Proud to Support The Woodland Trust4 comments
A charity that is close to our hearts, The Woodland Trust is a conservation charity which seeks to protect and manage the UK’s woodlands. Started by Kenneth Watkins OBE in 1972, the trust now owns over 80 woods in Scotland and an astounding 850 in England, covering 25,000 acres of land.
Surviving on donations from memberships, corporate sponsors and charitable trusts such as lottery funding as well as landfill tax, The Woodland Trust is always open to new donations. You can also sponsor the...
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Double Glazing Systems2 comments
I'm sure you've been plagued for years by cold callers offering you exclusive double glazing deals, or accosted by salesmen as you leave the supermarket with you weekly shop. It's become such an issue now, that when people think of double glazing, it's synonymous with pushy sales techniques and deals that quite frankly seem too good to be true.
Well, we want to change that perception. At Hugo Carter...
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Natural, sustainable construction materials2 comments
I’m truly passionate about sustainability. It’s at the core of our ethos at Hugo Carter, and something I try and champion in my every day life. I feel we have a duty to the planet to respect the resources we have, and in this modern age, we don’t really have an excuse for being ignorant of our effects on the climate and global environment.
Working with a great deal of construction companies, I’ve noticed that a lot of them will simply plum for the most cost effective options...
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If it is time to replace your old windows of yours, you’re probably deciding what type of window you’d like. Wood? uPVC? Something else? Whether you are in the market for prefabricated windows, or prefer bespoke windows, you need to keep in mind that it is advisable to make your choice keeping in mind the style of your home - period or modern. The replacement windows should match the overall design and feel of the structure of your property.
Your options for material include hardwood, softwood, aluminum and uPVC. But, if you want heavy-duty windows, you are better off choosing hardwood...
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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...
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Ethically Sourced Timber2 comments
Timber is the most commonly used building material that required the least amount of energy to produce. Requiring very little industrial expense in its cultivation, plantations will often do more to combat pollution and climate change than they will to add to it.
Renewable, recyclable and durable, forestry, and by proxy timber production, does a great deal to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and thus reduce our carbon footprint. One such way it...
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Acoustic Glass41 comments
As anyone living close to central London, a main road or an airport will tell you, noise pollution is a serious issue. It's been proven to cause hypertension and the sleep prevention it causes can spill out into your life as levels in concentration begin to dip. That aside it can be particularly annoying when you're trying to watch a film, or read a book as the honks of traffic and grumbling engines permeate the otherwise peaceful calm of your home.
Whilst it's one option to move to the woods, miles from any...
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In recent times we have seen a great deal of properties built to quite simply house us. High rises and housing estates that offer no individuality, but simply seek to place us all in concrete boxes – concentric circles of red brick buildings with the same concrete tiles that buzz around new towns, distinctly lacking in personality or beauty. Developers are always looking to capitalise upon any shred of land they can find, and if it wasn't for institutions to protect areas of historical interest, we would lose some truly fascinating sites in lieu...
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Small is the new spacious, in terms of city living that is. Brands such as Ikea have been preaching that lack of square footage is not a problem, and present plenty of furniture options to make the most of what little space you do have. Searching for “small space solutions” reveals numerous Pinterest boards full of elegant and sleek design ideas that would certainly allow for multi-functional living. But when a small area has how do you soundproof small spaces?
Soundproof folding doors are one option to partition rooms...