Discover amazing glazing ideas, idyllic country homes, off-grid living and much more, for free.
Among all the uncertainty that we’ve faced since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, our homes have become ever more important us. As our editor-at-large Kevin McCloud puts it, ‘Our routines have become dizzyingly complex as we lurch from home teaching to FaceZooming family and friends, to ordering sourdough kits online, to finding some corner of a room that we can squeeze our entire working life into.’
With more time spent indoors during lockdown, we’ve had the chance to reassess where we live, to plan changes and start to put them into action. According to a survey by the Federation of Master Builders, there has been a demand for home upgrades, with 47 per cent of builders reporting increased workload during the summer and forecasting that this is set to continue during the autumn.
Available to read as a free digital edition, the November issue of Grand Designs magazine has plenty of ideas to whet your appetite for change. For a start, there’s a brilliant guide to windows and glazed doors. Whether you’re building your own house or want to replace existing units, you’ll find design inspiration and practical advice to help you choose the perfect options. Interior glazing is also covered in a feature that takes a closer look at ingenious designs for glazed walls, partitions, doors and windows to bring light into even the darkest spaces.
Fancy escaping to the country and working from home surrounded by idyllic countryside? This month’s reader homes include a fantastic barn conversion in Oxfordshire by TV’s Charlie Luxton and a three-bedroom Cumbrian cottage renovated for less than £200,000. Imagine never having to pay a fuel bill or water rates ever again! If you hanker after a truly independent lifestyle, you’ll want to read about the ten amazing off-grid houses that have their own energy and water supplies.
And to make sure your money is wisely spent when it comes to buying a new kitchen, don’t miss our exclusive report on exactly what you get for your spend and how to ensure you make the most of your investment.
Finally, Kevin McCloud invites you to share how you’ve adapted and reworked your home in these extraordinary times. He’d really love to hear from you – there are details of how to get in touch at the end of his column. Start reading the magazine for free here.