Ponder over Planning Permission No More

These days you can change your home’s external cladding, fit a couple of delux windows to your roof and even add a conservatory – and all without the need for planning permission.

That’s because all of these home alterations come under the realm of ‘permitted development’. So, you shouldn’t be surprised to learn that fitting new doors and windows is no big deal as far as your local planning department is concerned.

The exception to this rule is if the windows you plan on fitting are bay windows (some local authorities in England and Wales consider them ‘an extension.’) That’s because the windows extrude from the building and permanently alter its external dimensions.

If the property in question is a Listed Building then you will, of course, require permission from Historic England to alter its appearance in any way. Being in a conservation area also merits special attention and you will have to contact your local authority to inform them of your intent. And at which point they could refuse… so it’s definitely worth checking first.

Elevated side extension windows

If it’s a side extension or conservatory that you plan on getting fitted then it’s still possible to go ahead and fit windows. But there are restrictions in that the glass has to be obscure-glazed (having level 4 or 5 obscurity). The windows should also be at least 1.7 metres above the ground and/or non-opening. This is to protect the privacy of a neighbouring home which is often overlooked by a renovated property.

Meanwhile, if the new windows or doors are larger than those they are replacing, or inserted into a new area of your home, then this will have to be approved by your local authority Building Control team beforehand. There is no point in going ahead and fitting them only to be told to remove them at a later point because they don’t conform to specific regulations.

Different types of windows

When it comes to choosing your windows there is a variety of different types to select from. What you ultimately go with depends on where in your home they are being added to.

The most popular type of windows for home owners in the UK are double-glazed; triple glazing is sold too but proves less sought-after due to the mild climate on these shores. In Norway, for instance, where there are arctic winters, triple glazing is practically standard.

Other types of windows available include those made from uPVC, bow bay windows, Tilt and Turn, aluminium and casement windows (the latter are usually fitted in period properties, such as Victorian, Georgian and Regency style homes).

Today’s adorable doors 

Contemporary doors are produced in a range of smart and stylish designs. Here at Sovereign Home we produce and install uPVC doors in a huge number of shades and finishes. There are French doors for conservatories and doors with the best security locks around for the front and back of the house. There are also smart sliding doors for patios and bi-fold doors which provide excellent space-saving options.

Get in touch today

Why not take a look for yourself at some of the latest window and door designs on our website? You can also call the team here for advice, tel: 01277 810 910.


Double Glazing in Essex…

Looking for Double Glazing in Essex…

Sovereign Home Improvements is the foremost company when it comes to double glazing in Essex!

Double Glazing in Essex, Sovereign Home Improvements

We cover the whole of the county from Saffron Walden to Canvey Island and from Chigwell to Harwich, so wherever you live in Essex, we’ve got you covered.

We are a family owned and run business and we treat our customers and potential customers with the respect that they deserve and in the same way that we would wish to be treated ourselves.

Double Glazing in Essex – Our approach…

We cover the whole of the county from Saffron Walden to Canvey Island and from Chigwell to Harwich, so wherever you live in Essex, we’ve got you covered.

However, if you are looking for a sales pitch that starts off with a ludicrously high price and then finds all sorts of reasons why it can magically be reduced to about half of the original, then sorry, but we don’t do that.

What we WILL do is come and visit you so that we can measure your windows (and doors if you wish) and then give you a fair and competitive price.

There is no obligation but we think that you will find our prices extremely reasonable, especially when compared with some of the “big boys”.

How? Because as a family business we don’t have a team of salesmen to whom we have to pay huge commissions.

Think in the order of 30% for the sales guy and you won’t be too far wrong.

When looking for double glazing in Essex, you can be sure we cover the whole of the county from Saffron Walden to Canvey Island and from Chigwell to Harwich, so wherever you live in Essex, we’ve got you covered.

Double Glazing in Essex – The Products…

Equally important is the fact that we only use the very best materials and manufacturing processes to produce our windows and doors.

Double Glazing in Essex, Sovereign Home Improvements 2We do not and will not cut corners to shave a few pounds off the price here and there.

Installing new double glazing in Essex is an investment.

But it’s not a “cheap” product, so you need to get the very best value for your money because you don’t want to have to replace it again ten or fifteen years down the line.

As such, you need it to last.

What we can also do is to offer you double glazing in any style that you wish.

We can produce windows in any size, any shape, and in your choice of materials.

So you can have timber frames, uPVC frames, or aluminium frames.

They each have their advantages, so feel free to ask us what we would recommend for your particular home.

These frames – and doors – can be supplied in a variety of different colours as well, including wood-grain effects and finishes, so in the 21st Century, your windows don’t have to be white!

So for double glazing in Essex, talk to Sovereign Home Improvements.

It’s what we do.


By Lewis Adair


The Best Choice Windows and Doors in uPVC…

Best Choice Windows and Doors - Sovereign Home Improvements, EssexWe’ve believe in providing our customers with the Best Choice Windows and Doors in uPVC to make your home stand out…

Sovereign Home Improvements is the foremost provider of home improvements of all kinds in Essex.

We can install new kitchens, add soffits and fascias, replace a flat roof, build a loft extension, add a conservatory or orangery to your home, or an office extension.

However, as you might guess, a lot of our work is in uPVC double glazing windows in Essex, along with uPVC doors in Essex as well.

Best Choice Windows and Doors – Materials…

It’s a fact of life that nothing lasts forever, and that includes windows and doors.

Many of our customers choose uPVC for their replacement windows and doors because it is long-lasting, needs virtually no maintenance.

They won’t discolour and will stay looking great for year after year.

It also has the added benefit of being extremely cost-effective when compared to aluminium or wood.

If you happen to like the effect of a wood grain finish you can have that in uPVC as well.

So it looks like wood but isn’t wood, and won’t need regular repainting as wood does. uPVC really does give you the best of all worlds.

All of our uPVC windows come as A+ rated as standard which is as high an energy efficiency as you need.

There is an A++ rating, but the difference is so small that it is not really worth the extra cost.

Best Choice Windows and Doors – Security…

Our windows all have the police approved locking system which is called Security By Design.

This is a 10-point locking system which is designed to defeat the most persistent of intruders.

We also use warm edge spacer technology in between the glass units which helps to reduce condensation and makes the glass more energy efficient.

It also adds to the soundproofing too, which is a real bonus if you live next to Stansted or Southend airports or next to the A13.

Our windows can also be produced in any sort of style or design that you wish.

You can have casement windows, tilt and turn windows, bow windows, bay windows, sliding sash windows – you name it.

Our uPVC doors are also highly energy efficient and will help to keep your utility bills low.

For security purposes, our doors have the Avantis locking system which

has the largest deadbolt available, and they are also 10% thicker than those of our nearest rivals, making your home as safe as it could possibly be.

All of our uPVC windows and doors are available in a wide choice of colours to suit the style of your home.

Talk to us today!