Why every Loft Conversion should include Rooflights

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Posted in The Homeowner Blog by The Rooflight Company
22
May

In a bid to enhance and expand ones living space as well as add value on to a property, a growing number of homeowners have taken to transforming one of their biggest and most neglected spaces, into a useable living area – their loft.

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Choosing the right rooflights

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Posted in The Homeowner Blog by The Rooflight Company
22
May

The great thing about the world we live in is that we are constantly surrounded by a plethora of differing tastes. Variety is the spice of life, as they say, and this is evident in the music we choose, the clothes we wear and even the way we model our homes.

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Choosing the right rooflights

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Posted in The Homeowner Blog by The Rooflight Company
22
May

The great thing about the world we live in is that we are constantly surrounded by a plethora of differing tastes. Variety is the spice of life, as they say, and this is evident in the music we choose, the clothes we wear and even the way we model our homes.

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An Architect’s home and office (2)

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Posted in The Homeowner Blog by The Rooflight Company
22
May

There is no doubt that the dwellings of an architect, be it their home or their office, serves to showcase their very abilities. Almost like an expansive portfolio, the merest glimpse into their world can tell you everything you need to know about their styles, palates and particular areas of expertise.

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There will always be construction fires

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Posted in The Architecture Blog by Ruth Slavid
19
May

Last week I saw the comedian Jeremy Hardy talk for nearly two hours without a note and he was brilliant. Personal, political, sweary, angry and brilliant. What was not so brilliant was the venue, or at least the reason for the venue.

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A bad Italian job

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Posted in The Architecture Blog by Ruth Slavid
19
May

It is ironic that it should be David Chipperfield complaining about poor quality on a museum building he designed in Milan (in the Independent and picked up by the AJ). Not only because he is one of the most punctilious of architects but because he is used to working overseas.

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Unfair deal for housing

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Posted in The Architecture Blog by Ruth Slavid
19
May

There really is something mystifying about the Conservative Party's proposal to sell off social housing under a new right-to-buy scheme. It's just so old-fashioned. First of all, who would exercise this right? When Margaret Thatcher first introduced the idea, the country had abundant council housing, and there were, in that beloved phrase, plenty of ...

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London's big challenges

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Posted in The Architecture Blog by Ruth Slavid
19
May

'Challenge' was the word most used by Edward Lister, chief of staff and deputy mayor at the Greater London Authority, as he launched Green Sky Thinking this week at the top of City Hall.

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An interactive model that really works

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Posted in The Architecture Blog by Ruth Slavid
19
May

I confess that when I went to see the preview of New London Architecture's new model of the city, I expected to like it but not be overwhelemed. It was good that it was bigger than its predecessor, encompassing in particular more of west London. And it was interactive. Well, so what? Everything is these days isn't it? But this is really good. The projection ...

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Cycle of success

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Posted in The Architecture Blog by Ruth Slavid
19
May

There was a great article in the Guardian yesterday by the designers of the Brompton bike, What was so interesting was that fact that willingly admitted their early failings, and that they are still not satisfied with the end product.

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When illegible space is to be applauded

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Posted in The Architecture Blog by Ruth Slavid
19
May

Making spaces legible is usually seen as a fundamental purpose of architecture. We should, we are told, be able to navigate buildings with the minimum of signage, because we should be able to work out where we are going.

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The impact of the election on ... office starts

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Posted in The Architecture Blog by Ruth Slavid
19
May

How are you planning to vote in Thursday's general election? (And I hope you are planning to vote).

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Never forget the dangers of construction

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Posted in The Architecture Blog by Ruth Slavid
19
May

A few years ago I was talking to an architect, and he said something along the lines of 'I never forget my responsibility when I design a building, that people coud die building it.' it is true - construction is still a dangerous trade. It is getting better. I looked recently at some construction photos from around 40 years ago and they were full of ...

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History on our streets

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Posted in The Architecture Blog by Ruth Slavid
19
May

On Friday evening I went on a guided walk through the Borough and London Bridge area just south of the Thames. Because it was VE Day, the walk centred on the effects of conflicts - largely but not entirely of World War Two.

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Architecture in the swim

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Posted in The Architecture Blog by Ruth Slavid
19
May

This week seems to have been all about swimming. On Tuesday evening the promoters of the Thames Baths project, led by architect Studio Octopi, held an event at the Royal Academy to celebrate the fact that they were halfway through their Kickstarter campaign to raise funding. They released new images, showing new possible locations for this floating ...

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London shows it is not a Mediterranean city

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Posted in The Architecture Blog by Ruth Slavid
19
May

London, and other cities, have made great advances in the design of public space, as the 10th anniversary exhibition at the NLA 'Public London' demonstrates.

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Friday funny teaches lessons about safety

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Posted in The Architecture Blog by Ruth Slavid
19
May

Twitter can be a great source of useful information. It is often the first place where news items appear, it is great for having a sense of community and for seeking information and comment. And sometimes it is just good for a laugh. The 'Friday funny' retweeted by Su Butcher (@SuButcher), one of construction's most prolific and successful tweeters, ...

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A new geographical perspective on Prince Charles

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Posted in The Architecture Blog by Ruth Slavid
19
May

Architects have, at the very best, an ambivalent attitude to Prince Charles. He is seen as being over-wedded to traditional architecture and as interfering in an unwarranted manner in planning decisions. And his pet project of Poundbury is largely seen as irrelevant and soulless.

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Gehry puts his finger on...the wrong target

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Posted in The Architecture Blog by Ruth Slavid
19
May

Media appearances are usually so sanitised, with big-name architects acting almost like film stars, that it is fascinating to watch when somebody like Frank Gehry loses his cool. ArchDaily reports an exchange with Frank Gehry at a press conference in Oviedo, Spain. Asked by a reporter to respond to critics' claims that he produces 'showy architecture', ...

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Why we shouldn't keep old people in the dark

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Posted in The Architecture Blog by Ruth Slavid
19
May

Old people's homes can be pretty depressing places, and more light would certainly help them to be more pleasant places. But according to an expert on sleep and neuroscience, it could also improve their mental health, helping to counteract the impact of dementia.

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