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Property know-how with George

This month property developer, architect and presenter of Channel 4’s The Restoration Man, George Clarke, takes a look at insulation and discusses the latest innovations.

Insulation, insulation, insulation. I’ve been banging the insulation drum for years because insulating your home is by far the most affordable and most efficient way to reduce your energy bills. Of course there are many other ways of making your home energy-efficient and we should consider them all, but just like we invest in a new jacket to keep ourselves warm in the winter, buying a new winter jacket for the place you live will make an enormous difference to the quality and comfort of your home for many years to come.

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I know that November isn’t everyone’s favourite month, but I think there’s something rather cosy about coming home on a cold, dark night and curling up on the sofa in front of the fire. If you’re thinking of investing in a wood-burner to warm up your home this winter then turn to page 115, where we’ve got the low-down on the latest models and what you need to consider before you buy. Talking of making your home warm and toasty, do take a look at George Clarke’s column this month, where he shares his expert advice on insulating your home (p.111). Of course nothing beats, a tasty comforting supper on those chilly November nights – so do try our delicious recipe suggestions on page 100, packed with warming spices! I know many of you are keen to be braver when it comes to using pattern in your home, so on page 36 we show how to make it work for you, from balancing scale to creating the illusion of space and, of course, our pick of the latest designs for wallpapers and fabrics to inspire you. Many of us dream of living in a period property with gorgeous plasterwork and beautiful fireplaces, but in reality many of them have had their original features removed or damaged over the years. In this month’s home improvement feature, we take a look at what steps you need to take to restore your period home to its former glory and where to look for affordable, original materials (p.106). Happy decorating!
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