The stuff we do at Jon Rhodes Part one

The first stage of any project is usually a site measure (unless estimating from plans and elevations previously). Here I am in Derbyshire measuring up windows for a lovely new project, summer 2017. I’m looking for overall window sizes, drops and widths, and I’m planning the over-sail measurements above and to each side of windows to calculate the finished treatment dimensions. I’m also looking out for any factors that might impact on these widths (position of existing plug sockets/ proposed cabinetry/ radiators at either side of window etc) and the projection depths of finished curtains.

On today’s measure (a building site) I’ve noticed a stack of radiators in store of varying depths, some of which are destined for under the windows, so tolerances need allowing for the finished curtains to clear the fronts of these and for the curtain/pelmet returns to reach the wall. In extreme cases, when clearance factors are very deep, I might have to cheat and compromise by eye.

I’ve also collected information from the site building team such as finished floor dimensions (some not in yet, so we ‘tight-rope’ it across floor joists and RSJ’s when necessary….. my life already), and info from the designer such as carpet/underlay depths and proposed fabric widths and pattern repeats. Part of today’s measure included templating the eves above dorma windows to tailor fitted Roman blinds , and planning the projection depths for fabric laminated roller blinds which are to fit into the recess of 3-sided bay windows, then measuring to the angle/projection point to calculate the finished roller blind width dimensions.

All of these details will come in to play next at the second stage, estimating, when I get back to the office. Before then, since I’d finished my work by early afternoon, I dashed to Chatsworth House for a thoroughly enjoyable educational where there are some lovely examples of stuckwork pelmets, swags and tails (though a little tattered) and some great passementerie. Get you’re kicks above  Route A6!