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Specifying windows for renovations

Installing sliding doors along the wall of this restored barn has helped to maximise natural light. With a slim sightline of only 21mm, the units from IQ Glass give the house’s owners incredible obstruction-free views of their surroundings. The glazing for this project cost a total of £53,387

Whatever the style of your property, the windows will be a vital part of its overall character. Not only do they set the tone for your home’s aesthetic, they’re also integral to your renovation’s energy efficiency. Replacing or upgrading them will represent a substantial investment, so it’s sensible to dedicate time to researching exactly what you want, as well as what’s best for your dwelling.

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