In­stalling fea­ture win­dows

Think­ing of putting in strik­ing win­dows as Al­lan Roberts has done? Here’s our ad­vice… What are the op­tions?

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In­stalling fea­ture win­dows

It’s of­ten said that win­dows are the ‘eyes’ of a build­ing, and in the world of mod­ern de­sign they’re far more than a mere prac­ti­cal ne­ces­sity. As Al­lan and Linda’s gen­er­ous pic­ture win­dows show, they can also be an eye-catch­ing state­ment fea­ture and cre­ate a fo­cal point for any room.

In­stalling win­dows can be costly, so it’s im­por­tant to take time to clar­ify the ef­fect you wish to achieve. For a con­tem­po­rary feel, you could flood your home with light by adding pic­ture win­dows, rooflights or even a glazed ex­ten­sion. For older build­ings, adding or restor­ing orig­i­nal fea­ture win­dows will cre­ate a sense of pe­riod style. Bear in mind that if you are adding or restor­ing win­dows in a listed build­ing, you will need spe­cial build­ing con­sent. Roof win­dows can be a stylish fea­ture and are a good de­sign so­lu­tion when the lay­out of the build­ing doesn’t al­low for ver­ti­cal glaz­ing. Th­ese can be used along­side con­ven­tional win­dows and bi­folds. If fea­ture win­dows are hard to reach, con­sider us­ing self-clean­ing glass, like Pilk­ing­ton’s Ac­tiv range. In in­te­rior spa­ces, glaz­ing can be cus­tomised to any shape or an­gle to cre­ate an un­usual state­ment fea­ture.

For loft con­ver­sions, you could in­stall one of the new de­signs like the Velux Cabrio range. Here, the up­per sec­tion opens up and out­wards to al­low for ex­tra head­room, and the lower sec­tion un­folds into a glazed bal­cony and rail­ings. Frame­less win­dows can also cre­ate a state­ment fea­ture, but will need struc­tural glass, which is re­in­forced to give added load-bear­ing ca­pac­ity.

Stained glass win­dows are not just for older build­ings, and can be a stun­ning fea­ture in con­tem­po­rary homes. Seek out stained glass stu­dios cre­at­ing be­spoke de­signs. Pe­riod build­ings such as con­verted chapels and school­houses can be given a con­tem­po­rary twist by in­stalling a mod­ern fea­ture win­dow or an ab­stract stained glass de­sign.

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