The word ’wrought’ is an archaic past tense form of the verb ‘to work’. As language changed, the word wrought was substituted for the word work. Wrought iron simply means ‘worked iron’.... and it’s beautiful!

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Why Specified and Detailed Drawings are Essential for Quoting

30th Jan 2018 John Bransby We are frequently asked by builders, home owners and even architects to provide a quote on the basis of drawings that are preliminary or concept quality only. Quite often these are Development Application (DA) drawings that are provided to Councils in the DA process. They are next to useless when sourcing quotes because they don’t provide any details of what is required. They may have notes that describe a set of gates as ‘metal gates’ or something equally meaningless. It’s a bit like ringing around car dealers and asking for a quote on a 4 door sedan. Without details, it’s impossible to get a meaningful quote. It’s the same with images taken from the internet. Apart from the fact that it could be violating copyright by copying the design, there is no detail on which to base a quote. We never quote on drawings without details and specifications and instead direct clients to our design and quoting process BROCHURE Our thorough design process can save clients a fortune by avoiding work of low quality that either corrodes in a few years or doesn’t function as intended. While designing costs a relatively small amount at the outset, it can save a lot of money by making sure the metalwork is fit for the purpose and fit for the environment. It also virtually ensures that the new metalwork will add value to the property. Badly designed and specified metalwork detracts from a property and therefore devalues it. The devaluing effect is the most expensive part of a job if it happens. Our design and quoting process is second to none and in fact architects often engage us to do detailing and specifying for the clients because it is such a specialised field.

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Victorian Terrace Balustrades. Meeting Australian Standard 1170.1

4th Dec 2018 John Bransby Victorian terraces are common in many inner suburbs of Sydney such as Paddington, North Sydney and Balmain. Originally they had cast iron lace balustrades around 800 to 900mm height. These days the building code (BCA) requires 1.0M minimum height for balustrades, so using replicas of the original casting to replace damaged or badly corroded original work can be problematic. We have developed systems to deal with this but one often overlooked aspect is compliance with Australian Standard 1170.1 The standard requires amongst other things, that a balustrade is able to withstand certain loadings or forces to be safe. Imagine if a group of people were having a party on the balcony and at some point a number of people were leaning on the balustrade. As has happened many times, the balustrade fails and people can be badly injured or killed if the fall was from a height. This is especially important on shared house rental properties where there is less awareness of the risk by tenants and the owners may have no knowledge of how a balcony is being used. From our observation, many off the shelf balustrade systems are not tested and are not compliant with the Australian Standard in regard to their ability to withstand loads. For this reason, we only use engineer certified balustrade systems and recommend clients make sure anyone quoting on new work provides that certification. Not only must the balustrade itself be compliant but it must be fixed to the walls or columns securely enough to withstand the code’s load requirements. Old terrace walls are notorious for being weak and crumbling, so in many cases, the standard brackets and fixings have no chance of being strong enough. It’s just another reason why we insist on only quoting from specified drawings. Many of our competitors seem to have no awareness of the need to comply with both the BCA and Australian Standard 1170.1 when doing cast lace balustrades on Victorian terraces. If comparing quotes, make sure certification and compliance is guaranteed.
Adding value to your property with superb quality architectural metalwork handcrafted by JB Wrought Iron in Sydney, New South Wales.
© 2017 John Bransby Wrought Iron | Wrought Iron Services Sydney | Wrought Iron & Stainless Steel Balustrades, Railings, Handrails | Sydney Wrought Iron Security Doors | Crimsteel Security Doors | Wrought Iron & Stainless Steel Doors and Fences, Driveway Gates, Pedestrian Gates, Garden Gates Sydney | Heritage Restoration Work Sydney | Stainless Steel Work Sydney | Design & Project Management, Sydney, NSW
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Why Specified and Detailed Drawings

are Essential for Quoting

30th Jan 2018 John Bransby We are frequently asked by builders, home owners and even architects to provide a quote on the basis of drawings that are preliminary or concept quality only. Quite often these are Development Application (DA) drawings that are provided to Councils in the DA process. They are next to useless when sourcing quotes because they don’t provide any details of what is required. They may have notes that describe a set of gates as ‘metal gates’ or something equally meaningless. It’s a bit like ringing around car dealers and asking for a quote on a 4 door sedan. Without details, it’s impossible to get a meaningful quote. It’s the same with images taken from the internet. Apart from the fact that it could be violating copyright by copying the design, there is no detail on which to base a quote. We never quote on drawings without details and specifications and instead direct clients to our design and quoting process BROCHURE Our thorough design process can save clients a fortune by avoiding work of low quality that either corrodes in a few years or doesn’t function as intended. While designing costs a relatively small amount at the outset, it can save a lot of money by making sure the metalwork is fit for the purpose and fit for the environment. It also virtually ensures that the new metalwork will add value to the property. Badly designed and specified metalwork detracts from a property and therefore devalues it. The devaluing effect is the most expensive part of a job if it happens. Our design and quoting process is second to none and in fact architects often engage us to do detailing and specifying for the clients because it is such a specialised field.

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Victorian Terrace Balustrades. Meeting

Australian Standard 1170.1

4th Dec 2018 John Bransby Victorian terraces are common in many inner suburbs of Sydney such as Paddington, North Sydney and Balmain. Originally they had cast iron lace balustrades around 800 to 900mm height. These days the building code (BCA) requires 1.0M minimum height for balustrades, so using replicas of the original casting to replace damaged or badly corroded original work can be problematic. We have developed systems to deal with this but one often overlooked aspect is compliance with Australian Standard 1170.1 The standard requires amongst other things, that a balustrade is able to withstand certain loadings or forces to be safe. Imagine if a group of people were having a party on the balcony and at some point a number of people were leaning on the balustrade. As has happened many times, the balustrade fails and people can be badly injured or killed if the fall was from a height. This is especially important on shared house rental properties where there is less awareness of the risk by tenants and the owners may have no knowledge of how a balcony is being used. From our observation, many off the shelf balustrade systems are not tested and are not compliant with the Australian Standard in regard to their ability to withstand loads. For this reason, we only use engineer certified balustrade systems and recommend clients make sure anyone quoting on new work provides that certification. Not only must the balustrade itself be compliant but it must be fixed to the walls or columns securely enough to withstand the code’s load requirements. Old terrace walls are notorious for being weak and crumbling, so in many cases, the standard brackets and fixings have no chance of being strong enough. It’s just another reason why we insist on only quoting from specified drawings. Many of our competitors seem to have no awareness of the need to comply with both the BCA and Australian Standard 1170.1 when doing cast lace balustrades on Victorian terraces. If comparing quotes, make sure certification and compliance is guaranteed.
Adding value to your home with superb quality architectural metalwork handcrafted by JB Wrought Iron in Sydney, New South Wales
© 2017 John Bransby Wrought Iron | Wrought Iron Services Sydney | Wrought Iron & Stainless Steel Balustrades, Railings, Handrails | Sydney Wrought Iron Security Doors | Crimsteel Security Doors | Wrought Iron & Stainless Steel Doors and Fences, Driveway Gates, Pedestrian Gates, Garden Gates Sydney | Heritage Restoration Work Sydney | Stainless Steel Work Sydney | Design & Project Management, Sydney, NSW
The word ’wrought’ is an archaic past tense form of the verb ‘to work’. As language changed, the word wrought was substituted for the word work. Wrought iron simply means ‘worked iron’.... and it’s beautiful!
Bespoke Architectural Metalwork
PH: 04 8181 5530   Bondi Junction, NSW 2022 | Lane Cove North, NSW 2066 | NSW Contractor Licence 300497C
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PH: 04 8181 5530  Bondi Junction, NSW 2022 | Lane Cove North, NSW 2066 | NSW Contractor Licence 300497C