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It’s that time of the year; the entire family will soon be faced with the mammoth task of fitting into one home. For those with big families this summons images of 5 people trying to squeeze onto a three seater sofa, the emergency chairs being wheeled out for Christmas dinner and spending New Years in the kitchen.
If you’re planning on having a big family get together this year then you need to get more space, you could buy more chairs but a house can only hold so much seating. What you need is an extension without the hassle of planning permission and funding a full extension.
A conservatory could prove to be the answers to all of your space worries this season. Orion windows use the latest glass technology to ensure that your conservatory is energy efficient. This means that you’ll be able to enjoy your conservatory all year …Continue To Full Story
The Coca Cola advert has been on, the John Lewis Christmas advert has been on TV and it has definitely got colder. It’s certainly beginning to look a lot like Christmas. While some people will be burying their heads in the autumn leaves avoiding the festive cheer till December 20th, we think why not start the fun early?
We’re not saying you have to put the tree up now, but there are a few simple things you can do to help turn the home into a winter wonderland.
An easy way to make sure your conservatory is looking festive is to hang up some fairy lights. Whether you want traditional or fairy lights shaped like stars or flowers they are available to suit any budget or style.
If you want a cosy winter wonderland then we strongly recommend going out and buying as many blankets and jumpers as you …Continue To Full Story
Halloween is one of those times that a lot of different people get involved in. From the young to the old and everyone in between.
It’s something that has become a favoured holiday of millions of people around the world. There are people that get into little sort of competitions with their neighbours and just like with the Christmas decorations and the lights on the houses at Christmas time they get progressively more competitive.
There’s plenty of different things that you can do yourself at home when it comes to sorting out some Halloween decorations for your home. You could take the easy way out and go and buy some from your local supermarket but if you have the time and imagination, you could make your own at home.Continue To Full Story
For years now, York has been considered the most haunted City in England.
Well, if this is the kind of thing that floats your boat and you’ve lived in York for a long, long time but never really visited any of these ‘haunted spots’ in the City then here at Orion conservatories, we’ve saved you a job.
We’re going to list four of the most haunted places you can go and visit in York.
York Museum has been around since the late 1930s and is said to be haunted. The first sighting of a ghost was in 1953 by the then caretaker of the museum, Mr Jonas.
He is said to have seen a little man who he described as being dressed Edwardian. The encounter between Mr Jonas and the Edwardian occurred when he and his wife had finished locking up for the day and they had …Continue To Full Story
Come Dine With Me. Don’t worry this isn’t an invitation.
This is, for those of you who don’t know, a hugely popular TV show where a group of people come together from a certain town or city in the country and host dinner parties at their house with each of the attendees voting in secret and the chance to win £1000 cash prize.
Well, thanks to this, hosting dinner parties has become quite a popular thing to do these days. Obviously, if you’re hosting something like this among friends, there won’t be a £1000 prize at the end of it, maybe a bottle of wine but not that huge sum of cash.
Well, if you’re thinking of hosting a dinner party then we’ve got some good tips for hosting the best dinner party that you could possibly host!
1. Guest List
First things first, you need to decide who’s going …Continue To Full Story
Compared to what we use nowadays with our eco-friendly, energy efficient windows, the ‘windows’ of old have been extremely basic.
Windows: The Beginning
This may not come as a surprise to you but windows, back in the day were just holes in the wall. Think about it, people didn’t have glass hundreds and thousands of years ago to cover their holes with.
The first kind of covering came when people decided to use animal hides to keep themselves protected from the elements. It then moved onto various kinds of cloth and wood. The next thing to come along was shutters that could be opened and closed. The importance of keeping people sheltered from the elements and letting light in quickly became of the highest importance.
Mullioned glass windows, windows that were made up of small piece of glass and pieced together with lead, quickly became the most widely used …Continue To Full Story
Following on from our first article about York and all of the interesting things it has to offer, here’s our next one.
As we said in our post about York, we’re known for our conservatories, orangeries and many other home improvement items but we’re going to delve into a bit of Leeds history in this post.
First Moving Images
The first moving images were shot in Leeds back in 1880 by Louis le Prince who lived and worked in Leeds. The inventor and cinema pioneer then went on to shoot the first ever motion picture “Crossing Leeds Bridge” in the City Centre in 1888.
He also recorded some images at Roundhay Park in Leeds. These are believed to be among his first ever moving pictures recorded.
Leeds Castle: The Actual Location
There’s many a City guide out there that has pictures of Leeds castle in their guide but that’s not …Continue To Full Story
Here at Orion Windows, we provide the highest quality conservatories, orangeries, windows and doors plus many other products that will be perfect if you’re looking at making some changes to your house this year.
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We supply our products throughout York, Harrogate, Leeds and Hull and we think it’ll be great for us to have a brief rundown of each of these areas and give our customers a bit of information, perhaps some interesting facts they didn’t know about the areas they know so well and we’re starting with York.
To start with, a part of York history is that Guy Fawkes, England’s most famous terrorist was born, raised and educated in York.
Fawkes is obviously famous for his attempt to blow up the houses of Parliament in 1605 due largely to the fact that the plot was revealed to the …Continue To Full Story
Each year, home owners up and down the country look to make changes to their homes.
Whether that be a new kitchen, redecorating a bedroom or fitting new windows. There’s an array of different things that can be done. Hell, some people may go all out and buy a new conservatory for their home.
If you’re looking to make some changes to your house this summer, why not consider having some new windows fitted? With the price of our energy bills constantly on the rise, it would be wise to look for the most energy efficient windows on the market.
Aside from that, we’ve got a short “How To” on selecting your new windows. Here goes…
Choosing Your Texture
This is entirely dependent on whether or not you want a product which will require upkeep or not. There’s a choice of wood and PVC, both of which has its pros …Continue To Full Story
Ever sat back and wondered what you would do if you had millions in your bank account? I’m sure one of those things would be to buy yourself a fancy new house, right?
Well, we’re going to list some of the world’s most expensive houses. You’ll need hundreds of millions to buy one of these!
Henley Mansions in Berkshire, England is now owned by a Russian billionaire who has paid a staggering £140million for Britain’s priciest home.
Park Place, close to Henley-on-Thames in Oxfordshire, was once the home of George II’s eldest son and was also where the 2007 re-make of St. Trinian’s was filmed. Now though, it comes fully loaded with a spa complex, a helipad, home cinema and a high-tech security system. Presumably to help keep the owner’s identity a secret.
The building was sold by Knight Frank and Savills estate agents. They were apparently so …Continue To Full Story