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.