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Case Study – Traditional Lead Cottage Style Windows

Aluminium is an excellent replacement for traditional LEAD COTTAGE STYLE windows.

The brief

Our client lives in a beautiful example of an Arts and Crafts house with lead cottage style windows. He wanted to update his windows without diminishing the character of the period property. This property is probably one of the best examples of a typical Arts and Crafts property with the original oak frames and single glazed Crittall windows. He wanted to replace the old steel windows for all the benefits of modern double glazed windows such as; improving thermal values and reducing heating bills, without compromising the character and beauty of his home.

Our approach

The client chose The Window Sanctuary because we specialise in replacing old steel windows with slimline Heritage aluminium windows. These can be fitted into the original timber frames. This ensures that the character and period look is maintained. Every detail of the new windows is considered, from the slimline frames to the lead used on the glass and the handles we suggest. To ensure this level of detail, we control the entire process from start to finish, which is why we only use directly employed fitters. Our fitters take the care and attention required to ensure a first class installation and finish. This is especially true when working on heritage period properties such as this one, as our fitters needed to deepen the existing rebates of the timber frames, which is a carpentry skill.

Product focus

We used Alitherm Heritage windows fitted into the original timber frames. These are a flexible product and come in a slimline depth of 47mm. The frame has been designed to replicate and replace old steel Crittall windows and can be fitted directly back into the original timber frames or to the brickwork on modern homes.

To create the window within the stone gothic arch, our surveyor took a template whilst he was onsite to create a bespoke frame. This was achieved by shaping and cutting the metal in the same finish as the other windows. The window was fitted directly into the stone so that it closely matched the original style.

We used black antique lead on this project as an aged lead on older properties looks amazing.

heritage windows fitted existing oak frame windows HD

The result

The client was delighted that he was able to keep his original timber frames and the period look of the property. The end result is a Chocolate Box house that has retained its aesthetic look and feel but now with modern windows.

PERIOD STYLE ALUMINIUM COTTAGE WINDOWS

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STUNNING FEATURES

The amazing features of these products include:

  • Available in 20 colours at no extra cost— subject to quantity ordered
  • Polyester power-coated, making them virtually maintenance-free
  • Can be fitted into original timber sub-frames or directly to brick or stone
  • 200 RAL alternative colours available at a minimal surcharge
  • A range of bespoke ironmongery available
  • A range of external aluminium or hardwood cills.

ALITHERM HERITAGE

Designed as a direct replacement for steel windows, Alitherm Heritage provides the ideal solution for heritage applications. This includes listed building renovations and large-scale replica-refurbishment projects where planning constraints need to be considered.

RETAIN THE CHARACTER OF YOUR HOME WITH ALUMINIUM COTTAGE WINDOWS

Our range of ultra-slim aluminium windows are perfect for replicating the Art and Crafts lead cottage window style, while also lending themselves to the benefits of modern technology. Manufactured in the UK, using the highest quality materials, our aluminium windows comprise of a double polyamide thermal break which dramatically minimises any condensation. Aluminium windows offer an excellent and cost-effective alternative for replacing draughty, old steel windows. 

Our Google Reviews

  • We recently had a new front door and windows fitted. Very efficient service from start to finish with everyone extremely helpful. The fitter was very careful especially bearing in mind it was raining on the day of fitting. Would definitely recommend.

    thumb Chris Shortman
    February 23, 2021
  • The Window Sanctuary replaced all my old Crittal Windows with slimline heritage aluminium windows to retain the period look of my grade 2 listed property and furthermore replaced the old rotten timber sash windows with new hardwood timber sash windows bringing the property back to life. The guys were hardworking very knowledgeable and very professional I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this firm highly enough Warm regards Fraser Owen

    thumb Fraser Owen
    April 4, 2022
  • Really enjoyed dealing with the Window Sanctuary. The office team are very friendly and courteous and the installation team were good fun and very thorough. The finishing touches were beyond my expectations. We're delighted with our new windows and the enhanced view they provide.

    thumb Tim Glynne-Jones
    March 9, 2022
  • I cannot recommend “The Window Sanctuary “ enough. We have a very modern property with large expanses of glass, Aluminium frames were advised and were very competitively priced. The level of customer service was exceptional throughout, the installation process caused minimal disruption and the finished windows and Bi-fold doors look fantastic

    thumb meena kharade
    October 31, 2019
  • From the start The Window Sanctuary were friendly and polite and a pleasure to deal with. They offered lots of advice, especially helpful as our installation was a little tricky. We also had lots of issues with our extension which caused delays our end, which The Window Sanctuary worked around, even though it meant the installation had to be carried out in two lots, when initially it was meant to happen in one go - they were very accommodating and patient, thank you! Would definitely recommend.

    thumb Nicola Bandy
    January 2, 2022