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THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW WHEN PLANNING YOUR PROJECT

So, you had this dream: you dreamt of building your own, stunningly beautiful house, or extending your current, slightly-less-than-perfect home to transform it into that spacious, bright, contemporary space that you’ve looked at longingly in magazines and home makeover programmes for years. In your dream, you hired the perfect builder, the most amazing interior designer (budget was not even a consideration), and you chose the best products quickly and easily – it was obvious which ones were right for you. In short, you built a masterpiece and you were the envy of everyone as you relaxed, serenely, glass of wine in hand, surveying your achievement. 

And then you woke up. 

In reality, when you started looking into it (and maybe even started doing it), you realised that even though you had watched all the episodes of Grand Designs it is possible for a normal person with a job, kids (and maybe at least a bit of a social life) to watch, even though you had taken in the importance of meticulous planning and budgeting, and even though you had thought perhaps that you know a thing or two about DIY, when it came time to getting stuck in, you found there were a few things that you weren’t quite so sure about. So much jargon and more choices of materials and products than you ever thought possible. Your builder wants you to use a particular system, but you want to understand what the benefits are of that over something else, not just for the joy of learning (!), but also because it’s your money that’s paying for it, and making the wrong choice can be expensive and more than a little annoying as you look at the results for years to come. 

Here at Red we see a wide range of projects, from enormous developments of hundreds of apartments, to small, one-off self-builds and refurbishments. 
We know how difficult it can be to understand the difference between one product and another, to work out what all the different performance measurements and materials mean for you, and we understand that our customers need a reliable source of information. We pride ourselves in helping our customers through their projects by helping them choose the best products to suit their needs. A lot of the advice that we give is verbal, and many of our customers come back to us time and time again because of the service that we provide. But we know that there are some things that might benefit our customers by being written down and published as a reference point. 

That’s why, over the course of the coming weeks and months, we are going to be publishing a series of blogs about areas that we often get asked about. We probably won’t be talking about plumbing or kitchen designs (well, not much, anyway) – that’s not our field of expertise – but we will be talking about how your choice of windows, doors and rooflights can make or break your project. And we’ll be talking about some of the technical aspects of things, such as u-values, and glass specification. We’ll also be blogging about things to watch out for as you design your project that you may never have thought about. For example, how can high-performing glass cause a problem on north-facing elevations? Is triple-glazing always better than double-glazing? What can I do about cleaning my windows in hard-to-access areas? 

We’ve already published a blog about the difference between laminated and toughened glass, and why it’s important for you to know. You can read it here. If there are any topics (related to our products) that you’d particularly like to read about we’d love to hear from you. Please visit our Contact Page for full contact options.

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