As we now have the external work rolling, one of the things we need to start thinking about is windows. Over the next week or so we are starting to think about sourcing cotswold stone, (to re build the crumbling/cracked parts and the extension), reclaimed oak lintels to replace the rotten ones, and therefore also need to think about our windows.
Where we are in a conservation area and are now exposing the external stone, we’re hoping not to have to fit upvc windows (price depending). We feel that these windows would draw away from the character of the property, so we have had a few local companies round to quote for a new type of window, Residence 9.
Residence 9 have only been around for about two years, so it’s quite tricky to find any that are actually fitted. These windows are designed to replicate the style of original 19th century timber windows, are extremely authentic and conservation approved.
They are made from a composite material, (similar to your normal composite doors) come double or triple glazed, and are all hand finished to preserve the authenticity. You are able to personalise your windows with accessories made in traditional styles to suit the time period, (eg. Monkey tail handles and butt hinges) and these again are hand finished.
They come in a fantastic range of heritage colours, and you can chose from having the same colour inside and out, or dual colours.
We now have a lot of thinking (and haggling!) to do.
Here’s a link to their website if you’re interested: