The fire regulations making Ultraframe Livinroof ultra-safe

Thankfully, conservatory fires in modern structures are incredibly rare. And all our own conservatories are built with safety firmly in mind. That’s not to say that you shouldn’t also give fire protection some thought when planning your home improvement. It’s important to know, for example, from the outset, how you will escape from your extension…

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Revealed: The big design trends for 2018

We’re barely a month into the New Year, so we know many people may be wondering about what interior design trends 2018 holds, as they think about how to make the most of their living space. We have a feeling these could be big in the months ahead: • Earthy, bold tones Think saffron, emerald…

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Making your conservatory look festive this Christmas

As you decorate your home for Christmas, it can be easy to forget the conservatory. Yet, at this time of year, when space is so often at a premium, you’ll particularly appreciate the extra room offered, making entertaining much more enjoyable and comfortable. (It could even provide somewhere for overnight guests to sleep.) So follow…

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Let there be light

December is, of course, the month of the shortest day of the year, and spring can seem a long way off, even if Christmas is here to cheer things up. Far from going into deep hibernation, however, there’s actually a lot you can do to bring light into your home, however gloomy the weather. Follow…

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Conservatory insulation ideas as winter approaches

It’s that time of year again when the clocks go back and the Strictly and X Factor seasons are in full swing – so it must be time to think about preparing your home for winter as the coldest months approach. Your conservatory shouldn’t be somewhere you neglect because it’s too icy – it should…

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Report urges fines for sellers offering draughty homes

A recent report from economic consultancy Frontier Economics has suggested that those who offer draughty properties for sale should face fines. The organisation claims that the funds raised from such penalties could support government home insulation schemes, and help some of Britain’s least wealthy homeowners. The study also urges a raft of incentives including tax…

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Why choose aluminium windows?

They were once available only in boring old grey – but aluminium windows have come a long way since the 1980s, and now come in a range of chic shades including black and charcoal. Indeed, such is their popularity that this metal is now highly fashionable and the material of choice for architects designing window…

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Choosing your home improvement firm

With summer on its way, more of us are starting to think about home improvements such as replacement windows, conservatories or orangeries. But with each of these projects representing a major investment, how do you ensure you get the best value for your money. How do you find an organisation you can trust? The answer…

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The power of three: Is triple glazing worth it?

When it comes to window energy efficiency, the pressure is on for homeowners to enhance performance, to the extent that double glazing is almost no longer enough. But can the extra expense of a third pane of glazing really be justified? The standard for energy performance comparisons is the U-value measurement, also used for roofs,…

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