Are you the proud owner of a charming Victorian-style house with its elegant stone walls and iconic sash and case windows? Well, congratulations are in order!
Victorian homes, renowned for their architectural splendour and historical significance, possess a distinctive charm that deserves to be cherished. These houses, prevalent during the 19th century, are characterized by their ornate details, tall ceilings, and large, elegant windows. The sash and case windows, featuring multiple panes that can be opened vertically, are a defining element of Victorian architecture.
The allure of living in such a magnificent home is undeniable, but as with all things of beauty, there comes a responsibility – a set of specific guidelines that govern the preservation and restoration of these architectural treasures.
If the property is listed as a protected building or located in a conservation area, the windows must be replaced either with identical ones or with those that closely resemble the originals.
In other areas, these rules do not apply as strictly, and typically, it is sufficient for the windows to have a similar appearance to the originals. Additionally, windows that are less visible to the public eye, such as those facing the garden, are subject to less scrutiny and can have more flexibility in their design (as long as they do not disrupt the neighbours, of course). However, most homeowners prefer to have consistent or similar windows throughout the entire house.
For Victorian buildings, Sash and Case windows are suitable. The "Renovation Sash" type with single glazing or slim double glazing is the most suitable when strict regulations apply (for A-listed buildings). For buildings with lower protection status, alternative types of Sash and Case windows, like the WS146, can be considered. When there are no such limitations, the choice ultimately rests with your preference.
In our range, we offer window options that are best suited for these "stone" type of buildings, all featuring wooden frames:
If you have complete freedom in your selection, you may also opt for aluminium-clad windows, a choice made by many other customers. In such cases, we recommend windows with external aluminium cladding (alu clad), such as the Classic type, which boasts rounded edges and closely resembles the details of wooden windows. Similarly, you can also choose uPVC windows with rounded detailing.
In conclusion, as the proud owner of a charming Victorian-style house with its elegant stone walls and iconic sash and case windows, preserving its unique style and character is a delightful responsibility. This includes adhering to specific guidelines when selecting windows, particularly if the property is listed as a protected building or located in a conservation area. By choosing windows that closely match the original design, you not only honour the architectural heritage but also contribute to the continued splendour of your beloved Victorian residence for generations to come.
We are here to assist you every step of the way. Contact us and let us help you find the perfect windows to enhance the splendour of your Victorian dwelling.