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Timber Windows

Issue 8

INSPIRATIONS BEAUTIFUL, HAND-MADE TIMBER WINDOWS & DOORS

I N S P I R AT I O N S

Your chance to

WIN A Fortnum & Mason HAMPER!

INSIDE

REAL HOMES TRANSFORMED

MAKE AN ENTRANCE - DOOR STYLES

THE SECRETS OF KERB APPEAL

THE ART OF RESTORATION

ENHANCE & PRESERVE YOUR HERITAGE HOME WITH TIMBER WINDOWS

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YOUR CHANCE TO WIN A FORTNUM & MASON HAMPER!

ISSUE 8

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no.8 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 8 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 A Passion for Architectural Authenticity. If that leaves you wanting more, then a visit to your local Timber Windows showroom may be in order - you’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

LI V I NG WI TH LI GH T

ENDURING ELEGANCE

CATC HING THE S UN

PA ST TO P RES EN T

COUNTRY COT TAGE CHARM

THE SEC R ETS OF KERB AP P E AL

UN IT ED BY DES IG N

BOLD & BEAUTIFUL

NAT URAL BEAUT Y

A CLASSIC UP DAT E

MAKE AN ENTRANCE

SOLID CONST RUC T IO N EXPERT DE S IGN

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C O N T E N T S

1 0 RE AS O NS TO CH O O SE TI M BE R WI ND OW

LIGHT TOUCH

T HE ART OF RESTORAT I O N

A M OD ERN TRAN S FO R M AT IO N

A HAPPY HOME!

AN E YE FOR DETA I L

BRI GHT O UTLO O K

IT’S ALL SUSTAI NABLE, SO DOESN’T HARM THE EARTH

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NEW HOUSE TRADITIONAL VALUES

ST YLI S H SOLU T IO N


C O N T E N T S

RENOVATED RU RAL HO M E

OUR WA RMEST WINTERS

PERFEC T PORCEL AI N

M ET IC ULO U S AT T EN T I O N TO D E TA I L

SOFTER APPROACH

ON A GRAND SCA LE

BOL D C H ANG E

NEIGHBOURHOOD INSPIRATI ON

T IMBER W INDOWS

A UT H E N T I C R E V I VA L

PRET T Y AS A PICTURE

THE REASSURANCE OF DEALING WITH A LOCAL SPECIALIST

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LIGHT

ituated in a peaceful, rural village on the outskirts of Basingstoke, Ms Kaye had the opportunity to build a new home for herself on the site of the tennis court belonging to her existing period thatched cottage.

She was keen to construct a contemporary style home with lots of light but also a home of character. The design and quality of the windows was a very important aspect of the overall build.

The finished house is a stunning oak framed building which has been clad in cedar. It is largely open plan and the beautiful timber windows and French doors perfectly complement the interior style. Having taken inspiration from a gardening magazine, Ms Kaye comments “I love the

natural look of the house. It is not just a typical new build. I didn’t want to live in an L-shaped box!”.

Ms Kaye was recommended to a local builder’s merchant for windows but she was uninspired by the range on offer. She was then recommended Timber Windows by a friend who had been impressed with the service and products.

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LIVING WITH LIGHT

Kingston entrance door in ‘French Grey’ with a Pewter Cottage handle and corresponding letter plate and knocker, manufactured in Engineered European Redwood.

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French doors with sidelights finished in ‘Off-White’, with 18mm astragal glazing bars and a Pewter Cottage handle.


LIVING WITH LIGHT

Flush casement windows finished in ‘Off-White’ with large Pewter Monkeytail handles and peg stays, and 18mm astragal glazing bars.

Having visited her local showroom, she explains

“Everyone in the showroom was really helpful. I did not know exactly what I wanted and really appreciated their patience in showing me different options and helping me to choose”.

Ms Kaye opted for large French doors with sidelights that maximise light and allow an uninterrupted view of her garden, grazing horse and hens. She also opted for a selection of flush casement windows around the house, a stable door and a Kingston style front door. The end result are windows and doors that perfectly match her vision for the exterior of the property.

“I love the slim glazing bars on the windows. They are elegant, allow tons

of light into the rooms, and make the most of the views of the garden and countryside beyond”.

“From the beginning of the project through to aftercare, the service I have received has been very impressive”.

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This charismatic Victorian terrace, built in 1885, sits in the heart of Harrogate. Miss McKenzie acquired the property 10 years ago, and, other than general maintenance and decoration, has not had to undertake any major work. The sash windows were the originals, and although they’d been refurbished in the past, they were still draughty, cold and hard to operate. “In winter, you could see the curtains blowing in the wind” says Miss McKenzie.

A good friend had previously used Timber Windows in 2011 and been very happy, therefore recommending Miss McKenzie visit her local showroom in Harewood to see what was available, “the showroom was

amazing, what a lovely setting

and the people were all lovely too” she adds.

Due to her property being in a conservation area, sympathetic, like-for-like, wooden replacement sash windows were a must. In total 16 sliding sash windows were installed, all manufactured in Engineered European Redwood, which is the same timber as the original windows, but now constructed in a technically advanced way. All the windows were pre-finished in ‘White’ with new decorative cover boards internally.

Although visually the property remains full of traditional charm, the new ultra-efficient double-glazed units filled with krypton gas make the world of difference to the feel of the home. “The difference is massive” says Miss McKenzie “It was very hard to keep the house warm in winter due to all of the draughts. Heat retention is so much better now that I even have the windows open on occasion to allow a flow of air”.

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PA S T TO P R E S E N T

Traditional slim sash windows with horns, finished in ‘White’ with Polished Chrome Hook Fasteners and Sash Lifts, manufactured in Engineered European Redwood.

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Design U N I T E D

B Y

Retaining and respecting the look of neighbouring properties in a local area

should always be an important factor to consider when choosing new windows

and doors. This gives an area a distinct character that becomes synonymous

over time. In Bristol, on this street of terraced homes, Mr Mein has had a new front door installed which perfectly complements the other houses on his road.

“It was important for us to retain the look of the street, the majority of our neighbour’s doors all have a similar style.” After taking inspiration from his neighbours, Mr Mein specified a stunning new Bevington entrance door in a ‘Harewood Grey’ finish for his home. This features traditional ‘bolection’ style mouldings on the panels, as well as Polished Brass ironmongery, including a large Doctor’s knocker and a Medium sized letter plate from Samuel Heath. The beautiful toplight on the new door is a bespoke stained-glass design and is a close replica of Mr Mein’s neighbour’s door.

“We are gradually renovating the entire house and with everything we do, our focus is to add value, and the new door does exactly that” explains Mr Mein. “The stone work around the door was crumbling as well and this has now been replaced. The new door is fantastic and I believe we now have the best-looking house on the street!”

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Bevington entrance door with toplight manufactured in Engineered European Redwood. The door is finished in ‘Harewood Grey’ with a ‘White’ frame. A Polished Brass Doctor’s knocker is paired with a small door knob and a Medium sized Samuel Heath letter plate. The toplight features a bespoke signature stained glass design.


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UPDATE “We wanted to make choices that didn’t date”, says Mrs Valentine of the Oxfordshire home that her and her family have renovated since purchasing it two and a half years ago.

Mrs Valentine’s home is a former farm house, situated in the midst of acres of farmland, “the house was red brick, somewhat dated

looking and in need of an overall update; I did feel a little apologetic to the farmers for changing their house!”

The project was a substantial undertaking, meaning the family lived in the annexe of the property for 15 months while the work was BEFORE

carried out, “we wanted to achieve a classic look, that was sympathetic to the house, its setting

and history.”

“I had a project that Timber Windows had been involved in, saved on my Pinterest, as this provided the inspiration for what I was aiming for.”

The family opted for a timeless finish with cottage flush casement windows, an entrance door, French doors and a stable door in a dual colour finish; ‘French Grey’ externally and ‘Off-White’ internally.

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A C L A S S I C U P D AT E

Cottage flush casement windows with 36mm horizontal astragal glazing bars, finished in ‘French Grey’ externally and ‘Off-White’ internally, manufactured in Engineered European Redwood.

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“ ” Cottage flush casement window with 36mm astragal glazing bars, finished internally in ‘Off-White’, paired with Satin Chrome Peardrop handles and matching pegstays.

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Staverton entrance door in ‘French Grey’ externally and ‘Off-White’ internally with a Black Cottage handle and matching letter plate (knocker sourced by customer).


A C L A S S I C U P D AT E

The homeowners described the house as robust and having good proportions, allowing for a sympathetic refurbishment that also involved extending the living areas along with the roofline for a third floor. It is on this new upper floor that the French doors have been put to great use on the Juliet balcony. The next stage in their project is to convert the annexe, giving it a barn appearance.

“Our aim has been to retain traditional styling, while adapting it to contemporary living, with the windows and doors playing a major role in both the appearance and our enjoyment of our home” Mrs Valentine concludes.

Stratfield stable door with 36mm astragal glazing bars, a ‘French Grey’ finish externally and ‘Off-White’ internally, accompanied by a Black Cottage handle. A flush casement window in the same finish is paired with the stable door.

French doors with angled sidelights, finished in ‘Off-White’ internally and featuring a Black Cottage handle.

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Sash windows finished in ‘French Grey’ with 27mm astragal glazing bars.

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ENDURING ELEGANCE

The Old Bell in Oxfordshire, a former public house, had its Timber Windows upgrade back in 2006. Revisiting the owners, Mr & Mrs Speke some 13 years after their initial installation, we were delighted to see that their home is looking just as beautiful now, as it did in 2006. Dating to the early 1800s, The Old Bell became a dedicated residence in the early 1990’s. Describing the time prior to the installation of the new windows, Mr & Mrs Speke explain, “we wanted to keep the character of the house and to have

the same style as the older, inadequate windows. We checked with the local planning authority to see if it was listed; it isn’t. We could have chosen plastic therefore and a different, ‘modern’ style, but felt that this would destroy the appearance of the property.” “We remember having great confidence in Timber Windows and felt very assured that a good job would be done. This was based on the personal contact along with the care and attention to detail given at the planning stage.” As is often the case with old buildings, they come with their challenges, and The Old Bell was no exception. One of the old bay windows was discovered to be crumbling and in a dangerous state, “the fitting team were patient, communicated

well and took their time to do an exceptional job; they were true craftsmen and really knew what they were doing” describes Mr Speke. Flush Casements finished

instant impact

“The new windows had an ; we live next to a fairly busy road and the noise was reduced significantly. Insulation was considerably improved too; ours is an old house and we noticed this straight away.”

in ‘French Grey’ with 27mm astragal glazing bars.

Keeping the windows, their appearance and performance at their best, the owners have embraced the routine and occasional maintenance required, “we’ve kept the windows well maintained, ensuring

they’ve been cleaned regularly, and like anything, the better they are looked after, the better they will repay you. The windows have had one repaint a couple of years ago.” This has demonstrated that the coating performance has outperformed its expected schedule even given the nature of the busy road that the property faces on to.

“In summary, after all this time, our feelings about the windows and the difference they have made to our house, has not changed, we would make exactly the same choices again. It has been reassuring to have a company that was fair, communicated well and carried out an excellent job at a good price, with the focus on doing everything right and giving attention to detail.”

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Charm

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Charm

This beautiful, traditional English cottage was built in the 1570s, undergoing renovations and extensions throughout the 1600s and the Victorian era. “Since the 1960s it had been

rented and it was never properly maintained unfortunately. A lot of the windows had been painted shut as a result” comments Mr Manning. The cottage is situated within a conversation area in rural Norfolk, meaning Mr Manning had a strong need to replace his old, rotting single-glazed windows with a modern-day option that retained the period aesthetics.

“Consultations with the local Conservation Officer resulted in the acceptance of double-glazed, wooden sash windows and cottage style windows for the dormers, all to closely match the originals.”

With his newly gained permissions, Mr Manning began his research online to find a capable supplier.

“While researching on Google, I came across Timber Windows. I was very impressed with the number of renovation projects they have undertaken on listed buildings and those situated in conservation areas. This gave me a lot of faith and confidence that they would be the right fit for my cottage.”

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Slim sash window in ‘Off-White’ featuring decorative sash horns and 18mm astragal glazing bars.


C O U N T RY C O T TA G E C H A R M

After getting in touch, Eddie from the Fornham and Woodbridge showrooms visited, which cemented Mr Manning’s decision to opt for Timber Windows. A total of 14 windows across the home have now been replaced, including a mix of slim sash and flush casement windows. All are finished in ‘Off-White’ with 18mm astragal glazing bars.

“Every stage with Timber Windows has been fantastic. The initial visits, surveys and installation all went perfectly, and the end result

“superb!”

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“The double-glazed, high quality windows have turned my draughty period house into a warm and cosy family home that still retains its 400-year-old charm. We are so delighted and highly recommend Timber Windows. We will be back to replace the outer doors on the cottage

Cottage style flush casement dormer window in ‘Off-White’ with 18mm astragal glazing bars.

A mixture of slim sash and flush casement windows manufactured in Engineered European Redwood, finished in ‘Off-White’ with 18mm astragal glazing bars.

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The owner of this stylish terraced townhouse has taken the opportunity to give their entrance-way a bold new look, by exploring the various options available from our range, whilst giving a nod to the door it replaced. The Kingston door is a classic style, providing a traditional aesthetic, with its pairing of raised and fielded panels and glazed areas. The choice of a ‘Burgundy’ finish provides a refreshing new look. It was important on this occasion to retain the toplight, a key feature of all the homes in the street, meaning the new door and frame is fitted below this original panel. The ironmongery has been selected as both an update and giving a sense of familiarity to its predecessor, in Polished Chrome. A Doctor’s knocker, medium sized letter plate, Profile

door

knob

and

escutcheon, all from Samuel Heath,

are

complementary

additions. The glass area of the new door, allows more light into the hallway, and paired with the ‘Canterbury’ etched glass, a level of obscurity for privacy is added, as well as being an ornate feature. Our door range comes as standard with a multi-point locking mechanism, engaging hook bolts and deadlocks in various places around its perimeter; a welcome update to security levels versus old doors, adding to the feeling of solidity and reassurance in its use.

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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.

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tained glass can be traced back to multiple ancient civilisations and cultures worldwide with earliest records placing it in the 7th century in Britain. Stained glass has a long history in Roman, Egyptian and Medieval society, and is still a staple of British heritage today, almost synonymous with Christianity and visual story telling from the Bible.

Its use, however, became more widespread throughout the centuries, being more commonly used in the Catholic faith with its gothic styling now a prominent feature in cathedrals.

In the 15th century, stained glass started to become a fashionable addition to residential homes, with designs detailing coats of arms and family shields being a popular choice in larger homes and public buildings.

Much more than an ancient story-telling medium, stained-glass designs are an art form and can enhance many settings.

Mr & Mrs Phillips wanted to update all the windows and doors in their West Midlands home, those with regular glass and those with special feature patterns, while ensuring that the unique glass designs were retained.

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The old glass was beyond the point of re-use but we were able to recreate the designs in all cases to directly replace them, in turn also making them much more energy efficient with the use of modern glazing.

Extensive use of stained glass was present, including the front door and side panels, a circular feature window in the kitchen and a pairing of an ecclesiastical style door and window. With their pointed arch heads, they make a bold statement and the new glass is a near perfect match, now more vibrant than ever.

A special adaptation of an Oakthorpe door to replace the original style and shape, alongside an arched flush casement window, featuring recreated bespoke stained-glass designs.

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THE SECRETS OF KERB APPEAL Has your home got the look

W

alk down any street in England and you can tell,

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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

the

wrong it is blindingly obvious – 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

opportunity

to

blend

front door with beautiful box 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.

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individuality that your home has been longing for.


TH E S E CR ETS OF KERB APPEAL

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 let’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 – but rest assured that any investment in Timber Windows will help to restore the real value of your home.

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It really sealed the deal for us to be able to see products in situ and the high standard of workmanship, when Eddie took us to visit previously completed projects nearby says Mr & Mrs Markwell about how delighted they were to have such care and consideration given to them during the buying process, and their visits to the Woodbridge showroom in Suffolk.

Making the right decisions for their rural Suffolk village cottage, with origins to the 1400s was important for the Markwells. Their house is bursting with original charm and character, inside and out, including stunning beams, stone floors and fireplaces; the windows, however, were not adding to the appeal.

“The house was derelict for years, and then was renovated in the 1970s by the previous owner. The windows put in at this time were timber and single glazed, but were a real mis-match, as the owner at the time liked to gather and make use of old things� Mr & Mrs Markwell describe.

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French doors and sidelights with 18mm astragal glazing bars, finished in a colour complementary to Farrow & Ball ‘Farrow’s Cream’ internally and ‘Off-White’ externally with Black Cottage handles and manufactured in Engineered European Redwood. Also starring Henry the cat, enjoying the new French Doors!

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Now with finely constructed, sensitive joinery in place, they explain, “we simply

didn’t realise how awful and inappropriate the old windows and doors were, until the new ones went in. The cottage casements are particularly elegant compared to our old, chunky frames, and this has made a real difference.” Cottage Casement windows with 18mm astragal glazing bars, finished in a colour complementary to Farrow & Ball ‘Farrow’s Cream’ internally and ‘Off-White’ externally with Large Monkeytail handles and matching pegstays.

“The old rear windows had very thick frames and bars, which blocked out the light” and in their pursuit of more natural light, they also made further changes, by doubling the size of the opening for the French doors, which they say, “has allowed the light to flood

in and really lets us appreciate the views.”

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S O L I D C O N STRUCT ION expert design

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The new windows and doors have made such a difference to our home.

Slim sash windows finished in a colour complementary to Farrow & Ball ‘Slipper Satin’ with decorative sash horns and 18mm astragal glazing bars.

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S O L I D C O N S T R U C T I O N , E X P E RT D E S I G N

tunning new sash and casement windows as well as a new entrance door have greatly improved the façade of this handsome 1830s Georgian property in the Suffolk countryside. The homeowner, Mr Heneghan comments “When we purchased the house, we planned to carry out extensive refurbishment work, including adding an extension and conservatory at the rear. We had to move out while all this work was going on”. Part of Mr Heneghan’s plan was to replace the original windows and doors. “The original sash windows had glass that was extremely thin, and they rattled like mad, especially when Chinooks from the nearby air base flew overhead! They were rubbish, cold and had to go”. After meeting with a member of the team from Timber Windows of Woodbridge, new slim sash windows and a set of cottage casements were specified for the home.

“We planned for the work to be undertaken in two stages. The windows were to be first and then we returned to replace the front door in the second stage”. The new front door is a Chadlington design in a ‘Harewood Grey’ finish and the toplight is a close replica to the original; a feature that Mr Heneghan was very keen to retain.

“The new windows and doors have made such a difference to our home. The house no longer rattles, it’s much quieter and not to mention, much warmer as well” explains Mr Heneghan. The new entrance door has impressed Mr Heneghan so much that he comments “the back door is a similar style and we are now looking to get this replaced by Timber Windows as well”. When asked if he was happy with the results, he responded, “who wouldn’t be! They are well designed and constructed, and look as good as the originals”.

Chadlington entrance door in ‘Harewood Grey’ with frame and toplight featuring 18mm astragal glazing bars in a colour complementary to Farrow & Ball ‘Slipper Satin’. Antique Brass Unlacquered Doctor’s knocker and Medium sized l etter plate from Samuel Heath.

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Slim sash and cottage casement windows manufactured in Engineered European Redwood and finished in a colour complementary to Farrow & Ball ‘Slipper Satin’.

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R E A S O N S TO C H O O S E

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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.

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Glass is fitted from room side to prohibit would-be intruders from gaining entry by removing the glass.

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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.

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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.

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Warm edge spacer bars

Low conductivity spacer bars help to minimise heat loss and combat condensation levels on the inner pane.

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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.

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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

Security

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A MODERN TRAN

We stopped our search after visiting the showroom, we were both set on Timber Windows and were so impressed with what we saw.

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S F O R M AT I O N “When we bought the house, it had a ‘mock-Tudor’ style that to us felt very dated and tired and we were keen to change it as soon as possible” explains Mrs Darvill when describing the origins of her now contemporary styled home in Essex. “We wanted to put our stamp on the property, so we planned to change the façade and modernise the home.” Mr and Mrs Darvill visited their local Timber Windows showroom in Ingatestone, and having viewed the products on display there, decided almost instantly that this would be the right choice for their home. As part of their renovation project for the house, contemporary styled flush casement windows finished externally in ‘Flatiron Grey’ and featuring horizontal glazing bars were specified across the property. “What we love about timber is that we could have any colour we wanted and the new grey of the windows really give the house that modern edge we desired. The previous windows were a dreary, dated brown and it looks so much better now.” To complement the new windows, a contemporary Ebrenn entrance door with sidelights was also selected. This features a dual colour finish of

Ebrenn Contemporary entrance door with sidelights, dual finished in ‘Anthracite’ on the sash and ‘Flatiron Grey’ elsewhere. The door also features a Barbican knocker and contemporary letter plate in 316 Coastal Grade Stainless Steel.

‘Anthracite’ on the door sash and ‘Flatiron Grey’ on the frame, and is paired with stainless steel ironmongery. The modernisation of the family home is now complete and Mrs Darvill comments “We are so pleased with everything from Timber Windows, everything looks great and it has really given our home the look we were going for.”

Flush casement windows in ‘Flatiron Grey’ with 18mm horizontal astragal glazing bars.

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Traditional slim sash window with 18mm astragal bars, in a colour complementary to Farrow & Ball ‘White Tie’ with Mottled Antique Brass ironmongery and manufactured in Engineered Meranti Hardwood.

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.BRIGHT OUTLOOK.

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ituated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in

rural Somerset, this former mill and manor house with origins back to the year 982, owned by Mr & Mrs Lloyd has received a sympathetic update. “The windows were replaced 14 years ago but the builders and

architects specified windows of an inadequate quality that had already rotted!” Mrs Lloyd comments.

When searching for new windows and doors, Mr & Mrs Lloyd took the time to consider different companies to ensure they bought the right products for their property. “We felt our choice was quite restricted, either

a joiner or uPVC products. However, when we visited the Timber Windows showroom in Clifton, we only had to spend 5 minutes with the team to know we didn’t have to look any further!” Mrs Lloyd explains.

“Having spent so long looking at rubbish products, once I tried a sash window from Timber Windows, I was sold straight away. They were fantastic!”.

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T

he Timber Windows team was on hand to help Mr & Mrs

Lloyd with their project, choosing tall windows that maximise the views of the land and wildlife from the house in its beautiful surroundings.

“The whole installation process took 4 weeks which was faster than we were expecting. All of the original panelling was carefully removed and reinstated. The house never felt exposed and it was always sealed and secured!” Mrs Lloyd explains. French doors with 18mm astragal glazing bars, in a colour complementary to Farrow & Ball ‘White Tie’ with an Antique Brass Unlacquered Extended Profile handle from Samuel Heath.

The house now features slim sash windows, flush casement windows, entrance doors and French doors, all finished in a colour complementary to Farrow & Ball ‘White Tie’. “We love the ironmongery.

We wanted an Antique Brass look and the choice available from other companies was very poor!” Mrs Lloyd goes on to comment.

“Everyone from Timber Windows has been a delight throughout the entire process! We are really very pleased with the quality, fitting and the service we received. We have been singing the praises of them to everyone”.

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Bardwell entrance door and accompanying flush casement window with 18mm astragal glazing bars, in a colour complementary to Farrow & Ball ‘White Tie’ and an Antique Brass Unlacquered Extended Profile handle from Samuel Heath.


BRIGHT OUTLOOK

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Originally built using bricks forged only a

ADVICE

couple of fields away, this grand 1930s house in the West Midlands has seen a transformation by Timber Windows.

Mrs Wasse has lived here since 1987 and comments “originally the house had Crittall

windows. We then switched to uPVC and have now decided to replace these with timber”. Mrs Wasse came across Timber Windows through a friend who had also chosen our products for their home a few years ago. “They are very happy with their windows

and doors, and recommended Timber Windows to me”. Mark from the Timber Windows of Harborne showroom was on hand to help Mrs Wasse with every stage of the project. In fact, a new bay window at the front of the property has been constructed based on Mark’s suggestion to balance out the front façade with the stepped front to the left.

Mark also made a number of other suggestions leading to a set of patio doors being replaced with French doors, and a brand new door added to the decking area which has its own unique beach style.

Overall, a selection of flush casement windows, French Doors and an entrance door were chosen for the property. “We saw ideas for colours in the brochure and opted for ‘Porcelain’

as it’s a timeless choice”.

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Flush casement windows windows finished in ‘Porcelain’ with 18mm astragal glazing bars and manufactured in Engineered European Redwood.


SOUND ADVICE

These new windows and doors have transformed the property, a change which has not gone unnoticed in the local community! “Some of our

neighbours see the house from across the fields and have been telling us how wonderful it looks now” Mrs Wasse explains. She then goes on to comment “passers-by and neighbours have been asking where the windows

came from. They are now using Timber Windows as well! It’s also reassuring to have the nice comments from others as it gives further support to our decision”.

The new windows and doors have provided more than just aesthetic benefits. “We are near Birmingham airport as well as the motorway and

railway. The house is much quieter now and warmer. It’s made a world of difference!”.

French doors and sidelights, and accompanying flush casement windows, all in ‘White’ with 18mm astragal glazing bars in a T-bar design and manufactured in Engineered European Redwood.

Flush casement windows in ‘White’ with 18mm astragal glazing bars and a double entrance doorset with arched toplight in ‘London Grey’, manufactured in Engineered European Redwood. Ironmongery sourced separately by customer.

With this being a large-scale project, the team were able to help with imaging to show how the proposed changes would look. The work was also carried out in two phases to help spread the financial outlay.

“The difference is extraordinary”.

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s a relatively recent build, at only 12 years old, it is perhaps surprising

that the owners of this Oxfordshire property have needed to replace their windows and doors already, “we’ve lived in the house for 5 years and came to realise that the windows were rotten and poor quality; I think the builders must have got them out of a skip” says Mrs Brimacombe.

Having lived with windows and doors that were ill fitting and had big gaps around them, the homeowners were understandably keen to make well-informed decisions and avoid the poor choices made by the builders.

“We’ve planned the changes in three phases, to spread the outlay and attend to them in order of priority.”

Contemporary flush casement windows finished in ‘French Grey’ with 27mm astragal glazing bars.

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LIGHT TOUCH

Contemporary flush casement windows, along with bi-fold doors and French doors have been installed so far. A contemporary Dowr door with sidelights now adorns the front, featuring stainless steel hardware and sandblasted glazing panels. All the items have a ‘French Grey’ finish externally with an ‘Off-White’ finish internally to coordinate with the interior scheme.

“We’re very pleased with them; it’s given the house a much better look, it feels much softer and has more character.”

Previously, the windows were poorly designed with too many glazing bars, that were starving the interior of natural light, “the rooms feel much lighter and brighter now, and the bi-folds are a lovely addition” Mrs Brimacombe describes.

Contemporary French doors and Bi-Fold doors finished in ‘French Grey’ with 316 Coastal Grade Stainless Steel ‘Nitro’ door handles.

The new windows and doors have brought a raft of benefits now that they are chosen and installed with care, “the fitting team were really good, and we’ve noticed that there are no draughts now and road noise is massively reduced.”

Dowr contemporary door with sidelights, finished in ‘French Grey’ with Vector handle, escutcheon and letter plate in 316 Coastal Grade Stainless Steel. The glazing areas have a sandblasted finish, with the door panel featuring an etched house number.

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A happy home riginally built in the 1830s, this grand, late Georgian property on the outskirts of Birmingham has returned to its roots thanks to Mrs Jacobs and Timber Windows.

“Roughly 10 years before I bought the house and moved in, it was owned by a builder who carried out a renovation. He decided, for expedience to install large pane aluminium windows across the house which were quite frankly, terrible!” With a number of the windows on the property rotting, Mrs Jacobs was desperate to replace them as soon as she could.“It was always my intention to have traditional and more appropriate sash windows installed but I needed

to wait until I was in the right position to do so.”

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A HAPPY HOME Slim sash windows manufactured in Engineered European Redwood, finished in ‘White’ with 18mm astragal glazing bars.

Mrs Jacobs came to Timber Windows and specified slim sash windows along with a set of French doors and an arched casement window. All have been finished in White, with 18mm astragal glazing bars.

The new windows and doors lend the home a more authentic appearance, respecting its history and Mrs Jacobs is delighted with the end result.

“It’s absolutely

wonderful! It’s like having a birthday everyday when I see my house now! A unique arched casement window with bespoke 18mm astragal glazing bars, finished in ‘White’.

French doors with sidelights and toplights in ‘White’ with 18mm astragal glazing bars and Polished Brass Unlacquered Contour handles from Samuel Heath.

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Slim sash window in ‘White’, with 18mm astragal glazing bars, manufactured in Engineered European Redwood.

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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.

V

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

location.

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

hand

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

re-checked.

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.

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NEW HOUSE TRADITIONAL VALUES

raditional sash windows, corbel brickwork and stone cills may fool you into thinking this property is an old country house, but it was in fact built at the turn of this century.

Mr and Mrs Best moved to this family home in Yorkshire 2 years ago and struggled to get to grips with the sash windows that were put in at the time of build. “The old windows were cheap and had

been repainted so many times that they were all stuck closed. They were horrible, filthy dirty things that we couldn’t get at to clean properly”

“We initially visited the Timber Windows at Harewood showroom with our

son when he was looking for windows and decided to return when it was time to do our house. It gave us great confidence to visit a showroom and see the product first hand. The showroom and team were all lovely. Other companies, although they were cheaper, simply couldn’t give us the same confidence and were far less helpful. It was a significant investment that we wanted to get right” says Mrs Best.

Hidden Spring sash windows with 18mm astragal glazing bars in ‘Straw’, manufactured in Engineered European Redwood.

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Kingston entrance door in a colour complementary to Farrow & Ball ‘Green Blue’, manufactured in Engineered European Redwood. Door also features Signature Bloom decorative glazing on Kathedral patterned glass along with a Chrome Doctor’s knocker and Medium Sized letter plate from Samuel Heath.

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Belbroughton entrance door in a colour complementary to Farrow & Ball ‘Green Blue’ featuring a Chrome Profile handle from Samuel Heath and 18mm astragal glazing bars, with accompanying sash window in the shade of ‘Straw’.

N E W H O U S E T R A D I T I O N A L VA L U E S

After a detailed survey, Mr and Mrs Best decided on our Hidden Spring sash windows finished in ‘Straw’, inside and out. The door is a striking colour; a shade complementary to Farrow & Ball ‘Green Blue’ with encapsulated Signature Bloom glass. Samuel Heath Chrome fittings give the finishing touch.

Mrs Best summarises their experience saying

“We’re really pleased with how the house looks, now it’s done. This is our forever home so we’re delighted to have the long product guarantees”.

“We’ve been extremely pleased with the aftercare. A couple of minor issues were rectified quickly and efficiently”.

French doors with accompanying sash windows in ‘Straw’ with a Samuel Heath Profile handle in Chrome.

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RESTORATION

The building’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!

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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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ells in Somerset is often described as England’s smallest city; situated within it is this former

stable block that enjoys views of the cathedral, home to Mr & Mrs Hilton and their family.

“We’ve lived here for almost 8 years, with the house being in my wife’s family since the early 1980’s when it was converted to a residence by her grandparents” Mr Hilton describes. A stone’s throw from the cathedral, as stables, the building formed part of the ecclesiastical estate in its original form.

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DETAIL

“From its 80’s conversion, it had many undesirable features, including very fussily designed wooden windows for the style of the property” Mr Hilton says. The family opted to change the style of the windows and doors completely to let more light in and take advantage of the views that were previously quite obscured. A selection of slim hidden spring sash windows, flush casements and French doors now have a much simpler look with paired back, elegant glazing bars all finished in the shade of ‘Porcelain’. The new front door is a custom design in a contrasting shade of ‘London Grey’ featuring the house name, etched into sandblasted glass. “We can now see the Cathedral clearly from the upper windows; Phil from the showroom advised on having only a partially obscured bathroom window, so we could enjoy the view while still have our privacy.” “The house is also quite near a main road through the city, but once inside we just don’t hear it now.”

Slim Hidden Spring sash window finished in ‘Porcelain’ with 18mm astragal glazing bar and Polished Chrome hook fastener, manufactured in Engineered European Redwood.

Frenchay entrance door (adapted to suit customer requirements) finished in ‘London Grey’ with Polished Nickel Contour door knob, Medium sized letter plate and Ring knocker from Samuel Heath. The glazing has a sandblasted finish with etched house number.

Flush casement window finished in ‘Porcelain’ with 18mm astragal glazing bars, Polished Chrome Peardrop handle and sandblasted glass below the astragal glazing bars.

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French Doors finished in ‘Porcelain’ with 18mm astragal glazing bars and Chrome Chatsworth handle.

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e would love to see your very own home transformation - Please send us a photo of your home before your Timber Windows installation and if we use your shots in our next magazine, we'll send you one of our very special Fortnum & Mason prize hampers. Please email your photos to paul.martin@timberwindows.com

This offer is open to UK and Republic of Ireland residents who respond to a Timber windows promotion to win a Fortnum & Mason Hamper by entering via email. 1.There is only one prize hamper available per entry. 2. There is no closing date for entries. 3. The prize will be issued to any entrant that complies with all the terms and whose photo we select to use in our printed literature or online. We require a photo before the installation of new windows or doors purchased from a Timber Windows showroom and a comparable photo of after the installation has been carried out. We will then assess the entry and if selected will arrange a mutually convenient date for our photographer to visit you; this completes the entry and thus qualifies for the hamper once carried out. 4. By entering the Timber Windows prize draw you consent to Timber Windows contacting you and processing your personal data to enable it to operate the prize draw. 5. In the event you are selected as a winner of the prize draw, we will contact you by telephone or email to notify you. As a condition of receiving your prize you will be required to provide a photograph and testimonial to Timber Windows and confirm that you consent to Timber Windows publishing your name, photographs and the testimonial upon the website or in printed literature. If you don't wish to give your consent for these activities then please do not enter the prize draw. If you do not provide a photograph or testimonial, or confirm your consent, or respond at all to our contact, within 28 days of us contacting you, your right to the prize will be automatically withdrawn. 6. Prizes are not transferable under any circumstances. 7. There is no cash alternative available. 8. Open only to UK and Republic of Ireland residents. 9. Entrants must be aged 18 years of age or over. Pantone 5497C

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STYLISH SOLUTION

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hen carrying out a revamp on our homes, we can often draw inspiration from its history, the neighbours or the surroundings, but what if you live on a relatively new, purpose built estate like Mr and Mrs Forrest’s home in Brentwood, Essex?

“Our house was built in the late 1990s, and most houses had ‘mock-sash windows’ from new – lots of neighbours have changed the originals now so we looked around the estate for ideas but didn’t see anything we liked, as lots have opted for uPVC which we feel ruins the look of the house” Mr Forrest explains. Mr and Mrs Forrest instead saw a similar style of house in the Timber Windows brochure, “we thought the front door colour really suited

the light brickwork, so we opted for the same, and the sash windows gave a nice finish against a like colour and type of property.” Slim Hidden Spring sash windows in ‘Off-White’ with 18mm astragal glazing bars and standard sash horns, manufactured in Engineered European Redwood.

With regards the old windows, Mr Forrest says, “We noticed they were draughty and didn’t close very well – they probably could have been repaired but it felt like a lost cause, throwing money after bad.” The new front door is finished in a colour complementary to Farrow & Ball ‘Dix Blue’ set in an ‘Off-White’ frame, and accompanied by Chrome ironmongery. The sash windows have a classic ‘Off-White’ finish with elegant 18mm astragal glazing bars.

“The bars and the overall appearance are much finer and more refined than what we had before.” “It has made a great deal of difference to the look of the house, and was probably the look that the developers were originally aiming for but didn’t quite make the cut with the mock sashes – we’re really very happy with them” Mr Forrest says in summary.

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Kingston entrance door finished in a colour complementary to Farrow & Ball ‘Dix Blue’ with an ‘Off-White’ frame, featuring Samuel Heath Polished Chrome Doctor’s knocker, Medium sized letter plate plus a spy hole with Satinovo patterned glass.


RUR AL HOME Renovated

Stratfield stable door in ‘French Grey’ with an ‘Off-White’ frame, 27mm astragal glazing bars and a Black Cottage handle.

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Renovated

RUR AL HOME M

r & Mrs Cooper put down roots in this rural Somerset cottage, around three years ago, “we have carried out lots of work on the house, having bought it from the family of the deceased, former owner. Some of the windows here were plastic and honestly quite hideous; we believe these to have been recent replacements, made for a quick sale before it went on the market.” The windows and doors of a wooden construction that did remain, were all rotten, “they were pretty bad, the kitchen window even had a hole in it that let water in, when it rained” Mrs Cooper describes. The cottage dates to the 1700s and has had sympathetic extensions added in the past thirty years, with Mr and Mrs Cooper wanting to ensure they respected the history of the property too, “we knew we always wanted to have timber windows put in throughout; it’s the only style and material that would really suit the house.” “We don’t enjoy living in a mess so we didn’t want to hang around with changing the windows and doors when we moved in – we got on the case right away, carrying out research online and visiting the lovely shop in Clifton.” “Through a process of elimination, comparing other suppliers, we chose Timber Windows – I was very excited to visit the Timber Windows showroom based on what I’d seen online, and it didn’t disappoint”

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Lipped casement windows finished in ‘OffWhite’ with 27mm astragal glazing bars and Black Monkeytail handles, manufactured in Engineered European Redwood.

Lipped casement windows finished in ‘Off-White’ were chosen throughout, along with a lovely stable door and cottage style front door, both of which are finished in ‘French Grey’ with ‘Off-White’ frames and carry period black ironmongery.

“We’re very happy, very much so, it’s been such a lovely thing, to restore the look and feel of the cottage.”

Staverton front door in ‘French Grey’ with an ‘Off-White’ frame featuring a Black Cottage door handle, matching letter plate and Shakespeare door knocker.

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M E T I C U LO U S ATTENTION to DETAIL

aving moved into this 1878 Victorian property, the Roberts family begun undertaking a large-scale renovation of the home right away.

“We moved in seven years ago and started renovating the house then. We gave the builder at the time free reign when it came to the windows and unfortunately the choice he made was poor. It had only been 7 years and they already needed replacing!” At the time of purchasing the property, it was in a poor state, with many of the original Victorian features and detailing stripped out in favour of modern detailing. It was Mrs Roberts goal to have as many of these original features put back into the house as possible. As part of this project, Mr and Mrs Roberts scoured the length of the country to find suppliers of reclaimed bricks and other materials, that would perfectly match the originals of the house. After their previous experience with the builder, Mrs Roberts project managed the latest works closely herself, and came across the Timber Windows showroom in Harborne where she received some expert advice from the team.

Large flush casement windows and 3-panel bi-fold doors with a Chrome Chatsworth handle, finished in ‘White’.

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M E T I C U L O U S AT T E N T I O N T O D E TA I L

New sash windows, including a fixed sash extended to the floor at the rear of the property, have been installed. This unique window allows the family to maximise the view of their lovely garden and is a stunning addition to their home. The Roberts have also added a new extension to the rear of the home, which now houses their kitchen and dining area. A set of bi-fold doors and large, fixed casement windows were installed here, again making the most of the view to the outdoors. All products have been finished in ‘White’, feature Chrome ironmongery and are manufactured in Engineered European Redwood.

“The team at the showroom have done such a fantastic job of recreating the original windows and the installation process was simple! Their attention to detail is meticulous and honestly, I wish I had known about them the first-time round!” While the new windows have improved the appearance of the house with its traditional Victorian styling, the benefits do not stop there. “An estate

agent has since visited and valued the house. They advised that it is exactly what prospective buyers look for, a traditional appearance that is also modern and functional” Mrs Roberts concludes.

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A bespoke floor level fixed sash window in ‘White’, with 18mm astragal glazing bars. Matching sash windows to either side with Polished Chrome ironmongery.


M E T I C U L O U S AT T E N T I O N T O D E TA I L

Sash windows in ‘White’ with Polished Chrome ironmongery.

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arly photos of this magnificent property, built in the early 1900s, show it was originally appointed with beautiful sash windows,

“when we moved in a few years ago, the house had been decked out with PVC windows by the previous owner, a DIY fanatic who’d added unsightly bays that weren’t even supported, and had to go” the homeowners, Mr & Mrs Rees explain. Once part of farmland in a Cambridgeshire village, the house had become dark and dreary with time, “as well as changing the windows and

doors, we’ve had the brickwork cleaned and repointed, to give it a complete makeover”. Slim Hidden Spring Venetian sash window finished in ‘Smoke Cream’ with 18mm astragal glazing bars and manufactured in Engineered European Redwood.

Four identical Venetian sash windows are accompanied by a smaller sash window; all of which are our slim Hidden Spring specification and are finished in the shade of ‘Smoke Cream’. A timeless Frenchay front door has a stylish ‘Anthracite’ finish paired with Chrome Samuel Heath ironmongery and Etched Star glass. The door is also manufactured to a townhouse style, meaning an escutcheon replaces the handle while utilising the same multi-point locking mechanism. The changes have given the house a fresh new look, more suited to its character and adding a healthy helping of charm too. Mr and Mrs Rees comment, “the sash windows have flooded the rooms

with light, where some of the interior spaces had previously been quite dark. It’s also never been a house we could keep warm, however since having the new windows and door we’ve found it much easier to keep the house at a comfortable temperature.”


BOLD CHANGE

Frenchay front door finished in ‘Anthracite’ with Samuel Heath Polished Chrome Ring knocker, Medium sized letter plate and escutcheon, also featuring Etched Star glass.

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REVIVAL Authentic

Slim sash window in ‘White’ with 18mm astragal glazing bars and Brass ironmongery, manufactured in Engineered European Redwood.

aving lived in this former farmhouse in the West Midlands for 20

years, Mr and Mrs Hughes decided that it was finally time for their windows to be replaced. “The original windows were at least 50 years old! They were in a dire state and many wouldn’t even open.”

With a desire for new windows that were both appropriate for the style of the farmhouse and also high performing, Mr & Mrs Hughes spent time looking for the right supplier and discovered Timber Windows. “We knew that wooden windows were our best option. It wouldn’t feel or look right for any other material to be installed as it just wouldn’t be appropriate for the period and style of this house” explains Mr Hughes.

New, authentically styled slim sash windows and flush casement windows in Engineered European Redwood have been installed throughout the property. All have a ‘White’ finish, with Brass ironmongery and 18mm astragal glazing bars resulting in a traditional appearance.

Alongside the new windows, a Westonbirt conservation door with a toplight was also specified. This is finished in the shade of ‘Talisman’, features Polished Brass ironmongery from Samuel Heath and has original, uniquely designed signature glass that gives the door a stunning, individual appearance.

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Slim sash and flush casement windows finished in ‘White’ with 18mm astragal glazing bars.


A U T H E N T I C R E V I VA L

Westonbirt conservation door with toplight, in ‘Talisman’ with a ‘White’ frame and manufactured in Engineered European Redwood. Glass panels feature a bespoke signature glass design and door also has a Polished Brass Profile door knob from Samuel Heath.

The new windows and door have made an immediately noticeable difference. Mr Hughes comments “we live on a busy road with a lot of passing traffic. Since the new windows have been added, we haven’t heard anything from outside.”

As well as the reduced noise benefits, Mr Hughes also comments “everything was installed just before Christmas and the house has felt noticeably warmer over this past winter compared with previous years. We are delighted!”

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“We were extremely surprised how quickly all the windows and doors were fitted in place with very little mess and disruption; testament to Timber Windows’ surveyor, the measurements he made meant that our new windows and doors fitted perfectly” Mrs Moulton says of the experience with Timber Windows for her Essex home, “ironically I spoke to a friend who was having windows installed by another company at the same time and I couldn’t help feeling a little smug when she told me of the chaos in her house and all the ‘making good’ that was going to be required afterwards”.

Carrying out a full renovation of their Victorian, 1880s home, Mr & Mrs Moulton wanted to give the house a more modern appearance without detracting from the character, “we felt that by replacing the old French doors with bi-folds, we could achieve that” Mrs Moulton explains.

In addition, the homeowners, wanted to make it a more comfortable house to live in, “our house was very draughty, often the wind would whistle through our old doors and windows, and in the winter, we would fight a losing battle to keep it warm.”

Having looked around at window and door suppliers for over a year, Mr & Mrs Moulton had struggled to find the right combination of quality, workmanship and style that they were looking for, along with the offer of a high specification and being sympathetic to the age of the property, “I happened to see the Timber Windows advert in the Waitrose magazine that I picked up in store one day and realised the showroom was nearby. Once in the showroom, we realised the product met all of our criteria and the search was over!”

The house has received a selection of new items, including an arch topped Norham door in ‘Black’ with a ‘White’ frame as well as two sets of Bi-Fold doors, also in ‘Black’. Elsewhere, ‘White’ cottage casements with lead detailing, have also been fitted.

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Norham entrance door with an arched head, finished in ‘Black’ with a ‘White’ frame, featuring a Chrome Doctor’s knocker and Escutcheon from Samuel Heath and manufactured in Engineered Meranti Hardwood.


O U R WA R M E S T W I N T E R S

“Over the years we have undertaken many renovation projects, on various homes we have owned, but rarely have we been able to say that a project completely surpassed our expectations. From day one when the first Bi-Folds were installed, we realised what a dramatic difference they were going to make to our home.”

“The craftsmanship was superb and the installation was excellent.The fitters were obviously very experienced, methodical and very precise. Nothing, not even our old 'wonky' walls, phased them!”

“The proof of the pudding has been that since having them installed, the past two winters, 2017-2018 being a particularly cold winter, our house has been the warmest it has ever been. So, not only do we have lovely looking windows and doors, we also have a draught-free house too.”

Cottage Casement window in ‘White’ with 6mm oval lead, overlay joints and a dark finish, and manufactured in Engineered European Redwood.

Bi-Fold doors in ‘Black’ with Chrome Chatsworth handles, manufactured in Engineered European Redwood.

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his sensitively designed housing area was built just five years

ago in an Oxfordshire village; unfortunately, not everything was as it should have been, with the contractor cutting a few corners when it came to the windows and doors, as owner Mrs Passmore explains, “they used

poor quality, wooden windows that hadn’t been treated and had no undercoat, instead they glossed straight onto the bare surface on site, and inevitably they all failed. After making a claim against them, we were awarded compensation to get suitable replacements.” Selecting their new windows and doors, Mr & Mrs Passmore chose a ‘French Grey’ finish throughout. The new front door is our Chalfont design and has Polished Brass ironmongery providing the finishing touches, while the Lipped Casement windows have graceful 18mm astragal glazing bars.

“Our choices have a much softer colour and more pleasant design now”. Importantly, the Timber Windows range has a factory applied, microporous coating system; a thorough and advanced four-layer treatment consisting of a wood preservative, a primer and two top coats to achieve the perfect finish. Microporous coatings provide the ultimate

Chalfont front door in ‘French Grey’ with Polished Brass Samuel Heath Medium Sized letter plate and escutcheon as well as a Doctor’s knocker, small door knob and spyhole with Etched Star glass design, and manufactured in Engineered European Redwood.

protection, allowing the wood to breathe, permitting the passing through of moisture vapour and thus maintaining an equilibrium of moisture content through the seasons, preventing decay, while prolonging the life of the timber. The family have noticed other benefits too, “the

house is noticeably quieter, as we no longer hear any noise from outside.” “Temperature retention in the house has also been much better, in colder weather the house is warmer and we’ve had the heating on less.” Lipped Casement windows in ‘French Grey’ with 18mm astragal glazing bars, manufactured in Engineered European Redwood.

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r and Mrs Bell have been customers of Timber Windows for over 10 years. They originally specified new timber windows and doors for their previous family home and after being highly impressed with the end result, have now returned for their new house in Harrogate.

It’s not every day that houses like this come up for sale. This turn of the century property boasts quirky styling and certain deco features. Over the years it has been extended and added to, later becoming a care home.

Mr and Mrs Bell fell in love with the building, seeing the potential of what could be. Although it’s not in a conservation area, they were keen to choose timber to replace the windows, “we felt plastic would devalue the house and the cost saving wasn’t enough to warrant it” says Mr Bell.

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After paying close attention to similar properties in the area, Mr and Mrs Bell opted for flush casement windows (the same as we installed in their previous home), finished in ‘White’ with a ‘T-Bar’ glazing design which adds detail without entirely obstructing the view. The entrance doors are finished in ‘Anthracite’ and fitted with Chrome Samuel Heath architectural hardware.

The installation of 26 windows and 4 doors was carefully timed with other work that was taking place around the property, Mr Bell comments “the fitting was very quick and extremely efficient considering the scale of the project”.

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Kingston entrance door, finished in ‘Anthracite’ with sandblasted glass, featuring a Chrome Profile Handle, Ring Knocker and Medium sized letter plate from Samuel Heath and manufactured in Engineered European Redwood.


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Flush casement windows in ‘White’ featuring 18mm astragal glazing bars in a T-bar design and Polished Chrome Peardrop handles.

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PICTURE Mr & Mrs Baker’s Sussex house, overlooking the South Downs has an idyllic outlook and they’ve carried out substantial work to make it into their family home, since moving in three years ago, “as well

as the windows and doors, we have also replaced the roof…there’s still lots to do internally but we can do this gradually, while enjoying time with our young family.”

Originally a game keeper’s cottage, dating to 1840 it still had some original doors and windows, and whilst the owners admit they were lovely to look at, they were simply letting in a lot of draughts and not doing their job very well.

“We kept the original door knob and knocker, and Timber Windows of Horsham were able to transfer them on to our new doors for us, which is a nice nod to the past.”

“Andy from the showroom was great, he helped with colour choices, giving us the benefit of his advice and presenting clear options to choose from.”

Flush casement windows finished in ‘Porcelain’ externally and ‘White’ internally with regular and gothic style 27mm astragal glazing bars and featuring Antique Brass Unlacquered Contour handles and pegstays from Samuel Heath.

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Moorbank Conservation door in a colour complementary to Fired Earth ‘Carragheen’ with a ‘Porcelain’ frame. Featuring Antique Brass Unlacquered Extended Contour handle and escutcheon from Samuel Heath with Etched Sun glass.

A large number of flush casement windows and French doors were installed throughout, including those with regular astragal bars and those with gothic style bars. Additionally, entrance doors in a colour complementary to Fired Earth ‘Carragheen’ were also installed with Antique Brass Unlacquered ironmongery.

The later part of the house had the gothic bars, which have been retained and also used now in other nearby windows to give a consistent look.

Mrs Baker summarises her feelings on the project, “we’re very happy

with how it has all turned out and the service we have received”.

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With stunning views of the nearby cathedral and on the doorstep of its very own church, this former rectory in a Cambridgeshire village has been modernised for family living while its authenticity and character remain fully intact, retaining original features such as flooring and fireplaces from its 1860s origins. Moving into the new home with their young family a couple of years ago, Mr & Mrs Waterson quickly realised that the windows and doors were in need of urgent attention,

“it was immediately obvious that we needed new windows; we hung ridiculously thick curtains to keep the draughts out but they were rotten and even had insects nesting in them…this became the first job in the house as a result”. A sizeable property such as this requires a lot of heating to feel comfortable, so the owners had eco-heating installed throughout and it was therefore important for them that draughty, old windows didn’t undo the efforts being made to retain the warmth.

“We were keen to maintain the look of the building and replicate the window design” Mrs Waterson explains, “the glazing bars on our new windows are particularly elegant, and this was something we really noticed when researching window suppliers, as products from other companies just seemed to have bars that were too chunky to suit the design”.

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Flush casement windows were installed throughout, some towering at over 2.6 metres tall, and all were given a painted finish in the shade of ‘Porcelain’ externally and ‘OffWhite’ internally, as well as 18mm astragal bars. The front door has the same finish as the windows, with the toplight featuring the sandblasted house name. There was one change however that Mr & Mrs Waterson made to their new windows, compared to those they replaced, “we decided to be brave with the colour choice, choosing

‘Porcelain’ over the traditional white, as we’d seen other houses using soft greys like this and we’d been impressed with the effect. We’re really happy we made this choice, the finish is one of softness and they match really well with the tone of the brickwork.” “We are very pleased with the windows and doors; we get a lot of people passing by and commenting on them, many are convinced they’re the originals that have been painted nicely, which shows that it’s been a good job of matching the old ones”. Flush casement windows finished in ‘Porcelain’ externally and ‘Off-White’ internally with 18mm astragal glazing bars, and Polished Chrome Peardrop handles and pegstays.

Bardwell entrance door in ‘Porcelain’ externally and ‘Off-White’ internally with a Polished Chrome Chatsworth handle and Medium sized Samuel Heath letterplate, while the toplight has the house name sandblasted onto clear glass.

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aving moved in some 2 decades ago, the Lang family had bought the house of their dreams on the edge of rural Leeds. The original steel and wooden framed windows were tired and letting in unwanted draughts and condensation. Mr and Mrs Lang opted for PVC replacements as this was the ‘done thing’ at the time. “We put in plastic windows about 20 years ago, in

hindsight they never looked right for the house” says Mr Lang. He was correct, the style and layout really detracted from the appearance of this beautiful home. “My wife and I had put all of our time and effort into our business, so sadly our house had suffered and was in need of thorough refurbishment”. 106 www.timberwindows.com


ON A GRAND SCALE Norham entrance door with sidelights in a ‘Light Oak’ stained finish, manufactured in Engineered Meranti Hardwood. Sidelights featuring Etched Star patterned glass and door features Chrome Contour handle and Medium sized letter plate from Samuel Heath.

Initially interested in replacing and adding doors to the back of their home as part of a smaller project, Mr and Mrs Lang called into our Harewood showroom to discuss the options. Following a home survey by one of our team, we put together a Photoshop illustration of what the front of the property could look like with the correct style of window and a suitable colour. “We wanted a

quality product so as to complement the stature of the property. We were instantly impressed with the finish and quality of the products on show” says Mr Lang.

French Grey flush casements with a single horizontal glazing bar at the front give the whole property a cleaner, more balanced look. The rear of the property looks out over mature gardens so we went for large expanses of glazing and removed the horizontal bar so not to detract from the view.

A mixture of Bi-Folding and French doors were used across the rear to suit the individual rooms and how they were used.

Although this installation was part of a much larger renovation, it’s clear to see the difference the correct product can make to a home.

“We were instantly impressed with the finish and quality”. “The windows and doors now look very nice, and really make the house look good; it’s had a real upgrade”.

Flush Casement windows finished in ‘French Grey’ with 18mm astragal glazing bars and manufactured in Engineered European Redwood.

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Flush Casement windows in ‘French Grey’ with Polished Chrome Peardrop handles, manufactured in Engineered European Redwood.

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A Passion for

ARCHITECTURAL AUTHENTICITY Timber Windows Listed - a collection of specially designed casement and sash windows, and doors that have gained positive feedback and approval from planning authorities across the UK.

We have assisted homeowners with buildings from a host of historical periods to meet the planning, conservation and preservation rules for their particular area with authentically designed timber windows and doors.

Our aim is to provide timber windows and doors that not only satisfy these rules but also enhance your home - improving insulation, sound proofing and day-to-day operation - whilst maintaining an authentic appearance for many, many years to come.

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TIMBER WINDOWS

listed H E L P I N G Y O U . . .

Choosing the most appropriate windows and doors is one of the most important decisions you will make for your home. This is never more poignant than when dealing with properties of conservation and listed status.

Windows and doors are among the most obvious components contributing to a building’s style and appearance, so ensuring that these are correct, both from the perspective of aesthetics and regulatory compliance, is vital.

Timber Windows Listed marries preservation of style with exacting methods of construction to produce levels of comfort and convenience that our forebears would envy. The use of engineered timber eliminates twisting, warping and draughts, whilst modern glazing, even in single glazed units, is both warmer and quieter than original glass.

With traditional hand processes and rigorous quality checking, every window and door passes through the hands of experienced, time-served craftsmen. Comprehensive guarantees on every window and door provide lasting peace of mind.

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. . . ENHANCE & PRESERVE YOUR HERITAGE HOME

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Finding a local craftsman to repair your period windows may appear an appealing solution - But...you may finish up with windows with so many repaired elements, there is little of the “original� left. Before

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An endless cycle of repair Rather like the story about grandmother’s broom - where the original brush and handle had both worn out and been replaced - listed window repair can have similar issues. Rotten wood carefully removed, only to be filled with plastic filler, cracked glass panes replaced with heavier modern glazing leaving sash windows closing by themselves, modern putty and seals installed... the windows may look the same once painted, but inevitably their appearance and functionality will not last for long. With an endless repair cycle - repairing the repair - inevitably little of the original window is left. Original solid wood frames will also continue to warp, swell, twist and stick.

Replacement where permitted Where replacement is agreed, the Timber Windows Listed Collection can provide virtual like for like alternatives. Years of research, examining the nuances of period window and door design and construction, has resulted in a range that has already satisfied planning departments in some of this country’s most desirable historic areas. The authentic appearance is achieved using engineered timber which is stronger, longer lasting and guaranteed to remain a perfect fit whatever the weather. Our glazing options will provide better insulation and sound proofing, whilst the paint or stain is applied in a closely controlled environment to ensure quality and consistency. Continual development and innovation mean our Listed product range will suit an extremely wide variety of British property types and historic periods, no matter how grand or modest.

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Glazing options

Can be fixed, top or side hinged 4mm single glazed (listed).

Authentic through bars

Traditional style putty glazed finish 14mm ultra slim unit with krypton gas (listed).

Engineered multi-layer timber resists warping or twisting and improves strength and durability

Timber Windows standard glazing. 24mm with argon gas/18mmwith krypton gas highperformance units. 14mm ultra slim unit with krypton gas (listed). (Diagram shows 24mm unit)

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are hand finished with a traditional style putty and are available with a 22mm wide glazing bar,

Referencing existing buildings and local style of

all features designed for the most stringent

fenestration is the key to closely replicating

planning areas.

window and door design. Our high performance 24mm or 18mm double Through bars and putty glazing are bespoke

glazed units, filled with argon gas and krypton

elements that set our Listed range apart.

gas respectively have the option of either an 18mm or 27mm wide glazing bar, ideal where

The range carries a number of glazing options to

regulatory restrictions are less rigorous.

suit everyone’s requirements from a conservation and a lifestyle stand point in terms of specification, giving the required aesthetics while regulating heat effectively and vastly improving sound insulation.

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Every Timber Windows showroom has comprehensive displays of many door and window designs, architectural hardware and accessories, including those from our exclusive Samuel Heath range, all beautifully presented with the high standard of manufacture and finish clearly visible. Our showroom teams are experts in the specification of our windows and doors, and are happy to offer you the benefit of their expertise and experience in a completely unbiased way. Through extensive customer case studies they will also be able to demonstrate a variety of completed projects and real customer reactions.

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Timber Windows - Issue 8 Inspirations  

The eighth edition in our popular customer focussed magazine series.

Timber Windows - Issue 8 Inspirations  

The eighth edition in our popular customer focussed magazine series.