Win­dow and door de­sign

A house’s win­dows and doors are its most im­por­tant ex­te­rior fea­tures. We round up the best de­signs for a pe­riod prop­erty

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Pre­serve your home’s pe­riod char­ac­ter by choos­ing the cor­rect style of fen­es­tra­tion

1 Bay win­dows were hugely pop­u­lar in the Vic­to­rian era. Due to ad­vance­ments in glaz­ing, larger panes of glass be­came avail­able than in pre­vi­ous eras, mean­ing sash win­dows tended to be two-over-two or one-over-one. To­tali’s tra­di­tional Ac­coya slid­ing sash win­dows start from £1,000.

2 Steel win­dows came into favour in the early 20th cen­tury and be­came recog­nised fea­tures of many Art Deco homes and in­dus­trial build­ings. To­day, you can buy both tra­di­tional and mod­ern de­signs. Steel is hard­wear­ing and se­cure, and al­lows for nar­row frames that let in more light than many tim­ber win­dows. This be­spoke EB24 steel win­dow with leaded lights has been colour matched to the orig­i­nals. In­stalled prices start from £1,944 at Cle­ment.

3 UPVC frames are not of­ten rec­om­mended for pe­riod prop­er­ties as the ma­te­rial is not au­then­tic, the glaz­ing bars tend to look too chunky, and the fin­ish is ar­ti­fi­cial. How­ever, if you want to go down that route for cost or main­te­nance pur­poses, there are some far bet­ter qual­ity ex­am­ples that are prac­ti­cally in­dis­tin­guish­able from new tim­ber – some have even been ap­proved for use on listed homes. These Ge­n­e­sis flush sash case­ment win­dows repli­cate the char­ac­ter of tra­di­tional tim­ber frames. Avail­able in a range of colours and wood­grains, and with a choice of tra­di­tional win­dow fur­ni­ture, prices are on ap­pli­ca­tion from Bi­son.

4 Sash win­dows were ubiq­ui­tous in the Ge­or­gian era, and com­prised two ver­ti­cally slid­ing ‘sashes’ made up of small panes in a six-over-six or eight-over-eight con­fig­u­ra­tion. These spi­ral-bal­anced hard­wood sash win­dows are fin­ished in mi­cro­p­orous paint, along with the shut­ters, and have lowe­mis­siv­ity dou­ble-glazed units. Prices are on ap­pli­ca­tion from Scotts of Thrap­ston.

5 Arts and Crafts prop­er­ties tended to have me­tal-frame win­dows. Tra­di­tional lead­ing is dif­fi­cult to recre­ate with dou­ble glaz­ing, and so com­pa­nies ap­ply leaded de­tail­ing to get the look. These hand­crafted alu­minium win­dows by Met-therm suc­cess­fully achieve a sin­gle-glazed look with ef­fi­cient dou­ble glaz­ing. Prices on ap­pli­ca­tion. 6 Leaded lights were the only real op­tion prior to the in­tro­duc­tion of sash win­dows in the 18th cen­tury. As glass was only avail­able in small pieces, win­dows com­prised a se­ries of ‘lights’ held to­gether in a leaded lat­tice frame­work. Al­though dou­ble glaz­ing is much more ef­fi­cient, in listed homes you of­ten need to use sin­gle glaz­ing for re­place­ment win­dows. This tra­di­tional heavy moulded oak win­dow with leaded lights is from Dea­con & Sandys, priced on ap­pli­ca­tion.

7 Orig­i­nal wood win­dows can usu­ally be re­paired and draught­proofed. Where this is pos­si­ble, it’s far prefer­able to re­place­ment, which will de­tract from the house’s char­ac­ter. Ven­trolla of­fers a com­plete over­haul ser­vice, with prices start­ing from £500 per win­dow.

8 Tim­ber case­ments have a sim­ple, un­pre­ten­tious de­sign that makes them ideal for coun­try cot­tages. This be­spoke tra­di­tional flush case­ment win­dow is made from FSC red­wood painted in Corn­forth White es­tate eggshell, £24 for 750ml at Far­row & Ball. The cost of the win­dow, via the Wood Win­dow Al­liance, is around £600.

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