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60+ Inventions that Have Changed Our Home & Lifestyle

Have you ever thought about how modern inventions have changed our home and lifestyle (usually) for the better? Or do you just take for granted how much easier creations from washing machines and microwaves through to mobile phones and MP3s have made our lives? Chances are it’s the latter – we use these items day-in-day-out but give little thought to how they landed in our hands or homes, or the difference they’re making to how we live. Below are 60+ inventions from the 1950s until the present day.  Not all of them are still in use today, but they’ve all

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What are Secured by Design Windows?

The last 10 years have seen window design has evolve significantly. If you’re looking to replace your home’s windows today you can rest assured that many products on the market are not only very energy efficient, but also very secure. A good quality window isn’t just glass in a frame – it’s a highly-engineered assemblage of components. A reputable home improvements company will offer this quality of window as standard. They will also have ensured their products meet British standards such as PAS 24: 2012 for “Enhanced security performance requirements for doorsets and windows in the UK”. What is Secured by Design? Secured by Design


Choosing External Doors to Maximise Space and Light

If you’re looking to maximise both space and light in your home you won’t go far wrong with bi-fold doors. Close them and a wall of glass will allow natural light to flood in. Open them and each individual leaf concertinas onto the next, creating a wide open space between your home and garden. How much space do bi-fold doors need? This is a key concern when considering having bi-fold doors installed. That’s because the space in which your doors will be installed will dictate the number of glass panes required. The maximum width available for a single set of bi-folding doors installed

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UPVC vs. Composite Doors

Not all external doors are created equally.  There are many differences, but arguably the most significant is the material or materials used to produce them. In the main, external doors are built either from wood, uPVC, or a composite of various materials. Let’s examine the respective merits and drawbacks of uPVC and composite doors.  After considering these, you’ll be a better position to choose a door that’s right for your home. uPVC doors Polyvinyl chloride is a flexible, lightweight plastic that you might find in certain sorts of figure-hugging items of clothing.  When it lacks a plasticising agent, however, it’s

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Which Conservatory Should You Choose?

A conservatory is a great investment for all homeowners, but how do you know which type of conservatory to choose? Conservatories add value to your home and boost their saleability. They also offer extra space whether you want another place to relax, a child’s playroom, or even a larger, brighter dining room. When choosing a new conservatory there are several things to consider, most importantly however, is the style and roof type. Lean-to conservatories boast a simple design that lends itself to smaller homes and bungalows (where there is limited space under the eaves). They also tend to be more

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How to Update an Old Conservatory

A modern conservatory benefits from a multitude of state-of-the-art manufacturing techniques. However many older conservatories are built to much lower standards than are adhered to today. This tends to mean that the room can easily become too hot or too cold and in turn, completely unusable. They’re also likely to be affected by condensation and in turn, damp, which not only makes the room even more uncomfortable, but posts a threat to the rest of the property. Thankfully it is possible to update a conservatory so it can be used all year round. One way to do this is to

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How Long Will a Conservatory Last?

A 2013 survey of British conservatories concluded that around 18% of homes in Britain have a little glass extension attached to them.  The popularity of the conservatory is perhaps unsurprising:  it can be constructed to create a whole new lifestyle space within your home with relatively little hassle and at a price which is very competitive when compared with a wholly brick-and-mortar extension.  What’s more, it’ll provide a great place to spend those summer afternoons, providing a means of enjoying the outdoors without having to endure cold breezes and creepy-crawlies that come along with it. But a conservatory represents a

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How to Keep Heat Inside Your Home

Statistically speaking January and February are the coldest months of the year in the UK, with temperatures, historically, reaching their lowest point between February 13th and February 20th. When it comes to keeping warm many of us will resort straight to cranking up the heat, which means increased energy consumption and higher fuel bills. Thankfully, there are other ways to keep your home warmer and more comfortable throughout the winter months. According to The Energy Saving Trust as much as 20 percent of a home’s heat is lost through its windows and doors. This means that by investing in energy-saving

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Carports Explained

A carport’s primary purpose is to provide protection for vehicles such as cars, motorbikes and caravans – but they actually have many more uses. They’re ideal for providing shade from the sun on a hot day or shelter from the rain so you can enjoy a barbecue whatever the weather. What does a carport consist of? Carports generally boast a roof supported on one side by columns or posts, and the side of the house on the other. They are typically made from uPVC, timber or metal. Powder coasted aluminium is a particularly great choice because it’s very low maintenance.


Do You Spend Enough *Quality* Time With Your Family?

Do you think you spend enough quality time with your family? And by that we mean real interactions – talking, having fun, and just generally enjoying each other’s company. Sitting in front of the TV while you play with your phone? That doesn’t count. So, do you? If you said “yes”, you’re not alone. We asked 500 UK adults and 500 US adults if they feel they spend enough quality time with their families. 55.8% of UK respondents and 66% of US respondents said they do. That might sound promising, but we’re not convinced. We did some digging into how

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