Muswell Hill HouseContemporary Exterior, London
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Invest in new windowsRetaining heat can be as much a part of having a warm home as your heating system. As such, changing your old, single-glazed windows to new, double- or even triple-glazed ones can make a huge difference. Making the change will be expensive and may even require planning permission, but the impact on reducing heat loss will be instantly noticeable.If you live in a conservation area or a listed building, you can install custom-made double-glazed sash windows to match your existing single-glazed ones, in order to keep proportions as close to the original as possible. Thinner double-glazed units have been especially developed for historic properties.
Explore the optionsIn this example, the combination of some modestly sized and strategically placed box dormers and a dramatically glazed gable shows a great option. The owners of this house could have developed their roof space in a number of different ways, and clearly options have been explored and choices made to settle upon an end result that works beautifully.As this project illustrates, it’s well worth engaging a professional architect to generate a design you’ll love.
Chris, the lead architect on the project, demolished a pre-existing garage (to the left in this photo) in order to create a designated kitchen space. ‘We had to excavate down quite a lot to get a level floor throughout, and put up a huge concrete retaining wall to hold up the next door garden, too,’ he explains.