Hmm, cavity wall insulation; I've had several clients ask me about it and I am very wary of the long term implications. I think in most buildings it should be ok but is very location dependant, if a house is in an exposed location and/or suffers at all from external damp problems, cavity wall insulation can potentially exacerbate this problem, acting like a sponge, restricting ventilation and keeping the moisture in.

I feel now more than ever that the key specification feature with all buildings whether extensions, new-builds or refurbs is insulation, its a false economy to not spend money here.

R.I.P. The Dining Room!

in Design
on March 12, 2012

The dining room is officially extinct! Kitchen are now never just kitchens, but a hybrid kitchen/diner or kitchen/breakfast. I feel these names just cling onto bygone room definitions, so I now design houses around two important communal rooms - a day room and an evening room, or some might feel that mayhem and sanctuary rooms are more appropriate names!



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