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What’s your best advice for owners of a Victorian terrace who want to make their homes more efficient?There’s a really great document called Warmer Bath that was produced by the Bath Preservation Trust. You can download it and it will guide you through all those things like secondary glazing and extra insulation. The thing to remember, though, is that the more you make an old building airtight, the more you need to think about ventilation and air quality. Ventilation is a key part of how old buildings work – it’s important to find ways to let the building breathe.I’d also recommend a couple of fantastic books. One is New Design for Old Buildings by Roger Hunt and Iain Boyd, and the other is Old House Eco Handbook by Marianne Suhr and Roger Hunt.Grand Designs Live is at London’s ExCeL, 5-13 May 2018. Houzz is offering Houzzers free standard tickets with the code HZFREE.Tell us…Do you ever dream of building your own home? Or do you like to take ideas from those larger projects for your own smaller renovations? Share your thoughts and ideas in the Comments section.
Work in some woodMidcentury furniture designs in teak, elm and walnut work really well in a neutral bedroom as they instantly add warmth. The statement lines also introduce useful contrast, meaning the rest of the decoration can be kept plain.More great midcentury bedroom looks
Dress it upIf your work space is in a bedroom and space is limited, it makes sense to choose a desk that doubles up style-wise as a plausible dressing table. There are some lovely updated mid-century desks around that look chic and stylish rather than functional and dull. Wood is always a good option in a bedroom, with a timeless feel.See more ideas for styling up a desk
Enjoy the viewIf you’re in a top floor floor flat, you may not have a garden but on the plus side, your windows probably look out from a higher position than most houses. If this is the case, and you have the bonus of a great view, make the most of it by placing frequently used seating next to it. This desk is perfectly positioned in front of a window. It’s the ideal spot for working, as you can easily take a break and look out for some inspiration. Discover how to position your desk for success
Bin the binIf you have just one central bin area in your home, you’ll avoid having to do a rubbish bin run around all your rooms each week – and won’t have rubbish hanging around the whole house. If you do want to have a few other bins around your home, however, try opting for ones that don’t look like bins, like this cute milk pail.