Now I’m not one for watching lots of television shows, but I don’t mind an occasional episode of Grand Designs, particularly when the star of the show gets creative with glazing (call it professional interest!), and a recent interview with the show’s presenter, Kevin McCloud caught my eye.

The interiors guru was encouraging homeowners to be more environmentally friendly when updating their house, and his comments made a lot of sense: “We could all probably insulate our attics more, draught-proof our windows and doors, and maybe fit secondary or double glazing. Insulation may not seem sexy, but it’s much cheaper and delivers quicker cash and energy savings than solar panels or a heat-exchanging thermo-dynamic hybrid heat pump with go-faster stripes.” said McCloud.

It was music to my ears – I can’t tell you the number of people who will tell me about their latest home tech additions (integrated Sonos, heating control via a Smartphone, anyone?), but don’t think to invest in what McCloud describes as a, “fabric-first approach” to ensure their home’s energy efficiency is up to scratch.

He went on to urge homeowners to check out new glazing options, saying: “New glazing technologies fascinate me because the windows in our homes are effectively holes through which heat pours.”

Most of us enjoy looking out of our windows, so filling up the spaces isn’t really an option but new, well-installed high quality double gazing is one way to ensure the money you spend on keeping your home warm through winter isn’t wasted – and you don’t need to be a grand designer to realise that. So, if you’re already feeling the chill, give us a call and we’ll be happy to get things sorted.


It was a scorcher! We really can’t complain about the heat we’ve enjoyed this summer, and although we can hope that the fair weather heralds a good winter to follow, we are sure to experience some rain, wind and cooler climes in the months ahead.

Just as we dig out our winter coats, hats and gloves as the seasons turn, it makes sense to ensure that our homes are ready to brave the elements too. One thing I always suggest at the first fall of heavy rain or on gusty day is to head outside and check that your guttering is up to scratch. If not and there are signs of damp on your home’s fascia, it’s time to consider a repair or replacement to your roofline.

Similarly, a breezy day can often reveal some shocking draughts through windows or doors which, left unattended, can see your heating bills soar during winter. There are a wide range of options to suit all budgets, so whether you need a budget solution or are looking for timber-effect sash replacement windows for a period property, we can create a stylish solution.

It’s not just your home which may need weatherproofing for winter. Be sure to check that outhouses with flat roofs and garage doors are watertight and prepared for all that mother nature can throw at them.

If you would like a free, no-obligation quote to get your home in tip-top shape for the season ahead, give us a call – we’d love to help.


Conservatories of old have had a slightly chequered past – in the 70s, installations came in silver or white, and many did not have the best of glazing. But we’ve come a long way since and today’s conservatories and stylish orangeries are in a different, ‘premier’ league.

Classic or contemporary, minimalist frames with expanses of glass or traditional cottage-style panes, there’s a style to suit every home. And, unquestionably, a conservatory or orangery is a fantastic way to extend your home and improve the flow between indoor and outdoor living spaces. Whether the sun is shining or there’s a coastal breeze, it’s easy to bring the outdoors in or shut the doors, cozy up and enjoy the view instead.

However, whether you are looking to install a brand new extension or simply to refine what is already in place, there is much that can be done to improve a conservatory that is not performing at its best.

Firstly, today’s glass is far superior than that used decades ago and is specifically designed to keep us warmer in winter and cooler – by reflecting heat away – in summer. Energy efficient, an almost invisible coating will also stop harmful UV rays flooding your property, making a more pleasant environment to enjoy.

A new roof is another investment which can radically alter both the look and energy efficiency of your conservatory. A ‘Livin’ or warm roof combines both solid, insulated plasterboard along with skylights to make your conservatory a space to work, relax and entertain year-round. Screens are a modern day pre-requisite – whether it’s television, computers, hand-held or mobiles – and unlike the squinting experience of an all-glass conservatory, a hybrid roof can make the space feel more like an extra room or extension to your home.

There are also a wealth of options for a conservatory’s entrance – from traditional French doors to bi-folds which open to reveal a complete vista and remove the barrier between interior and outdoor, there are many ways to personalise and create a conservatory or orangery which mirrors your home’s character.

Retro style certainly has its place and we don’t mind some 70s tunes, but we definitely think your home should look its best and give you the most in terms of living space and energy efficiency. If you need some ideas, give us a call and we’ll help you bring things bang up-to-date.