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Latest news from the Government is that they are looking to relax current planning rules, which would allow homeowners to build extensions on their houses without having to apply for planning permission.
This opens up an exciting array of possibilities for the increasing number of homeowners looking to improve, rather than move home.
But whatever size extension you decide to go for, consideration still needs to be given to how you can make the most of that space to create your perfect living environment as well as add value to your home.
Often the key is flexibility. Adding extra space is great, but what about those times when you want to have greater peace or privacy?
Fitting an internal folding room divider gives you the freedom of being able to use your living space as a single room when entertaining, or have it subdivided at other times to create two separate rooms.
Need a play area for the kids? Use the glazing options on these doors to allow you to keep an eye on them, whilst still retaining some peace and quiet!
If you're looking to make an impression, you can't go far wrong with oak, providing a more distinctive appearance. Available in contemporary or traditional designs, using oak across your doors and windows creates a stunning co-ordinated look to a home, which can also increase its value.
Or maybe you've always dreamt of alfresco dining on those warm summer evenings? Installing patio doors allows you to make the garden a natural extension of your living area, bringing a lighter, airier feel to your home. Choose from inline sliding, French or folding sliding to suit the space and style of your home.
However, it is a well known fact that we can't always rely on the Great British weather! Therefore, it's not all about the aesthetics, energy efficiency is also important to combat those rising utility bills. Look for windows that have an energy rating of C or better and consider additional options such as triple glazing, gas filling and special glass coatings to further enhance performance. Equally, doorsets can play a big part in helping with energy efficiency, look for those that have low uvalues (below 1.6).
Once you've created your perfect home, you want to keep it safe. A high quality multi-point locking system is recommended on all external windows and doors, so look out for products that have Secured by Design options. This means they are approved by the Association of Chief Police Officers and provide enhanced security for greater peace of mind.
JELD-WEN manufactures a comprehensive range of timber windows, internal and external doors and patio doors, with many available in bespoke sizes and specifications.
For more information on windows or doors from JELD-WEN, call 0845 122 2890 or use our find our retailer tool to find your nearest retailer.