This crass replacement window put into an early 19th century house in a conservation area, amusingly highlights how vital it is to have elegant appropriate windows.

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Heavy frames are ugly, but so too are uninterrupted sheets of glass, windows seem to need glazing bars – they always look better if they have them. These are new sashes we put into an 18th century house compared with how it looked previously. The original sash boxes were retained.

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Occasionally, when standard off-the-shelf windows have been installed, it’s necessary to go the other way and have fewer glazing bars. For this Cornish cottage we designed new windows with thin double glazing. Now, not only is the cottage warmer it’s also lighter!

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We always deign the windows and doors for our projects and by careful selection of the timber beautiful, slender sections are possible. These glazed doors have stiles just 70mm (2 3/4”) wide – compared to 100mm (4 3/8”) the usual commercially available dimension.

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When glazing doors are used in conjunction with sash windows slender timber sections bring unity to the composition – as in this orangery. Naturally, the glass is thin double glazing because keeping warm (and conserving energy) is always wanted.


And for keeping warm and conserving energy shutters make a significant contribution. Where they already exist we put them back into working order and where they don’t, we design new ones.

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There may not always be space for folding shutters and an alternative is rising shutters (first used in the late 18th century). These we added to the bedroom of a Regency house.

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