Gloucestershire home improvements guide

Give your property a new lease of life with the help of SoGlos's 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 around 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 fabulous fabrics to gorgeous gardens, this handy guide features top suppliers from across Gloucestershire who can bring your renovation and home improvement ideas to life.

Stoves and fireplaces

The Fireplace Gallery

The lowdown

Based in Cheltenham, The Fireplace Gallery’s showroom is home to a whole host of fireplace displays of the finest quality. Established in 1988, the team has more than 30 years of experience in the fireplace industry, installing a wide range of quality fires and fireplaces to become one of Gloucestershire’s leading fireplace retailers.

What’s on offer

From initial planning stages right through to installation, The Fireplace Gallery team are fully qualified experts and know that every customer is unique, with their own style, taste and ideas. They will go the extra mile to ensure customers receive all the advice and guidance they need to create the perfect focal feature for their home.

For more information

Call (01242) 680076.


Shades of Comfort

The lowdown

Based in Gloucester, Shades of Comfort was established in 2005, initially providing outdoor solutions to coincide with the smoking ban affecting pubs and restaurants. Since then, it has expanded into offering services and products like giant umbrellas, garden and patio furniture for companies such as St Austell Brewery’s, Young’s and Costa Coffee – alongside domestic customers, including homeowners.

What’s on offer

From site surveys, design and installation to retractable roofs, giant umbrellas and other outdoor solutions, Shades of Comfort offers customers from all market sectors – including homeowners – the right tools and products to make the most of their outside space.

With weather often an issue in the UK – due to it being too hot, or more commonly, raining – Shades of Comfort offer solutions to take this stress away. Domestic awnings, retractable roof systems and parasols are the company’s speciality, with its products allowing clients to dine alfresco, entertain company and spend quality time with family and friends outdoors.

SoGlos loves

Alongside the ability to customise the look of each product with a wide range of colour options, Shades of Comfort offers an all-encompassing, hassle-free supply and install service, so customers can sit back and relax, knowing they’re in capable hands.

For more information

Call (01452) 307999 or visit

The Fairview Gardener

The lowdown

Described as ‘a centre for gardeners, not a garden centre,’ The Fairview Gardener in Birdwood, near Gloucester, is home to a wide range of quality plants and gardening equipment, as well as offering expert advice that’s been helping budding gardeners transform their outside spaces since 2009. Customers can also expect to find lovely trinkets, homeware and decorations in the gift shop, as well as a good cup of tea and slice of cake at the on-site tearoom, which serves a whole host of delicious meals.

What’s on offer

The independent garden centre is run by horticultural experts, growing all its bedding plants on site, along with stocking a range of herbaceous perennials; shrubs; trees; soft and top fruit; herbs; roses; seasonal plants; and made-to-order hanging baskets. Visitors can also pick up a handpicked selection of gardening essentials, including outdoor pots and terracotta, seeds, grow-your-own products, compost and stone ornaments.

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The Fairview Gardener’s design team can help with every aspect of garden redevelopment, from planting and patios to full landscaping projects – taking care of design, construction and even maintenance. Owner, Glenn Satterthwaite specialises in landscape gardening and often gives talks and workshops too on everything from garden design to allotments and organic gardening.

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Cotswold Security Group

The lowdown

With years of experience in both commercial and residential security, Cotswold Security Group prides itself on providing an excellent service at competitive prices.

What’s on offer

Cotswold Security Group offers keyholding services to both residential and commercial clients, responding if your alarm is activated so you can be safe in the knowledge that you and your home or business are protected – as well as preventing alarms from falsely activating.

Through using the latest technology, Cotswold Security Group can also offer clients a number of benefits including house sitting; insurance checks; void property checks; switching central heating on and off; pet services; and accepting deliveries. It can even send someone to rescue you if you lose your keys or get locked out.

SoGlos loves

Cotswold Security Group offers complete operational transparency and employs only the very best staff available. By paying above the national average for the job, it attracts the best candidates and only employs people who are dedicated to security as a career – with a passion for looking after both the customer and the public.

For more information

Call (03300) 101086 or (01386) 305086, or visit

Curtains blinds and shutters

Just Fabrics

The lowdown

With 25 years’ experience supplying fabrics and crafting beautiful creations from its shops in the Cotswolds, Just Fabrics, ironically, sells so much more than just fabrics! Providing a made to measure service for bespoke blinds, curtains, cushions, furniture and upholstery, Just Fabrics is a haven for creatives searching for the perfect fabric to accompany a room or furniture redesign.

What’s on offer

One of the country’s leading independent designer fabric retailers, Just Fabrics stocks thousands of meters of fabric in a range of textures and designs, with some designer styles available at discounted prices. Its team of experienced staff can offer industry insight into the latest design trends, personalised advice on what will work best for your home, and inspiration for those still planning a project.

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Both of Just Fabrics’ stores are conveniently located in Cheltenham and Burford, and are open seven days per week with free parking. Each store’s in-house design team provides fantastic and friendly customer service, to help customers achieve their design dreams no matter their style or budget.

For more information

Call (01242) 388 390, or visit


Ford Construction

The lowdown

Ford Construction is a construction firm which continues to build a great reputation in Gloucestershire. Dedicated to offering a premium services it has a passion for creating quality work and beautiful designs no matter what the building project.

What’s on offer

Ford Construction’s name is based on the high standard its work, from its kitchens and carpentry in county homes to extensions, whole house builds, clever conversions and most recently it is in demand for business premises.

It was a natural progression for Ford Construction’s customers to enquire whether it could transfer the quality of its work on domestic properties to commercial challenges, and the move has proved a clever one for all sides.

From design to build, each commercial construction project is overseen by the founder of the Cheltenham-based firm, Harry Ford.

For more information

Call (07527) 780135.


Cotswood Fine Furniture

The lowdown

With more than 30 years of experience, Cotswood Fine Furniture in Blockley near Moreton-in-Marsh is a bespoke furniture maker which prides itself on its quality, flexible service and functional design. Creating fitted furniture to the highest standard for all rooms of the home, from somewhere stylish to stash those pots and pans in the kitchen to that beautiful extra wardrobe space or bookcase you’ve always wanted.

What’s on offer

Cotswood Fine Furniture creates bespoke fitted furniture for a whole host of rooms in your home including kitchens, bedrooms, home studies and more. The small business creates all of its timber components in its workshop and uses real timber veneers, rather than photo foil-backed materials or chipboard. What’s more, the company uses the latest technology to provide CAD images and relevant samples, in order to give an accurate, honest and stress-free quote. Cotswood Fine Furniture also works closely with a dedicated Interior Design company, offering help with further interior design support.

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When creating the perfect piece, Cotswood Fine Furniture will visit customers at home in order to get a feel for what they’re looking for, as well as their personal taste and style. What’s more, the company works closely with its clients, giving them as much or as little design and practical input they’d like, to ensure every piece is made to their exact specifications.

For more information

Call (01386) 700110, email, or visit

© SoGlos
Wednesday 01 June 2022

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