January 7, 2014

IQ Glass in Valuable Commuter Hubs

Written by Rebecca Clayton

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A recent study by Savills Research shows that commuters are now the driving force amongst out of London housing price increases. Commuters looking for a more affordable way of life radiate out of London along the miles of train lines in search of affordable housing.

The list compiled by the property company lists the 20 most valuable areas that commuters retreat to. They include the expected commuter hubs such as Sevenoaks, Harpenden and St Albans but also the less glamorous towns that get an economy boost from this spreading web of wealth such as Slough, Tonbridge and Shenfield.

As the wealth and high net worth workers start to leave London so do the building opportunities for the housing market. IQ Glass operate all over the UK but most of the work was concentrated in London. Now we too are noticing the spreading wealth to the surrounding commuter areas of London with these households now having the available income to improve or even build their own homes in these more wallet friendly areas.

These out of London areas also can offer much more space, allowing the creation of new grand homes that would be out of the realm of possibility inside the area of London.

IQ Examples:


The Rise, Elstree: minimal windows sliding glass doors were used to the rear of this contemporary extension

The Rise, Elstree

Train travel time to London: 25mins to London St Pancras

IQ provided our most popular minimal windows sliding doors to a rear extension to this 5 bed family home in the Hertfordshire town of Elstree. The property value in the area averages around £900,000 but with the addition of the contemporary extension this property value will be higher than average.


White Lodge, Oxted: Fixed structural glazing, minimal windows sliding doors, aluminium windows and bespoke structural glazing all help this new home achieve the 'wow' factor

White Lodge, Oxted

Train travel time to London: 30mins to London Bridge

This well recognised contemporary home in Surrey was a grand project and impressive design, turning an old fashioned, cramped bungalow into an open plan clean family home with outside swimming pool and independently accessed basement bedrooms for elder children. The gated home includes impressive glass installations from IQ Glass including a bespoke Oreil window box to the front elevation of the home and an entire wall of silicone jointed structural glass.


Sweethaws, Crowborough: minimal windows sliding door are used on ground and sub-ground floor whilst fixed frameless structural glass on the upper floors mirror the minimal look from below

Sweethaws, Crowborough

Train Travel time to London: 1 hour 4mins to London Bridge

For quieter living you have to travel out of London. The quiet area of Sweethaws Wood is only 1 hour away from London by train but this impressively designed property set in 22 acres of woodland is tranquil, private and away from major roads. The property includes 5 bedrooms and open plan living on the ground floor with a indoor heated salt water pool on the sub-ground level and was recently on the market for 2.5million. IQ Glass provided their minimal windows sliding door as well as the Innovare window system to the front elevation.

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