wood for a door?
When selecting a wooden door, aesthetics should not be your sole consideration. It is important to ensure the door you choose matches your expectations and requirements for functionality. For this reason, the durability and insulating qualities of your chosen wood or material should be thoroughly researched.
On the whole, wooden doors, when properly maintained, are incredibly durable and have excellent insulating qualities. Hardwood doors including oak, ash, poplar, and walnut offer incredible durability and an aesthetically pleasing grain, whilst softwood doors including pine, cypress, and fir offer a more economical option, but with increased thermal retention abilities.
In order to retain or increase property value, it is important to ensure the material chosen for your front door compliments existing brickwork, cladding, or fixtures and is well-maintained over the many years of use offered by timber.
What is studwork timber?
Studwork timber is the wooden material used to build stud walls when the frame of a build is being made. The timber used for studwork can vary from spruce to Douglas fir. Studwork timber is often graded as either C16 or C24, with important differences between the two timber types.
Both C16 and C24 timbers exist with a class known as CLS timber. The term ‘CLS’ is a historic term, referring to ‘Canadian Lumber Standard’. This is because historically, these types of wood were sourced from Canada. Nowadays, these woods are often sourced from Europe. C16 and C24 woods are kiln-dried, are often visually appealing, and are both highly receptive to treatment and painting.
The main difference between C16 and C24 timber comes from their strength. This has resulted in the two different types to meet the British Standard for Timber Structures (EN 14081-1:2005). Both types look very similar, but C24 is a much stronger type of wood. C16 timber is better suited for indoor studwork because it is less likely to survive extremes of weather outside.
What is ironmongery?
Historically, ironmongery is the art of creating iron products. Nowadays, while you can still source artisanal, hand-made ironmongery, when people talk about ironmongery they are referring to the metal elements of something. These include the handles and hinges of windows and doors, knockers, and flashings to name but a few.
At B. A. Boyle & Son, we are experts in sourcing the right type of ironmongery to suit both your requirements and your preferences for any carpentry-based works. Whether it’s hardware and fixings for your kitchen, new locks for your doors, or any other hardware, you can trust B. A. Boyle & Son to deliver.
What is a composite door made from?
Composite doors can be made from a range of materials. Average makes of composite door are typically wooden on the interior and exterior (finished with a coloured, woodgrain foil), with foam or fibreglass cores. High-end makes feature laminated or solid timber cores, which offer greater durability and improved thermal efficiency.
Composite doors are often used for exterior doors. They will typically come with steel-reinforced PVC frames, a cill, and include all the relevant hardware necessary for operation. There is a lot of customisability in composite doors, with a range of colour options for the door slab, the frame, and the hardware. They can also often be upgraded to allow for PART-M compliance, Pas 24 spec certification, and/or Doc Q.
Composite doors typically offer a greater degree of security than their PVC panel counterparts. Most panel doors will consist of a frame with an MDF reinforced panel making up most of what you see of the door, and depending on the make and specification, may or may not include steel reinforcing in the frame.