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SellingUp/Populus survey: fantastic features that will bring in the buyers

Our exclusive dream home survey reveals the 18 features that will make your property more desirable to buyers – plus two that probably won’t…

After location, size and condition, it’s a property’s special features that are the key to selling it quickly and for a great price.

dream_home2But what are the features that make the biggest difference to the desirability of a property?

Is the old adage that kitchens and bathrooms sell houses really true?

Should you rip out those old-fashioned period features or do they add value?

How do modern high-tech features compare with traditional Aga ovens and wood burning stoves? has conducted an exclusive survey of 2000+ people with Populus, one of the UK’s leading market research firms, to examine which features buyers would actually want to find in their dream home and which they can live without.

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Brand new TV Commercial

Take a look at our brand new TV commercial for our conservatory insulation services! Just press on the play icon below…

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Mr & Mrs Bavin – Ceiling Installation

“Since having the ceiling installed last year, we’ve noticed a dramatic increase in the use of our conservatory.

Previously we had to use a couple of electric heaters to keep the downstairs warm through the winter, whereas the summer time it was like a furnace. Now, we can enjoy a normal range of temperatures throughout the year, and our heating bills have fallen!

The installation team were professional and very friendly and the job done within the promised timeframe, leaving the place very tidy.

All in all, very happy with everything.”



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Conservatory Roof Insulation and the “Stag Do”.

Amazing. We had set up and were deep into the structural part of the installation when I had an odd feeling of being watched. I looked at where the covered door to the lounge was, but there was no one around.

I carried on, but still had the feeling that I was being watched.

Now that is not as odd a thing as you might think because quite often the customer has an understandable interest in what we are doing but they usually just ask if it is OK to watch, which of course it is.

They normally do not hide and watch in secret.

After a few minutes I needed to get down from the trestle and as I did so I realised who, or – more accurately – what was watching me.

In a field just beyond the small garden in which this conservatory was located, was a large field with a small group of trees. The field was bounded by a wire and post fence with some small trees planted at intervals along the fence line.

Standing behind one of the trees with it’s head bent round the tree (and it’s body not at all hidden) was a small deer. It seemed to be mesmerised by what I was doing.

I wondered if I could slowly and quietly go towards it and take a photo of it but as I went through the already open door it took of like a racing car. I never new that they could run so fast.

Within moments my latest conservatory roof insulation fan had disappeared into the woods.

The owner of the conservatory later told me that they often see deer in that field but that they had never seen one come right up to the fence before. Must be my magnetic personality.


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Never Mind Sleeper Trains – I need a Sleeper Van

Although I have never used a sleeper car on a train, it sounds like a really good way to travel.

We travel a lot of miles between customers or between home and the customer.

Often it is necessary to stay in a hotel or lodgings because the next job is closer to the last job than it is to go home – such is the life of a conservatory ceiling insulator.

We like to start each new job at 8.30 am sharp and that can be a tall order given the distance we sometimes have to travel and the road conditions in general.

It occurred to me the other day that if we had a double decker van with bedroom upstairs, then I could be driven through the night and arrive promptly at 8.30 am totally refreshed and relaxed.

I did mention it to the boss but he did not see the practicality.

I will persist.

In the meantime I am working on a breakfast car that attaches to the van. Not sure yet how that idea will be received in the world of conservatory roof insulation specialists.


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Wow! what a Whopper!

We have been fitting an insulated conservatory ceiling to a nursing home this week. Nursing homes often have conservatories and they tend to be quite a bit larger than the average domestic conservatory.

The old folk seem to love the conservatory so it really makes sense to ensure that it can be used all year round.

We had quite a job to stop some of the residents from joining us while we were working. I’m not sure what Health& Safety would say if we started to let senior citizens climb up our ladders.

While we were working, I started to wonder just how big the biggest conservatory might be. So when I got home I went on-line to find out.

Turns out that it is quite large…….Very large actually.

15,590 square meters large

Of course it is not a usual design..very experimental and very impressive.

Hey Eden Project….Let me know if you need an insulated ceiling……But I’ll need a bigger van!!!

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In the dog house again

They say that it’s a dogs life.

Well that may be true but from my recent experience that is not such a bad thing.

The past few conservatory roof insulation installations that I have been involved with have been where dog owners were making sure that their pooches would be very comfortable in the conservatory come summer or winter.

It does of course make perfect sense. You wouldn’t leave your pet in a car in summer, and a car will only generate a fraction of the heat that a south facing conservatory can achieve but I do begin to find myself a bit envious of some of the pampered pouches that I am meeting lately.

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Conservatory Planning Laws

Adding a conservatory to your UK house is considered to be permitted development, not needing an application for planning permission, subject to the limits and conditions listed below.

No more than half the area of land around the “original house”* would be covered by additions or other buildings.

No extension forward of the principal elevation or side elevation fronting a highway. No extension to be higher than the highest part of the roof. Single-storey rear extension must not extend beyond the rear wall of the original house* by more than three metres if an attached house or by four metres if a detached house. In addition, outside Article 1(5) designated land* and Sites of Special Scientific Interest the limit is increased to 6m if an attached house and 8m if a detached house until 30 May 2016. These increased limits (between 3m and 6m and between 4m and 8m respectively) are subject to the neighbour consultation scheme. Maximum height of a single-storey rear extension of four metres. Extensions of more than one storey must not extend beyond the rear wall of the original house* by more than three metres or be within seven metres of any boundary opposite the rear wall of the house. Maximum eaves height of an extension within two metres of the boundary of three metres. Maximum eaves and ridge height of extension no higher than existing house. Side extensions to be single storey with maximum height of four metres and width no more than half that of the original house. Roof pitch of extensions higher than one storey to match existing house. No verandas, balconies or raised platforms. On designated land* no permitted development for rear extensions of more than one storey; no cladding of the exterior; no side extensions.

Having an insulated conservatory ceiling installed does not affect planning rules and no planning permission or building regulation permission is required to fit a conservatory roof insulation system.

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Growth of Conservatories

In the UK many houses are considered to have been built with lack of adequate space in the living areas, especially the lounge area and the kitchen/dining area.

Often, UK houses were designed without a dining room at all and so the addition of a dining room is, in particular, regularly sought after.

In the early 1960s many houses were extended by traditional means. That is to say by means of brick walls and a conventional roof to match the existing house. The 60s and 70s saw enormous growth in the building trade as the desire for more living space continued.

Then some of the bigger double glazing companies who also manufactured conservatories began to offer a different way to extend the home.

A conservatory could extend the home and was much quicker – and often cheaper – to erect.

Over the next 30 years, conservatory sales exploded in the UK and as more and more manufacturers entered the marketplace, prices began to fall.

Where in the past only a reasonably well off person could afford a conservatory, now it was easily within reach of most home owners.

The average age of a conservatory owner is 55 years or more.

Conservatories are really nice rooms but they do have a drawback. They are not very thermally efficient. This means that generally you may suffer from conservatory too hot in summer and conservatory too cold in winter.

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