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The Annex - Martin Fenlon Architecture

Once a crowded property with an aging bungalow and a commercial storefront, this live/work complex accommodates the architect’s growing family and practice.


LLI Design

LLI Design have recently completed a total refurbishment of a 3 storey Victorian townhouse on a leafy residential road in Highgate, a desirable residential area of North London.


Elfort Road House - Amos Goldreich Architecture

This project, a Victorian terraced house in Islington, comprises of a side and roof extension, as well as extensive internal refurbishment.


Hill House - Chetham Architecture Design

Hill House is situated in the small village of Brigsteer, on the edge of the Lake District National Park.

42-43 Centor

For the first ‘proper house’ they’ve ever owned together, Justin and Heather have set the bar high.


Express Bi-Folding Doors

A new study has today revealed that natural light is the key to homeowner happiness, with 70 per cent of Brits claiming it improves their mood and wellbeing all year round.


Limerick House - Solomon Troup Architects

Limerick House is a modest addition to an existing dwelling on a rural Victorian property. The new addition orientates the home towards the expansive country hillside views, providing a connection to its surrounds not evident in the existing dwelling.

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THE ANNEX Martin Fenlon Architecture Once a crowded property with an aging bungalow and a commercial storefront, this live/work complex accommodates the architect’s growing family and practice. The expansion to the recently remodeled bungalow includes a new family room, exterior courtyard and deck, an attic conversion and stair hall. The storefront building, with its several bootleg additions, previously took up half of the site, exceeding the allowable floor area for the property and leaving little open space. In order to make space for the new yard and the 620 square feet of additions to the house, over 600 square feet of the storefront was demolished. To keep costs down, the architect did all of the construction with the help of a two-man crew over the course of almost 5 years.

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After the initial bungalow remodel, the attic was converted to a habitable floor consisting of a new bedroom and den. In order to provide access to these new rooms, a compact stair hall was added to the side of the house which leaves a minimal footprint. The ascent up the new spiral staircase is flooded in natural light from the skylight above while connecting to the new exterior deck below. A spacious family room was added between the house and storefront, connecting the two and forming the new courtyard. The new roof deck, built atop the family room addition, is also accessed by the new stair hall. The family room and stair hall are clad in the same materials as the original house remodel; torched cedar, clear cedar and white plaster. The expansion transitions the original house to the new yard and existing storefront, making one integral with the other. It maintains a separate identity from the original house and storefront while obscuring the boundaries of inside and outside. Images: - 7

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Working in commercial, refurbishment sectors and social housing, Ecoplas has the capability to collect nationwide and reprocess old window frames that may otherwise go to landfill, converting them to reusable material which can be used as a raw material in the manufacture of new building products. With 26 years of recycling experience ECOPLAS is of the leading PVC-u recycling operations in the UK. We are at the forefront of both the collection of redundant material and pioneering new technology, offering one of the most advanced and innovative recycling processes in the UK. Preventing post consumer windows and doors going to landfill is not only environmentally beneficial but has a direct impact on project delivery and cost effectiveness. We save companies tens of thousands per year on landfill and skip charges. Under current government commitments landfill tax is set to continue to rise. By adopting and implementing sustainable practices companies can manage resources, build their environmental reputation and ultimately reduce costs. Ecoplas offer a regional collection service. We have a fleet of dedicated articulated and rigid HGV’s which are designed to meet supplier’s requirements ranging from 44 tonne to 7.5 tonne to collect post industrial and post consumer waste. With a network of sites strategically placed throughout the UK, waste is bulked up and transported to our state-of-the-art reprocessing plant. We are a registered waste carrier and each supplier is provided

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with the correct legal documentation ensuring they are fully compliant with the Environmental Protection (Duty of Care) Regulation 1991. Our systems provide evidence of full traceability of materials from collection at source through to the production process to delivery to the customer, so that suppliers can be sure that all of their waste is recycled to it’s full potential. Your dedicated Recycling Partner Whether you have a few contracts in one area or multiple contracts across the UK; we have a dedicated Green Team who are fully engaged in environmental performance, who will assist in ensuring that recycling of these waste streams is an integral part of your sustainability and objectives. Offering full advice and assistance to support contract pitches at early stages. Each company is assigned their own designated collection Co-ordinator and Account handler. In reality many organisations have little evidence to support their environmental efforts. Ecoplas offer a tailored support bundle to help your company through early stages of PQQ and tender applications. We can provide full traceability reports. Our ECO Standard Recycled Tonnage Certificates provide evidence of sustainability and environmental benefits when tendering for future work. Ecoplas has a vision for a better alignment in green strategic direction in order to deliver sustainable waste recycling solutions. Call our team on 0845 37 27 556 to discuss your project requirements.

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Restore and renew with Eurobrick There are many dilapidated buildings around the UK that just need a little care and attention to either restore them to their former glory or to give them a whole new lease of life. Eurobrick has been leading the brick slip cladding sector for nearly 30 years and has extensive experience of supplying redevelopment projects that aim to rejuvenate these older properties. X-Clad is an external wall insulation (EWI) brick slip cladding system that is suitable for both new build and retrofit projects and includes the option to add different thicknesses of insulation to help meet the U-Value targets of a project while maintaining a lightweight, slim profile. With a huge variety of brick slips available, and the flexibility to use alongside other finishes such as timber or render, any number of traditional or contemporary finishes can be achieved. The Cotton Exchange is a recent project that involved the sympathetic conversion of a redundant warehouse building into residential apartments. Situated in London, the old warehouse building was unattractive and falling into disrepair, as the ‘before’ photo from the architects, Hale Brown, shows. The redevelopment of the site transformed the existing building into thirty four 1 & 2 bed loft-style contemporary apartments. Eurobrick supplied a total 2400m² of X-Clad system for this project, which was installed by RDK Dry Lining Ltd to both the side and front elevations. This included around 1970m² of the 17mm insulated backer panels and 430m² of the 50mm insulated backer panels. The panels are lightweight, easy to handle and cut to size and were mechanically fixed directly to the existing walls.

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‘Before’ photo: courtesy of Hale Brown Architects. Three different colours of specially cut brick slips were used, including Ibstock Chelsea Old Funton, Ibstock Leicester weathered and Ibstock Bevern Dark Multi slips along with Eurobrick’s Standard grey and Light Sandstone Europoint mortars, which helped to create the overall distinctive multi-coloured finish.

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Victorian Townhouse Highgate, London LLI Design LLI Design have recently completed a total refurbishment of a 3 storey Victorian townhouse on a leafy residential road in Highgate, a desirable residential area of North London. The brief was to create a warm, comfortable home with modern touches. Although the house was in reasonable condition, the joinery and fittings throughout the house were dated, had been well used and looked tired. Many of the period features had been stripped out and those that remained had not been maximised. The house lacked character and personality although it benefited from “good bones”, nicely proportioned rooms, a delightful garden and a handsome exterior. LLI Design felt that more could be made of the period features, enhancing some and reinstating others to bring out more of the Victorian feel of the property as well as adding more contemporary elements to the scheme. LAYOUT The house comprised of c. 2500 sq ft/230 sqm spread out over 3 floors including a cellar and a lovely rear garden. The ground floor comprised of a generous hall leading to 2 connecting reception rooms and at the end of the hall an extended kitchen. There was a small WC and stairs down to the cellar. It was decided to leave the cellar as it was and use it for additional storage. The first floor is divided into 2 bedroom suites. The Master Suite; comprising of a good size principle bedroom with steps down to an ensuite and off the master bedroom, a small dressing room. A Nursery Suite was created at the front of the house comprising of a sizeable bedroom and an ensuite bathroom. On the half-landing up to the second floor was a children’s bedroom and on the top floor a family bathroom, guest bedroom and a generous study room. GROUND FLOOR—ENTRANCE HALLWAY Although the entrance hallway was a good size, it lacked character. To address this the stained glass in the fan-light window above the front door and side window was reinstated, in a bespoke design, bringing light, colour and texture into the hallway. The original tiled floor had long been removed so a period style crisp black and white tile with a border pattern was specified.

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This immediately visually increased the size and lightness of the hall area. Considering the overall size of the house almost no provision had been given to coat storage. So as not to compromise the size of the hall a small amount of space was nibbled out of the generous

dining room adjacent to the hall in order to create a cloaks cupboard. This created a small return in the dining room; so that this wasn’t visually intrusive in the dining room the coving, skirting and dado detail wrapped seamlessly around the new return. The new return had the added advantage of creating an alcove

for a sideboard, thus making the whole alteration seem natural. Nigel Tyas were commissioned to produce a dramatic copper and glass pendant light in the stairwell that hung from the top floor ceiling down to the ground floor, giving a visual connection and really creating a wow factor. Â - 13

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GROUND FLOOR—LIVING & DINING ROOM In the living and dining rooms new light greyed oak parquet floors and traditional white marble fireplaces were specified. Bespoke pale grey lacquer joinery was designed and installed either side of the fireplaces in both rooms, incorporating plenty of storage, with asymmetrical shelving which was lit with individual accent in joinery spotlights. At the side of one of the fireplaces a black steel log store was incorporated. Both the dining and living rooms had the original ornate plaster ceilings. However they had been painted white throughout and were visually lost. This feature was brought back by painting the plaster relief in close, but contrasting, tones of grey to emphasis the detail. - 15

GROUND FLOOR—KITCHEN The kitchen extension, although a good size, was rather dark, with a wall of folding sliding doors on one side at the back overlooking the garden. The architectural style was traditional and in keeping with the architecture of the house. The rear extension was enhanced by adopting a contemporary aesthetic, installing folding sliding doors in dark grey aluminium on 2 sides, which allowed in copious amounts of light and gave a real sense of connection with the garden. The existing kitchen was completely redesigned to suit the family. Creating a bespoke joinery kitchen in lacquer with walnut drawers and interiors. The styling was contemporary classic in soft colours with plenty of storage, including a generous larder and breakfast cupboard to house a kettle and toaster as well as a small wine fridge. Thus eliminating all clutter with everything being behind doors when not required. A Boston sink was specified along with a composite worktop and colour was added to the backsplash with ceramic deep blue tiles. Bespoke metal brackets were designed to suspend 3 glass pendant lights over the island below the glass skylight. FIRST FLOOR—MASTER SUITE—DRESSING ROOM The dressing room was redesigned with bespoke oak full height joinery units to make the most of the space.

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FIRST FLOOR—MASTER SUITE—MASTER BEDROOM The existing alcoves either side of the bed where stripped back and reinstated with lacquer interiors and a shadow gap detail around. Delicate downlights in the shelves added interest to the room. An accent ceiling light was added for dramatic effect. FIRST FLOOR—MASTER SUITE—MASTER ENSUITE The master ensuite, which overlooked the garden, was redesigned and fitted with a large double wall hung vanity unit, with elegant composite basins on a thick natural stone shelf with a lacquer vanity unit underneath, wall mounted taps and double mirrors above. A sculptural composite freestanding bath sits near the window. A large matt tile was

specified for the floor, steps and wall, with a contrast ceramic polished narrow rectangular tile for the shower enclosure. Dramatic lighting under the vanity unit and in the shower alcove added to the sense of well-being. FIRST FLOOR—NURSERY SUITE (BEDROOM 2) The Nursery suite was redesigned,with playful illustrated “cloud” Roman blinds and a colourful “watercolour dot” wallpaper. The ensuite bathroom was redesigned featuring a wall hung vanity unit with deck mounted basin and a bath with a shower over. SECOND FLOOR—BEDROOM 3 Bedroom 3, on the half-landing, was designed as a fun playful child’s bedroom featuring a playful illustrated fox Roman blind.

LIGHTING DESIGN To enhance the interiors a new lighting scheme was designed and specified including new fittings and garden lighting which added to the feeling of the garden and terrace being an additional “Outdoor room”. An intelligent Rako lighting system was installed in order to create moods, ambience and timed events internally and externally, controlled from wall mounted keypads and also by iPads/iPhones. As with the majority of LLI Design’s projects, the construction, joinery, home automation and landscaping were carried out by the teams from LLI Design’s vertically integrated sister companies —Pegasus Property & Pegasus Automation. - 17

ABOUT PEGASUS PROPERTY Pegasus Property are a high-end construction, development and bespoke joinery company specialising in prime residential projects. Pegasus Property are LLI Design’s sister company and share ownership, management, offices & technical staff with LLI Design. Pegasus Property’s unique vertical integration with LLI Design, together with their dedicated team of skilled craftsmen, site management, trusted specialist subcontractors & associate consultants, allows them to deliver seamlessly designed and executed projects with a single point of contact for their clients. About Pegasus Automation Pegasus Automation design, install, configure and maintain a wide range of home automation systems for private clients and developers. Pegasus Automation are the home automation and custom installation division of Pegasus Property—A bespoke construction company based in Highgate, North London. Working alongside Pegasus Property & LLI Design their unique vertical integration allows them to deliver seamless installations with a single point of contact for their client. 18 -

Schöck makes thermally efficient balcony retrofit a reality

The replacement of thermally inefficient balconies, or the retrofitting of balconies on both old housing stock and office-toresidential conversion is in demand. The challenge though is to meet the same thermal insulation standards as new build. One of the most effective solutions is the Schöck Isokorb. A load-bearing structural thermal break that allows cantilevered steel balconies to be connected to the reinforced concrete slab. With its 120mm insulation thickness, the Isokorb minimises thermal bridges at concrete-to-steel cantilever connections. It is a ready-to-install component and residents can remain in the building during external renovation, with no damage risk to internal finishes. Installation utilses a template Positional drill holes are marked with a template on the building face. Holes are then drilled into the concrete slab, adhesive injected and the load-bearing reinforcing rods slipped into position and anchored by means of the pre-injected adhesive. Structural screed is poured into a pocket between the Isokorb and the concrete slab, ensuring a perfect contact between the two structural elements. Once the screed has cured, the structure is ready for the new balcony to be connected. The Schöck design team is on hand to provide full technical support, as product selection for renovation is subject to certain restrictions and depends on specific project requirements and the building structure.

Dependable and verifiable performance The Isokorb range meets full compliance with the relevant UK building regulations and offers BBA Certification and LABC Registration. When incorporated into residential buildings, the required fRsi value (the temperature factor used to indicate condensation risk that must be equal to or greater than 0.75) is comfortably met. There is also full compliance with the Government Standard Assessment Procedure, SAP 2012, concerning CO2 emissions from buildings and respectively heat losses through non-repeating thermal bridges. In addition, the product is certified as an “Energy saving component” by the Passivhaus Institute in Darmstadt, Germany Currently one of the largest office-toresidentai schemes Atrium Point, at Sudbury, in North West London, was previously the London headquarters of the international contractor M.W Kellogg. The existing office buildings are being sustainably refurbished, with solar panels, air source pumps and heat recovery units. The development will realise a mix of 290 studio, one and two bedroom apartments – and many of the units benefit from a retrofitted cantilevered steel balcony. For a free copy of the Schöck Thermal Bridging Guide and / or the Thermal Bridging Solutions brochure – contact the company on 01865 290 890 or visit - 19

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MCS Corporate Strategies Ltd is a very specialist company working in Research and Development Tax Credits, Land Remediation Tax Relief and Patent Box claims. To support the growing use of cross-laminated timber (CLT) in the UK and Europe, leading connector manufacturer Simpson Strong-Tie has released an updated version of its ‘Connectors for CLT’ catalogue. Featuring a host of new products including heavy duty angle brackets, hold-down connectors and structural screws, this edition represents a complete set of solutions for the assembly of CLT buildings, as well as steel and chemical mortar products designed specifically to connect the entire structure to concrete. Sales Director, Jon Head explains: “We have drawn together a huge variety of products from across our European operations to produce a comprehensive range of performance tested connectors and fasteners to enable CLT constructions from floor to ceiling – the CLT designer need look nowhere else”. To further support the design and construction of CLT structures, Simpson Strong-Tie also has a team of engineers based at its manufacturing plant in Tamworth, offering technical support and assistance. The new brochure can be downloaded from the Simpson Strong-Tie UK website (

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Clothesmaid: The specifiers choice We are often chosen by architects and designers as part of refurbishment projects and offer bespoke sizes up to 3.5m long and in a choice of classic colours. Recently we supplied a bespoke bulk order to Brighton & Hove residents (of 2.4m Popular airers) as part of a council initiative, winning the contract in open competition. Clothesmaid’s high quality cast iron components are sourced from the West Midlands and our natural cotton and jute cords have been made in Lancashire for over 160 years. We only use best quality Grade 1 Scandinavian Pine laths which come from sustainable forests. Clothesmaid offer a choice of 5 classic colours and 4 or 6 lath ceiling airers with lengths from 900mm up to 3500mm. Easy to install, the attractive design for our clothes airers maximises the space in your home whether it’s a traditional country house or a city centre flat. Using the free residual heat in your ceiling void your clothes are aired and dried without the need of a tumble dryer. We assemble and finish all our products in our Needwood workshop. They’re made in the traditional way, with rope, pulleys, cast iron and wooden slats - we’ve taken great care sourcing our materials, so they’re built to last. Specify Clothesmaid for energy free, space saving clothes airers on your next project! We deliver worldwide.

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Elfort Road House Amos Goldreich Architecture This project, a Victorian terraced house in Islington, comprises of a side and roof extension, as well as extensive internal refurbishment. Featuring open-plan kitchen, dining and living areas on the ground and lower-ground floors, Elfort Road House has been transformed from dark and cluttered into light and spacious. Our clients, a young family of three, required a larger property with extensive space. The brief was to create a light, airy, familyfriendly environment: an abode featuring sophisticated simplicity, clever uses of space, an open-plan feel for entertaining, contemporary touches, yet with a respect for the original period style and featuring high-quality, timeless design. The spaces for eating, living and working are arranged over an open series of half-levels, exploiting volume and light. Removing the third bedroom at the first halflanding resulted in a study half the depth and a spacious double-height living room.

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This creates a visual connection between the dining room, kitchen, front living room and study. Energy efficient features, including LED lighting and new plumbing with underfloor heating in the kitchen and dining area, also add aesthetic uniformity and reduce clutter. All windows were replaced with doubleglazed, timber windows. The selection of materials was kept to a minimum so that the house would feel ‘streamlined’ and not too busy. This restriction was echoed in the choice of colour palette to enhance the space in terms of size and fluidity. Oak flooring was laid throughout, except in the bathroom and WC where we used patterned porcelain tiles. Plywood is used for all the bespoke joinery as it is a common material which can be used in different and extraordinary ways. It is relatively cheap, stable, flexible and very strong. We exposed the edges of the ply to add warmth to the design, while covering the faces with a scratch and heat-resistant, anti-bacterial nanotech material called Fenix NTM that can be used in both dry and wet areas. Due to these properties, it was also used to cover all kitchen surfaces.  Externally we used coated zinc on the side and roof extension as it blends well with the surrounding context, and for its physical properties. We chose a colour similar in tone to the neighbouring tiled roofs. Zinc has the ability to resist continued corrosion and its protective barrier provides longevity that protects a building’s exterior for years to come. Zinc is also a very environmentally friendly metal for a number of reasons. It is 100 percent recyclable and can be reused. The Clients: “The result has been spectacular: A home we look forward to returning to every day that perfectly complements the needs of our growing family. Every time we open the front door we will be reminded of the care and attention to detail Amos Goldreich Architecture meticulously designed into every corner of our home.” Photos: Rory Gardiner ( 26 -

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HEADS UP ON SOLUTION TO ACCESS SHARE OF £420M REVENUE Improving bathroom facilities is one of the top- and easiestmethods of opening business doors to a £420million spend. A new report into disability by the Papworth Trust claims that revenue figure is what disabled people spend each week. The report also lists the top 10 barriers to access outside the home: the list includes bathroom facilitieslayout, location and size.

Maxtop Quartz Surfaces Maxtop Quartz is a groundbreaking product that combines the beauty of natural stone with engineered enhancements to deliver a lightweight surface that is stronger than traditional stone and significantly easier to install. It is manufactured with a patented polypropylene interior honeycomb core which provides enhanced impact resistance, lightweight ergonomics and waterproof qualities. The innovative surface has the advantage of a 40mm depth, as well as an 8mm solid quartz edge to provide the perfect, uninterrupted finish to any kitchen.

While solid stone worktop solutions require around a 3-4 week wait to be ready to fit from the time of order, Maxtop Quartz surfaces are available for immediate sale and installation. The worktop is supplied from stock to site and can be fitted with the equipment used for laminate worktops, further simplifying the installation process. For more information visit the newly launched Maxtop website or call 0161 224 0333.


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Closomat is uniquely positioned to help address the problem. “Can you afford to exclude up to 20% of the population? That is how many people are registered disabled,” explains Robin Tuffley, Closomat marketing manger. “However, Regulations, particularly with regard to accessible toilet provision- were not developed and written by people with limitations. In reality, the

majority need more space- for the wheelchair, and/or a carer, additional equipment- such as a hoist or changing bench, particularly as mobility is now perhaps the biggest challenge facing disabled people. Closomat is Britain’s leading installer of assisted accessible away from home toilets, including hygiene rooms, Changing Places and Space to Change facilities. Closomat is also unique in, in-house, being able to offer a complete CDM compliant package, encompassing design advice, supply, install, commissioning and service/ maintenance.

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• demista The Innovator of Steam Free Mirrors • Proven with a faultless track record of over 26years • Universally accepted by Architects, Interior Designers and Specifiers as The Number 1 Mirror Defogger. • Internationally Approved • Simple to Fit • Low Energy Consumption • 100% Efficient and Maintenance Free • Various Sizes and Voltages • Bespoke to Order 10 • Year Warranty • Manufactured in the UK TM

Mendabath UK The UK’s leading Bath Resurfacing Company Mendabath UK is the leading bath repair and resurfacing specialist. We repair and resurface baths, basins and shower trays insitu, as well as cosmetically repair minor damage and cracks on all sanitary ware.

Manufactured in the UK

Simple to install Internationally Approved 10 Year Warranty



A division of Aztec (Europe) Ltd

Telford Road, Glenrothes, Fife KY7 4NX Tel: +44 (0) 1932 866600 • Fax: +44 (0) 1932 866688 Email: sales

A leading trade wet room supplier High quality products Next day delivery Fantastic customer service Huge range including -

Baths that are stained or damaged can be fully restored with no need to retile, re-decorate or re-plumb the bathroom. Mendabath UK’s services are perfect for busy hotels, getting revenue generating rooms back in service within 24 hours. Repair don’t replace! • Professional highly

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trained technicians Quick turnaround Non-intrusive process 48 colours to chose from Comprehensive guarantees on all services We have been operating across the UK for over 40 years with our uniquely in-house formulated products. Mendabath UK’s work is fully insured and hold a number of H&S accreditations.

From quote to aftercare, Mendabath UK delivers! For more information contact Mendabath UK on 0800 328 4324,

Bathrooms & Kitchens

Maxtop announces new factory and products Kitchen and bathroom surface specialist, Maxtop Quartz Ltd, is strengthening its manufacturing capabilities and product

offering with a brand new, state-of-the-art factory in China. Situated at Chouzhou, near Shanghai, the 28,000 sq ft facility boasts ultra-modern machinery and the space to increase manufacturing capacity by 900 per cent.

Maxtop Quartz launched to the UK market in 2014, offering a

unique alternative to natural stone – a patented polypropylene honeycomb interior topped with an 8mm layer of solid quartz. Lightweight, but with the aesthetics of a solid stone surface, the product will soon be manufactured using more modern,

automated processes, making it even stronger and quicker to

Contact us for your free brochure/price list

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MODE and MODE Bespoke by Vogue (UK) The UK’s largest British designer and manufacturer of premium radiators and towel warmers, Vogue (UK), proudly highlight diversity through its MODE Designer Radiator: available in standard and non-standard sizes with a host of supporting accessories. Steve Birch, Sales Director at Vogue (UK) says “Modern homeowners are looking to embrace period style heating that is modernised by a contemporary colour palette, the addition of retro accessories and the ability to design with multiple styles and sizes. Our MODE and MODE Bespoke Radiator range fits the bill, allowing for creative freedom and your own sense of personal style in your home.” A customisable design concept, Vogue (UK)’s MODE and MODE Bespoke is a highly flexible heating solution with the option of a rich colour palette. Available in standard and non-standard sizes, this radiator design allows for under-window and full height installation, or even an amalgamation of contrasting models/ colours/sizes for interior impact and all important ‘wow-factor’. Columns: To suit your space and heat output requirements we have a standard range of over 40 radiators. Additionally, non-standard options for MODE Bespoke are available for the 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 Column designs, as pictured. With heights from 300mm up to 2000mm, excluding feet: (standard height up to 1800mm) and 2 to 6 column widths the choice is exceptional. Offering a practical wall or floor mounted heating solution, the MODE Radiator Collection by Vogue (UK), is designed to work around you and your home, with a high capacity for heating your entire home.

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Photos: MODE and MODE Bespoke, Designer Radiator Collection by Vogue (UK)

Heights x Widths: - 300, 400, 500, 600, 750, 900, 1000, 1200, 1500, 1800, 2000 [mm] 2 Column - Depth 68mm - Watts / BTU’s: up to 1548/5282 (standard) 3 Column - Depth 100mm - Watts / BTU’s: up to 2117/7224 (standard) 4 Column - Depth 140mm - Watts / BTU’s: up to 2632/8981 (standard) 5 Column - Depth 177mm - Watts / BTU’s: as high as you need 6 Column - Depth 215mm - Watts / BTU’s: as high as you need. Accessories: Column Radiator Feet Adjustable Feet Base Plate Cover - For use with Adjustable Feet Top Retaining Stay – For use with Adjustable Feet Heavy Duty Wall Brackets - Available for 2 to 6 Column Radiators Standing Brackets - For installation to nonconforming wall materials, e.g. glass Welded Feet – increase height by 100mm Up to 20 sections = two feet required 21 to 40 sections = three feet required 41 to 58 sections = four feet required The MODE and MODE Bespoke Radiators are supplied in White RAL 9016, as standard, or you can choose from a broad spectrum of coloured finishes by Vogue (UK) like a bold Melon Yellow (RAL 1028) or more subtle shade like Pastel Green (RAL 6019). It is also available in a choice of contemporary painted finishes for 2 & 3 Column versions: Latte, Cappuccino, Mocha, Espresso, Black and Anthracite. Manufactured from Mild Steel, the MODE Radiators are part of the Designer Collection and supplied with a 15 year manufacturer’s guarantee.

For further information on Vogue (UK) or any of its latest product collections, please call 01902 387000, email info@vogueuk. or visit

Hill House, Brigsteer Chetham Architecture Design Location: Hill House is situated in the small village of Brigsteer, on the edge of the Lake District National Park. Although not listed, it is reputedly the oldest property in the village. It is built on a rocky outcrop, overlooking the Lyth Valley. Brief: The existing property had an attached barn, which was used as a Workshop/Store. The brief was to convert this outbuilding into habitable accommodation, accessed from the

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existing dwelling. The accommodation was to include a new Lounge at Ground Floor level, with an En-suite Bedroom above. Concept: The existing dwelling currently faces North/South. However, there are magnificent views over the Lyth Valley to the West. Consequently, the concept was to try and reorientate the building, so that the occupants could enjoy the views from within the new accommodation.

Design: The original design entailed raising the ridge of the barn in order to maximise headroom and facilitate access from the existing property at first floor level. However, this was rejected by the planners as they felt it would have an ‘overbearing’ effect on the properties below. Consequently, the new accommodation was designed to fit within the existing envelope of the outbuilding. Construction: The existing structure was retained as far as possible. However, the roof structure was not suitable for the conversion and had to be replaced. In addition, the gable-end of the barn and existing balcony were not structurally sound, and so had to be rebuilt. A glulam ridge beam supports the new roof. The beam is supported by a structural mullion at the gable end and is left exposed to form a feature. - 33

Materials: Due to the sensitive location and age of the property, materials were chosen to match the surroundings, with slate roof and stone walls. However, the opportunity was taken to incorporate large areas of glazing to increase the sense of light and space, and take advantage of the magnificent views. Sustainability: Using traditional local materials is a sustainable from of building, as they are readily available and do not have to be manufactured or transported long distances. The local labour force is also familiar with their use, which facilitates the build. The fabric of the new accommodation was insulated to exceed the current Building Regulations, with the walls designed to have a maximum U-value

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of 0.23W/m²K and the windows 1.2W/ m²K. Due to the size and position of the new windows, solar reflecting, self cleaning glass was specified. Due to its location, the property is dependant on oil central heating. Consequently, underfloor heating was incorporated into the new ground floor, in order to provide a more efficient use of energy. Also, a wood burning stove makes use of the ample supply of wood in the area and provides a more sustainable heat source in the Lounge Conclusion: This was a relatively small project, with a tight budget, however it illustrates what can be achieved, with a strong concept and careful design. The client can now enjoy all the beauty of this stunning location, from the comfort of his home. - 35

Action Wall Ties The Structural Repair Experts trust Action Wall Ties to provide budget conscious structural repair solutions.

From a single terraced house to vital infrastructure tunnels, from tower blocks to mansion houses; Action Wall Ties have the expertise you need.

• Large Panel System Reinforcement • Repairs • Concrete Frame Buildings Defect • Remediation • Helical Bed Joint Reinforcement • Lateral Restraints • Remedial Wall Ties • Masonry Realignment • Remedial Movement Joints • Boot Lintel Remediation • Lintel and Bay Window Realignment • Concrete and Brickwork Repairs • Design, Fabrication and Installation of Remedial Structural Steelwork

Structural defects require repairs that get to the root cause of the problem. Action Wall Ties have over 20 years’ experience of diagnosing and repairing all manner of structural faults. Traditional builders often provide superficial, cosmetic repairs without solving the underlying issue. At other times property owners have been faced with long and costly rebuilding works in an attempt to fix structural problems.

call them on 01227 721 255 for free, preliminary advice.

Action Wall Ties have developed specialist tools and fixings that restore structural integrity without the need to rebuild. Precision drilling equipment allows state of the art fixings to be installed without altering the appearance of the property.

Action Wall Ties’ care and attention to detail make them the perfect choice for listed buildings and period properties. With flexible teams that can manage anything from a single apartment to an entire estate of tower blocks, you know you will be in safe hands with Action Wall Ties.

Find out how Action Wall Ties can help you. Email photos of the structural defect to or

Architects, home owners, housing associations and councils across London, Kent and the South East have come to

For more details and to see case studies that showcase the wide variety of structural defects that Action Wall Ties can help with visit www.actionwallties. Contact Action Wall Ties for friendly advice and a no cost quotation. Call 01227 721 255 or email:

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The all-natural oil wood finish, seals, colours and protects in a Single Layer (Monocoat) application.

Rubio Monocoat Ideal for both interior and exterior applications (UV & Anti-fungal protection), the product range contains 0% Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC’s), which is completely non-toxic, and environmentally friendly. The oil finishes are easy to apply and require minimal maintenance, offering exceptional durability. Our comprehensive portfolio not only includes preparation and maintenance related products, but consists of over 40 colours for interiors, and 20 colours for exterior application. With the combination of an additional selection of waterbased pre-colour stains, customers can custom make their own unique colours (>1000 colour combinations) to suit their specific requirements. This unique attribute has earnt RMC the reputation of “The King of Colours”. Rubio Monocoat is supported by a professional and well- trained technical product and service team. We offer assistance to clients and projects where RMC product was specified, to ensure our product exceed expectations.

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The RMC oil, by its very nature, is a “forgiving” product, and our team has extensive experience in problem solving post-application if required. Application: The products are applied to any prepared timber surface with a single layer, which reveals and complements the natural grain and patina of the wood. Should additional protection be required, RMC supplies a top-coat varnish for high-traffic areas. The next generation unique Molecular Bonding Technology ensures a durable and affordable solution, with no-film forming, ideal for harsh weather conditions (Water & Heat resistant). This fast curing solution, ensures no overlaps can be formed, and colour consistency throughout. Due to this revolutionary technology, users can also easily maintain, or repair surfaces, without having to re-do the entire area. This ground-breaking and innovative bonding technology provides a very high spread rate of 50 m²/L, which makes it a highly

affordable product with only one layer (Monocoat) required. The single layer application also reduces labour costs. Rubio Monocoat is the first in the wood treatment sector globally, to be awarded the Eurofins Indoor Air Comfort Gold Label Certification With this label, we want to continue to give our customers the guarantee that our products are a safe choice when it comes to emissions, now and in the future. Eurofins Indoor Air Comfort Gold is a sign of Rubio Monocoat’s focus on quality and contribution to a healthy indoor environment. The label combines the most relevant emission specifications and requirements in Europe in one certification. Rubio Monocoat Oil, the first oil containing 0% volatile organic components and our oil has been a pioneer when it comes to environmentally friendly products.

RMC Oil Plus 2C • • • • • • • • •

Single layer application 55 standard interior colours Enhances the natural look and feel of the wood Easy to maintain and repair No overlaps or starting marks Average spread rate of 50 m² / litre Can be applied to all wood types Durable protection Ideal for all wooden surfaces

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HOW DO YOU USE TX 140® 2-in-1?

FILLING For glued coatings, firstly treat the joints.


FILL THE JOINTS • Fill the joints using a smoothing blade or trowel, applying the skimcoat vertically and then horizontally. • Leave to dry for 12 to 24 hours. • Sand to remove any excessive thickness.



FIRST FULL COAT • Apply skimcoat to the entire wall. • Leave to dry for 12 to 24 hours.


SECOND COAT • If necessary, apply a second, thinner coat of filler. • Sand lightly beforehand. • Leave to dry for 24 to 48 hours before painting.



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PAINTING • TX 140® 2-in-1 may be overcoated by all types of indoor and outdoor paint (except mineral paint). • Sand lightly beforehand.



French DTU: 59.1 French DTU: 59.4 French DTU: 42.1

+5°C +35°C HR ≤ 80%

STANDARDS APPLICATION CONDITIONS TheTOOLS TOUPRET tradePAINTING demonstration sessions usually take place at your decorators or build merchant premises. Here you can witness and try for yourselves any Toupret product bein featured that day. Attended by the TOUPRET technical / demonstration / sales teams, these occasions, PURPOSE RECOMMENDATIONS and precautions for use professional know-how a valuable mutual of information. Especially exchanging Exteriorare and interior ready toR use skimcoat source for filling, levelling F O A L L E X and smoothing, dedicated to large tiling jobs, suitable for manual T E R IO To get information on future demonstration events, contact our office who will35°C, direct you to R • Do not apply at temperatures below 5°C or above application. AND IN or at a hygrometry rate over 80%. TEteam. RIOR JOBS, of our technical field • Do not apply on very warm substrates or fully exposed to the sun.





• Do not cover directly with solvent-borne polyurethane or epoxy paints. • Do not apply on substrates in direct contact with liquid water (run-off, splash, etc.). • Apply only on vertical surfaces and ceilings.

TX 140 2-in-1 can be applied to all painted and unpainted substrates: • Tiles, ceramics, glass tiles • Polystyrene, cork Any question, any advice ? Expert customer service dedicated to answer your questions, • Plaster, gypsum plaster, plasterboard SURFACE PREPARATION • Old painted surfaces arrange site visits or to meet in your local merchant. • Any conventional surface preparation filler • Substrates shall be prepared as per current building regulations. Weaerated will always • Concrete, concrete respond to enquiries for technical information, building works specification • The surfaces must be hard, cohesive, clean and sound. • Cement, breeze blocks, brick, stone. products features, standards… • An untreated masonry substrate may be dampened before application. ®




TX 140® 2-in-1 may be overcoated by all types of indoor and outdoor paint (except mineral paint) and wall coverings (check with us).

NORMATIVE DOCUMENTS for reference purposes

Expert customer service. Get local based representatives dedicated to answer your question • EN 16566: Paints and varnishes. Fillers for internal and/or external Physical and technical works. meet you and give you their advice. FEATURES

TX 140 2-in-1: interior/exterior filler in paste form, made from calcium carbonate and selected resins. • Characterisation (NFT 36-005): Family IV-4b • Coding (EN 16-566): G3S2V1W2A0C0R0 • Application thickness: up to 4mm per coat • Consumption: approx. 1.6kg/m2/mm • Second coat: 12 to 24 hours • Overcoating: 24 to 48 hours on average (once completely dry) • Colour: cream off white • Skimcoat/substrate adhesion (EN 16566): > 0.8MPa ®

Use and storage


• Application tools: smoothing blade or trowel. • Cleaning of tools: with water. • Storage of the skimcoat: product guaranteed for 12 months UK LTD with original purchase receipt from TOUPRET the date of purchase, as evidence, its original sealed packaging and kept away CapitalinBusiness Centre from UNIT sub-zero58 temperatures and sunlight.

22 Carlton Road PACKAGING South Croydon CR2 0BS • 5kg and 15 kg tubs. UK Tel : 0208 916 2134 Fax : 0208 916 2136

• NFT 36-005: characterization of paint products. • DTU 59.1 (NFP 74-201): paintwork for buildings. • DTU 59.4 (NFP 74-204): application of wallpapers and wall coverings. ® • DTU 42.1 (NFP 84-404): reconditioning of building façades in use with polymer-based waterproofiscoatings. an all substrate

TX 140 2-in-1

HEALTH AND SAFETY skimcoat for filling, levelling and smoothing, dedicated to tiled and softer • Product safety data sheets available at substrates, exterior or interior. Information on the technical data sheet, and especially Excellent adhesion,flexibility the recommendations concerning the application and use of faith, and istobased on the TX 140® 2-in-1 , is provided in good and resistance dampness knowledge and experience of the company TOUPRET. The product andthe condensation, 140(r) must be applied in accordance with current tradeTX practices and in line with our recommendations. The information provided is 2en1 is ideal for façades, relevant for application at a temperature of 20°C, with a hygrometry rate of 50 % and on normally-absorbent The times are kitchen substrates. and bathroom provided for information only and depend on the substrate, the thickness of the coat appliedrenovation. and the ambient conditions. INDOOR AIR EMISSIONS*

Information about emissions of volatile substances into the indoor air, which may present a toxicity risk through inhalation, on a scale ranging from A+ (very low emissions) to C (high emissions).

Custom-Built for an Inside-Outside Connection Centor For the first ‘proper house’ they’ve ever owned together, Justin and Heather have set the bar high. They’ve created an exceptional home near Portland – and they couldn’t be happier with the outcome. The couple moved to Oregon to enjoy the lifestyle that it had to offer. “We love the slower pace and friendly feel here,” explains Justin, who previously lived in the area. “People in Portland have a very different quality of life and also a different view on life.” Justin and Heather loved the plot as soon as they saw it – surrounded by mature evergreen trees and adjacent to an area of woodland. They quickly realised its potential to fulfil their dream of a beautiful open space that helps them to feel connected with the natural world around them. The couple designed and built their home from the ground up, working closely with local firm Olsen Group Architects. “It’s a

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completely custom-designed house,” says Justin. “We walked into our first meeting with a 138-page Keynote presentation of design inspiration and things we like to see in a home. The large glazed doors were a big piece of that research.” Heather adds: “We spent months researching different doors. We do get a bit of rain here, and we saw a lot of doors that weren’t as robustly weatherproof as Centor Integrated Doors. And in our opinion, they just didn’t seem as well considered as the Centor doors from a design perspective. And that’s a big thing for us.” The couple had challenged their builder to meet an exacting list of requirements. They wanted doors with a screen, which ideally provides some shade; they wanted the doors to be fully open and operational; the doors also had to survive the rigours of the Pacific Northwest winter; and they also wanted a smooth transition between inside and outside floor levels. 

“It was a pretty tough brief, but Centor Integrated Doors delivered on all fronts,” says Justin. “They offer an easy, flush transition. The weatherproofing is great. They have the built-in screen and also a shade, so we didn’t have to compromise on an unsightly secondary system. And the doors open up the whole way.”  “The design of the doors was also important to us,” adds Heather. “Because of the height of the glass, we wanted to have slim frames and stiles for as few visual distractions as possible. We didn’t want our views to be divided in any way.” So the decision was made. And the couple are hugely pleased with the look and feel of their new home. “The insect screen is particularly great,” says Heather. “Some mornings, I’ll just open two panels of the door, slide the screen across and the whole house benefits from a free flow of fresh air. It’s not intrusive at all.

You see the light through it and it turns the room into a wonderful space.” The couple are also impressed by the design of the hardware on Centor Integrated Doors. “If it looks simple and works well, that’s typically down to good engineering on the inside,” says Justin. “We love the fact that the only hardware you can see on these doors is the door handle itself.” He adds: “Our doors are the perfect solution for all the requirements we had. Everything comes together in one simple, well-thoughtout package, which also looks great and performs really well on all fronts.” “I think we really accomplished what we wanted to do with this build,” says Heather. “We wanted open entertaining and true indoor-outdoor living. Bringing the outdoors in and being able to enjoy nature is a huge part of this house and the land around us.” - 43


A survey conducted with people with formal responsibility for fire safety in their organisations, were asked if they were fully aware of their legal obligations. Nearly half of those surveyed said they either did not know or admitted they were unclear. This worrying statistic reveals that despite the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order being introduced in 2005, many organisations and individuals who are deemed the Responsible Person under this legislation, do not follow the necessary procedures to produce a Fire Strategy for the building or buildings under their control. This has led to large fines being imposed, and in some cases, custodial sentences given to people falling foul of the law. Undertaking a Fire Safety Audit in a building can be a formidable task, when one considers the amount of potential fire hazards that might arise when attempting to put a strategy into place. Fire alarms, fire extinguishers, clear means of escape, sound fire compartmentation, are

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just a few topics that need to be addressed. One area that appears to be constantly overlooked is the condition and working function of fire resisting doors. This problem was recognised in 2012 by the Guild of Architectural Ironmongers, and the British Woodwork Federation, so they formed and launched the Fire Door Inspection Scheme. This scheme is the first of its type in Europe, with its initial aim to transform people’s knowledge about how and why fire doors work and the potential dangers of getting things wrong. The scheme has since progressed, and now has 40 Certificated Inspectors situated around the UK, who can carry out on- site inspections of doors in existing or new buildings. This is an essential part of any fire risk assessment. Certificated Inspectors carry out detailed inspections of each door and prepare written reports to assist and advise building owners and managers as to the condition

of the door. As part of this, they can also advise on remedial action that might need to taken.

ARE YOU A RESPONSIBLE PERSON AS DEFINED BY THE REGULATORY REFORM (FIRE SAFETY) ORDER? • The Fire Door Inspection Scheme can assist you in meeting your responsibilities • Europe’s First Fire Door Inspection Scheme • An initiative instigated by Guild of Architectural Ironmongers and the British Woodwork Federation • FDIS Certificated Inspectors carry out on-site inspections of installed fire doors in all building types • This is an essential part of any fire risk assessment and helps meet the requirements of the RRO (Fire Safety Order)

Contact you local FDIS Certificated Inspector 0844 801 1518

TOUCH IRONMONGERY LTD 210 Fulham Road, Chelsea London SW10 9PJ



stablished 1982, Touch Ironmongery is one of London’s leading ironmongers. Originally called “A Touch of Brass”, the firm changed their name in 2003 in reaction to slowly advancing market changes in architectural ironmongery which is no longer supplied solely in brass, and to also reflect the broader range of products and finishes that they sell. In fact today, Touch can supply a wide range of finishes including Brass, Satin Brass, Polished Chrome, Satin Chrome, Polished Nickel, Satin Nickel, Copper, Bronze -solid and plated, BMA, Antique Brass, Black, Pewter, Ceramic, Leather, Stainless Steel, Satin Stainless Steel, Gun Metal, and the list keeps growing. Whatever finish you require, Touch can help you get the right look. Touch occupy their recently refurbished showroom at 210 Fulham Road, Chelsea, where they display a vast range of their 5,000 products. With a customer base including Interior Designers, Builders and individuals who are

interested in the top end of the Ironmongery market, Touch mainly supply to residential premises but hotel and office properties also contribute to their vast clientele. The company also have a healthy export market to all corners of the world, namely the Middle East, Europe and the Americas. Touch’s owner and founder, Bill Benham, has 35 years’ experience in the ironmongery trade, as do his colleagues Jim Haselup and Saleem Qureshi. The range of products supplied by Touch date from circa 1640 French (Louise XIV) and cover all subsequent periods (Georgian, Edwardian & Victorian), art deco and contemporary pieces also make up the product ranges. In addition, Touch showcases the very best of British manufacturing; the best ranges are still produced in the Midlands by craftsmen in factories dating back 200 years or more. Touch also sell European manufactured goods which is considered to be of a very good quality and in recent years they have introduced

some of the far eastern made products, albeit in a limited range but cost effective. With trends continuously evolving, new innovative products are constantly under development. Touch understand that keeping up with the fashion-shifts is imperative in order to provide every customer with the best solution for their requirements. Ironmongery can be a difficult and complicated aspect of a building project, as a result Touch aim to take this awkward aspect and make it user friendly and clear to understand by offering an onsite service where they carry out a detailed door by door, window by window, room by room Ironmongery schedule, highlighting all requirements and identifying any items that can be refurbished. Refurbishment is a large part of the business; Touch will undertake complete ironmongery refurbishment projects, and can restore old paint covered door furniture to their former glory, looking as new, at a fraction of the cost to replace.

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210 Fulham road,

Chelsea London SW10 9PJ 0207 351 2255

Welcome to the retrofit revolution

Rising fuel bills are fast making insulation and secondary glazing essential for period properties. Mitchell & Dickinson has developed groundbreaking solutions and its director Mukti Mitchell tells the story of glazing one of the most beautiful estates in the UK


e’ve had significant experience of secondary glazing windows in period properties since we launched our unique CosyGlazing system seven years ago,’ says Mukti.

‘And while we’ve secondary glazed lots of domestic properties, an area for development has been working with listed buildings on private estates. We’re currently in the third year of insulating the entire village of Clovelly on the North Devon coast, with three years remaining. ‘The stunning listed village by the sea gets a battering from the elements in winter, and so the objectives of estate owner John Rous were to improve warmth and comfort

for tenants, reduce heating bills and raise the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) ratings to E or above. ‘John commissioned a number of test properties before proceeding with the insulation of the entire village of 114 homes. Due to the heritage of the village, we chose to start with measures that least affected the historic fabric of the buildings. ‘We focused initially on those that attract the highest level of grants under the ECO scheme, which were sloping ceiling insulation and loft installation. In the first phase we completed 50 properties with these two measures, complemented by draught proofing. In phase two we added an advanced secondary glazing system.’ Loft insulation is relatively straightforward, but key concerns are avoiding burst pipes

and condensation. 100mm or less of insulation allows warmth up from the house which stops pipes bursting, so when this is topped up to 300mm, loft temperatures can drop significantly. Therefore all pipes must be meticulously lagged, ensuring every single inch is covered and all joints must be taped. Many bedrooms in the village have either a small area of flat ceiling above the middle of the room and sloping ceilings going down from there to a low solid wall, or vaulted ceilings. The slopes have no more than a sheet of plasterboard between the room and the space between the rafters through which external temperature air flows up to the loft to keep the rafters and beams in good condition. 

‘Plasterboard offers almost no insulation so the sloping ceilings lose a lot of heat,’ says Mukti. ‘We decided that the best insulating technique for Clovelly was to screw 75mm PIR board onto the room side of the sloping ceilings, followed by plasterboard, and then re-plaster and paint.’ Around 30 per cent of heat loss in old properties is through draughts, so draught proofing is essential but old buildings need ventilation to avoid damp. The traditional Clovelly window design is unusual in having a removable bead that the hinged casements close against, just like a door stop. In properties with normal window frames and no stop bead, casements were removed and routed in a plastic pile-carrier on all four sides of the casement, into which an appropriatelysized concealed brush can be inserted. To reach E rating (39 points), some properties also require measures such as floor insulation above cellars, tank lagging where not already installed, blocking up unused fireplaces and a small amount of external wall insulation. ‘The programme to insulate Clovelly is still in progress,’ says Mukti, ‘and we’ve had very positive reports from residents so far. One tenant, who lives in a four-bedroom house, had all four types of insulation installed over a year ago and reported that her fuel bills had dropped by 50 per cent, from £2,400 per year to £1,200.’

Our award winning secondary glazing and insulation systems, created and installed by skilled craftsmen, mean you keep the period windows but lose the huge heating bills. Call us to discuss your particular requirements and to arrange a site visit and estimate.

 01237 429826   Mitchell & Dickinson, Studio K, Caddsdown Industrial Park, Bideford, EX39 3DX   

Doors, Windows & Fittings

When choosing Arden Windows’ timber solutions you aren’t just choosing a product, you are choosing a solution that will enhance the integrity and performance of your home for a lifetime. With our timber solutions having an estimated lifespan of over 60 years* and warranties up to 35 years, peace-of-mind comes as standard with all our products. Our team of experts can help guide you every step of the way; from planning drawings all the way through to delivery and installation, if required. We have invested over £3 million into new, advanced machinery for our factory and coupling that with having over 40 years of experience in the industry, our window and door not only meet the industry standards but go above and beyond. Our projects range from small unique houses through to large scale private developments and major local authority refurbishment programs.

Made To Measure Doors and windows

All of our products are engineered from FSC sustainably sourced engineered timber for stability and durability. Offering the widest product range in the UK we are confident we can provide you with the perfect view. •An extensive range of timber windows and doors made to any size and configuration •Matching range of Stratford doors now including bi-folding and sliding patio doors •Exceptional thermal characteristics •Triple glazing available with Ultra Low U-Values •Full Factory Finish using Water based coatings •ISO accredited state-of-the-art manufacturing facility •Complete installation service.

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The summer’s coolest grey Grey might not sound like the most appealing summer view, but – when it comes to the home improvement market – VEKA Group has unveiled a product to thoroughly brighten up your outlook. Hailed as ‘this summer’s coolest grey’, the Imagine Bi-Fold with VEKA’s new Grey Base (no more tiny glimpses of white anywhere) is designed to be foiled with the everpopular Anthracite Grey from the Variations colour collection. Supplied with matching Anthracite Grey hardware from ERA, it is bang on trend and offers fabricators and installers yet another selling point to seal more sales this summer. Sales Director Neil Evans explains: “The Imagine suite of doors is incredibly popular with our fabricators and installers, and now the Grey Base option – foiled both sides in Anthracite Grey – offers the look of aluminium, with the benefits of PVC-U. It will be priced exactly the same as standard profile, and is just a great ‘extra’ that might prove to be the tipping point for homeowners choosing which product they want to spend their hard-earned cash on. “VEKA’s Imagine Bi-Fold Door is already top of its game; offering style and substance, without compromise. It’s been designed to provide the ultimate in security, style and

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energy efficiency, and comes with a host of guarantees. This development is another example of VEKA’s ability to anticipate – and react to – trends in the current market. As Grey products began to grow in popularity, VEKA was already developing

ways to help customers capitalise on this opportunity.” VEKA plc 01282 716611

Control your roof windows with your voice for a healthier living environment New smart home solution VELUX ACTIVE with NETATMO compatible with Apple® HomeKit™ lets you control roof windows with your voice or at the touch of a button Homeowners can for the first time ever tell their roof windows to open or close for a better and healthier living environment. Global roof window leader VELUX and smart home company Netatmo launch VELUX ACTIVE with NETATMO, the first ‘plug-and-play’ smart home solution for remote sensor-based operation of roof windows, blinds and shutters. VELUX ACTIVE with NETATMO is the first smart roof window system that connects with Apple HomeKit, allowing homeowners to manage indoor climate control at home or remotely across all Apple devices, including iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV and HomePod. The system can be controlled using Siri®, Apple’s voicecontrolled intelligent assistant, or with the touch of a button on the Apple Home app. According to research we spend a staggering 90 per cent of our time indoors and often forget to ventilate our homes. But now if it’s too hot or too cold in your home, if the air starts to smell or it’s damp, the new smart home system from VELUX automatically airs out the room for you. “We are extremely excited to see how consumers will respond to our smart home innovation that makes it easy to have a comfortable and healthy home,” says Kent Holm, SVP, global product management, the VELUX Group. SENSOR-BASED AUTOMATIC OPERATION Built on the newest smart-sensor technology, the VELUX ACTIVE with NETATMO system, developed in partnership with the leading smart home company Netatmo, thinks and acts on your behalf. Smart indoor sensors monitor the temperature, humidity and CO2 concentration inside the home and activate a gateway to open or close the roof windows to improve the climate indoors. “Few are aware of the impact of indoor air on their health and wellbeing, but the air we breathe is just as important as the food we eat or the water we drink. An average adult breathes in around 15,000 litres of air every single day and spends up to 90 per cent of their time indoors. A healthy indoor climate goes way beyond simple convenience, which our new smart home solution ensures,” continued Holm. The smart home device is pre-programmed so that roof windows automatically open to let fresh air into your home when needed. The device also prevents homes from overheating by proactively closing shutters and awning blinds.

EFFORTLESS CONTROL GIVING YOU PEACE OF MIND IN YOUR POCKET VELUX ACTIVE with NETATMO works along with a control app for iOS and Android. Therefore, you can manage and monitor your windows with a few touches on your smartphone using the Apple Home app across all Apple devices and VELUX ACTIVE’s own app. “VELUX ACTIVE with NETATMO is the result of two stunning technologies: high standard VELUX windows and Netatmo’s know-how for creating simple and useful products and applications. By automating the opening, closing and shading of roof windows, we can make a big difference and improve indoor climate so users don’t have to worry about it. We created a smart sensor-based solution that is not only easy to use and reliable, but also beneficial for user’s wellbeing,” added Fred Potter, founder and CEO of Netatmo.  HEALTH AND WELLBEING ADDED TO SMART HOMES The market for smart home solutions which can connect electrical devices in your home to the internet is booming. Worldwide the smart home market is predicted to grow to around $53.45 billion by 2022 (Statista 2018). Smart home technologies enable you to control household appliances like refrigerators, freezers, washing machines, clothes driers, coffee makers and kettles through apps and automatic regulation. “Smart homes continue to be an important consumer trend and are expected to be mainstream within the next four years. By digitalising the operation of roof windows

to automatically improve your indoor climate, we’re adding a health and wellbeing dimension to the intelligent home and pushing innovation in this area to the next level,” continued Holm. Through the integration with Apple HomeKit, VELUX roof windows, blinds and shutters become part of the growing smart home product family that’s improving health, comfort and convenience in homes. - 51

Doors, Windows & Fittings

Getting a handle on great design Porta-Dors is the homeowners choice for quality, service and care Whether it's Distinction Composite Doors, Virtuoso Composite which look and feel like Aluminium, without the price tag or Hallmark full Aluminium door set, we have the lot right here, 44mm Composite Doors, 70mm Double Rebate, FD30 Fire Doors and much more, combined with the trusted Porta-Dors personal service.

the Anvil which you can purchase individually and Marine Graded Hardware from Blu Performance for those of you with coastal properties that will benefit from the Lifetime Guarantee available.

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GARADOR’S RETRACTABLE UP & OVER DOORS EASY TO AUTOMATE Delivering safety, security and years of trouble free service, Garador’s steel Up & Over garage doors have long been a top favourite across the UK. Unlike canopy Up & Over garage doors, retractable doors are designed so they are really easy to automate with an electric operator. Retractable gearing means the door panel opens on horizontal tracks running back into the garage. They can be easily automated by fitting a GaraMatic electric operator to the door so the homeowner can open their door by pressing a button on a hand transmitter. GaraMatic operators are expertly engineered to ensure fast and smooth opening and the hand transmitters incorporate bi-directional radio signals which are heavily encrypted for high security. A video explaining the advantages of Garador’s retractable Up and Over doors is available on Garador’s YouTube channel at garador or find out more by calling 01935 443700 or visit

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Nottingham-based ASH Door Furniture and Entrance Specialists have created exciting new ranges of door handle finishes, each customisable with a range of diameters, fixing centres and projection heights available.

Anodised finishes provide many benefits. There are no heavy materials used in the anodising process and they can be cleaned periodically with water and mild detergent to restore the product’s original lustre.

As well as a broad range of materials there’s an exciting range of finishes, such as Bronze powder coated, which provides the longevity of a polyester powder coat finish but with the attractive

Using an artificially aged process ASH can achieve a vintage finish, successfully used with original fittings and fixtures in historic and period buildings to match a similar finish.

metallic finish achieved through traditional anodised metal.

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Arden Windows Timber windows are being increasingly used while the volume of PVC continues to fall. This is because timber is sustainable, easily repaired and has a lower whole life cost than plastic windows. A recent independent study done for the Wood Window Alliance, said that engineered timber windows have a useful life in excess of 65 years. In comparison plastic windows have a useful life of less than 30 years. Modern engineered timber uses knot, and defect free, lengths of timber that are laminated together

to prevent warping and twisting. Arden’s high quality timber windows are factory finished with an etch primer, a midcoat and topcoat finish to our customers colour requirement whether it be a single colour throughout or, a different colour inside to the outside. Arden are also Secure By Design approved for higher security levels. Tel: 02476 632423 email:

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INSPIRATION, APPLICATION, SOLUTION! DRU gas fires are among the most advanced heating appliances in Europe, with a choice of over 50 models. There are many inspiring designs, including 2, 3-sided, see-through and freestanding fires.

Complete freedom of installation They require no chimney, and with the addition of the patented DRU PowerVent® extended flue system, they can be installed in the most unlikely locations.

Tablet or smartphone controls You can select your preferred flame picture, heat output and much more using the exclusive DRU Eco Wave app for tablets and smartphones. It all adds up to the UK’s most complete gas fire solution.

DRU is an approved CPD provider to architects and DRU fires have many design features that make them ideal for inclusion in architect-led projects.

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Heat pumps, making life easy and giving you back your FREEDOM Heat pumps are funny things. If you look at them closely, no matter what brand you buy no one offers you a plug and play solution. The genius of combi boilers is that you buy a box, you fix it to the wall, connect some pipework and they work. Everything is in the box. There is no pump sizing. There are no intricate settings or wiring. Its plug and play every day. The result is that these packaged units sell in their thousands. The price falls as volumes rise and as a knock-on effect they become more and more popular. It’s very much the difference between a kit car and one built in a factory. So why do heat pumps still come in a huge

pile of boxes to be assembled on site? We don’t really know! Sooooo, we have taken matters into our own hands. Here at Freedom HP we love a Samsung unit. Let’s face it we should. We introduced the UK to Samsung heat pumps. Our managing director has the oldest Samsung Monobloc in the World in his house. We wrote the book on the unit and have sold more of them than anyone else. With all of this said, the Samsung unit is like all the others; you must buy lots of accessories, pumps, valves, etc to get it to go. Our team spend our days on the phone and skype explaining to the poor engineers on site what goes where, how to wire it up and how to set the unit up so it works properly. So, a couple of years ago we introduced a Pre-wired, Pre-plumbed and Pre-set package. We worked very closely with our

manufacturing partner on the design and manufacture of this cylinder to ensure that all the loose parts were bolted onto the cylinder and it was all set up before it left our warehouse in Southampton. Now your plumber and electrician can install the outdoor unit outside, put the tank on the floor, connect the interconnecting pipework and wiring, flick the switch, and you are “cooking on gas” (refrigerant gas that is!). What’s the drawback? Well there is only one drawback; we don’t get to speak to as many installers on site as it’s so cheap and easy to install. If you want an easy installation and to regain your Freedom give us a call.

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Freedom are a distributor with a difference. Wholly owned and managed by engineers, for engineers. Our background gives us a unique understanding of your needs. We are an extension to your business and as such our success is built on y‍‍‍our success. Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed staff can really make a difference to the level of service you receive. We care, it’s what makes us different.

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Gaia’s underfloor heating can benefit everyone When specifying heating in domestic properties, underfloor heating (UFH) is increasingly seen as the system that offers the levels of energy efficiency and comfort required. In design terms, UFH provides the added benefit that, unlike radiators, it does not have an impact on interior aesthetics and layouts. This leaves just one perplexing issue; whether to opt for a wet (hydronic) system or an electric system. Both offer advantages and disadvantages. Wet UFH systems circulate water heated to around

45-50ºC through loops of pipe laid into the screed of solid floors or the joists of suspended timber floors. The low temperature of the water used makes these systems energy efficient and ideally suited to use with air or ground source heat pumps or district heating systems. Electric systems use a continuous cable, either laid within the screed or supplied as a mat which is laid above the subfloor. For further information, please contact Gaia on 01359 242 400 or visit

Vectaire Vectaire’s MVHRs – vertical and horizontal – are all low energy products with EC motors and ensure optimum ventilation and air quality together with low noise levels, running costs and excellent SFP ratings. They can now be commissioned via an LCD screen. The upright whole house heat recovery units – the Midis and the Maxis - offer the option of either an integral LCD or a remote LCD commissioning unit, whilst the in-line EVO250 and Mini can be commissioned using the remote unit.

Thus, the commissioning engineer can easily adjust detailed unit functions including, for example, the trickle, purge and boost speeds for each motor, the length of the boost speed over-run time, the time delay before the boost speed kicks in, holiday mode and night-time boost. These products are SAP PCDB Listed and manufactured in our own factory in the UK. Tel: 01494 522333 Fax: 01494 522337 Web:

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A new study has today revealed that natural light is the key to homeowner happiness, with 70 per cent of Brits claiming it improves their mood and wellbeing all year round. The survey of over 2,000* homeowners by aluminium glazing specialists Express Bi-folding Doors was conducted to find out the importance of natural light to potential homebuyers and homeowners across the UK. It reveals that 84 per cent value natural light greatly when buying their dream property, with homeowners in Edinburgh (91%) seeing it as being the most vital, closely followed by Liverpool and Bristol (both 89%). But what price would homebuyers pay to have the luxury of a home with good natural light? On average, Brits would pay £4,786 on top of their budget, with seven per cent willing to fork out an extra £15,000 - £20,000 above the asking price. - 59

Despite being the age group that places the least value (56%) on natural light, 25-34 year olds are willing to pay the most (£6,031) to have it in their home. Conversely, those aged 55+ deem it the most important (79%) but are only willing to fork out £3,313 extra when purchasing a new home – the lowest amount of all the age groups surveyed. Plymouth tops the following Top 10 list of UK cities willing to cough up more budget for a home with natural light, closely followed by Glasgow, Birmingham and Edinburgh: Plymouth - £7,522 Glasgow - £5,878 Birmingham - £5,506 Edinburgh - £5,498

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Leeds - £5,473 Newcastle - £5,397 Southampton - £5,027 Cardiff - £4,983 London - £4,786 Manchester - £4,674 The survey findings are backed by celebrity interior designer, Linda Barker, who commented: “Most of us crave natural light in our homes. A simple trick to cheat extra daylight into a room, is to position a mirror opposite a window as it will have the benefit of doubling the light effect. “A large window that opens-up onto a garden space serves to enhance our sense of wellbeing and can quite literally connect us to the natural world. There are scientific studies to show that looking out onto greenspace can improve our mental health. - 61

Sliding windows are my favourite window style and are most effective at connecting the inside with the outside, allowing light to flood a room and make us feel all the better for it.” When it comes to improving our mood all year round, 70 per cent believe natural light is the key to our happiness and wellbeing, with a further 12% relying on it in the dark winter months and 11% needing it in Spring-Summer. Behaviour expert Richard Daniel Curtis supports the findings from a psychological perspective, adding: “Exposure to increased sunlight has been shown to have a huge impact of wellbeing and particularly some mental health problems. During the winter, when daylight hours are reduced, the ability to feel the daylight indoors will brighten the mood and help to avoid the negative feelings associated with being inside with artificial lighting all of the time.” Steve Bromberg, General Manager for Express Bi-Folding Doors, who conducted the survey, added: “The greatest feature of natural light in the home is that it’s completely free! Its importance has always been difficult to measure, however our survey clearly highlights that homeowners view it as integral to their property, are willing to pay a premium for it and heavily rely on it to boost their mood and wellbeing.”

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Interiors & Interior Design

milford Contracts LTD As a national operator Milford Contracts Ltd offers full interior services and finishes to many established and emerging commercial businesses. We have access to over 60 highly experienced personnel dedicated to the successful provision of total fit-out solutions at the minimal disruption to your business. Established in 1987 Milford Contracts Ltd is experienced in providing complete interior solutions for all types of high-tech facilities and Major Construction projects. We work in partnership with our clients such as Kier Major Projects, MW Group, GSK and

high street names such as Boots, Muller, M&Co and VW. Milford Contracts Ltd can offer you a complete interior package for your facilities and buildings. We match our services to your requirements; from consultation, planning to construction. Our hardworking approach has earned us a reputation for producing high quality work, on time contract completion and finding innovative solutions for total client satisfaction. We are CHAS & Constructionline Accredited Tel: 01785 228802/07775 888664

We welcome Trade accounts and already work exclusively with some well known design practises in the UK, offering good trade rates. If you’re an Architect, Interior Designer or a Construction company and would like to open a trade account please contact us today.

With the famous spring clean season amongst us, professional decorator, JGDecorator was contracted to renovate and refresh a composite oak kitchen worktop and shelving area in a family home. Thanks to its hardwearing properties and aesthetically pleasing finish, Osmo UK Polyx®-Oil was the ideal choice to rejuvenate the high traffic surfaces. The kitchen has a classic countryside look to it, so the client requested a natural finish that wouldn’t distract from design of the room. Jonathan Graham, a partner in JGDecorator, recognised

that the traditional oil-based finish that Osmo supplies would meet these requirements, while also providing a durable and protective finish that is essential in the kitchen. “I was extremely happy with the finished project” comments Jonathan. “I knew Polyx®-Oil would provide a long lasting, hardwearing and natural appearance, perfect for the wellused kitchen surfaces.” For more information on the Osmo range of eco-friendly finishes, please visit Find JGDecorator on Twitter and Instagram- @JGDecorator

JS DECO bespoke furniture

A White Room A White Room have been supplying Contemporary Furniture & Lighting around the UK to both the contract and domestic markets for over 12 years. We specialise in the supply of Jesse Italian bedrooms and have the expertise to help with space planning and CAD visuals.


We have a passion for design and a focus on customer satisfaction and also supply some of the most sought after branded furniture in the world, either as one off pieces or for large projects. We also supply bedrooms and living furniture to domestic customers looking for one off bedroom pieces or complete solutions. Please call us on 01282 862626 for a friendly chat about your requirements or alternatively email us on Please also feel free to visit our website at

JS DECO is the business creation of Jacek Sobiś, a qualified expert in wood and furniture manufacturing. Since 1995, Jacek, driven by his passion for the art of making furniture, has steadily been perfecting his craftsmanship and technology.With a solid educational background and many years of hands-on experience behind his belt. Jacek strongly believes in the superiority of bespoke, tailormade furniture over their mass produced equivalents. While standard pieces limit your choices to what is available on the market, bespoke furniture is built to the

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Landscaping & External Works

A STRONG, EASY, AND FAST ALTERNATIVE TO CONCRETE OSMOUK Post Fix is a strong, easy-to-use, and fast-setting solution that allows users to fix a post in a matter of minutes. Whether you are installing garden posts or sports poles, OSMOUK Post Fix is the ideal product for those who are looking for a cost effective, lightweight alternative to concrete. OSMOUK Post Fix is a DIY product for use on small projects that require a quick and easy solution. With no complicated installation process and no need for any tools or fixings, everyone can use OSMOUK Post Fix. Applications include fences, garden lights,

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post boxes, signs, washing lines, and bird baths, as well as sports posts, such as basketball hoops and football, tennis, and volleyball nets. OSMOUK Post Fix has been specifically designed for use with wood, vinyl, PVC, steel, concrete, and metal posts. Filling the void between post and hole, this two-part component ensures the installed post is secure, providing high strength against impacts and shocks. For more information on OSMOUK Post Fix, visit www.easypostfix., email or call +44 (0) 1296 481 220.

Architects are being drawn to Composite Prime’s® HD Deck® and HD Fence ranges, utilising the latest composite technology to produce a long life, low maintenance, slip-resistant material which outperforms traditional treated timber. Highly attractive, it’s also environmentally friendly, containing FSC® 100% certified hardwood timber and recycled plastics. Composite deck boards, available in different colours, easily replace worn timber boards using the existing frame at 300mm joist centres.

HD Deck 150® offers a contemporary look, longer life and reduced maintenance over traditional timber. HD Deck Dual® uses the True Grain™ colour system to create the look and feel of traditional timber without annual maintenance and treating. Unique Dual sided colours allow decks to be laid with contrasting colours. Also among the naturally evolving range is extra-strong decking, HD Deck ® XS. Composite Prime®: 0113 426 2770

Bespoke design & build treehouses, playhouses and elevated platforms. Commercial & International commissions welcomed

Easigrass: the artificial grass company A multi award-winning brand, Easigrass designs, installs and supplies the highest quality artificial grass for the domestic and commercial sector. Pioneers in innovation and design, Easigrass also fashions the most unique and creative artificial grass and flora products for outdoor and indoor applications. As well as RHS Gold medalwinning lawns with state-ofthe-art yarn technology, the Easigrass brand has launched exclusive handcrafted landscape designs, including the Easi-Wall, Easi-Gazebee and Easi-Animal collection.

The Easigrass product range is independently means tested to comply with the highest of international industry standards. The brand’s national and international headquarters are based in Greater London, with a design studio in Surrey, and professionally trained installation teams situated UK-wide and across the globe. Telephone: 0800 488 0070 Email: Website:

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Limerick House Solomon Troup Architects  Limerick House is a modest addition to an existing dwelling on a rural Victorian property. The new addition orientates the home towards the expansive country hillside views, providing a connection to its surrounds not evident in the existing dwelling. The form of the addition was inspired by the dilapidated timber shearing sheds that inhabit the local area. These lean-to structures inspired the design of Limerick House, both in form and material. The exterior of the addition is clad entirely in spotted gum decking boards, stained black to enhance the resemblance the materiality of the dilapidated shearing sheds. The aging of the timber as it silvers off will further enhance this resemblance. Silvertop ash lining boards were used extensively internally to contrast the dark, timber clad exterior, and to encourage the traditional notion of a warm winter weekend cabin.

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The gabled form of the addition responds to the existing pitched roofs of the existing house. The new addition has the same dimensions and shape as the existing three railway cottages used to build the existing house, but is sloped on the eastern boundary to create a doorway, used to link the house to another existing house on the property. Set on a large plot of rural land, the existing house was insular and failed to respond to the expansive views of the surrounding landscape. The new addition sought to exploit these opportunities by increasing the dwellings connection with its surrounds. Two large steel doors serve in winter to frame the view of the undulating country hillside, whilst in summer they can be opened to allow the internal spaces to become an extension of the outdoor area. Images: Tatjana Plitt ( 68 -

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Your vision and site surveys An accurate site survey is the first step in planning an effective and sustainable solution. Our surveys take in to account, not only the physical environment, but how natural light affects your site and your goals for sustainability.

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Highlighting History with Photon Beard lighting Photon Beard is one of the UK’s oldest lighting manufacturers, whilst we are primarily used for film and TV broadcast in recent years we have supplied a number of historical conservation facilities including the V&A museum in the Clothworkers Centre and a National Trust restoration studio. Our Highlight range is an ideal light for conservation work as it offers a cool white light which limits the potential damage to delicate historical artefacts. Having a truly white light allows accurate replication of colours in artistic pieces and the soft focus design of the highlight removes over exposure ensuring an even plane of light to work with. Our customers find them a user friendly and affordable solution when industrial lighting fixtures are required. We offer both fluorescent and LED options for the highlight range designed to fit any space no matter how big or small. All photon Beard lights are designed and manufactured in the UK. We offer a full service from consultation to install and aftercare. We are always happy to visit your location and discuss personal requirements whilst demoing our lights in your work space. Visit www.photonbeard. com for more information.

STEP OUT OF THE SHADOWS Bespoke LED lighting solutions by JPR Lighting JPR Lighting offer bespoke LED lighting design and manufacture. Working with some of the best Architects and Designers in the industry from high end residential and hospitality to large scale commercial projects.

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Empire Stores Empire Stores is emblematic of Brooklyn’s transformation from lapsed industrial powerhouse into a growing creative sector. This award-winning mixed-use development reimagines a vacant, 19th century warehouse on the DUMBO waterfront as a contemporary creative workplace and community hub. The conversion of this 450,000sf complex provides Brooklyn’s burgeoning Tech Triangle with muchneeded office space, and brings retail, dining, public space, and exhibition galleries to the neighborhood. The campaign of

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adaptive re-use celebrates and preserves the building’s monumental presence on the waterfront, while improving circulation between DUMBO’s urban fabric and the 85acre Brooklyn Bridge Park. Architectural intervention transformed this massive building, once a barrier standing between the neighborhood and the park, into a public portal that reconnects the two zones. A passageway carved out of the masonry structure creates a pedestrian conduit between Water Street and the

waterfront. A four-story, open-air courtyard excavated from within the center of the building serves as an immersive public space for building tenants, community members, and park visitors. Glass curtain walls line the courtyard, blending the contemporary and the historic to make visible the building’s striations: shopping and a public food court at grade, galleries for the Brooklyn Historical Society on the second floor, and multiple floors of open office space above. - 77

By adapting the rooftop into a landscaped public terrace accessible from the courtyard, Brooklyn Bridge Park is extended into the building organically. This 7,000sf space that offers iconic views of the bridges and the Manhattan skyline augments the park’s recreational facilities with a restaurant and beer garden. The reanimated complex features 380,000sf of creative office space over five floors, including a two-story contemporary addition on the roof. Retail and restaurants constitute 70,000sf on the ground floor with 3,000sf of exhibition space on the second floor.

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Professional Landscaping Timbers Unilog Pro from M&M Timber has long been synonymous with versatility and longevity and has set the standard by which others follow.

H2O Swimming Pools Ltd has developed over 30 years of experience and has become a leading company in the south east. The company maintain, design and build swimming pools and install hot tubs, and are GasSafe and OFTEC registered as well as a member of SPATA and a Which? Trusted Trader.

Unilog Pro is ideal for: Earth retaining walls and palisading Border edging and pathways Ornate bridges and raised flower beds Playground amenity projects M&M Timber, Hunt House Sawmills, Clows Top, Nr Kidderminster, Worcestershire DY14 9HY T: 01299 832611 F: 01299 832536 E: Contact 01342 844555 or

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Whether you have an existing pool and equipment that needs repair and renovation or are looking to have a new pool built, they offer a choice of designs, heating, lighting, equipment, covers and surround paving so you can have a pool to suit your home, lifestyle and budget.

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Terrain Aeration has provided soil decompaction services at Hyde Park

Terrain Aeration has provided services to relieve compaction of soil at Hyde Park. The company used its Airforce Terralift and SuperScamper machines. The latter works in conjunction with a towed compressor is therefore a lighter machine producing less weight on the turf surface. The primary areas to be treated were north of the Bandstand, an area of 10,200 m2 with sycamores and elms, and the ash tree circle north of Serpentine Road, an area of 892 m2 Before work started it was necessary to radar scan for underground services and mark out the areas to be treated. The Terralift hammers a hollow probe one metre into the soil, releasing a blast of compressed air to fracture the compaction and injecting dried seaweed which will expand and contract with the moisture content in the ground. The probe is inserted in spacings of two metres on a grid pattern, to ensure the underground fracturing overlaps. The resulting holes are top-filled with Lytag, lightweight aggregate to provide a long-term aeration and ventilation shaft which will encourage air and water into the root zone. The result is a healthier soil structure, the compaction is relieved and a stronger root growth is promoted. This particularly applied in Hyde Park in the areas around the trees.Terrain Aeration have also treated the area around the Horse Chestnut group in Kensington Gardens to the east of Broadwalk and in Regents Park, the area beneath the canopies of the first and second line of trees between

Chester Road and Ready Money Fountain. An area of two thousand five hundred square metres beneath canopies of Norway maples at the southern end of Marylebone Green has also had the Terralift treatment. “We have used Terrain Aeration’s services for a number of years now,” says Ian Roger, Royal Parks’ Arboricultural Manager, “and their programme of decompaction of the soil beneath some of our most stressed trees will have long-term benefits, extending their viable lifespan, and ensuring their continued contribution to the amenity of the park and the environment.” Terrain Aeration | | 01449 673783 - 79

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Working with nature Sioo:x are leaders in wood protection using silicate technology. We provide a highly effective proven system to protect wood of all types. It gives long life and a beautiful natural surface with even colouration and is friendly to people and the environment. An example of a Sioo:x project is the larch house Lentran project in Scotland. Sioo Wood Protection AB

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BRITISH CEDAR SHINGLES & RIDGES CHARRED LARCH CLADDING CAPRICORN ECO TIMBER specialise in machining and supplying cladding, shingles, ridges, beams & decking in British grown sustainable, certified, naturally durable species including Western Red Cedar, Larch, Douglas Fir, English Oak & Tiga Wood Burnt Larch Cladding. We are one of the very few companies producing British Western Red Cedar Shingles & Ridges from native grown Cedar in the UK. Capricorn Eco Timber also keep large stocks of very rare Ancient English Bog Oak logs carbon dated and certified to 4300 years old.

If you are a Property Developer or Builder looking at Timber Frame structures for Houses and Apartments, or a family looking for their dream Self-build Home Target Timber Systems are here to help. We offer a professional service which includes fully certified design and engineering, supply and erect of factory insulated panels, engineered floor beams and floor deck, roof trusses and bracing along with full chain of custody certification.�

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RENOVATE LINOLEUM FLOORS PROBLEM Many old linoleum floors found in schools, hospitals, and residential care homes are irreparably dirty and slippery. Replacement is costly and impractical due to the 24/7 operations of many of these facilities. The current prevailing method is use of aggressive stripping chemicals. SOLUTION There is a better way! The patented DiamabrushTM By Malish Linoleum Renovation System provides these benefits:

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NE Fasteners Limited is a family owned company with over 30 years’ experience, primarily specialising in screws fixings & fasteners for the DIY, hardware, building, joinery and furniture manufacturing sectors. NE Fasteners prides itself with offering expertise, competitive prices from local and internationally sourced standard and bespoke products. More recently, Screwshop has evolved from its established sister company, NE Fasteners and has also proven a huge success with its online shop.

Situated in a 7,000sq warehouse in Cradley Heath in the West Midlands, we are able to provide a wide range of finishes, including zinc, electro brass, black chrome, satin chrome, bronze and nickel, and packaging options, ensuring that many buyers consider us to be a key and valued supplier. Screwshop has a trade counter which is open daily 8am-4.30pm. Have a look at our online shop, or give us a call on 0121 559 8866 with your enquiries and we will give you our best attention and prices at all times.

Have you got the right tools for the job? Broken the budget on high quality materials and looking for seamless transition into project completion? Don’t let substandard cutting, grinding and polishing tools get in the way of the vision of excellence you intended on your build. Abracs extensive range of abrasive consumables will never let you down. We only produce professional quality products for the professional user.

Clean cuts, even finishes & effortless assembly so that every project runs as smoothly as you originally intended. If you have ever blamed your tools for delaying a job you may need to think of a different excuse!

Call the Abracs team to get in touch with your nearest Abracs distributor.

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Timelessly beautiful facades

With the visual appeal of natural timber, simplicity of installation and resistance to rot, the Cedral range offers an attractive, low maintenance alternative to traditional weatherboard cladding materials. Request your free Cedral samples at: Marley Eternit Limited Lichfield Road | Branston | Burton-upon-Trent | DE14 3HD

Refurbishment & Restore Issue 11 2018  

Refurb & Restore magazine was founded by MH Media Global Ltd. Since its creation, the magazine has matured into one of the key publications...

Refurbishment & Restore Issue 11 2018  

Refurb & Restore magazine was founded by MH Media Global Ltd. Since its creation, the magazine has matured into one of the key publications...