Design & Trends

  • 6 / May

    Switchable Glass – What Is It And How Does It Work?

    We work hard to maintain a reputation for innovative glass solutions, a question we are often asked is what is switchable glass? There are several ways in which glass may be turned to opaque from transparent (and vice versa) and each method has its own application. However, when it comes to construction and design, the term “switchable glass” is usually given to electrochromic…

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  • 30 / April

    How To Use Frameless Glazing In Design

    Frameless glazing is a glass and aluminium product that is designed to create a stylish and contemporary aesthetic to a property thanks to minimum visible frame and maximum visible glass. Modern and slimline, these products can be purchased as opening or fixed windows or sliding windows, or even as a combination of windows and a frameless glass door system. So,…

    Posted by Reuben
  • 31 / March

    House Extension Ideas

    Are you building an extension and looking for house extension ideas? Here at Thames Valley Windows, we are a renowned and reputable double-glazing company with over 37 years of experience. We have been designing and installing modern glass extensions and architectural glazing solutions for loft conversions in Berkshire, Hampshire and Surrey properties. In this blog article, we have selected a…

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  • 22 / March

    Infinite Views with Slimline Aluminium Sliding Patio Doors

    The beauty of glass is its transparency and it’s the new luxury building material for modern and traditional properties to fill living spaces with natural light. There’s no better way to create an illuminated living space than with an abundance of glass in the form of slimline aluminium sliding patio doors that dramatically opens up solid walls in kitchens, or…

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  • 15 / March

    Modern Lean-to Conservatory Ideas

    The last 12 months, has seen a considerable increase in Berkshire, Surrey and Hampshire homeowners looking to extend modern and traditional properties and create contemporary living spaces. With the new normal of meeting friends and family in outside spaces and working from home. Here at Thames Valley Windows, we have also had an increase in brochure downloads and quotation requests…

    Posted by tina
  • 26 / February

    Garage Conversions and Garden Office Ideas – Which Windows and Doors

    Before COVID-19, a home office was not a must-have room for many homeowners in Berkshire, Hampshire, Surrey, and the South East. Since the first lockdown in March 2020, researching garage conversions and garden office ideas on Instagram or Pinterest has become an obsession with professionals looking at ways to effectively work from home. Finding that extra living space to create…

    Posted by tina
  • 15 / February

    2021 Trends for Glazed Internal Doors

    The last year has seen a surge for glazed internal doors, with Berkshire, Hampshire and Surrey homeowners looking at ways to create broken plan living spaces and bring more natural light in the house. Glass has been the inspirational material for architects and property developers in the exterior design of both residential and commercial buildings for many years. Glass represents…

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  • 10 / February

    Flat Rooflights – On Trend in 2021

    Flat rooflights are becoming popular again combined with eaves windows are one of the biggest home extension trends in the glazing industry to replace the traditional tiled roof  in a rear extension, garage conversions, or new builds and we do not see it slowing down in 2021 With an increased demand for transparency in modern interior décor, homeowners, architects, and…

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  • 27 / January

    Large Glazing Solutions for Architects and Property Developers

    Thames Valley Windows offer innovative large glazing solutions to homeowners, architects, interior designers and property developers. Whether it’s a renovation or extension of existing properties or self-build dream home projects, we have the architectural knowledge and expertise to assist you with high performance and energy-efficient bespoke glazing design. With a passion for contemporary architecture, we strive to understand and fulfil…

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  • 18 / January

    uPVC Window Colours

    Gone are the days when white was the most popular choice in uPVC window colours for homeowners in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire, Surrey and Oxfordshire. Nowadays, with the option of single or dual colour windows, there is a growing trend with homeowners to choose coloured uPVC windows. From contemporary shades of grey or black to the subtle Heritage shades of cream,…

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  • 18 / December

    Why Choose Slimline Aluminium Windows For a Berkshire Property?

    Trends come and go, but here at Thames Valley Windows, we have seen an increase in the demand for Slimline Aluminium windows creating large floor to ceiling windows, offering rooms filled with natural light and panoramic views for both residential and commercial Berkshire properties and we expect it to continue in 2021. Slimline Aluminium windows offer a sleek and stylish…

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  • 3 / December

    The 2021 Architectural Glazing Trends You Need to Know About

    No home extension, or renovation project is complete without featuring beautiful architectural glazing in some form, from new energy-efficient double-glazed windows to sliding doors or a roof lantern to fill your home with natural light and the sense of space. If your mind is racing with new ideas on how to improve your home, why not look at some of…

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  • 27 / November

    Glazing Bars Make A Comeback in Bi-fold Doors?

    2020 has seen a huge resurgence in the glazing industry for aluminium bifold doors with glazing bars As the saying goes “what goes around, comes around” – and, as in glazing bars that hark back to the Georgian and Victorian period are back in trend in the 21st century, and are one of the most sought-after additions for modern bi-fold…

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  • 20 / November

    How to hang a Christmas Wreath on Front Door

    Decorating your front door with a Christmas wreath is one of the many traditions for homeowners in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire, Surrey, Oxford and South East. Whether you have a composite door, aluminium entrance door, a traditional timber door, or modern uPVC front door, a festive wreath adds Christmas cheer to the entrance of your home. If you haven’t decided between…

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  • 12 / November

    Floor to Ceiling Windows

    Floor to ceiling windows is one of the must-have contemporary glazing solutions for both residential properties and commercial buildings creating, light, space and views. Windows and doors are an important architectural design feature of both modern and traditional homes that add aesthetic value to properties. Not only do they connect the outside in, but provide an abundance of natural light…

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  • 11 / November

    GUEST POST: Denby share their Top 5 Design Tips for Creating a more Mindful Kitchen

    Your home is your sanctuary and the way you decorate it can greatly affect your mood. To help you create a more serene space, Hayley Baddiley from Denby gives us her top tips for putting together a mindful kitchen. Mindfulness is the practice of being grounded and free from distractions and, as the world becomes more fast-paced, people are turning…

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  • 27 / October

    Slimline Double Glazing – Glossary

    Are you considering slimline double glazing for your home? It is the latest innovation in double glazing and a preferred choice amongst planning authorities, architects and contractors nationwide, particularly when it comes to replacing windows in listed buildings, period property, heritage and homes in conservation areas. Whether you’re choosing windows for new build project or home improvement renovation? You’ll need…

    Posted by tina
  • 2 / October

    Listed Building Extension Ideas

    Are you are searching for some inspiration and design ideas for a listed building extension? Whether you want to alter or extend a Grade II listed barn or 17th-century cottage, that will affect its character or appearance, you will need to make sure you comply with the requirements and gain listed building consent from your local planning authority.   What…

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  • 29 / September

    Broken Plan Living with Internal Glass Screens and Partitions

    From internal glass screens to freestanding fireplaces, ‘Broken Plan Living’ is the latest interior design trend to replace open-plan living. The last couple of decades, modern architects and homeowners have been knocking down walls to create large sociable living rooms with a sense of open space, and an influx of light. However, the last few years there has seen a…

    Posted by Reuben
  • 29 / September

    The Industrial Look – Steel Effect Doors and Room Dividers

    Introducing our latest architectural glazing solution of 2020 – Aluco Steel Effect Door Collection Steel effect doors and room dividers have been one of the most prominent interior design trends in recent years, for properties in Berkshire, Surrey and Hampshire and its popularity continues to grow amongst homeowners in London, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire. Original steel-framed glass doors and windows first…

    Posted by Reuben

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