Cirencester is building up its list of DIY stores
By Ciren_jill | Friday, September 23, 2011, 20:49
There was much excitement in our household recently. Not the circus or the fair (althought they would probably do it too) but the arrival in Cirencester of a over-the-counter Screwfix outlet was a cue for much celebration for the man of the house, for whom the famous Screwfix catalogue is really only a taster for the store.
Cirencester Screwfix store, which opened recently
It may be little more than a counter and a helpful assistant, but Screwfix Cirencester does seem to have all sorts of useful bits and pieces (and heated towel rails, which I've been looking at for a while). Well worth a look through the catalogue armed with a pen before you go.
For a small town, Cirencester is fortunate to have plenty of options when it comes to DIY and trade stores. One that most have called in on at some point or other is Gardiners, or Gardiner Haskins as it's better know these days. It sells everything from gas fires to garden chairs, paint to patio cleaners, as well as home furnishings, floor coverings, fabrics and homeware. Unlike some of the homestores in Cirencester, Gardiner Haskins is open on a Sunday and is a good place to start.
If you are on the look out for something more niche or a bit different for your doors and windows, CHS architectural ironmongery is a real treasure trove of hinges, hooks, ironwork, escutcheons, curtain poles and chains, among other strange and unusual items for doors and windows inside and outside. Although they are very well stocked, you can also browse their catalogue online.
For all the electrical boys' toy and other hand tools, there is R & R Tools and Fixings on the Love Lane Estate. They have nail guns, drills, wood machine tools, garden tools as well as saw blads and safety equipment, with makes including Makita, Dewalt, Ryobi and Hitachi, all aimed at the professional as well as those working on their homes.
If it's building supplies and other DIY items that are needed, Cirencester's Love Lane Estate has plenty of choice, particulary on a weekday as Saturday is usually a half day. Outlets include Howdens, which has a great selection of kitchen units and doors; Travis Perkins, for general supplies and Buildbase for a broad source of building