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Specifying windows for renovations

Fenestration is an integral part of any project, but what do you need to consider when choosing something that suits you and your property? Anna-Marie DeSouza’s essential guide will help you get it right
Installing sliding doors along the wall of this restored barn has helped to maximise natural light. With a slim sightline of only 21mm, the units from IQ Glass give the house’s owners incredible obstruction-free views of their surroundings. The glazing for this project cost a total of £53,387

Whatever the style of your property, the windows will be a vital part of its overall character. Not only do they set the tone for your home’s aesthetic, they’re also integral to your renovation’s energy efficiency. Replacing or upgrading them will represent a substantial investment, so it’s sensible to dedicate time to researching exactly what you want, as well as what’s best for your dwelling.

New windows can transform the appearance, security and comfort of your home if tackled with sensitivity and understanding. Get it right and they can represent a significant improvement that will increase the value of your property, but if done badly they could ruin your house’s exterior appearance – not to mention negatively impact on its resale value. So, before replacing any windows, read our guide to the key considerations to factor in when selecting products for your project.

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The March edition of Build It magazine brings you all the inspiration & practical advice you need to complete your home building project on time and on budget, including: • A traditional timber frame house on a quiet Hampshire plot (page 22) • How to build an oak frame home on a budget (page 68) • What you need to know about underfloor heating (page 75) • Windows for renovations (page 78) • How to combine renewables (page 86) • Adding wow factor (page 92) • Common renovation mistakes (page 104) … and more!