Protecting water filtration plant from freezing

Winter is finally here, with snow on the way, frost on the car and my woolly hat on my head. 
We have just completed a garage and insulated room for a water filtration plant.  The customer asked us to remove the existing garage, lay a new concrete pad for the garage and filter unit with the least amount of interuption to their water supply.

The filtration plant room was insulated with 65mm thick Celotex foil back board to provide a fully insulated store. Our electrician re-instated the wiring and the building was in use immediately. The customers were delighted to have the peace of mind knowing their water supply was safe from the coming winter weather.

Internal view of filtration room, the walls are clad with pressure treated plywood.

All buildings are bespoke and are made to order, please visit our website for more ideas, or visit our display at North Tawton, or call on 01837 82442 to discuss your requirements.


Delivery Area


We are often asked ‘How far do you go?’ The answer is that our delivery area extends right through the South West.  We regularly travel to all parts of Cornwall. We have customers right through Dorset and Somerset too.  We recently completed a job in Bristol for the Avon & Somerset Police Force and a studio in Portishead. .

For larger orders we will go beyond the South West, so give us a try.  Long distance jobs have included the British Museum in London, Henley on Thames and Sailsbury.

Site visits can be arranged, so don’t worry about the distance.

Autumn & winter timber building maintenance

It’s that time of year where maintenance on your garden timber buildings will help to prolong the life of the building.  Remove any leaves from the gutters. It is easy to say ‘we will do that at the weekend’, but before you know it, a week’s gone past, a month and so on and another season has gone past, and your timber building has been forgotten about! 

Pressure-treated (tanalised) timber has chemicals impregnated under high pressure to ensure that the preservatives penetrate deep into the timber to give it a longer life. This is a maintenance free treatment against rot. 

For additional maintenance our customers often use the following products:

For a clear finish, the application of a water proofer, such as Thompson’s Water Seal, may be applied to the cladding to repel damp.For a traditional stained finish use Cuprinol Garden Wood Preserver.  For a painted finish use Sadolin Superdec .

In addition, all joinery products used in our offices and studios will require painting with gloss paint or a micro-porous timber treatment, such as manufactured by Sikkens.  The treatment interval for these products is 4 – 5 years.  Care should be taken to follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Do not apply different products over each other.

John Shields Woodwork on the web

Our first blog.. hello, we have just finished our first show of the year, The Mid Devon Show at Tiverton, the sun was shining and the visitors had a great time.  we are now preparing for the next two shows, North Devon Show 3rd August and the Honiton show on the 4th

You can follow us on Facebook with all our recent projects or you can look at our web site – which is full or building ideas and information.  You can also visit our display site at North Tawton.