Autumnal window boxes

Dahlia

Your summer window box displays may still be in bloom, but with autumn isn’t far away. Now is the perfect time to start planning for your autumn window boxes. It’s a beautiful time of the year; so why not create your own autumn themed window boxes and capture the spirit of the season. What to […]

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The window tax of old England

Old house

The “window tax” was a property tax, originally introduced in 1696, during the reign of King William III. During the 18th and 19th centuries it was enforced in England, Ireland and Scotland, as well as in France. Profit and debt During the late 17th century, income tax was opposed by many since it would necessitate […]

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Glass artistry

Glass blowing

Glass has been used in art for centuries, and is more popular today than ever. Glass has traditionally been used extensively in jewellery, fine glassware, and elaborate, stained glass window designs. Origins Glass can form naturally, known as obsidian (or volcanic glass). It was used for making weapons, such as spear heads, as well as […]

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Choosing furniture for your conservatory

Conservatory furniture

As Ideal Home says, “A conservatory is a lovely way to add space to your home. It’s a room designed for pleasure, where you can make the most of the early morning sun or draw down the conservatory blinds at night to listen to the rain from a cosy armchair.” To make the most of […]

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Refurbish or replace my conservatory

Replace or refurbish

Deciding whether to replace or refurbish an existing conservatory isn’t always easy. Aside from the financial considerations, you also need to think about what’s best for the value of your property and the usability of your home. To help you make the right decision, we’ve put together a list of the most important things to […]

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Guttering replacement guide

Guttering in the rain

Gutters are an essential part of any property; helping to get water away from our walls and windows as quickly as possible, gutters prevent rain from damaging our homes and causing serious problems in our properties. However, as Home Advice Guide says, “Unfortunately, gutters are often neglected and sometimes many seasons pass before we remember […]

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