Like-for-Like Window Replacement5 comments
Local Authorities are very strict on the ways in which you can enhance, or even repair properties in conversation areas. Requiring extensive planning permission, most buildings in these protected zones can get around the need for planning permission when they commission precise like-for-like replacement fittings when their windows are in need of repair, or upgrading.
Protected under Article 4, legislated in 1995, Local Authorities have the right to restrict you painting your house a different colour,...
Airport Expansion In The Heart Of London0 comments
The £344M expansion of London City Airport has been given the green light from Ministers, leading to residents growing increasingly distressed at the prospect of further noise pollution in a City where peace and quiet are a hard won luxury.
Flight paths leaving from densely populated Newham already cover large parts of North East and South London, and bring with them unwelcome levels of noise pollution. The risks these disturbances carry - including stress and weight problems - are well documented. Many residents living under flight paths feel that the noise is adversely affecting...
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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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Klemens Torggler's 'Evolution Door'9 comments
I like doors. Doors are cool. They help me get into rooms and buildings and stop the cold air and intruders from getting in. But then, that's mostly all they do. Sometimes I look at a door and wonder what it is that we can do with it. How can we innovate the design? How can we make it more interesting? How can a door become the talking point of a room?
Well, I need ask those questions no longer, as the Austrian Designer...
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A Simple Guide to Planning Permission4 comments
Planning permission for restorations or additions to your property can be a real pain for a lot of developers and can spell disaster for the hopes and aspirations for home owners who are looking to really make their house their own.
However, it needn't be such a huge nuisance and if you follow this simple guide to achieving planning permission in the UK, you will find yourself with one less headache.
When do you need...
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What Is Soundproofing?4 comments
Soundproofing is the practice of making your property resistant to the often annoying noise pollution that the city invariably offers every residence. There are a few things that you can do to soundproof your home - one of which we can help you with!
What Can Be Done To Soundproof A Property?
Rather simply, the first thing you can do is create more space between you and the noise source. Of course, relocating your property is practically paradoxical and there’s no way that you can increase the distance without selling your home...
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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...
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Carbon Footprint Reduction4 comments
It’s the fashionable thing to do nowadays, with many celebrities jumping on board the crusade to reduce our carbon footprints, and so slow the rapid progression towards global warming. The ironic thing being that many of these A-listers, who have been campaigning for lowering carbon emissions, will do so whilst travelling around the planet on their private jets.
Well that irony hasn’t been lost on us, and at Hugo Carter we are doing...
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Kew Gardens6 comments
Kew Gardens, the jewel of South West London, world renowned for its exotic collection of plants and horticulture, offers so much more than a simple day out. For years now they have been running courses educating students, scientists and laymen on the art of conservation, horticulture and botanics.
Available to both national and international students at Kew and Wakeworth, these courses demonstrate the just how integral the institution is. One of my personal favourites are the daily courses that they run for schools and young children. I think it’s incredibly...
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Location, schools, gardens, space, condition—all of these factors are potential deal breakers when it comes to selling a house. While most sellers are aware of the major factors that can sway a deal, there are many hidden factors that may cause potential buyers to back off.
Do noisy neighbours really put people off buying your house? Or do poor energy ratings turn people away more? We take a look at a recent Populus Survey conducted by Selling Up to see what issues do indeed turn buyers off or encouraged them to submit...
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