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Wooden Sash Windows for New Build

Should you install sash windows in your new build?

One question we get asked time and time again – “should we include sash windows in our new build?” While this is a stylistic question that each person designing and building a new home must decide for themselves, we believe that sash windows are a lovely addition to any home.

Sash windows are a timeless and stylish part of British architectural heritage, a historically inspired detail popular for the past 350 years across England. First introduced in the mid 17th century, they can be seen gracing the facades of most Georgian, Regency, Victorian and Edwardian properties across the country.

While it may seem like an obvious choice to include sash windows in any heritage renovation project, many home owners are unsure whether they should include them in their new build constructions. Sash windows are an integral component of any Georgian or Victorian inspired new build, but they can also look fantastic in more modern designs as well.

What are sash windows?

The term ‘sash’ refers to a single glazed frame window that slides up and down, in front of or behind another frame. Historically, these two frames were counterbalanced with weights, but they have been replaced in modern construction with springs.

In the past, the lack of glazing technology meant that sash windows were often comprised of multiple smaller panes, with the most common being the typical Georgian “six over six” or the Victorian “two over two.” Modern techniques allow for massive sheets of glass, however, many clients still elect to go with one of these most historic designs.

While historic sash windows were difficult to clean because of their lack of outward swing, modern versions often tilt in or out to allow for simpler maintenance. Modern adjustments have also been made to prevent energy loss; the drafty sash windows of yore are now sealed, waterproof and perfect for maintaining a comfortable room temperature in all climates.

What should you consider when including sash windows in a new build?

If you are building a period property, is important to ensure that your sash windows are carefully chosen to reflect the precise period you are attempting to recreate. Slight variations occurred over decades and centuries – for instance, in the Queen Anne Revival style of the early twentieth century, the upper sash had multiple panes while the bottom had only one or two. If you intend to sell your home in the future, these details will affect the selling price.

Ultimately, the answer to the question ‘should I install sash windows’ is simple – if you want to add a classic, timeless architectural detail guaranteed to age well and increase the value of your new build, sash windows are the perfect solution.

Guaranteed to add a timeless beauty and authentic period feeling to any home, sash windows are perfect for both new builds and renovated heritage homes. Get in touch with us today to inquire about how you can include authentic sash windows in your property investment and bring history into the present – and the future for many years to come.

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Replacing Windows in a Conservation area or listed building

We are often involved with assisting clients in replacement Sash and Casement windows for conservation areas and listed buildings.

Conservation areas

Defined by section 69 of the Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas Act 1990:

“…areas of special architectural or historic interest the character of appearance of which is desirable to preserve of enhance.”

Conservation areas usually vary, ranging from historic town centres to industrial and rural villages.

Article 4

Under the Town and Country Planning General Permitted Development Order 1995, certain works may be undertaken without the need for planning permission, and are known as ‘permitted development’. Within conservation areas permitted development is more restrictive, in particular for extensions and alterations to houses, and for other development within residential curtilages.

Not all works in a conservation area require consent, but their character is comprised of many building types, with a wide range of details. The cumulative effect of inappropriate changes to windows, doors, chimneys and roof materials can have a major adverse impact on the overall character of the area. For this reason, the council may resolve to make additional Article 4 and Article 4(2) directions in the future to control minor alterations to buildings.

In making an Article 4 direction, certain permitted development rights are withdrawn for a prescribed range of works. These are works that materially affect some aspects of the external appearance of houses, such as windows, doors, roofs, and frontages. Householders in areas affected by an Article 4 direction need to make an application to the council for permission to undertake such work.

Gaining Planning approval for replacement of Traditional Timber Windows

We are often invited to tender for works related to properties within conservation areas within London and the occasionally the Home Counties. As everything is we manufacture is bespoke, we are able to work within the guidelines and requirements stipulated by any Local Authority including being able to replicate any style or individual detail on the windows being replaced. This can be anything from the style of a horn on a sliding sash window to the drip detail on the transom of a flush timber casement window.

Due to our understanding and experience in this scenario, we are able to offer all of our clients a fully managed service which includes preparing relevant CAD drawings and details required for submission of application to the Local Authority by the clients Architects and can also act as the appointed Agents to deal with such applications.