Gloucestershire home improvements guide

Give your property a new lease of life with the help of SoGlos's newly launched home improvements guide, which is brimming with Gloucestershire businesses designed to bring your projects to life.

Whether you’ve recently moved into a new house or have finally got round to doing work on your property, our Gloucestershire home improvements guide is designed to give you a helping hand, whatever size of project you’re undertaking.

From flooring companies to window businesses, this handy guide features top suppliers from across Gloucestershire who can bring your renovation and home improvement ideas to life.

Carpets, rugs and flooring

You’ll be amazed just how much of a difference updating your flooring can make to transforming your home. Whether it’s new carpet in your bedroom, impressive runners on your stairs, stylish kitchen tiles or cosy rugs in your lounge, there are plenty of options when it comes to giving any space a bit of TLC.

Deca Design Flooring

Lowdown: Cheltenham's Deca Design Flooring is run by floor specialist, Chris Groom, who has more than 20 years’ experience in the industry. Deca offers a personalised service that includes a detailed free consultation so that customers can discuss their projects, with Deca’s experienced team taking clients’ lifestyles and budgets into consideration. The team provides the best possible service, and all installations are carried out by fitters who have extensive experience in order to make sure each project is finished to perfection.
Get the look: The Pittville showroom offers the chance to view Deca’s impressive collection of flooring that spans carpets, wood and natural flooring, and rugs, and is Gloucestershire’s only approved installer of Roger Oates stair runners. Deca works with a range of clients to transform their rooms into dream spaces, whether that’s fitting plush new carpet to a bedroom or adding modern parquet flooring to a living room. If you have a certain colour in mind to fit in with a room scheme, Deca’s bespoke service enables customers to tailor the flooring to exacting specifications. And if you find a carpet or natural flooring you love, they can also be made into custom rugs or runners.
SoGlos loves: Deca’s wide range of affordable and versatile wood floors feature a choice of planks, chevron, herringbone or panels, which are available in any width or length and are suitable to be used over underfloor heating in any room of your home.
For more info: Call (01242) 257857, email, or visit directly.

For more inspiration, see our Gloucestershire carpets, rugs and flooring directory.


As the heart of the home, it’s safe to say that kitchens are now very much a focal point in any house, providing a multi-functional room for cooking, entertaining, socialising and much more.

Kitchen makeovers, while often an expensive outlay, can really add value to a property and offer the chance to create customised spaces that work for your needs.

Vale Kitchens

Vale Kitchens

Lowdown: A family run business since its inception in 1969, Vale now has showrooms in both Evesham and Cheltenham. Originally starting life as an appliance repair service, the company has spent the last 40 years developing into a bespoke kitchen, bedroom and appliance showroom. Priding itself on outstanding customer service, Vale promises to help customers to achieve their dream kitchen or bedroom, from the initial design stages right through to an expert installation.
Get the look: Vale’s Cheltenham showroom offers the chance to view a range of stylish kitchens in situ, showcasing state-of-the-art kitchen tech including down draft extractor fans, hot water taps and the latest cabinet designs from brands such as Prentice, Bauformat, Burger and Mackintosh Designs. The team at Vale is made up of kitchen designers, installers, tilers, appliance installers and sales staff. Combining its 30-years of experience with up-to-date industry knowledge, Vale’s team is armed with all the tools to transform homes from drab to desirable; creating spaces in which to relax, dine and socialise.
SoGlos loves: Vale’s incredible dedication to customer service and independent, local history is what sets the firm apart from other high street design companies. Promising both contemporary design and more traditional styles, Vale’s kitchen design service can cater to any budget, whilst maintaining excellent service from design through to installation.
For more info: Call (01242) 224404, email, or visit directly.

If you’re planning on giving your kitchen an overhaul, find a host of suppliers in our Gloucestershire kitchen directory.

Windows, doors and conservatories

From replacing old windows, adding additional space with a conservatory, or investing in popular bi-fold doors that lead out to your garden, there are all manner of ways to inject a bit of new life into your home.

Original Sash Window Solutions

Original Sash Window Solutions home improvements guide

The lowdown: Original Sash Window Solutions specialises in the repair, renovation, restoration and draught-proofing of sash windows. The business, which is based in Stroud and Bristol, was founded by Roger Dixon in 2007 and over the past decade it has built up its reputation for offering a professional and quality service for owners of period properties.
Get the look: If you want to improve the appearance of your sash windows and increase your home’s energy efficiency, the business’ draught-proofing service offers a range of benefits for a fraction of the cost of replacement windows. Following draught-proofing, windows will be able to open and close smoothly, flaking paint is removed and bare wood is primed, noise penetration and heat loss are significantly reduced and they also benefit from new, high quality cords and beading. The other services on offer include sash window repair and renovation, which involves removing wet rot and repairing with filler or a new section of timber; along with complete window replacement when the damage is un-repairable. Original Sash Window Solutions works closely with P.M Large Joinery of Bonds Mill End Estate in Stroud, whose expert bench joiners make new hardwood sash windows using traditional techniques. The business also offers a painting service for replacement sashes, while the team can recommend painters or give advice if you plan to carry out the work yourself on repaired windows.
SoGlos loves: The discreet draught-proofing system aims to retain as much of the original window as possible and the service is conservation approved and can be used on grade I and II-listed buildings.
For more info: Call (01453) 755918, email or visit directly.

For more inspiration, see our Gloucestershire windows, doors and conservatories directory.


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Whether you simply want to replace tiles or completely remodel the existing space, bathrooms definitely feature high on the list of rooms that homeowners want to makeover.

If you’re planning on giving your bathroom an overhaul, find a host of suppliers across in our Gloucestershire bathroom directory.


Don’t underestimate the power of how much redecorating can transform your home, whether you choose to repaint rooms or add wallpaper. Jobs such as painting can often be time consuming and fiddly depending on the space, so if you have a large house or are time-pressed, you might want to employ the services of a decorating expert!

Barrington Painters & Decorators

The lowdown: Barrington is a family-run Cheltenham business that provides quality decorating and carpentry services for domestic and commercial properties, along with country estates and stately homes. The team, which has experience in the industry dating back to the 1960s, pride themselves on offering a first-class service in every aspect of home improvement.
Get the look: Whether you want to makeover a single room or completely refurbished your house, Barrington undertakes a wide range of services spanning interior and exterior decorating; specialist heritage work; carpentry and joinery; repairs and maintenance; traditional glazing and window restorations; cast iron gutter repairs; hand painted kitchens; plastering; floor restorations and furniture painting. The team use state-of-the-art equipment to deliver a professional finish, and has excellent connections with local suppliers to ensure that your project runs smoothly. Barrington provides comprehensive quotes giving homeowners a detailed outline of what to expect and costs, and will leave you home perfectly clean and tidy after carrying out any work.
SoGlos loves: With vast experience of working with historical and period buildings, especially grade I and II listed houses, Barrington is ideal for those with heritage properties that are in need of a professional makeover. The team understands the requirements demanded by such properties, such as using lime plasters, restoring decorative cornicing and using traditional colours.
For more info: Call (01242) 460104, email or visit directly.


Whatever size garden you have, giving your outside space an update is a savvy way to add an extra ‘room’ to your home. Make the space work for you by adding an area for socialising, planting flowers and replacing furniture – meaning you’ll want to spend as much time as possible outdoors.

Trioscape Garden Centre

The lowdown: Give your outside space a new lease of life with the help of Trioscape, an independent garden centre located in Newent in the Forest of Dean. The 16-acre centre, which was founded in 1994, is brimming with inspiration for your garden, whether you’re a complete beginner or a green-fingered expert.
Get the look: Visitors can expect to find an impressive range of plants, sourced from carefully-selected suppliers, with everything from annuals, trees, shrubs, climbers, roses, perennials, fruits, vegetables, herbs, seeds, bulbs and much more. Gardeners will also be able to stock up on essential tools, soil and fertilisers, and plastic and terracotta containers, with designs to suit every garden style and theme. Complete your outside space by investing in some quality garden furniture, with Trioscape stocking timeless woven styles from Bramblecrest, along with a steel metal mesh range from Kettler, while its selection of barbecues are crying out for summer entertaining. If you’re planning on giving your garden a complete overhaul, stock up on paving slabs, cobbles and gravel to create an impressive backbone to your garden.
SoGlos loves: The experienced team is on hand to offer advice on everything from seasonal plants to improving your borders, and there’s also an on-site café where you can enjoy a break from plant shopping and refuel with coffee and a cake.
For more info: Call (01452) 790550, email or visit directly.

For more inspiration, see our Gloucestershire garden centres & nurseries and Gloucestershire garden designers & landscapers directories.

Stoves & fireplaces

Up the cosy factor in your home by updating or adding a new stove or fireplace to your lounge, dining room or kitchen. Not only do they provide a welcome focal point but they’re also a great way to heat your home during the winter months and they can add value to your property.

If you’re planning on updating or adding a stove or fireplace, find a host of suppliers in our Gloucestershire stoves and fireplaces directory.

Curtains, blinds and shutters

Update your window furnishings by injecting colour and pattern with curtains and blinds or adding shutters to your living room, which are perfect for giving your space a classy modern makeover.

If you’re planning on updating your window coverings, find a host of suppliers in our Gloucestershire curtains, blinds and shutters directory.


If you are thinking of embarking on a major renovation project, an extension to your home or room conversions, then you might want to consider hiring an architect, who can also help with help with finding the best builders and even project managing the work.

Visit the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) via its website directly to find businesses in Gloucestershire and the Cotswolds.

Interior designers

Deciding how best to utilise space, add personality to your property or update any room in your home, can be a challenge for homeowners. Interior designer can help transform spaces with their aesthetic touch, whether you just want help with room layout or want assistance with a full design service.

Read our interview with Cotswold interior designer, Lauren Gilberthorpe to find out more about how to update your home.

© SoGlos
Wednesday 06 September 2017

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