News & blog

External view of white four part patio door
Blog, Doors

Time to open up your garden

Over the past two years, we have all begun to appreciate the value of our home and gardens. Our homes have become our sanctuaries and our gardens the place to escape to, relax in and enjoy the restorative powers of the outdoors.

Bespoke stained glass uPVC front door. Sun shining though the door into the hallway
Blog, Doors, Windows

Stunning window and door designs handcrafted by CR Smith

Given a blank canvass, how would you design your front door? How do you create the perfect entrance: one that has gorgeous kerb appeal, a warm welcome and brightens up your hallway?

White casement bay window with royal oak sills and surrounds in a living room
Blog, Windows

What makes one window different from another?

What distinguishes good quality windows from the rest can often come down to the finer details and the choices customers have to style a window to suit their individual tastes and home.

CR Smith apprentices on a construction site
Apprenticeship, News

Celebrating Scottish Apprenticeship Week

CR Smith has long been committed to training new joiners, supporting apprentices of all ages, as standards of workmanship are extremely important. CR Smith has been fitting replacement windows, doors and extending homes for almost 50 years.

After photo. External view of home with white casement windows and tilt and turn windows
Blog, Windows

Why replace timber framed windows with PVCu windows?

The authentic looks and minimal maintenance of the Lorimer range of windows and doors has meant that CR Smith customers have been delighted to make the switch to PVCu from timber.


Fire and smoke alarms. What are the new rules?

New legislation is due to take effect from 1 February 2022, requiring all homes in Scotland to meet certain requirements regarding smoke, heat and carbon monoxide alarms. Each homeowner has a legal obligation to comply with the legislation.

Blog, Windows

Kilted Yoga star matches strength & balance of Lorimer windows

Finlay Wilson, Scotland’s Kilted Yoga star, has been invited to check out the latest product range from CR Smith, matching his phenomenal balance and strength with the latest design and build of the firm’s exclusive Lorimer windows.

Apprenticeship, News

CR Smith & Fife College create fast track trade programme

CR Smith and Fife College have joined forces to create a brand new, fast-track training scheme for would-be joiners to help address the growing demand for trade skills.

Internal view of Lorimer open plan sunroom with fully vaulted ceiling and large sliding patio doors out to the garden
Blog, Living Spaces

After lockdown: demand for home extensions on the rise

We’re seeing growing interest from customers looking to extend their homes, with enquiry levels for sunrooms and orangeries up 22% over last year.

Before and after image of a misted glazed unit in a patio door
Blog, FIX from CR Smith

Condensation causes and solutions – FIX from CR Smith

Condensation on windows, along with the damage that can be caused, is a problem that can occur to any kind of building or home. It can occur on the inside, outside or between the…

Gerard Eadie CBE photographed in a Lorimer Orangerie in the CR Smith show complex
Hand Picked, News

Coronavirus: When do we talk about school and college leaver prospects? By Gerard Eadie, CBE

Everyone has suffered as a result of the outbreak of Covid-19 making it difficult to single out any one section of society as more deserving of our attention than another….

Ruairi Gallagher photographed with Robert Wood at the FES Hand picked academy
Hand Picked

Boosting school leavers apprenticeship chance – Hand Picked