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A recent survey from Zoopla shows that the homeowners in Kensington and Chelsea stay for an average of 35.5 years, with Brent homeowners staying for an average of 35.4 years.

At the beginning of the 19th Century Christmas was celebrated very differently with many businesses not considering it as a holiday. However, over a very short time period Christmas developed into something similar to what we would recognise today.

A recent survey by Barclays and television property expert, Phil Spencer, has highlighted that the average person in Britain stays in their home for 19 years before moving, with over half of UK homeowners choosing to make improvements to their current home instead of moving to a new property.

A recent survey, carried out by Discount Flooring Depot, revealed that 82 per cent of Brits would rather live in a period home for its character and original features.

Only 70 years prior to the Georgian era, in 1644, Christmas had been banned by Oliver Cromwell. Christmas was not then re-instated until Charles II came to the throne.

With Christmas trees going up in homes across the UK, why not decorate your timber windows and doors? In this blog we look at seven different ways to decorate your windows and doors with a festive feel in time for Christmas.

A recent YouGov survey commissioned by RICS found that 89% of the British public believe that it is important to preserve Britain’s national heritage for future generations.

FSC® Friday is a yearly international celebration of responsible forestry and this year is taking place today (Friday 30th September).

The first event took place in the UK in 2008 aiming to raise awareness of the importance of looking after the world’s forests and purchasing products made from sustainable forests. Last year FSC® Friday was celebrated by 31 countries worldwide, including the UK.

We’ve been watching films again! And yes, Colin Firth has a certain appeal but like always, we were strangely drawn to the architecture and surroundings…we just can’t help ourselves!

The King's Speech was inspired by the story of self-taught speech therapist, Lionel Logue, and his unlikely relationship with the then-Duke of York. We see Logue - a 'commoner' with no formal training and viewed by many as a 'quack', and the Duke with a severe stammer and whose brother’s abdication catapults him on to the throne as King George VI, with a potentially humiliating schedule of public speaking.

The film starts with the Duke’s attempt to deliver the closing speech at the 1925 ‘Empire Exhibition’ at Wembley Stadium - it's excruciating to watch but the scene is set as the Duke's wife seeks out Lionel Logue in a bid to find a cure for her husband's stammer. She finds him at his 'Harley Street consulting room' - an extraordinary, vaulted room with huge feature windows at one end, distressed, peeling wallpaper in mottled autumn colours and minimal furniture.

"I have two choices: to give up and accept permanent state of spinsterhood and eventual eating by Alsatians, or not. And this time I choose not."

There speaks Bridget Jones, the hapless, thirtysomething singleton lurching from one romantic disaster to another in pursuit of love and her very own Mr Darcy. In the film, we see her holed up in her small-but-ever-so-interesting London flat, binge drinking with Chaka Khan and then slumped in pink pyjamas to the melancholic strains of All By Myself.

It’s great stuff - blue soup, big pants, bunny costumes and Colin Firth - what’s not to like? But did you happen to notice the windows? No? We did. We ALWAYS notice the windows...

The Historic Houses Association (HHA) has always been vociferous in its attempts to highlight the importance of the UK’s architectural heritage.

Late last year the HHA’s President Richard Compton argued that the UK economy’s austerity measures and threatening taxes are making it more difficult to maintain Britain’s privately owned heritage.

In today’s world, choice is everything – especially when it comes to our homes. Whether it’s updating the paintwork, replacing the soft furnishings or improving the windows, there are plenty of ways in which you can renovate your home.

For those who want to give their windows a facelift, it’s important to remember there are many different styles for you to choose from. A lot of homeowners make the mistake of thinking a ‘one size fits all’ approach can be taken to these vital fixtures but the truth is there is plenty of variety – as the following list of top window designs shows.

Many owners of older and heritage properties in the UK are keen to preserve their homes in the style in which they are intended, taking a number of steps to ensure this is achieved. This can include anything from sash window renovation to preserving timber Victorian doors.

However, television presenter, gourmet and chairman of The Heritage Alliance Loyd Grossman has argued that owners of heritage properties may face stumbling blocks in the process, as VAT rules do not fall in their favour.

The Baftas and the Oscars may be behind us, but that doesn’t mean that the world of film is over for the year. As an owner of a period property you may not have realised that your home could take its place on the world movie stage alongside acting greats.

Boasting an array of charming period features from sliding sash windows to original doors your historic home could act as the perfect backdrop for the latest period drama. Here’s what you need to know.

If you are keen to learn more about historic homes, the advent of modern technology now means that you won’t have to spend hours rifling through paper archives to do so. With many of us now having a range of gadgets to hand from smartphones to tablets, apps have become our go-to resource for information.

Prime Minister David Cameron will today (January 27th 2014) announce the scrapping of thousands of “crazy and over-zealous” red tape rules relating to new homes in a bid to get Britain building.

The changes will mean that rules relating to newly constructed properties, including those outlining minimum window sizes, strength of front doors and regulations relating to the dimension of rooms, will be removed from building regulations.

Maintaining our architectural heritage is a source of pride for many Brits and there are few who wouldn’t want the bricks and mortar window into the UK’s past to be preserved for years to come.

There are more than 300,000 listed buildings in the UK, all of which need to be maintained on a regular basis to ensure that the architectural features that make them so special are preserved for generations to come.

While much of this work is done by an army of professionals who have skills in a particular area of building conservation, many organisations including the National Trust, rely on volunteers to help them achieve their goal of keeping Britain’s historic buildings in the condition in which they were intended.

A new scientific process is making huge waves in the architectural world. A new 3D scanning and mapping tool is letting people preserve for posterity the important architectural sites around the world, by building up a database of more than 500 cultural heritage sites.

The CyArk programme was launched in London this week at the Tower of London and will seek to create these digital blueprints of more famous buildings and ruins around the world. The scans are accurate to within a degree of two millimetres, meaning completely lifelike 3D plans of many places can be stored for future generations in case of disaster.

Never judge a book by its cover. That’s what we’re taught at school over and over again. It’s nice advice, except that it doesn’t really work in the real world. Every day we are forced to make hundreds of judgements about every area of our life. What we’re going to eat from a menu; which road to take to work; what film you’re going to watch when you get home – the list goes on and on. We have learned to make judgements based on many factors, including personal preference and appearance.

So when it comes to your home, first impressions do matter. You may have the most beautiful interior imaginable but if the exterior isn’t up to scratch, people will already have judged it before they step through the door. Which is why it pays to look after the outside of your home – and one of the key things you need to pay attention to is the front door.

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