Choose made to measure windows for your property
Although there are many circumstances where standard windows can be a suitable solution, it’s always worth considering made to measure options too. Whether you live in a period property, with unusual shaped openings, or a modern home that has more reliable measurements, there are a number of benefits to selecting windows that are tailor-made for your house.
One of the major benefits of going made to measure is the ability to choose windows of any shape and size. If you are struggling to find a suitable replacement for an unusual shaped opening, then choosing a manufacturer that can make a custom replacement could be the perfect answer.
It’s also worth bearing in mind that you can create a unique focal point in any new structure that you are building. For example, if you are extending your home, consider incorporating bespoke triangular windows that will allow additional light to flood in and add to the architectural appeal of the property.
As well as ensuring a window fits perfectly, going made to measure gives you the opportunity to upgrade the specification – offering more flexibility and even allowing you to adhere to building requirements for any work that you may be planning.
Many designs will enable you to select the operation of the window, for example with JELD-WEN’s Sliding Sash range you can upgrade to tilt options which are particularly practical for easy cleaning and maintenance. It is also possible to select an assisted spiral balance, making it easier to open and close the window.
Upgrading your windows is also a great opportunity to improve the thermal performance of your home. Moving from single to double glazing will make a big difference, however for the best performance, upgrade to triple glazed products that will give you the highest energy rating whilst also minimising noise.
In addition to this, you can personalise your windows with obscure glazing options for added privacy in bathrooms and any other areas that are exposed.
Impress with finesse
The devil is in the detail, so if you’re looking to add an element of personalisation then made to measure windows will enable you to select finishing touches that not only match your taste, but also perfectly mirror the style of your home.
For a more striking look on the outside of your property and a neutral shade that blends with your décor on the inside, customise your windows with a dual colour finish. In addition to standard palettes, many manufacturers offer windows in any RAL colour too. A factory finished or stained window will also usually come with an increased guarantee, giving you confidence that it will stand the test of time.
Also consider upgrading your hardware with handles, catches and locks that complement your scheme. Polished chrome finishes work well in contemporary properties, whereas antique black and gold may be a better fit for period homes.
Tip: Made to measure for conservation areas
If you live in a conservation area or listed building, it is particularly important to consider the character of your property and what solutions will keep with the overall look. Oak windows have a traditional charm, so upgrading to this material is a great option for period properties.
Personalising with bar designs will also allow you to create a truly distinctive look with that touch of authenticity. The overall design is an important consideration too, with sliding sash windows working particularly well in more traditional properties and casement windows a great all-rounder that can suit any property.
To find out about more about our Made to Measure ranges, including windows, click here.
Replacing windows in conservation properties
‘An Englishman’s home is his castle’, or so the proverb says, and it’s true; where we choose to make a house our home is incredibly important.
Our home is where our happiest times are spent. For some, their heart is in the country and for others, feeling connected to the past or living in an area full of local history or natural beauty is a home buying dream.
In Britain, we’re so fortunate to be surrounded by so many points of interest, of local and national significance. Did you know that in England alone, there are more than 10,000 conservation areas now designated due to their special architectural and historic interest, according to Historic England? That’s some one million properties that have special protection status.
From Bourneville, set close to the heart of the industrial revolution and home to the Cadbury family for more than 137 years, to Beaulieu, a beautiful village on the boundary of the New Forest, we have such a rich heritage and such protective measures ensure that the charm of the past remains very much in the present. There’s no wonder then that these are highly coveted locations and living in a conservation area means that we all have a part to play to protect the character of the properties within it.
Help is at hand
If you’re left feeling confused about your conservation home and the options available to you, rest assured you’re not alone. You may not know how to go about conserving or swapping your windows, but there’s plenty of help available.
Here are our top tips for navigating the whole process:
- If you live in a listed building or in a conservation area subject to ‘Article 4 Directions’, you may need planning permission to replace or upgrade windows and doors. Be sure and check with your local council before you start
- You will need to submit a proposal detailing the scope of work. It’s best to work closely with your planning or conservation officer, showing them samples, technical specifications and brochures from the start.
- Even small changes can have a significant impact on the appearance of your property for example the position, the proportions of the sashes, arrangement of the opening lights, thickness of the profile of glazing, bar details and even the glass itself, so be sure to consider every detail carefully.
- If you’re looking to upgrade from single to double glazed windows, in some areas you may be required to keep the original look with a like for like replacement, particularly in a terraced house that relies on a consistent look. A well designed double glazed replacement such as a flush sash casement window will provide an acceptable compromise between authenticity and modern energy performance.
- Sometimes a specific colour may be specified in an area so at least with timber, you can be sure to find the finish to ‘fit in’. There’s more than standard white finishes to be had with popular greys and conservation green – think shades of sage for a beautifully harmonious look. Dual colour paint finishes can help you meet the needs of conservation requirements on the exterior, while also reflecting your interior décor.
- And for a really authentic touch, details such as a monkey tail handle, concealed vents and invisible hinges can make all the difference to fitting with the style of your surroundings and make for the perfect final flourish to your home renovation.
The most important piece of advice is to do your research! The Historic England website is another helpful resource worth visiting for further advice, as is the Wood Window Alliance website so there’s plenty of information at hand.
Made to measure, made to last
No matter how much personality your property has – doesn’t every home have its own quirks? – JELD-WEN timber windows are made to measure so any bespoke size or shape can be catered for. Phew!
The result? Complete peace of mind that you have preserved the period features of your property whilst ensuring your investment makes your home your castle for many years to come.
To explore the full range of JELD-WEN timber windows visit the website or you can find your nearest retailer here.