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Renaming your house update

February 20th, 2019|Tags: |

Renaming your house.

I recently wrote a piece about how to rename your house so it shows on address databases.

It seems that the price has just increased to around the £50 mark. This may vary from council to council so its worth keeping an eye on it.

In a nutshell, officially renaming your house could add a bit of value to it, it will really make it ‘yours’ and then there is no dispute with anyone over what it can or cannot be called.

It’s also quite nice when the name does turn up in the databases and you can see the name there.

Ive spoken with a customer just this week who has done the job… that is how I found out about the price increase.

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Memorial plaques

February 15th, 2019|Tags: |

Memorials

There have been a couple of order is for memorials.. to people and cats! One is a Cornish Pasty shaped memorial on riven slate, the other is to remember two dear cats. The cat sign has images of cats on to make it more individual for the customer.

Memorial stone itself is the purest slate you can get, but at £160 per square foot (before lettering/painting), we can provide memorials in normal slate well below that price. We are of course happy to provide memorial quality stone if you wish, at varying thicknesses. Please ask. There is also an 8-10 week lead time to get the slate.

Memorial stone has to be purchased in minimum quantities of 1 square foot (300x300mm) at 25mm thickness. This work is strictly POA and we would require payment in advance.

Busy, busy busy

With orders still coming in thanks to the lovely weather we have been having in Cornwall, this week has seen another trip to the quarry to collect more supplies. Unusually for a trip up the North coast, we had a fine dry but still chilly day.

Contact us for any information regarding memorials and house signs.

 

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Its a snow surprise

February 6th, 2019|Tags: |

Its a snow surprise!

The tail end of last week delivered a real surprise for us deep down in the West of Cornwall. A bit of a covering of snow. Roads still became blocked. Cars and trucks got stuck on the Cornish roads. Bodmin was like the arctic but it made for some nice photos.

Not that we had time to take any.

It wasn’t quite ‘The Beast from the East’ that hit us last year but it still created a bit of a fuss. The temperatures dropped to freezing cold, the sleet and snow was driving into the workshop and as the polishing of slate has to be done outside, it wasn’t very nice. So if you’re reading this tucked up with a nice hot tea………….. 🙂

Yours truly was trying to keep up with the rush of orders heralded by the really nice weather. As I alluded to in my previous post about it being ‘home improvement time‘, the nice weather has bought out people looking to start on a few home improvements.

Our best start to a year for 5 years

Weather and work wise, last year was a low point until April as the prolonged winter kept DIYers inside and who could blame them? Orders have been coming in at a real rate of knots with a particularly nice lead from a rather large holiday company. Hopefully that will turn out to be really great for us.

We do what it says on the tin.

Only using Cornish slate for our work does put us in a bit of a niche market. Not all buyers are worried about the provenance of their purchase though, which is of course, absolutely fine.

Customers though that do want that connection with Cornwall know that with Stevens Cornish Slate, they’re getting that little ‘piece of Cornwall’ that has a very personal connection for them.

Thanks for looking at us, considering us for your purchase and rest assured – if you are looking for products made exclusively from Cornish slate, Stevens is the place to look!

 

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Like us on Facebook

January 29th, 2019|Tags: |

Like us on Facebook.

Stevens Cornish Slate have a very active Facebook page along with Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest. Seeing what we are up to only takes a second and by LIKING our Facebook page you’ll get to see regular updates too.

Our social media profiles allow you to catch a glimpse of the slate world we live in and see the work we are doing for our customers.

Like our Facebook page.

An exciting weekend.

With a popular website, the clock never stops and we had a number of great enquiries over the weekend including requests for logos and designs.

All of the artwork for the customers has been done and in most cases, already approved.

Today is cold and wet, but no matter, we will be starting work on these new jobs today.

Existing orders ready to ship

Several jobs that were finished at the tail end of last week were packed and will ship out to their new owners today. Anne gets a pat on the back for some more great packing so the goods get delivered to their new homes.

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Signs with designs

January 24th, 2019|Tags: |

Signs with designs

An interesting part of our job is making bespoke signs for customers that want something just a bit different to make their sign unique to them.

We were recently asked to make a sign with a bird. Never one to do the simple thing, I thought about it and came up with the idea of using birds and branches. This wasn’t an idea we had ever used before so it was nice to cook up this.

We have added galleons, tin mines, beasts, squirrels and other kinds of artwork for customers.

If you have an idea, talk to us.

We will always try to come up with something a bit different for you so that your sign is unique. We do not use templates for signs and just replicate them – thought goes into the design as we want you to really connect with your sign.

 

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Home improvement time

January 21st, 2019|Tags: |

Home improvement time.

The weather this winter has been a complete contrast to twelve months ago so it may well be ‘home improvement time’.

When it is cold, wet and miserable, home improvements are not foremost on anyones mind. Our business therefore can be quite seasonal so it is great that orders are already coming in well ahead of what we would expect for this time of year.

A Cornish slate house sign is a simple home improvement.

Home improvements tend to be ‘project based’ with flower planting, decorating and other outdoor jobs being the most common.

A new house sign, made from Cornwalls finest slate, is a wonderful home improvement where the only work you have to do is fixing it up! Isn’t that great? Much quicker than building a shed or getting wall paper paste on the carpet of gloss paint in your hair!

Let’s face it.. what a nice way to ease yourself into ‘home improvement time’!

What do you need to fix up a slate house sign?

Firstly a cup of nice hot coffee and a 30 minute break in any rain that may be about. Then simply some nice brass screws, plastic fixing plugs and a masonry drill bit and possibly a spirit level.

Mark the holes making sure the sign is level, drill them, push in the plastic plugs and then screw the sign to the wall.

Please do not over tighten the screws – pinch tight will be enough.

Stand back and admire your handiwork – along with your very own ‘little piece of Cornwall’.

Get your camera out, take a photo and send it to us because it means a lot to us that you like what we have made for you.

Check out our video page where you will find some helpful videos.