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.
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Townhouses were historically known to be home to wealthy people living in cities. Most Townhouses were designed and built a few centuries ago and are now becoming very popular with designers and architects who look to jig them up with a redesign, turning them into a more contemporary property.
A prime example of this is a refurbishment of a London townhouse, which was bought by an interior designer and a CEO of a media company. The five story townhouse hadn’t been updated since the early 80s, but it was apparent this was going to change when the two creative...
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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,...
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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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Home repairs can become costly very quickly, especially when you are looking to update your windows in a period property. However investing in quality, authentic sash windows will save you money in the long term.
Photo: Studiodare Architects Ltd
What is a period...
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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Even though box sash windows are usually from buildings or houses built in the 18th or 19th century, there is no truth to the perception that they are not replaceable or salvageable. In fact, they can be salvaged intact and restored in excellent condition to give your period house a complete look for a long time. You only need to look for a window manufacturer with experience in dealing with sash window renovations.