INSPIRATIONS BEAUTIFUL, HAND-MADE TIMBER WINDOWS & DOORS
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REAL HOMES TRANSFORMED MAKE AN ENTRANCE DOOR STYLES
THE SECRETS OF KERB APPEAL THE ART OF RESTORATION
SO, JUST HOW GOOD ARE OUR TIMBER WINDOWS?
ORNATE CONSERVATION DOOR DESIGNS ISSUE 7
YOUR CHANCE TO WIN A FORTNUM & MASON HAMPER!
no.7 Welcome to
I N S P I R AT I O N S
from Timber Windows
As one of the most important decisions you will make for your property, choosing the most appropriate windows and doors is likely to take both time and quite possibly, a fair bit of research. So we would like to welcome you to issue 7 of the Inspirations lifestyle magazine.
How better to explain what a difference beautiful real timber windows and doors can make than by showing you around the properties of some of our delighted customers. With a cross-section of interesting projects that showcase the quality and beauty of our timber windows and doors, we also demonstrate how these projects really can enhance the value of your home.
In this issue we take a look at The Art of Restoration, The Secrets of kerb appeal and our wonderfully new ornate and beautifully styled Conservation door designs. If that leaves you wanting more, then a visit to your local Timber Windows showroom may be in order - youâ€™ll find expert advice and a comprehensive range to browse at your leisure.
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C O N T E N T S
TRADI TI O NAL IN S PI RAT I O N
IT WA S T I M E TO BITE THE BUL L ET
P RI DE & J OY
WA RM FRONT
THE SEC R ETS OF KERB AP P E AL
D RAW N TO T HE LI GHT
T E R RAC E D TIMBER TREASURE
VICTORI A N CHI C
MAKE AN ENTRANCE
ESCAP E TO THE CO UNT RY
C O N T E N T S
RE PUTAT I O N, REPU TAT I O N, RE PU TAT I ON !
T HE ART OF RESTORAT IO N
1 0 RE AS O NS TO C H O OS E T IM B E R W IND OWS
A RICH HISTORY
PERFEC T FIT
C AS EM EN T C HAR M
IT’S ALL SUSTAI NABLE, SO DOESN’T HARM THE EARTH
WE NEED YO U R BEFORE S HOTS
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THE PERFECT MATCH
C O N T E N T S
SUPER B SAS HES
SET IN STONE
MAD E TO MEAS URE
DA RK & H ANDS O M E
A FAMILY FAVOU RITE
THE T E ST OF T IM E
N AT URAL I N ST I N C T
RICH IN CHARACTER
CONSERVAT I O N DOOR S
O UTS I D E I N T E R E STS
WELCO ME HOME
THE REASSURANCE OF DEALING WITH A LOCAL SPECIALIST
I saw the country cottage in your brochure
and took this to the architect for inspiration and to replicate – I loved the colour of the windows, and thought the sash windows were well suited to the era I wanted to recreate.
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As this was “a traditional build, I was always going to use timber windows.
On land that had been in the family for some 45 years and once served as a potato field in a Hampshire village, Mr Duke has developed four houses; one for his parents, another for each of his two sisters and the final one for him and his partner.
“Since getting planning permission over four years ago, the project has been planned out and took two years to build the properties” Mr Duke explains.
“The architect came up with some designs that unfortunately weren’t to the style that I had in mind; they were too modern and I wanted a Georgian style farmhouse appearance.”
I’m very “happy with the windows and doors, and how it has all turned out.
T R A D I T I O N A L I N S P I R AT I O N
Mr Duke found inspiration for his project when browsing the Timber Windows brochure,
“I saw the country cottage in your brochure and took this to the architect for inspiration and to replicate – I loved the colour of the windows, and thought the sash windows were well suited to the era I wanted to recreate.” We were able to supply Mr Duke with our archive imagery from the customer property he’d been inspired by, to aid his design process.
Cottage casements, Hidden Spring sash windows, entrance doors and French doors all finished in French Grey with 27mm astragal glazing bars and manufactured in Engineered Meranti Hardwood were selected for each of the four houses.
“As this was a traditional build, I was always going to use timber windows” states Mr Duke, and this complements the cast iron venting grates, reclaimed oak flooring and hand-made bricks for example – there was a very conscious effort to keep everything traditional and avoid the use of plastic throughout.
“I’m very happy with the windows and doors, and how it has all turned out.”
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door is my new pride and joy Mrs Quickmire says.
aving built their own house, to their chosen
specification and design in the late 1990s, Mr & Mrs Quickmire were never quite satisfied with a particular aspect of their “new old-style” home, “unfortunately,
the windows were never quite right, as our contractors cut some corners in this area.”
“When considering using Timber Windows, we were put in touch with previous customers nearby, and we also had the opportunity to speak to the fitting team. We made a number of visits to the showroom in the grounds of Harewood house; we were always greeted with a lovely reception and received sound advice too, so this was very reassuring.”
Norham entrance door manufactured in Engineered European Oak, with a Dark Oak stain. Door also features Kathedral glass with Queen Anne Lead glazing design. An Antique Black letter plate, black Shakespeare door knocker and Cottage handle give the finishing touches.
PRIDE & JOY
Throughout the house, flush casement windows and French doors were chosen in a shade of ‘Dorset Cream’ along with a Norham design front door in Engineered European Oak with a Dark Oak stain.
“The front door is my new pride and joy” Mrs Quickmire says. “Previously in our sun room at the back of the house, we could only open a few fanlights, but now in nice weather, we love having all the windows open wide.” “We were worried about the fitting, particularly as it was being done in January, but it turned out there really was no need to be concerned, as the team were quick, efficient and tidy.” “We’d thoroughly recommend Timber Windows, and in fact already have done to several friends and neighbours.”
French doors with flag windows in ‘Dorset Cream’ with 27mm astragal glazing bars and Pewter Cottage handle, manufactured in Engineered Meranti Hardwood.
Engineered Meranti Hardwood Flush casement windows in ‘Dorset Cream’ with 27mm astragal glazing bars.
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DRAWN TO THE
light French doors in Off-White with matching side lights, with 18mm T-Bar astragal glazing bars and Samuel Heath Contour handle in Bronze finish, manufactured in Engineered European Redwood.
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r and Mrs Brogden had one aim for their home,“we wanted to get it
back to how it should be.” The house has origins back to 1812, with additions made during the Victorian era, and although originally would have started life with sash windows, in more recent times it had been given unsuitable uPVC tilt and turn windows.
Before The Brogden’s chose slim box sash windows and French doors, all in Off-White with 18mm astragal bars. The sash windows have Oil Rubbed Bronze ironmongery and the French doors have Bronze finished handles from Samuel Heath.
“We knew it would make an improvement but were actually surprised by quite how much of a difference it has made to the look and feel of our house.” “The new French doors are wonderful, they’ve made so much difference - the old doors were wood but they had many bars that obstructed the view; now we have a much better outlook and the room feels much lighter too.” Living on a fairly busy road, Mr & Mrs Brogden were often disturbed by noise,
“lots of heavy vehicles pass by here and used to cause the old windows to rattle; it’s surprising how much difference the windows have made, particularly in our bedroom.”
Slim box sash windows with 18mm astragal glazing bars in Off-White with Oil Rubbed Bronze hook fasteners, manufactured in Engineered European Redwood.
Slim box sash windows in White manufactured in Engineered European Redwood.
. TERR ACED TIMBER TREA SURE .
Situated on a leafy North London street, this terraced 1890’s house has been born-again.
The homeowner, Mr Masters was keen to put things right,“our house had
aluminium windows, fitted in the 1960’s; they were quite unsightly and thankfully you wouldn’t be able to do that now, as it’s a conservation area.”
overall appearance “of The the house and the windows looks much nicer. It also feels better insulated and we have no draughts so I’m very happy.
“I sent my local conservation officers a link to the Timber Windows website in order to satisfy any questions they may have – they were very content that the house was being restored and had no objections at all.”
Mr Masters opted for elegant slim box sash windows all round, along with a bespoke set of French doors with top and sidelights, all finished in White and manufactured in Engineered European Redwood.
“The overall appearance of the house and the windows looks much nicer. It also feels better insulated and we have no draughts so I’m
White French doors with toplights and sidelights featuring Windsor handles in Polished Brass,
manufactured in Engineered European Redwood.
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Staverton entrance door in French grey with Bevel Amber glass to the door and Queen Anne leaded glass design on a Kathedral background to the toplight. Ironmongery options are Antique Black Kirkpatrick handle and letter plate.
he transformation of this 1820’s cottage in a village outside York is quite remarkable.
The homeowners, Mr & Mrs Milton have taken a dreary, dark house and turned it into a fine example of how a cottage of its period, really should look.
“At some time in the past, the cottage was given dark sash windows, which were of poor quality – they rattled, had thin single glazing and were the source of many draughts” the couple explain.
Cottage casement windows in French Grey with 18mm astragal glazing bars, made from Engineered European Redwood.
FINE FORM The homeowners opted for Cottage Flush Casements in order to suit the property, and to have a change from what had been in place. They chose a French Grey finish with 18mm astragal glazing bars. The Staverton entrance door has the same colour finish, and is detailed with black ironmongery and leaded glass.
“We’ve had the new windows and doors in for a year now, and have been through a winter too – we even turned the thermostat down as the house is so much warmer.” This isn’t the only benefit that Mr & Mrs Milton have seen, “although rural, we live on a quite
a busy, pass through road, and we barely hear anything from outside now, not even the rain!”
Staverton stable door in French grey. Bevel glazing details (no colour). Black Kirkpatrick handle.
Engineered European Redwood French doors in French Grey with 18mm astragal glazing bars and Antique Black Kirkpatrick handle.
In the suburbs of Bristol, Mr & Mrs Kilgour’s home was giving them a cold feeling, identified to be the old front door.
“Our old door was draughty and cold, so we visited the Timber Windows showroom in Clifton when passing one day” they explain. An Abbotsbury design door from our conservation range was selected in a shade of Pastel Blue with an Off-White frame, manufactured in Engineered European Redwood. The toplight, flag windows and door itself feature a bespoke signature glass design,“the glass replicates an
original design, seen all along our street so it was important to keep this.” Mr & Mrs Kilgour are happy that their brand-new door solves the previous issues,
“the house is north facing so never gets sun on the front but the house is much warmer now.”
Abbotsbury conservation door in Pastel Blue with an Off-White frame, manufactured in Engineered European Redwood. Toplight, flag windows and door feature a bespoke signature glass design with Kathedral glazing. The door also has 27mm astragal glazing bars and a Polished Chrome letter plate.
MAKE AN ENTRANCE
ENTRANCE! With styles derived from designs found in homes of character across the country, the Timber Windows collection of entrance doors adds individuality and style. Choose from a range of ironmongery, including elegant period handles, traditional letter plates and knockers from our Samuel Health collection. A selection of decorative glass options, based on authentic Victorian stained glass motifs, have also been uniquely commissioned for the range.
ituated in Surrey woodlands, this now spacious cottage started life
200 years ago as a one-up, one-down, joined to the cottage next door,
casement showing floating mullion,
dating to the 1600s.
internally finished in ‘Dorset Cream’ with Black Monkey Tail
Current owners, Mr & Mrs Swiers have lived in the cottage for 30 years and have carried out lots of work since first moving in, “we’d put off changing
handles and matching peg stay
the windows for years due to the potential upheaval of the fitting, but they desperately needed replacing. We’d repainted many times and had carpenters make repairs, but we knew they were now beyond repair.” Tom from the Guildford showroom visited, noting that the frames were rotten and the glass was very thin, like you’d expect to see in a greenhouse, and advised Mr and Mrs Swiers that they wouldn’t last much longer, “so, it was time to bite the bullet” Mr Swiers comments.
“We visited the showroom on a number of occasions, and were so impressed by the expertise at every level of the process, Jennie was particularly fantastic – we were given lots of really invaluable advice to help us along the way.” Cottage casement windows with their floating mullion and slimmer frames were chosen, finished in ‘White’ externally and ‘Dorset Cream’ internally with 18mm astragal glazing bars and manufactured in Engineered Meranti Hardwood. A matching set of French doors with an Antique Black Kirkpatrick handle, were also fitted.
“We wanted the new windows to complement the cottage, and not take away any character, therefore it has to be timber, as uPVC simply doesn’t look authentic on a property of this period and against the render finish.”
French doors in ‘White’, with 18mm astragal glazing bars and Kirkpatrick handle in Antique Black, manufactured in Engineered Meranti Hardwood.
Cottage casement windows in ‘White’ externally and ‘Dorset Cream’ internally, with 18mm astragal glazing bars, manufactured in Engineered Meranti Hardwood.
I T WA S T I M E T O B I T E T H E B U L L E T
THE SECRETS OF KERB APPEAL H A S YO U R H O M E G OT T H E L O O K ? . .
alk down any street in England and you can tell,
Whilst some customers follow
almost instinctively, whether the doors and windows of a home
the conservation route, for others
really suit the structure of the building. When the windows are
wrong it is blindingly obvious â€“ but when they have been chosen
traditional and contemporary
well, or the original windows and doors preserved, the effect is
styles is a serious temptation.
often simply beautiful.
Pairing a stunning contemporary
front door with
sash windows may give the
So what should you consider when investing in new Timber Windows? For many homeowners, restoring the integrity of the original structure is paramount. Choosing windows and doors that faithfully replicate the appearance of the building in its heyday, but with 21st century performance, is now achievable with the Timber Windows range.
individuality that your home has been longing for.
Rest assured that any investment in Timber Windows will help to restore the real value of your home!
Time was when every window frame in sight was white, or unsightly aluminium. Today the choice of factory applied colours and finishes available for all timber windows & doors adds a level of choice our predecessors would envy. With natural timber finishes, subtle shades of green, blue and grey, as well as pristine white and elegant black, the Timber Windows colour palette can help to highlight or to blend in.
And finally letâ€™s not forget your neighbours, those passing by and even future purchasers. Style, colour and your choice of windows and doors all have a part to play in how your home is regarded â€“ but rest assured that any investment in Timber Windows will help to restore the real value of your home.
etaining the character and style of their Victorian 3-storey, semi-detached home near Worcester, was very important to Mr & Mrs Baker. The house was built in 1886 and is very typical of Victorian architecture with ornate mouldings and details – the original windows were still in place after some 130 years.
“We’d lived with the original windows for a long time, however they were beyond bearable.”
Chadlington entrance door in Oxford Clay with a White frame, featuring a sandblasted glass toplight and etched house number, manufactured in Engineered European Redwood. Ironmongery options chosen were a Polished Chrome Doctor’s knocker and letter plate.
“The bedroom window was so rotten, that every winter we used to go sleep in the spare bedroom on the top floor of the house.” The windows are an exact match for those that they replaced. The homeowners opted for slim box sash windows finished in White and manufactured in Engineered European Redwood. Mr & Mrs Baker chose a Chadlington design door in ‘Oxford Clay’ with a ‘White’ frame featuring a sandblasted glass toplight and etched house number, along with chrome ironmongery.
“The door looks delightful, and is my favourite part of the changes” Mrs Baker concludes.
Slim box sash windows in White, manufactured in Engineered European Redwood, set within the beautifully ornate, original mouldings.
Mr & Mrs Smith created their countryside home twenty years ago, converting farm buildings, stables and a granary into their dream retreat.
“We felt the windows and doors were deteriorating, seals were becoming draughty, hinges were failing and the stain finish was looking dated, presenting the property as a bit dark” Mr Smith explains. “Our criteria for choosing a window supplier was that the products had to be good quality, with a wide range of paint finishes to choose from, a good choice of accessories and ironmongery, and to be presented in a good showroom that had knowledgeable staff; we found exactly this with Timber Windows.”
Flush casement windows in Straw, manufactured in Engineered European Redwood with 27mm astragal glazing bars.
Stratfield entrance door with sidelights in ‘Straw’ with an Antique Black Kirkpatrick handle, manufactured in Engineered Meranti Hardwood.
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Opting for a much lighter finish than previously, the
Smiths chose flush casement windows and a selection of entrance doors, all in a matching shade of ‘Straw’ giving a cottage-style feel.
“It has exceeded my expectations both in the quality and looks, which has now pushed us into completing other improvements in the home.” “The installation was very professional, with a team who were a pleasure to have around, providing a level of service I could have only dreamt about.” “All in all, using Timber Windows made a large job so stress free. I believe it has added value to the property, and made the house a pleasure to live in; it is also stunning to look at again.”
Apsley entrance door, with top and sidelights in ‘Straw’ featuring Antique Black Kirkpatrick handles, manufactured in Engineered Meranti Hardwood.
Sash windows, cottage flush casements and French doors all with 18mm astragal bars and finished in White.
R E P U TAT I O N , R E P U TAT I O N , R E P U TAT I O N !
French doors in White with 18mm astragal bars with Samuel Heath Profile Shoulder door handles in Antique Brass Unlacquered.
he well-established and outstanding reputation of Timber Windows and its Guildford showroom was of great importance to Mr & Mrs Pactat when choosing their new windows and doors, having previously had a bad experience at their last property with another glazing company going out of business.
Their beautiful 1935 built home in Surrey has had replacement windows and doors fitted on the rear of the house which is also the original façade.
“We wanted and needed to have like-for-like replacements to preserve the character of the property” Mr Pactat explains. The homeowners have authentic timber sash windows hung on traditional cords and weights with 18mm astragal bars, cottage flush casements and French doors, all finished in White.
“Attention to detail was important; very careful consideration was given to such things as sightlines and hardware.” “We had no problems at all and will definitely return for further works to the house.”
We wanted and needed to have like-for-like replacements to preserve the character of the property
R E A S O N S TO C H O O S E
TIMB E R
W I N D OWS
Factory applied micro-porous coatings providing maximum protection but minimal maintenance
Glazing units almost twice as effective as ordinary double glazing
All of our windows and doors are factory painted prior to assembly, providing complete protection from moisture absorption and maximising longevity. Every product receives a base coat of timber preservative, then a primer coat, followed by two coats of micro-porous paint. You should expect our coatings to last from five to eight years without the need for re-treatment. Should you wish to change the colour of your windows then redecoration is a very simple task as there is no sanding down required. An average window should take about thirty minutes to re-decorate.
All of our windows and doors incorporate double-glazed units with enhanced thermally insulating glass, providing an extremely low U-value. We further improve the efficiency of the unit by filling the cavity with argon gas and using low conductivity spacer bars to minimise edge losses. The result is a 1.1 W/m2K centre pane U-value. This means an 80% increase in energy savings compared to single glazing, and a 45% increase in energy savings compared to ordinary double-glazing.
Glass is fitted from room side to prohibit would-be intruders from gaining entry by removing the glass.
Exceptional optical clarity
Internal beads for security
Neat, coloured silicone seals
Purpose-made grooves on the inside and outside of the window receive the silicone necessary to protect against water ingress. Appropriate coloured or clear silicone is factory applied, guaranteeing a perfect, unobtrusive seal.
Advanced glass technology not only provides enhanced thermal performance but also much improved clarity, particularly compared to traditional hard coated low e glasses. High light transmittance (77%) maximises the entry of natural light into the home.
Warm edge spacer bars
Low conductivity spacer bars help to minimise heat loss and combat condensation levels on the inner pane.
Ventilation channels help prevent double-glazing from misting
Rebated glazing beads eliminate unsightly gaps between the frame and bead
Ventilation channels protect against the failure of double glazed units. In standard systems misting can occur when glazing units are allowed to sit in water trapped within the frame.
In standard timber systems, paint is prone to cracking at the point where the bead meets the window frame. By rebating the glazing bead over the sash we conceal the joint, which eliminates the problem.
The use of multi-layer timber for windows and doors is long established in Scandinavia and Northern Europe, but very rare in Britain. The multi-layer structure used as standard throughout our range is particularly effective in resisting warping and twisting, as the opposing grains even out natural moisture movement. It is the twisting of timber during wet weather, more than the swelling itself, which causes standard wooden windows and doors to stick.
All Timber Windows are fitted with advanced security locks that wrap around the openers on our Flush Casements and engage bolts in multiple points on our Lipped Casements. Doors are fitted with multi-point locking mechanisms, featuring hook-bolts and deadlock.
Multi-layer timber sections with opposing grains, balances warping and combats twisting
Stratfield entrance door in a colour complementary to “Fired Earth Burnt Verdigris” with a “Straw” frame, manufactured in Engineered European Redwood. Door also features 18mm astragal glazing bars, Etched Sun Glass, black letter plate and escutcheon.
CASEMENT “Despite much research, it was hard to find other windows and doors that met my expectations and were suitable, particularly in engineered timber” Mr and Mrs Clark describe with regards their search for the right windows for this Northamptonshire village cottage.
Flush Casement windows in “Straw”, with 18mm astragal glazing bars, manufactured in
Although they were previously double-glazed, the ill-fitting and poorly suited uPVC
Engineered European Redwood.
windows and door were only serving to make this late 1800s cottage look tired and characterless. Mr and Mrs Clark chose flush casement windows with 18mm astragal glazing bars, finished in a shade of “Straw” paired with a beautiful entrance door. The front door is the Stratfield design and is finished in a shade complementary to “Burnt Verdigris” from Fired Earth with a “Straw” frame. The door also features Etched Sun glazing and black hardware for its finishing touches.
“The house was suddenly very quiet and warm; we’ve noticed a big difference.” I think we can all agree on the homeowners’ final comment, “it is one hell of a
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.OPEN ALL SEASONS. Mr & Mrs Lowry saw the potential in a rather uninspiring 1970’s three bedroom Hampshire house – they took the opportunity to purchase an unloved property on a very nice street, in order to make it their own.
“Our family love outdoor space, so the huge garden and swimming pool that this house came with were the big attraction for us, and we’ve been able to transform the house into a completely unrecognisable, modern and spacious six-bedroom family home” says Mr Lowry. “We found Timber Windows on Google, and visited the Horndean showroom
BI - FOLDS WERE
IDEAL TO LET THE OUTSIDE IN !
knowing that our home was in a conservation area where no uPVC was permitted.” The family took an open plan approach to their living space, extending to the back, opening it up and reconfiguring the house design and layout around the garden.
As a household with lively children and animals – Sonic & Scout the dogs, and Snowy the cat star in our photos – the right products were crucial, “Bi-Folds were ideal to let
the outside in” Mr Lowry comments. The kitchen and dining area are flooded with light.
Mr & Mrs Lowry chose three blocks of Bi-fold doors, including a very large six-panel set spanning over 5 metres wide and space saving patio doors leading out to the balcony in an upstairs bedroom, all finished in French Grey with satin chrome ironmongery.
Bi-fold doors and sliding patio doors in French Grey with satin chrome ironmongery.
Bi-fold doors by Timber Windows starring Snowy the cat & Sonic the dog
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Mr & Mrs Abraham had lived in their 1920s North London home for six years
Traditional sash window in White, with 18mm astragal glazing bars.
when they decided it was time to give it a new, but classic makeover. The couple came to Timber Windows to restore some authenticity to their home within a conservation area of Muswell Hill, and Mrs Abraham describes how they reached their decision, “My husband originally thought that
the uPVC tilt and turn windows, already in situ, were adequate, but I wasn’t at all keen on the look and didn’t like them – we both came to agree that they needed changing.” The homeowners selected sash windows, including a Venetian sash along with a flush casement window in White with 18mm astragal glazing bars to transform their home, and are very happy with their choices.
“The sash windows look much nicer, and suit the house – we’re really very pleased with them.” “It’s much more practical to have sash windows for us; it’s nice to have them open when needed and get air in.” The family took an open plan approach to their living space, extending to the back, opening it up and reconfiguring the
The sash windows look much nicer, & suit the house – we’re really very pleased with them.
house design and layout around the garden.
Venetian sash windows in White with 18mm astragal glazing bars manufactured in Engineered European Redwood.
Flush casement in White with 18mm astragal glazing bars.
A Rich HISTORY
If you’re going to take on
a house like this, it has to be done right. We want to look after the house and keep it
as it should be.
A RICH HISTORY
With origins dating back to the early 1700s, and various changes made over time including the front façade built in the mid 1800s, the stunning home of Mr & Mrs Andrew has a very rich heritage, sitting majestically in a village just outside Sheffield. “If you’re going to take on a house like this, it has to be done right. We want to look after the house and keep it as it should be” Mr Andrew explains. “We’re in a Conservation area here so everything has to be done the right way – the sash windows replicate the original single glazed versions very closely.” The downstairs sash windows and front door were the focus of the attention, with the upstairs having previously been attended to by the owners. At almost two metres tall each, the new sash windows are finished in White and manufactured in Engineered European Redwood with fine 18mm astragal bars and hung on traditional cords and weights. “Everything happened at once with the house – we decided to replace the windows,
We took the advice of an
architect on how to go about the renovations – we found
had the portico reconstructed and the render attended to, matching it to the original finishing method, all at the same time about 18 months ago.”
Timber Windows because we
“We took the advice of an architect on how to go about the renovations – we found
knew what we wanted and
Timber Windows because we knew what we wanted and they had the right products on offer” Mr Andrew says.
they had the right products
“As soon as the windows went in, the house became a lot warmer.”
IT’S ALL DOESN’T
S U S TA I N A B L E , HARM THE EARTH
We offer Forest Stewardship Council® (C124392) - FSC® - certified European
100 year old British joinery was originally made using European Redwood.
Redwood for your timber windows and doors. All of our Redwood derives from sustainably managed plantations in Northern We are also able to offer options of Meranti Hardwood and European Oak
Europe, which means that when trees are felled, new ones are always planted
from sustainable sources.
to replace those harvested.
Over 80% of Timber Windows customers choose European Redwood – our
In fact European forest areas are now expanding by around 5000 sq. km each
favoured alternative. The longevity of this strong, knot free, stable timber is well
year. These forests are also healthier for the environment, removing Co2 from the
proven in the United Kingdom.
atmosphere and storing it in their trunks.
European Redwood is the timber used by the British joiners of yesteryear – most
So when you choose your new Timber Windows you will not harm the Earth.
E N G I N E E R E D
T R A D I T I O N A L
Making the right choice
T I M B E R W O O D
Traditional wood is both beautiful and tactile. For many centuries it has been the
Using engineered timber ensures that there is no warping or twisting, sticking or
material of choice for windows and doors throughout Britain and Europe. But
rubbing, no matter how damp the prevailing atmospheric conditions. This makes
traditional wood has innate problems - a natural tendency to expand and
it the perfect choice for every area of the UK - no matter how exposed the
contract, and when wet, to warp in the direction of the grain resulting in
windows and doors that twist and stick, causing frustration for homeowners.
Finished by hand Engineered, or multilayer timber, is an
Engineered timber is also far easier to work with. It can be used to meet the
innovative solution that counteracts these
design specifications of complex windows and doors much more efficiently than
issues. It is created by layering wood
solid wood, yet retaining all of its natural appeal. And whilst state of the art
sections, with the grain of one section of
computer controlled machinery inevitably plays its part, all of our engineered
wood layered in the opposing direction
timber windows and doors are
to the grain of its neighbour.
finished before being subjected to rigorous
quality control, with every aspect of the As wet wood has a tendency to warp in the direction of the grain, layering the
construction and glazing fully checked and
wood in this way ensures that any movement caused by the absorption of
moisture is evened out. So engineered timber is stronger, longer lasting and resistant to the issues that affect traditional wood. Windows and doors made
So put us to the test - visit one of our Timber
with engineered timber retain their strength and structure, ensuring that they
Windows showrooms and see for yourself
remain a perfect fit, just as they did on the day they were installed.
how timber has changed.
In a South Yorkshire village, the beautiful Victorian home of Mr & Mrs Leabeater is nestled into the countryside overlooking rolling hills. Mrs Leabeater explains how the location and weather conditions prompted the consideration for changes to their home,â€œthe rear of the house gets the weather, sweeping across the fields. This was the area where we planned to change the windows. It was important that the period features were retained when making replacements â€“ White flush casements in Engineered Meranti Hardwood were chosen throughout, and where needed, certain windows have 27mm astragal bars. All have black period ironmongery.
T H E P E R F E C T M AT C H
“The windows are all an exact match for the style and proportion of those that they replaced” Mr Leabeater describes. “Originally we decided we’d just replace some, but once we’d experienced the product and the service, we went for it and did them all” “The glass in the old windows, was so thin, we’re told it was thinner than greenhouse glass which definitely would have contributed to how chilly the rooms were” Mrs Leabeater says. “Bev and Chris, and all the team from the showroom in Sheffield were brilliant, paid great attention to detail and took a lot of care. A particular amount of care was given to preserving the original internal shutters, and the fitting team adapted their methods specially to suit.” Apart from making the house warmer and offering more protection from the elements, another benefit has been gained “the road to the front can get quite busy at peak periods, but since the new windows went in, the house is silent and we don’t hear anything from the outside” explains Mrs Leabeater. “We’ve been so pleased with the result.”
The buildingâ€™s origins are as an orangery to a manor house that once stood nearby, providing a bright environment to cultivate produce for use on the estate. Much later, the structure was used as a chicken shed!
bout 15 years ago I visited some friends in Leeds – they had just moved into a
three storey terraced house within walking distance of Headingley cricket ground. The area was deeply unpopular in those days, but they could see the potential in both the house and the area.
Careful research had unearthed original images of the property – giving them vital information on the design of the original front door and sash windows. Once the horrible plastic versions were replaced, the true appearance of the house was revealed – and after a year or so of hard work they made a tidy but modest profit on their now beautiful home.
Like Headingley, many towns and cities in the UK can readily point to a ‘conservation area’ – one where individual streets and sometimes just small areas are restored to their former glories. And with soaring property prices, the incentive to improve rather than move, becomes that much stronger.
Today many people visiting our showrooms are looking to replicate the look and feel of the original doors and windows – but with the benefits of modern timber performance and insulation, combined with high levels of security. The expanding network of Timber Windows showrooms can provide professional advice and knowledge - they will be familiar with the history of the area and the designs that will work best for your home.
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Mr & Mrs Colin’s idyllic harbour side property gave them the beautiful setting but the house needed to be brought up to standard.
“The house was once a bed & breakfast, and the previous owners had not changed it. We decided to make it our own and it has become an ongoing renovation project” Mr & Mrs Colin explained.
Mr Colin wanted to install a large set of sliding patio doors across the back of the house, and whilst Mrs Colin wasn’t sure how necessary this was at first, is now happy that they did, “I’m impressed with how they have opened up the
house, and the light floods in, I’m thrilled with how practical they are.”
“The patio doors have proved to be very well suited to the room as an ideally practical solution, as well as being very elegant looking” Mrs Colin continues.
The front of the house has flush casement windows in Off-White featuring 27mm astragal glazing bars in a T-bar design, whilst the patio doors to the rear are finished in ‘Porcelain’ with brushed metal handles.
“Having visited lots of home shows and exhibitions, we’d spoken to many potential window and door suppliers but we chose Timber Windows of Horndean as they were a local business, and from meeting the team in the showroom, we felt we could work very well together to meet our requirements.”
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Sash windows with 18mm astragal glazing bars in a colour complementary to Farrow & Ball’s ‘New White’, manufactured in Engineered European Redwood. .
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he quaint terraced home of Mr & Mrs Gordon has undergone a
fantastic makeover that takes it back to its roots.
Replacing uPVC casement windows that had gradually taken over the whole terrace, the homeowners were keen to make a stand in favour of the heritage of the cottage style properties.
“We consulted the council when considering changing the windows, and they were very happy, stating that our plans for the house are as it would have originally been, so they were pleased to get sash windows put back in.” The homeowners chose sash windows and a new Bardwell back door, all finished in a colour complementary to Farrow & Ball’s ‘New White’.
“Of course, there’s been lots of benefits of having the new windows in place, but the biggest thing for us has been the vast improvement in appearance.” “We really hope that it encourages our neighbours and others nearby to do the same and make the transformation for their own homes too.”
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Bardwell entrance door in a colour complementary to Farrow & Ball’s ‘New White’ with 18mm astragal glazing bars and Pewter Cottage handle. The door is manufactured in Engineered European Redwood.
H A N D S O M E
Replacing an original door on a property, where it has stood as a feature for
a long time, isn’t always an easy decision to take,“The old door dated to
1912, it had been painted many times but it was warped and had become a safety issue” Mr and Mrs Everard describe.
“We had various quotes for doors from other companies, but chose Timber Windows as we were happy with the price quoted and the quality of product we viewed – others were extortionate, even those that were just ‘buying off the shelf’. With Timber Windows, we really benefited from the bespoke style of service and being able to customise the door as we wanted.” Choosing a Kingston door with toplight and sidelight, the homeowners opted for an ‘Urbane Grey’ door and ‘White’ frame with Etched Star glass design and chrome ironmongery.
Speaking of their new door and choice of colour, the couple say “we absolutely love it – we saw the colour in one of your Inspirations magazines – grey is the new white!” Mr and Mrs Everard took the opportunity to give the front of the house a bit of a makeover,“We’ve painted our gate to match and have replaced the
tiles on the porch floor, replicating the originals, to make sure everything is up to the standard of the new door.” “We’re very pleased with our lovely new door and we feel much safer, so all our previous worries have gone.”
Kingston entrance door with toplight and sidelight manufactured in Engineered European Redwood. Urbane Grey door with White frame, featuring Etched Star glass design, small Chrome door knob, Large Samuel Heath letter plate and Samuel Heath Ring knocker.
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n the depths of the Surrey countryside, surrounded only by peace and tranquillity, high up on a hill with a flowing river at its foot, sits the beautiful 1850s home of the Ball family.
“The house has been extended throughout its life, and we’ve found building plans from the 1920s that show how it has evolved; also at this time, wooden windows were added that now needed replacing.” “We wanted to replicate exactly the design and style of windows, as their large size and proportions make them a significant feature and in our minds needed to be timber.” To match as required, the homeowners chose Deco casement windows finished in ‘White’ and manufactured in Engineered Meranti Hardwood. Beautiful French doors with toplight and flag windows were specified in the same finish as the windows.
““We had previously used the Timber Windows showroom in Guildford for my Mother’s house” Mrs Ball explains “and we were happy to return.” “We are very pleased with the windows and doors, and everyone we came into contact with via the showroom were a pleasure to deal with.”
French doors in White with toplight and flag windows, with 18mm astragal glazing bars and Polished Brass Chatsworth handle. Manufactured in Engineered Meranti Hardwood.
doors, and everyone we came into contact with via the showroom were a pleasure to deal with.
N AT U R A L I N S T I N C T
Deco casement windows in White with 18mm horizontal astragal glazing bars, manufactured in Engineered Meranti Hardwood.
.OUTSIDE INTERESTS. A pair of beautiful farm cottages dating from the 1800s were converted to a single house some ten years ago, with current owners, Mr & Mrs Carey undertaking a large amount of work to turn it into their perfect family home.
A large kitchen diner extension has enhanced the rear of the house with the addition of Bi-folding and French doors to break down the boundary between the indoors and outdoors, while the patio area has also been redesigned to suit a single level layout.
The homeowners chose their Bi-Folding doors and French doors in Calm Grey with 18mm horizontal astragal bars and Black Cottage handles, whilst their utility room has a Stratfield door and flag windows with the same options.
Mrs Carey comments, “we’re so, so pleased, they’re amazing, absolutely amazing – we’ve been able to open them up to enjoy the sunshine and the garden on many occasions already.”
“We hunted for local companies, ruling out aluminium products as they simply weren’t suited – we decided we really wanted timber to suit our style and the property, as it has a much softer, warmer and subtler feel.”
Bi-Folding doors, French doors and Stratfield door with flag windows all in Calm Grey with 18mm astragal bars and Black Cottage handles.
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beautiful village in Yorkshire has seen a transformation and the coming of age of a much-loved home, “the house now looks its age, in a
good way,” the owners, Mr & Mrs Rule comment.
“We moved into the house just over 6 years ago, lured by the attractiveness of the stone building and its location on the edge of the North York Moors National Park.”
Frenchay entrance door with toplight in ‘Black’ with a ‘Straw’ frame, with Etched Sun glass and small Polished Chrome door knob. Additionally, a Samuel Heath Ring knocker and Medium sized letter plate also feature on the door.
However, not everything about the house was attractive,“it became
immediately apparent that the uPVC windows in the house, although not especially old, were at the end of their life, showing signs of wear and tear, blown seals, faulty handles and locks, and a front door and stable door that both leaked when it rained and were draughty most of the time, even sticking shut during the winter.”
The homeowners were diligent in their decision-making process,“We
arranged for Timber Windows, along with two other companies, to make a home visit to discuss the project and prepare quotes. This was then followed up by a visit to the showroom so we could see and touch real examples. Ultimately, we chose Timber Windows based on the quality of the product, and in particular, coming from an engineering background, we really appreciated the engineered nature of the construction. We were also keen to have a traditional sash weight mechanism which the other suppliers were not able to provide.”
French doors in â€˜Strawâ€™ with 18mm astragal glazing bars and Samuel Heath Profile handle in Satin Chrome.
SET IN STONE
Sash windows and a set of French doors were selected, all in a shade of ‘Straw’ whilst a new Frenchay front door is finished in ‘Black’ with a ‘Straw’ frame and has Chrome ironmongery.
“Right from the initial consultation through to installation we were impressed by the professionalism, care and attention to detail that all members of the team displayed. The experience and knowledge that Timber Windows were able to provide, meant we were confident in making good choices.”
In summarising how they feel about the choices they’ve made for their home, Mr & Mrs Rule say “The new windows and doors have completely
changed the look and feel of the house, both inside and outside. Inevitably we worried about whether we had made the right decisions, but all those fears completely disappeared once the first window was installed.
“We couldn’t have hoped for a better result, it has transformed the outside, prompting some really lovely comments from neighbours, who I think appreciate the investment we have made both into the house and the village.”
A mix of Box Sash and Slim Box Sash windows with 18mm astragal glazing bars in ‘Straw’.
A F AMILY F AVOURITE M
rs Blaker is the third generation of the same family to have lived
in her East Sussex home which dates back to the 1500’s.
A building that originally started its life as the laundry to a nearby mansion house,
had some original
has been added to and extended throughout the years since becoming a residence.
windows and others that had
Mrs Blaker explains “the house had some original windows and others that had been replaced over time; some of them had started to rot and just needed replacing throughout.”
over time; some
“We visited Timber Windows of Horsham several times – it’s a big decision to make,
of them had
and we wanted to get it right – Andy was very helpful and accommodating.”
started to rot and just needed replacing
Before Both entrance doors finished in ‘Verdi’ manufactured from Engineered Meranti Hardwood with Bronze Samuel Heath ironmongery items and Etched Star glass.
A FA M I LY FAV O U R I T E
A number of Cottage Flush Casement windows manufactured in Engineered
As well as the rot and the general deteriorating appearance, Mrs Blaker wanted
Meranti Hardwood and finished in White with 27mm astragal bars were chosen,
to improve the enjoyment of their home, we wanted to replace them to keep the
along with two single entrance doors. Both doors are finished in an earthy shade
house warm, as the old windows weren’t doing this.”
known as Verdi, have Etched Star glass and various Bronze finished Samuel Heath ironmongery items.
“I’m really very pleased with them” she summarises.
we wanted to replace them to keep the house warm, as the old windows weren’t doing this.
Cottage Flush Casements in White with 27mm astragal bars, manufactured in Engineered Meranti Hardwood.
Flush casement windows in Off-White with 18mm astragal glazing bars.
. IN CHARACTER .
When the Lovell family bought this former farmhouse in rural Worcestershire in 2014, it was very outdated and old fashioned,“we
stripped it back to a shell, and did a ‘ground-up’ renovation, all in all, this took 7 months, during which time we managed to uncover original beams that have been left exposed for their added character” Mr Lovell comments “Having spent some three years looking for our dream home, we knew we’d found it but would have to undertake a lot of work here to realise that dream – the windows were all single glazed, most were rotten, some had seized up and there was also unsightly, old fashioned secondary glazing.”
Apsley French Doors with 18mm astragal glazing bars and Satin Chrome Windsor handles.
RICH IN CHARACTER
Mr & Mrs Lovell explain that their vision was for restoring character, and using natural materials, “the age and character of
the property, meant there was never any doubt about using timber for the windows and doors, as they were best suited to preserve the look. Using slim sash windows and flush casements with 18mm astragal glazing bars, finished in Off-White, the homeowners tried to exactly replicate the originals, designing a new bay to match and taking the opportunity to convert a window opening into
“It’s very quiet in the house now, and we don’t hear any noise from outside; we have good windows! Overall, we’re very pleased!
French doors, to aid the flow of the house and access to their beloved garden.
“When researching window companies, we were first and foremost looking for quality and products that were structurally sound; we wanted them to last and the guarantees offered by Timber Windows were therefore a big selling point.” “It’s very quiet in the house now, and we don’t hear any noise from outside; we have good windows! Overall, we’re very pleased!”
Slim sash windows with 18mm astragal glazing bars, in OffWhite, manufactured in Engineered European Redwood.
Westonbirt conservation entrance door in Warwick Stone, manufactured in Engineered European Redwood, featuring Samuel Heath Doctorâ€™s knocker and Medium sized letter plate in Antique Brass Unlacquered.
WELCOME HOME M
r & Mrs Wormald bought their period terraced house in mid 2016
knowing they had a project on their hands, “no work had been undertaken in the
house for many years; we stripped the house back to the brick and started again.” “The door was in terrible condition, and let down what could be a beautiful frontage. Add to this, one of the many panes of glass in the door was broken accidentally when carting things into the house, so if we were ever in any doubt about replacing it, that made the decision for us.” Discovering Timber Windows through advertising in their local newspaper, the homeowners went in search of their nearest showroom, “we loved everything we saw; I knew I wanted a timber door and all we could find elsewhere was composite, which looked cheap and not in keeping with the house.” With the many options available for door personalisation, the homeowners
considered a number of designs, “we couldn’t make up our minds between a few
The door was in terrible condition, and let down what could be a beautiful frontage
styles, and only changed to the one we have at the last moment.” Mr & Mrs Wormald selected a Westonbirt door finished in the shade of Warwick Stone with White frame, and Etched Star glazing. This door style comes from our range of Conservation designs with bold, authentic panelling and mouldings. The homeowners also opted for beautifully detailed, hand crafted ironmongery, “we always knew we wanted Antique Brass door furniture, so the Samuel Heath range was perfect, and in our opinion, makes the door, giving it the finishing touch.” Mrs Wormald summarises her satisfaction, “we are delighted with the door…. absolutely love it! It has totally transformed the house, and provided the ‘wowfactor’ we were looking for. I’m a little precious about it at the moment and still prefer visitors to go around the back!”
we are delighted with the door…. absolutely love it!
Local people have noted
that the windows enhance the character of the house, a sentiment with which we
Chadlington entrance door with toplight in ‘Tent Grey’ and frame in ‘White’, manufactured in Engineered European Redwood. Toplight features 18mm astragal bars and the ironmongery is a Samuel Heath Profile door knob and doctor’s knocker in Antique Brass Unlacquered.
MADE TO MEASURE
“We moved into the property last year, and the original single glazed windows were rotten, and needed replacing” Mr Stewart begins, “also the front door, which had been replaced a few years before, did not fit at all well.”
Mr Stewart was keen that new windows were double glazed, in keeping with the house and high quality, and explains “an internet search and
discussion with local agents lead us to Timber Windows, we were very impressed by the quality and the ‘fit’ with the house.”
Slim sash windows in ‘White’ and a characterful entrance door in ‘Tent Grey’ with Antique Brass Samuel Heath ironmongery were chosen to retain the period aesthetics of the house. “Local people have noted that the
windows enhance the character of the house, a sentiment with which we fully agree. The items have also improved both the warmth and quietness.”
“I should also say that we were very impressed by the quality of the fitting team’s workmanship” Mr Stewart concludes.
Slim sash windows in ‘White’, manufactured in Engineered European Redwood with 18mm astragal glazing bars.
THE TES T OF
2017 marked the ten-year anniversary of the stunning Garden House within the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, being built and its beautiful timber windows and door being installed.
Mr and Mrs Clark’s idea for their new house came to them in the early 2000’s,“I sketched a drawing of my vision for our ideal new home,
and spent the next three years preparing for the project and seeking planning approval, and then a further 18 months building the house” Mr Clark explains.
The French Grey finished casement windows and door on the front
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elevation, and sash windows to the rear were installed in early 2007.
THE TEST OF TIME
Having now lived in their new home with their timber windows and doors for ten years, Mr & Mrs Clark are as happy today as they were in 2007, “the finish is
beautiful, and we have exactly the same feelings today as we did ten years ago; the quality is spot on.” Timber Windows, and our local showroom in Guildford was recommended to Mr & Mrs Clark through their architect, and as a house and product designer himself, Mr Clark has gone on to use the Timber Windows product range in a number of projects that he has been involved in since, “I would be
disappointed if I couldn’t use the products now.”
Mr Clark describes the maintenance of the products and his day-to-day experience of living with them, “we clean them every two months, with a
simple wipe down of the frames included. The south facing side windows were only repainted in the past year, and we don’t expect we’ll be redecorating the front for at least another couple of years; the finish has lasted extremely well.” “We avoided stark white for the joinery, as we prefer a softer finish and I feel this has helped keep the house looking as good now as it did when it was built.” “We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend the Timber Windows product range, they’ve truly stood the test of time.”
C O N S E R VAT I O N W
onderfully ornate, beautifully styled and
splendidly extravagant, our nine Conservation door designs are evocative of our rich British architectural heritage.
Intricate details, bold panelling and exaggerated lines set this range apart. Reminiscent of the Victorian and Edwardian eras,
each of the doors is a perfect replacement for properties of these stylish periods when architectural design was audacious and lavish, or let their grandeur and form make a bold statement on a property of any period for the ultimate boost of kerb appeal.
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