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CHRIS TOPP - First Impressions - Why finish With The Gates & Railings When Itís The First Thing You See?

Gates and railings not only distinguish the entrance and perimeter to a property they create a first impression to all visitors and passers by. We often ask ourselves us why house owners will spend freely on the interior design and furnishings in the hope of creating a good impression but totally overlook the front boundary. It is an important enhancement to any property and has traditionally been seen as part of the overall architectural concept. Gates and Railings are a symbol of good taste and status stately homes traditionally commissioned grand and lavish designs to grace a main entrance.

Today gates and railings are a focal feature and increasingly a medium of expression, both personally and sculpturally, a piece of art combining beauty and function that everyone can appreciate. They add a feel good factor to a property, quality traditional hand-made using traditional techniques to recreate time-honoured designs. Ironwork is individual yet distinctive, combining traditional skills and designs that have stood the test of time.

Railings are functional boundaries defining a space an attitude re-enforced by the fact that heritage grant aid has in many cases been used to re-instate period railings, removed in The Second World War for scrap, with designs copied from old photographs. These often reflect the design ethos of the time in terms of proportion, style and quality of manufacture, a tradition that continues to this day, although increasingly we are asked to develop new and more artistic ideas.

Gates and railings create the right first time impression of high quality designs and craftsmanship.

So why, are gates and railings so often one of the last items to be commissioned? Budget constraints, over spend, lack of interest, surely the front garden and driveway should not merely act as a thoroughfare to the sanctuary of the house? Nicely designed Gates and Railings create a first impression that can make a real statement, giving your home a sense of grandeur and privacy.

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