What is a Listed Building?3 comments
In the UK a listed building is one that has been placed on a register to protect it from wayward developments. This building is placed on the Statutory List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historical Interest, which means that any work likely to interfere with the structure or visage of the building, will need to be put through to the consideration of the planning system in order to discern what...
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A Brief History of Lead Glass1 comment
Though uncommon nowadays, owing to the fact that we’ve discovered that the chemical is poisonous, lead glass was once a common material used in the construction of many things from liquid vessels to windows throughout the ages. Empire to empire, lead glass was used in various forms for its decorative properties.
The inclusion of lead oxide in the manufacturing of glass has a tripartite effect on its production.
- First of all it raises the refractive index (RI), meaning that the resultant product basically produces a sparkling effect, as seen with Diamonds,...
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A Brief History of Stained Glass6 comments
Stained glass has a rich and colourful 1000 year history. Whilst many people may think of it as a bright and illustrious material that fills the hallowed halls of Churches with pretty pictures marking the life of Christ, this doesn't take into consideration the incredible amount of artistic and scientific craftsmanship that has to go into creating such pieces.
Stained glass is made in a variety of ways, though these predominantly fall into two categories:
-Glass that is died in production...
Planting Trees For Every Order3 comments
Sustainability is something that I personally care a great deal about. We are, as a species, extremely voracious in our consumption of the world’s spoils but, for the most part, are pretty reluctant to give back.
With global industries turning out millions upon millions of products, from kettles and keychains to chewing gum and chicken feed, we are consuming far more energy and natural resources than the planet can produce. Unless the dinosaurs were themselves running multinationals manufacturing toys for the young’uns, this is something...
English Countryside Cottages6 comments
If there’s one thing that the UK does better than anywhere else on the planet, it’s country cottages. Our rolling dales and stark countryside landscapes just wouldn’t be complete without the dotting of these tiny buildings throughout. They’re like seasoning; we have the salt of the white, more modern builds – and the cracked black pepper of older stone architecture.
Just a quick search in Google turns up a plethora of rentable properties in remote locations across the length and breadth of the UK. Many tourists, homegrown...
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uPVC – A Tragic Love Story10 comments
For years now I assume you, like me, have been plagued by cold calling double glazing salesmen trying to offload their products in order to earn themselves a commission. These people have no interest in the actual properties of the products they are selling, the effects they might be having upon the environment or the actual issues that may arise from placing uPVC windows in your property. Found implanted in most houses up and down the country, an alien visiting the planet would be forgiven for thinking that we are inexorably amorous with these white rectangles.
What is a Conservation Area?6 comments
The world is a beautiful place that sadly is being gradually ruined by industry. Throughout the last hundred or so years, and since the Industrial Revolution, we have been slowly burning all the available energy rich substances we can find and massacring ancient forestry in order to make way for plantations and farmlands. As global demand is ever increasing, we need to look towards a more sustainable future on this planet.
One such way we have of ensuring that we do not destroy the planet for the sake of a profit is by creating Read MoreCategory: Heritage
Water-based Paint On Exterior Timber5 comments
Timber products that face the outside world, i.e. windows and external doors, suffer the worst that the environment can offer. They have to be resilient to changes in temperature, weather conditions and infection. As such, it is very important to consider what products you use as an outer cover for your timber.
Externally exposed wooden window frames that are not protected with a finishing coat will weather badly inducing the timber's colour to fade, causing aesthetic damage, though the problems aren't just skin deep. Timber that...
Energy loss vs Energy saving5 comments
Whilst a major concern with old single glazed windows is that they simply let in too much noise, there is a shining problem with energy efficiency that they have also inherited. Often new double glazed, energy efficient windows, will offer a marked 30% increase in heat preservation compared to the old brand.
Poorly constructed, or often times simply old, doors and windows will let in drafts causing heat loss during...
Trend inspirations can come and go but if you’re lucky enough to get your hands on a period property, emphasising the original features with a contemporary design really brings a period property into its own.
The great thing about styling a period property is how original features can offset contemporary design by using style modern styles with heritage aspects to both compliment an older property and highlight your personal taste.Tags: Victorian