There was a debate in our office last week about whether window sills (or window cills – but that’s another debate altogether) were indoors or outdoors. In the trade, most of us would know a window sill to be the sill of the window on the outside of a property. However, it turns out that many people call the internal part of a window ledge a window sill. These are commonly referred to as window boards.
This did get us to thinking though, and so we wanted to find some case studies of women in construction who work in joinery and specifically work on internal window sills.
We put a request out through our social media channels and had some fantastic examples brought to our attention of women in this industry. The first, Maggie who works part time for B and Q in East London and also runs her own part time woodwork and joinery business was particularly impressive. At the age of 56 she has taken her part time business from a hobby to turning over 6 figures a year and much of it comes in the way of bespoke furniture, skirting boards and window sills (boards).
Maggie stated “most people do tend to refer to window boards as window sills and it is an area of DIY that many people just don’t want to tackle. Bay windows in particular can be a little troublesome and it is something that we specialise in. We offer oak, pine and MDF boards and get them direct from the manufacturer unless the customer wishes to supply them.”
Maggie is just one example of women taking the construction and home refurbishment industry by the scruff of the neck. She attributes her success to working irregular hours and accepting niche jobs that bigger firms just don’t want to take on.
We had another response from Manchester based Vicky. She told us she spent years running the marketing and admin side of her husbands window fitting business and decided to set up a sister company that focused purely on window boards and skirting boards. She tweeted us and said “I realised that people were having these windows fitted which looked fantastic but their window boards were not up to scratch. I asked my husband to speak to his clients and gauge interest in having window sills fitted – a lot of them said yes so I started looking in to it more.
These are just two examples of women who have decided to focus on a niche joinery service and have made great strides with it. Of course, it doesn’t have to be a niche area to succeed but what these women have in common is a keen eye to spot an opportunity and a desire and hunger to follow that through by providing a top quality service.
If you have any examples of women who are excelling in joinery, carpentry or general construction we’d love to hear about them and feature them on our page. If so, get in touch using the contact form on our contact page and we will be in touch.
Edit: We had a lovely email from a double glazing company in Solihull who informed us that they have female joiners as part of their window installation team. She said that customers often comment on the skill and professionalism shown by the women and although she didn’t go on to say their customers thought the women did a better job we are pretty sure they are more than happy with the performance – keep up the good work and keep your stories coming.