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Ashanti Darby

Creating an Eco-Friendly Home

With growing awareness of the environmental consequences of our actions, many of us are looking for ways to live more sustainably. As individuals, we are responsible for reducing our environmental impact. So, establishing an eco-friendly home, characterised by sustainability in structure and design, with energy-efficient...

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Innovation In Residential Design

When we look at the residential designs in UK, we often come across Victorian houses with similar aesthetics. But some of our clients often ask us, how do we make our house stand out from the rest? Well if you are one of them, I...

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Build Team’s Sustainability Agenda

Our Green Agenda One of the greatest challenges faced within the Construction industry is the environmental impact of our profession. Currently the construction sector contributes heavily to the climate crisis; with sources calculating that buildings are responsible for almost 40% of global energy-related carbon emissions: 28%...

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The Impact Of Architecture

good design are plenty; as proven by the positive impact of buildings such as Maggie Centres. With the potential to improve productivity, mood, social interaction, physical and mental health; designers must continue to work on behalf of the public to optimize our collective quality of...

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Smart homes

Smart homes are not only a luxury anymore, it is beginning to be the new normal, considering the kind of lifestyle we have now-a-days. If you are considering renovating your home, consider being ‘smart’ about it. Smart homes are a result of technological advances. It is...

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Accessorize your home with plants

esthetic appeal, indoor plants are beneficial in terms of removing toxins from air and purifying the air we breathe, and for our body and mind. They energise our mind and encourage deep sleep in some cases....

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Solar Panels/ PV Systems

Solar panels, also known as photovoltaics (PV) is form of a renewable energy. It capture sun’s energy and becomes energised, and converts it to electricity that we can use. A solar PV panel consists of many cells that are semi-conducting materials, which generate electricity when...

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Green Roof Types

Green roof or eco-roof is a layer of vegetation planted over a flat, or slightly inclined waterproofed roof. There are mainly three types of green roofs: Intensive, semi-intensive and extensive. While the basic advantages of all three roof types is quite similar, there is slight difference...

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Green Roof Benefits

Green Roof Benefits: With the shift in dynamics for creating a more sustainable environment, we want to contribute our bit by sharing with you, the concept of a green, landscaped roof....

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The Cost Of Living

With the rising energy prices in the UK due to the current energy crisis, now would be as good a time as ever to start thinking and implementing ways in which we can plan and incorporate elements within your household to not only save you...

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Alternatives to Gas Boilers

What are the alternatives to gas boilers? Whilst gas is an effective fuel for home heating, it releases carbon into the atmosphere when burned. The increasing levels of carbon in the atmosphere is a primary cause of climate change. With such a huge number of...

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Radiators or Underfloor Heating?

Will you choose radiators or underfloor heating? How you will heat your home is a key question to consider during the design of your new extension as it can effect the kitchen layout and placement of furniture. You will want to know what the best...

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Some of the Best Indoor Plants

Greenery naturally makes us happy, plants relax us not only by how beautiful they look but also by spreading pleasant scents around our homes and purifying the air we breathe. This could be the reason that the UK has seen a ‘growth’ in house plant...

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Climate Emergency

Members of Parliament have approved a motion to declare an environment and climate emergency making the UK the first nation to declare climate emergency. Many areas which have already declared climate emergency say they want to be carbon-neutral by 2030 which could be aided by the provision of electric car...

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How To Retain Heat This Winter

Remember the bitter cold brought by ‘Beast from the East’? Keep warm and cosy in your home and your running costs low this winter with our neat toe-warming solutions. Much of London’s housing is characterised by gorgeous historic housing with treasured original features. There may be...

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5 Benefits of Underfloor Heating

Underfloor heating is increasingly popular within properties, with many homeowners recognising the benefits over conventional radiators. Although it can have a slightly higher initial cost of installation, there are many long term benefits. We have highlighted five benefits offered by underfloor heating to help you...

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Save Energy by Extending

Extending your property adds space to your home, and it’s worth recognising that a larger home might be more expensive to run. A larger living space in your home may require more energy, more heating and more lighting. When extending, you could use it as...

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Get Your Home Winter Ready

Tis' the season to spend less time outdoors, and more time getting cosy in your home. Extensions offer a great opportunity to modernise your home, both visually (if that’s your preference) and also practicality. Most period-home owners come to realise older Victorian properties come a...

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The Importance of Insulation

You’ve probably heard about 'insulation', not least in winter when you’re wrapped up in lots of layers in an attempt to keep warm. Did you know that insulation comes in multiple different forms and each of these types have different properties. It is also possible...

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The Benefits of Underfloor Heating

Thinking about saving money and using radiators to heat your extension? Under floor heating may not be as expensive as you might think. Upgrading to under floor heating frees up your wall space, gives you toasty toes and in the long run may save you...

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Don’t Underestimate Your Garden

If you’re thinking about doing a side return or kitchen extension, it’s well worth considering redesigning your garden to compliment your new build. Your outdoor area has a substantial impact on the indoors, affecting the lighting, colour and the overall atmosphere of a property....

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Think Big For Your City Garden

London residents seem to have a constant battle with space, whether it’s indoor or outdoor. Adding an extension is a brilliant way to add space and value to your home and, contrary to popular belief; extending out doesn’t have to reduce your from your outdoor...

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