The world has changed post pandemic, we’ve had to adopt new ways of working, thinking and indeed living. Our homes have become a place where we work, socialise, teach, embraced technology and learnt new skills. Over the past 12 months, many of us have worked hard to enhance our homes to make them better suited for a new way of life. But now lockdown has lifted, will British homeowners still see home renovations as a priority?
These days, double glazing tends to be the glazing of choice for many homeowners due to its remarkable insulative properties; making it the weapon of choice if you’re looking to reduce your heating bills during the icy winter months.
But does double glazing keep heat out as well as in? Well, the answer is yes it does.
Colour is often an important consideration for homeowners. When purchasing Bi-Fold Doors you want a style that suits your taste ...
uPVC Doors are one of the most common door types, and for good reason: they require very little maintenance, are energy efficient, affordable and can even be recycled.
It’s summertime and the living is easy! With summer days in full flow, like us, you’ll no doubt be spending most of your time in the garden. But wouldn’t it be nice to enjoy your garden all year round, come rain or shine?!
Everyone wants to make the most out of their conservatory in the summer. With the abundance of natural light, you’ll want to spend those lazy summer days appreciating garden views from the comfort of your favourite chair. However, an overheated conservatory can certainly spoil all the fun. But please don’t panic… there are plenty of clever ways you can keep your conservatory cool, so you don’t have to compromise.
Taking care of your garden requires time and effort, but when it comes to creating a beautiful outdoor space to ...
Choosing to upgrade your windows can be a daunting decision, doing some research and getting some trusted advice is an essential part of purchasing your new home addition. Everything from the style of the window, the material and the colour of your window frames can be customised to your own individual style… but where do you even begin?
As the saying goes, beauty lies in the eye of the beholder, the same goes for doors – when it comes to the best looking front doors, it all boils down to personal preference. That said, if you think you’ll move to a new house in the future, you might want to think about tailoring your new front door to the style of your home for added kerb appeal.
If you’ve saved some cash over lockdown and want the wow-factor you can always convert your conservatory into an extension. You may have noticed that house prices have recently rocketed, so it’s no wonder more people are looking to improve rather than move.
Blinds are great for locking heat in and keeping heat out, so it’s certainly worth investing in some. They’...
Firstly, you may be wondering what the difference is between uPVC Doors and Composite Doors. uPVC Doors are crafted using uPVC, whereas composite doors are made from many different materials.
You guessed it! French Doors originated in France. Who’d have thought it!? But there’s a little more history behind them…
From tiny timber cottage doors to modern composites, there’s a lot to learn about doors and how over time they have adapted to suit our everchanging style and needs.
Every Dad deserves some TLC on Father’s Day, even if sitting and doing nothing isn’t in his nature. ...
With working from home becoming the new norm, the convenience of having an ‘at-home’ set-up is making its way on to many of homeowner’s wish lists. A dedicated workspace can make all the difference to how productive you can be.
The beauty of Patio Doors by VEKA lies in their ability to provide virtually unhindered views of your garden while barely touching your living space. With a range of smooth colour and woodgrain options, a suite of specially selected handles and low easy-access option for a seamless transition from living space to garden, your Patio Door can be tailored to your style.
As another chapter of our life begins, we look to the future and make plans for a whole New Year. For many of us, life has been put on hold in 2020; Weddings have been postponed, family holidays cancelled and with more time spent at home we have made the most of living space and instead invested our hard-earned money in improving our home.
Trends come and go so it can be hard to keep up with what’s hot and what’s not ...
We remember it well! Huddling up under the stars to watch the fireworks, with the gentle glow of a bonfire on our face and warm gloved hands...
Home buyers have revealed what they look for in a new home – with UPVC double glazing, wooden floors and downstairs loos ‘in’, but wood burners, Artex ceilings and shabby chic décor ‘out’.
As the nights draw in, our homes become a cosy haven from the outside world. Here’s our guide to making your home feel warm and welcoming this Autumn.
We spend half of our lifetime lying around in bed (unless you have small children of course) so why isn't ...
We’ve done many a post on Bay Windows, explaining the difference between a Bay and a Bow Window (we’ll remind you below if you’ve forgotten), how to dress your Bay Window, how to clean your Bay Window and even what curtains or blinds suit your Bay Window best. But in these ‘different days’ where we find ourselves looking for new, innovative and cheap ways to change our home where we now spend so much of our time, we wanted to show you how your Bay Window can offer a world of opportunity!
Mental health problems can be experienced by everybody regardless of your life circumstances and according to mentalhealth.org nearly half of adults think they have had a mental health condition at some point in their life. As 2020 saw the emergence of the Coronavirus pandemic here in the UK, our mental health has suffered. A study (https://www.covidsocialstudy.org/results) found that levels of anxiety and depression fell in early June as lockdown began to ease which is good news for a lot of people. But these remained highest among young people, those with lower household income, people with a diagnosed mental illness, people living with children, and people living in urban areas.
Autumn is here. The nights are drawing in, days are getting shorter and darker nights are approaching. We’ve dug out our winter wardrobe and we’re lusting over the thoughts of cosy evenings snuggled up at home. We’re ready for Autumn, but is your home? It’s almost dark before we’re home from work… So there’s never been a better time to make sure your house is safe and secure.
The struggle is real when you're ________ _______ and your cat decides to say 'hi' to the team on Zoom 👋
Whether you're renovating or updating a period home, it's important to choose a window style that complements the design
Replacing your windows is such a big and long term purchase it can feel a little overwhelming to get it right. Let’s walk your through some style and colour options…
We recently conducted a survey to discover the importance of home throughout households across the nation.
We’ve lived, worked, learnt and played at home over the past few months and we’ve spent much more time at home than we normally would have. Here are a few of our top tips on how to improve family life whilst you’re safe at home.
Over the past few months we were told by the Government that we must work from home if we could, for our own and others’ safety. So, employers across the nation were forced to roll out mandatory working from home procedures and we had to quickly adapt to our new working life.
Independent Network is made up of a group of British companies that came together to offer an unrivalled commitment to quality, craftsmanship and service.
Most of us will choose to improve over move and now’s the time to put our plans in to place as we’ll spend more time at home in the months ahead of us.
How do you know that you’re inviting the right company into your home? One which will always respect your safety and wellbeing even when no one is looking?
Ever sat there dreaming about how different your house would look with new windows and doors? Would it ooze curb appeal and completely transform its appearance?
With financial uncertainty prominent throughout all households, we want to reassure you that your hard-earned cash is safe with us.
We have become acutely aware of the gloomy spots in our houses, often moving to make the most of the light as the day passes. Let’s learn from this and look at how we can make our homes brighter and airier.
Things have changed…. What we once thought was a stable and secure may well have given way under the COVID-19 pandemic impact and during this tough and uncertain time and it’s important now more than ever to rely on those you can trust.
Many people may choose to re-creating their perfect holiday at home and are using the money they would normally spend on a summer holiday to invest in their homes and outdoor spaces instead.
Who would have predicted that our home would become our greatest protector and that staying home would save millions of lives? We resisted at first, we felt captive, viewing our homes as prisons, but as the weeks rolled on, we felt differently. We fell in love with our homes once more as they became our sanctuary, our safe place.
Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, Independent Network is currently operating with a significantly reduced workforce. Whilst we continue to support our valued customers and members, we ask that you bear with us at this time and we will come back to any inquiries as soon as we can.
We’ve collaborated with renovating expert @homeforwillow to bring you the top tips for your home this month
Freshen up your home and get it looking its best in a single day with our top 10 spring cleaning tips.
It’s super easy to achieve a fresh new look for your room this spring by making stylish DIY curtains that will transform your windows.
An average home could see a £181 reduction in heating costs with new uPVC Windows. Read more about how you can make your home more energy efficient.
Do you judge someone's home when you visit for the first time? Discover the lengths we go to to impress our guests over the festive period...
Your Christmas Wreath gives guests a festive welcome to your home. Get ready to decorate your front door with our choice of wreaths.
Follow our tips on how to improve your entrance way over the summer period.
If you’re worried about keeping to your diet during your home renovations, we’ve got you covered with our list of healthy microwave recipes that are delicious and easy to make.
Transforming and modernising your home can be hugely rewarding, but it can be stressful. Read our top tips to make coping with home renovations easier.
The Which? Trusted Traders endorsement rewards the most customer focused and trustworthy tradespeople. Find out how this benefits Independent Network Customers.
How to Position Doors and Windows for the most effective Feng Shui layout.
We’ve collaborated with artist Marisa Dixon to create attractive decorations that will make your home look Eggstraordinary over the Easter period.
How many times have you attempted to flip a pancake and it’s ended up landing on your floor, ceiling or even your windows and doors (uPVC obviously!)
Independent Network says hello to new members from Halo!
Independent Network and FCD to the rescue- taking the 'pane' out of troublesome conservatory issue
Two double glazing installer members of Independent Network have achieved the coveted BSI Kitemark™
Independent Network has celebrated another fantastic AGM awards ceremony
Independent Network announces pioneering new partnership with the BSI Kitemark for window installers
We have pulled together our favourite ways to add a dash of Greenery, from the bold to the beautiful
Independent Network offers online guarantee activation, gathering customer feedback in the process
House envy affects us all at some point in our lives. However, improving your home can help to make you feel much better.
At Independent Network, we regard every beautiful uPVC window we produce as an original work of art.
The impact of cold homes is said to cost the NHS a whopping £1.3billion a year in England alone. That statistic is enough to give anyone the shivers...
We have got everything you need to accessorise your windows and doors to add that extra spooky touch.
Find out our top tips on how to uplift your mood during Daylight Saving Time here.
Spread the festive spirit throughout your home with these Christmas window ideas.
Composite doors can sometimes cause minor problems. Find out how to overcome them here.
Take a look at our list of unique front doors from around the world that really make an entrance.
From Vertical Sliding to Tilt and Turn, use our guide to choose which window design is right for your home.
Changes, big or small, can make a big difference to the value of your home. For tips, read our blog.
Don't let the safety of your home worry you while you're away. Use our tips to secure your home.
Patio doors can be a concern when it comes to security. We tackle this with a new lock system.
No fancy, expensive cleaning products required.
If you’re thinking about transforming the entrance to your property, beautifully crafted composite doors are the superior choice
Whatever your style there is a range of quality windows and doors designed to add value to your home
The "Boomerang Generation" are causing big problems for parents.
David Brunskill Windows Ltd has celebrated an impressive milestone
MG Windows Director Mark goes through ups and downs in the name of charity!
Find out more about the benefits of Independent Network
You need a deep bucket; sponge or cloth; plenty of old newspapers; and a bit of elbow grease.
Natural light and a feeling of space are top of the wish-list for most homes we have some top tips on how to get them in your home.
Let us help guide you in choosing the best colour for you uPVC windows, the possibilities are endless
Latest Home Office figures suggest a 6% annual rise in UK burglaries – so how secure do you feel in your home?
Whether you're putting your house up for sale in the near future or a few years down the line, the financial benefits new windows is there for all to see – literally.
Our easy guide to keeping the PEACE when under-going home renovations
You will probably have noticed that uPVC is more popular than ever when it comes to the installation of new windows, doors and extensions, there are many myths about uPVC - let's try to put the record straight!
We decipher the jargon about energy ratings to help you understand what it all really means
Dressing your windows for Christmas can have a magical effect on the inside and outside of your home
As well as breathing new life into your home and giving you precious extra space, an extension can add significant value to your property.
As a form of damp, it steams up your windows- but the good news, in many cases it is easy to remedy
More of us than ever are choosing doors and windows made from uPVC, not to mention conservatories and extensions, we discuss why...
If you're looking to make money out of your house (and who isn't?), there are many ways to achieve it
Building an extension can be a minefield - why not use our summary of extension do's and don'ts
Here we answer your questions about one of the biggest open plan living trends, Bi-fold doors.
Every home needs one - a home improvement hero. Read our post about how you can become one!
Interiors writer, Rachel Ogden, gives expert advice on window treatments for the new season.
We take a look at how updating your kitchen can give your home a new lease of life
A collaboration with interiors and DIY blogger Karen Clough, of 'Well I Guess This Is Growing Up'
Spring is in the air - and with the lighter mornings and the hint of warmer days to come, the rallying call to spring clean your home begins.
View our latest collaborative post about utilising all rooms in your home to maximise light and space
We wanted to answer some common questions about extending, specifically adding a conservatory, to help you get on the right path to your home renovation.
Independent Network celebrates 20 years and £1bn in sales!
Independent Network, settled remedial insurance claims totalling £1m, paying testament to its members.
Independent Network has the online tools for the job says Frames Conservatories Direct