The perfect plants for window boxes

Plants in a window box

Whether it’s for work, family or the love of the hurly burly lifestyle, life in the confined spaces of the city is ideal for many people. The lack outside areas doesn’t mean that a love of plants has to be sacrificed, as a window box packed full of bright flowers and oxygen boosting plants can […]

Tags: ,
Read More

5 tips for maximising natural light

A photograph of a plant pot standing on a windowsill, lit by natural light. Out of the window the rest of the building is visible, as is a large playing field and fence.

Living in a home with an abundance of natural light has many benefits: it reduces eye strain, improves your sleeping, requires less electricity, and generally makes the place look and feel more aesthetically pleasing. While maximising natural light should be a strong consideration when designing a property, if you’re unfortunate enough to have moved into a […]

Tags: , ,
Read More

The world’s most spectacular cooled conservatory

Looking up inside the Gardens by the Bay

It would seem that it’s not just English conservatories such as Chatsworth and Crystal Palace that bring notoriety to its designers. The Gardens by the Bay in Singapore scooped a massive 16 awards including: The coveted RIBA Lubetkin Prize for best new International building The Landscape Institute Awards for Climate Change Adaptation World Building of […]

Tags: ,
Read More

The pros and cons of casement windows

Casement windows with a view behind

Like doors, windows come in a wide range of shapes, sizes and opening mechanisms and although casement windows have been losing favour with some people, there are still the diehard followers. Let’s take a look at the pros and cons and explain why they retain their popularity. Pros of casement windows Efficiency – after fixed-pane, […]

Tags: ,
Read More

Fun facts about doors: part 2

In our last post we talked about the Doors of Dublin, the world’s largest door and oldest doors. In this post we shall take a look at some other interesting and otherwise unknown facts about doors. Revolving doors Rumour has it that the revolving door was invented in a protest against chivalry! In the late […]

Tags: ,
Read More