21 Sep 2017

Target Windows helps kit out Dogs Trust kennels

Target Windows has been chosen to fit specially-adapted windows and doors in several multi-million-pound Dogs Trust kennels.

The family-run business, which has showrooms in Stone and Uttoxeter, has worked on the charity’s shelters in Loughborough, Evesham, Essex, Brighton and Shrewsbury and is now discussing two more sites.

In fact, the business has had several new enquiries from other animal charities who have heard about Target Windows’ good work.

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Guy Basnett, director, said: “We’re so happy to be able to help the Dogs Trust by offering exactly what they needed; energy efficient windows and doors, a specially adapted door threshold for easy cleaning and acoustic screens to keep the barking noise down to a minimum.

“I have a rescue dog, a little Jack Russell called Molly, and three German Shepherds. I rescued Rosie after finding her living in poor conditions. The Dogs Trust is a charity which is very close to my heart. These kennels are so luxurious and it’s great to be able to offer those dogs some comfort until they find their new home.”

Mr Basnett said the adapted threshold was manufactured locally after he searched far and wide for exactly what was needed.

“A lot of thought has gone into the shelters. For example, we have used special handles to ensure the dogs can’t jump up and accidentally open the doors, and we selected glazing that makes the buildings as eco-friendly as possible,” said Mr Basnett.

For more information call 01782 398021 or pop into a Target Windows showroom in Stone or Uttoxeter. To donate to the Dogs Trust visit www.dogstrust.org.uk.

15 Sep 2017

Target Windows Celebrates Another Win with Cheadle Housing Project

Target Windows has been chosen to work on a project which will see more than 40 new affordable homes built in Cheadle, Staffordshire.

The Wrekin Housing Trust (WHT) is creating the homes for rent on land off Meadow Drive and Bank Street, and the family-run company, which has branches in Stone and Uttoxeter, will be installing the windows and doors and creating three new jobs in the process.

The development will include 22 two-bedroom homes, six three-bedroom homes, and two two-bedroom bungalows, alongside the restoration and conversion of 5 – 7 Bank Street into 12 one-bedroom apartments.

The project is located just outside Cheadle’s conservation area and the Trust says the design compliments the vernacular style of Cheadle, interpreting key features found within the architecture of the surrounding vicinity, to provide the scheme with a slightly contemporary edge.

In a design statement, Sutton and Wilkinson architects said on behalf of the Trust: “The scheme is complementary and sensitive to its immediate surroundings and the construction of interesting, vibrant, good quality dwellings will be attractive to local residents and future tenants alike.”

The new build will feature the very latest in design and technology from Target’s Optima range of UPVc windows, taking design inspiration from the older traditional properties in the area. With the conversion of 5-7 Bank Street, existing windows will be replaced with similar timber sash windows.

Guy Basnett, Director of Target Windows, said: “We are happy to be working with contractor J Harper and Sons to carry out this project for The Wrekin Housing Trust. It’s another win for our family-run company, which has seen our commercial projects double this year. As a result, we will be looking to recruit another installation team of two, plus a site manager to help us cover the massive expansion in commercial work we are currently undertaking.”

06 Sep 2017

Four reasons why September is a great time to sell your home

If you’ve had your house up for sale recently or you are considering putting it on the market, this month is an ideal time to attract buyers. It’s also a great time to consider kerb appeal and spruce up the appearance of your home.

Google search trends have revealed that traffic on property websites Rightmove and Zoopla can decline by as much as 30 per cent starting from November. This means that listing your house at the start of September will give you a two-month window in which to sell.

So why is September such a great time to put up the ‘for sale’ sign?

  1. People are determined to be moved in time for the festive season, which means buyers are more pro-active.
  2. Many school admission deadlines are due in February, so buying a house in the area you are after improves your chances of getting children into the school you want… better get a move on!
  3. September should (in theory) provide nice enough weather to get good pictures of a house before it goes on the market.
  4. Buyers who have typically been on holiday or busy with children during the summer months are now back in the market and giving searches their full attention.

According to the Right Move House Price Index for September 2016, there was an uplift in Rightmove website visits of 8 per cent in the first full week of September, after the end of the holiday season.

September is also a good time to look at your home and consider replacing outdated or just plain boring windows and doors. You would be surprised at the difference this can make.

Property experts say putting in new windows can make a house instantly smarter, warmer and quieter. Just make sure the replacements are the same as the original to reflect the age and style of the property. If you have a modern home, go for modern windows. If you have a period home, consider the same style as the originals, but modern quality. The potential cost is around £5,000 to £7,000 and could potentially increase the value of your home by around 5 per cent.

doorexampleNew windows and doors don’t need to be plain white; they come in a variety of colours and designs. Target Windows supplies Solidor composite doors, which even offer a door designer – take a look on the Solidor website here.

We also supply products by Profile 22, the UK’s leading manufacturer of PVC-U window systems. The company’s Optima range offers exceptional performance in energy efficiency, weather protection and security – and comes in a range of colours.

Adding a conservatory can raise your house’s value by between 7 and 15 per cent (if it’s part of a full-blown extension). This could cost between £5,000 and £30,000 (for a full extension).

You should select a design that complements the style of your home. Make sure there is still plenty of garden left, as even a small conservatory can add value to your home. Think about its position: a south-facing conservatory needs ventilation and shade, while a north-facing room requires good heating.

Check with your local planning department whether you need permission to build. If you’re within your home’s permitted development allowance (your local planning department can advise on this) and your conservatory is separated from your house by patio doors, you may be exempt.

The additional area needs to add functionality to the existing layout of the house, either as an enlargement of an existing room, or a room in its own right. Above all else, it must feel like a part of the rest of the house and not an ugly add-on.

Target Windows offers a range of conservatories and orangeries. To get some inspiration, browse the conservatories on our website and fill in the form to request a call back for a no obligation quote or advice from one of our experienced sales team.

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