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Home Extensions No Longer Simple Boxes

Gary Butler - Thursday, February 20, 2014
For years, if you wanted to extend your home, the only option was to add a box shaped structure to it. Houses had boxes built onto the side, back and, occasionally, the front to give more living space and add value. Today, though, it’s a different story. Adventurous homeowners have mo ..

Triple Glazing Set to Boom in 2014

Gary Butler - Thursday, February 20, 2014
When most homeowners carry out home improvements, one of the first things they do is replace the windows (and patio doors in some cases). UPVC units are pretty much standard now and come with energy-efficient double glazing. Windows and doors fitted with double glazing make houses more comfortab ..

Advantages of Double Glazing Your Home

Gary Butler - Friday, January 31, 2014
Surprisingly, not all homes in the UK have double glazing. Older properties, in particular, still have single glazing as do a lot of listed buildings. Most houses and flats are suitable for double glazing and fitting it gives your home many advantages over single glazing. Insulation i ..

Know Your Rights When Buying a New Kitchen

Gary Butler - Friday, January 31, 2014
One of the most common reasons we build extensions for our clients for is to put a new kitchen in. And while the majority of new kitchens are installed without any problems, it’s worth understanding your rights in case anything goes wrong during the fit. A new kitchen is a very  ..

More Bricks to be produced as Demand Increases

Gary Butler - Monday, November 18, 2013
As the housing market continues to show signs of recovery, the country’s brick makers are set to increase their output by 10% before the end of 2013. A new report by the Modern Masonry Alliance revealed that the increase is necessary to meet the demand in new house building, partly fu ..

Create a wall of natural light with bi-fold doors

Gary Butler - Monday, November 11, 2013
The long, hazy days of summer may be a thing of the past as we head into autumn but it’s still possible to flood your home with natural light, particularly in the kitchen or dining room by installing glass bi-fold doors. Glass bi-fold doors transform your home as they add natural ligh ..

What CE Marking means to you

Gary Butler - Monday, October 28, 2013
You might not be aware that a new regulation came into force on 1st July this that affects any new windows and doors you buy in the future. As of this date, anything that has to be “installed” in the home is now governed by European law and windows and doors of all materials fall und ..

Extending a better option for homeowners than moving

Gary Butler - Monday, October 28, 2013
If, like many of the nation’s homeowners, you’re think of moving house to a bigger model for more space; you might be better off staying put and extending your current home. Planning regulations have been relaxed by the current government meaning you can get a single-storey exte ..

More relaxed approach to planning is good news for those wanting to extend

Gary Butler - Tuesday, October 15, 2013
The government has brought in a host of changes over the last 12-months in relation to planning, most of which are good news for homeowners looking to extend their properties. Under the relaxation of the current planning rules, which will be in place for around 3-years, homeowners can now add la ..

Britain’s changing climate shows need for performance glass

Gary Butler - Tuesday, October 15, 2013
In Britain, we have a climate of extremes. In winter, temperatures plunge to minus figures and we get snow and ice on the ground, while this summer in particular, we’ve had temperatures soaring to almost unbearable levels. And for anyone with a conservatory or orangery, these variable weat ..