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Windows for heritage renovations

Not sure of the best approach to upgrading your period property’s windows? Alan Tierney lets us in on the secret to getting this project right, including when to repair and when to replace
Fitted in a locally listed building, this faceted bay design is made up of four Legacy box sash units by Westbury Windows & Joinery, with a shaped cill project to give the impression of a curve. Krypton gasfilled 16mm double glazing was used to maintain the property’s traditional appearance.
Scotts of Thrapston manufactures bespoke timber windows to match period properties’ charm with modern performance. These classic sliding sash units use weights and pulleys for smooth operation

Much of the history of an old building lies in its windows. Their detailing is often specific to a particular period, telling us a lot about the origins and development of the house, and has a crucial influence on its appearance – both inside and out. Because of this, it’s important to have a well thought-out window strategy for any period renovation project.

Unfortunately the importance of windows is often undervalued. An understandable desire to renovate and modernise – combined with aggressive marketing by some manufacturers – has contributed to widespread, unsympathetic replacement. This has had a very damaging effect on the character of many period houses, particularly Victorian and Edwardian terraces.

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Build It magazine's new September 2018 issue is packed full of ideas and practical advice to help you successfully create your dream home. Here's our pick of some of the top features this issue: - Top tips to save you £10,000s on your home building project - How to get real value for money from your builder - Are SIPs sustainable? - Design ideas for a better, healthier home - Make your home water efficient - Choosing the right windows for a heritage property ... and more!