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  • What Double Glazed Door & Window Handles to Choose?
    22nd August 2022

    What Double Glazed Door & Window Handles to Choose?

    Read What Double Glazed Door & Window Handles you Should Choose? With so many different types of window styles, choosing handles that suit your double-glazed doors and windows can be difficult, especially with so many options to choose from! From colour to style and ease of use to price, there are many factors that you will need to consider. Rather…

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    Posted by: David
  • Double Glazing for Listed Buildings (Grade 1 & 2)
    3rd August 2022

    Double Glazing for Listed Buildings (Grade 1 & 2)

    Read Our Latest Guide on Double Glazing for Listed Buildings (Grade 1 & 2) Owning a listed building allows you to enjoy a piece of history and provides a unique living opportunity. Still, it also includes restrictions on replacing windows and home renovations, requiring you to follow specific guidelines. You will need to submit a planning application to the local…

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  • glass links
    29th July 2022

    Glass Links to Seamlessly Connect Buildings

    Glass links add a breath-taking architectural feature to connect two independent buildings bringing the space together as one. Internal and external glass link corridors or walkways have been used within commercial buildings, healthcare facilities, the education sector and retail developments for centuries to provide a sheltered walking area. Glass links are a relatively new feature to residential properties but are…

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    Posted by: tina
  • Black Aluminium Heritage French Doors for Pub Renovation, Pangbourne.
    17th May 2022

    Guest Post – Must Have Kitchen Design Trends That Will Influence 2022

    Curved kitchens, eye-catching Crittal style doors, and sustainability are a few kitchen design trends that are up and coming! The kitchen is the cornerstone of family time and the heart of our homes, a place to entertain and relax with family and friends. The fascination with kitchen design trends and gaining inspiration from Instagram-able homes began long before lockdown. But…

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    Posted by: tina
  • Fit Show 2022
    12th May 2022

    Fit Show 2002 – Trade Exhibition for Glazing Industry – NEC Birmingham

      Yesterday some of the team had a great day at the Fit Show 22 at NEC, exploring the latest developments, emerging trends, and innovations within the glazing industry. Fit Show is a biennial event and the largest UK leading trade exhibition for fabricators, installers, and architects working within the window, door, systems, hardware & tools industry. The exhibition was…

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  • Gable ends - windows and doors
    5th May 2022

    Glass Gable Ends – Windows and Doors

    Black Heritage style windows and doors for gable ends are among the hottest trends in home renovations, modern loft conversions and new builds. Within the glazing industry, we see many changeable trends. However, the industrial window and door trend has genuinely stood the test of time and continues to grow in popularity among homeowners and architects. Glazed gable ends are…

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  • 4th April 2022

    Picture Windows – A Glossary

    What exactly is a picture window? Essentially, picture windows are usually large minimal framed windows without glazing bars that are non-operational and provide an unobstructed view that looks like a picture from afar, hence where it gets its name. Whether you are looking for a contemporary floor to ceiling glazing solution for a new build or home extension or a…

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    Posted by: tina
  • 4th April 2022

    What to Add to Your London Townhouse to Keep It’s Character

    Beautifully designed with high ceilings, bay windows, open fireplaces and oozing history and character, it’s no wonder that purchasing a  London townhouse is a dream for many. According to Rodic Davidson “protecting and caring for the heritage of aspects of buildings is essential”. Homes can be altered “alongside carefully considered contemporary interventions” that can give you those essential alterations or…

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  • 18th February 2022

    Garden and Home Trends 2022 to add Value to your Home

    If you’re planning to sell your family home in 2022, there are a few home trends and garden improvements that are likely to add value to your property. You’ll want to recoup as much as possible on the investment you made when buying it. So, you might be interested in improving areas of the home. But while you may be…

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  • 13th December 2021

    Minimalism & Transparency Latest Home Design Trends 2022

    Emerging home design trends for 2022 indicate a continued emphasis on minimalism and transparency within interior décor. The definition of opulence is light and space! 2021 saw a demand within the glazing industry for internal glass doors, room dividers, moving glass walls, large windows and roof lights and looks set to continue to grow in 2022. Minimalism has been a…

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  • 20th September 2021

    Rooflights for Flat Roof Extensions

    Are you thinking of extending with a single-storey extension? Flat roof extensions are all the trend with homeowners, architects and builders and have made a comeback in popularity in the last few years. Flat roofs have taken a bit of a backseat since the early 1970s. Considered to be outdated and susceptible to water leaks, homeowners turned to pitch roofs….

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  • 3rd September 2021

    Window Shapes – A Glossary

    There are many distinct types of window shapes to choose from. They offer more architectural interest than rectangular windows. Over the last eighteen months, they have become an increasingly popular design feature with homeowners, architects and interior designers within both modern and traditional properties. One of the big trends we see in the home interior is using large shaped windows…

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  • 23rd August 2021

    How To Match Windows And Doors To Your Home

    If you’ve just bought a new home or are considering replacing the windows and doors in your existing home, you may find it a tricky feat to work out exactly what type of new doors and windows you should purchase to complement the look and feel of your home. Sometimes the installations already on your property seem like the best…

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    Posted by: Reuben
  • 16th August 2021

    Which Window Styles Best Suit Different Types Of Houses?

    Choosing new windows for your property is a big decision, as home window installations usually only take place once every 10-15 years so getting the perfect window styles is important. Whether it is a home improvement project or a new build you’ll be looking for something which not only complements the style and look of your home, but that provides…

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    Posted by: Reuben
  • 6th May 2021

    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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    Posted by: Reuben
  • 30th April 2021

    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,…

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    Posted by: Reuben
  • 31st March 2021

    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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  • 22nd March 2021

    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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  • 15th March 2021

    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…

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    Posted by: tina
  • 26th February 2021

    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…

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    Posted by: tina

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