• 12 / August

    New Build Homes – Building New Builds

    Building the Dream Home!   Interested in new build homes? read on… Building your dream new build can be one of the most exciting and rewarding projects you can undertake. Whether you are first time buyers or not getting the opportunity to plan out each step of the process and make the decisions about your new builds property developments is…

    Posted by tina
  • 6 / June

    BLOG: Aluminium Flush Casement Windows – emerging technologies to look out for

    Aluminium Flush Casement Windows – emerging technologies to look out for. There comes a time when we want more from a window than just looking through it! We want style, high security and thermal efficiency, and of course, long life durability. There has been much revolution in the window industry over the last few years with a big increase in…

    Posted by Leanne
  • 19 / April

    CASE STUDY – Solarlux Cero Sliding Doors, Sunningdale, Berkshire

    We recently designed and installed a duo of bespoke Solarlux Cero Sliding Doors to complete the external aspects of Titlarks House, a £15m, five bedroom super mansion in Sunningdale, one of Berkshire’s premier locations. See the full transformation of this amazing project.   The addition of cero sliding doors to this stunning property – the first collaboration between Octagon Developments…

    Posted by Leanne
  • 21 / March

    BLOG: How to choose your new windows this Spring

    Whether you’re planning a brand-new self-build, undertaking a conversion or renovating a property, how to choose your new windows is too important to be an afterthought. We all know that windows are crucial to the look and character of any home – from contemporary feature windows that make a bold statement to discreet styles that blend sympathetically with a period…

    Posted by Leanne
  • 14 / January

    What is Accoya Timber?

    What is Accoya Timber? Well, actually, Accoya isn’t a timber as such. There is no Accoya tree in the same way there is an Oak tree or a Pine tree. Accoya is the name given to the process that is applied to timber. So how did this process come about? Well, after the First World War, the New Zealanders started…

    Posted by Leanne
  • 10 / July

    FAQ: What are Bi-Fold Doors?

    Often referred to as concertina doors, sliding doors and even zig-zag doors, doors that fold back along a track to create a room that is fully opened on at least one side are now very well known, even if their name isn’t. The term ‘bi-fold door’ relates to the fact that there will be a minimum of two panels that…

    Posted by Carly
  • 19 / June

    Double Glazing Windows – A Glossary

    A window is a window, until you come to purchase new windows and suddenly you’re hearing terms that can mean very little, but can make all the difference to the aesthetics and workings of your windows. Here’s a handy double glazing windows glossary of the industry terms. Casement: Another name for the sash. Concealed Drainage: Drains water underneath the window out…

    Posted by Carly
  • 9 / May

    FAQ: What is the Difference Between a Conservatory and an Orangery?

    This is a question we are often asked. Both are extensions of your living space, both have a mix of brick and glazed areas and both have glass roofs. So, what is the difference between a Conservatory and an Orangery? The simplest explanation is that a Conservatory has a roof that is all glass whereas an Orangery has a roof…

    Posted by Carly
  • 31 / March

    FAQ: What Planning Permission Do I Need For A Conservatory?

    If you’re looking to add a conservatory to your home, you may not need planning permission. Conservatories are usually exempt from building regulations when: They are built at ground level and are less than 30 square metres in floor area The conservatory is separated from the house by external walls, doors or windows There is an independent heating system with…

    Posted by Carly
  • 27 / January

    FAQ: What are Flush Casements?

    Flush casements are increasing in popularity but what exactly does the term ‘flush casement’ mean? The easiest way to explain it is that when the window (or sash) is closed, it sits flush within the frame, creating a flat surface on the outside.  A lipped casement window is the more widely known design today. This is where the sash overlaps…

    Posted by Carly
  • 16 / January

    FAQ: Is There a Limit to the Amount of Glazing I Can Have in an Extension?

    There is a stated guideline for an extension that the glass area must not exceed 25% of the overall floor area. However, this is a guideline and not a rule and there is a common misconception that this cannot be overcome. There are many ways to get around this issue to maximise the glazing in your extension and these are…

    Posted by Carly
  • 6 / January

    FAQ: Do I Need Planning Permission to Build a Glazed Extension?

    Many terms are used for a glazed extension these days including conservatory, orangery, lean-to, livin room or glass structure. Regardless of the description, they all fall under the same guidelines when it comes to planning permission for extending your home. Over the years, planning laws have changed and continue to do so. In recent times the majority of these changes have…

    Posted by Carly
  • 19 / December

    FAQ: What is the Difference Between In-Line Sliding Doors and Lift & Slide Doors?

    You may have heard a number of terms being banded around when looking for your sliding doors. These refer to the different types of operation and result in a variation in both their performance and looks. In-Line Sliding Doors are the conventional method that we are all familiar with. Normally in two, three or four panel configurations, the doors sit…

    Posted by Carly
  • 4 / November

    FAQ: What is the Difference Between Solid Timber and Engineered Timber?

    Engineered timber is created by joining three sheets of timber together, where the middle sheet sits against the grain of the one above and below it. This is known as laminated timber. Alternating the grain of the wood like this prevents the timber from moving, swelling, shrinking and warping, creating a very strong and stable piece of timber. The timber…

    Posted by Carly
  • 27 / October

    FAQ: What is the new Part Q?

    Part Q is the latest industry buzz word, but what does it mean and will it affect your project plans? Building regulation Part Q applies to new builds only (or where a new build is formed by a material change of use such as a renovation or refurbishment) and took effect on 1st October 2015 in England. Part Q does…

    Posted by Carly
  • 27 / April

    FAQ: What is Secondary Glazing?

    Secondary glazing is a fully independent internal window, fitted on the room side of an existing window. The frames are slim but strong. They are made from durable aluminium and require little maintenance. Replacing your current windows isn’t always an option, particularly if you live in a listed building or conservation area. Secondary glazing gives you many of the benefits offered by…

    Posted by Carly
  • 8 / April

    FAQ: What are the benefits of triple glazing?

    What is triple glazing? Put simply, triple glazing is three panes of glass instead of just one (single glazing) or two (double glazing). What are the benefits of triple glazing? The energy efficiency of a window is measured as a u-value. The lower the u-value the more efficient your window is. A single glazed window will have a u-value of…

    Posted by Carly
  • 10 / March

    FAQ: What is a u-value?

    A u-value measures the effectiveness of a material as an insulator. It is measured as watts per square metre or W/m2k. The lower the number, the better the insulation. This is important when it comes to windows and can be seriously affected by the quality of not only the workmanship but the installation of your windows. We know that installation is…

    Posted by Carly
  • 23 / February

    FAQ: What does uPVC stand for?

    Un-Plasticised Polyvinyl Chloride. Well, you did ask 🙂 Poly Vinyl Chloride, which we know as PVC is modified, i.e. softened, to be used in the manufacture of products such as handbags, shoes and sports bags. The basic material properties make it ideal for window and door applications because it: Does not rot or biologically decompose Is resistant to weathering with…

    Posted by Carly
  • 23 / February

    FAQ: What’s the difference between Patio and French Doors?

    The main difference between patio doors and French doors is how each opens. French doors open outwards on a hinge whereas patio doors slide along a track and open to the side. Patio doors are more modern in appearance and therefore best suited to a modern, contemporary property. French doors lend themselves to period and heritage properties. You can view…

    Posted by Carly

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