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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

MORE ABOUT THE WINDOWS & DOORS INSTALLED

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

  • The team at The Window Sanctuary have been a delight to work with. They have given us really personal customer service, ensuring that every final detail works for us and our build and have listened to what is important to us (happy to be flex when we change our minds!). Quick to respond and offering a really consultative approach, alongside good value for high quality products, I would strongly recommend their service. I was really specific in what I wanted for bifold doors, wanting time achieve that much coveted Crittall appearance and they’ve made this work for us with a good quality option that doesn’t break the bank. What a find!

    Abigail Barclay Avatar Abigail Barclay
    January 20, 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

    Fraser Owen Avatar Fraser Owen
    April 4, 2022
  • A great experience with these guys from beginning to end. We had 2 windows replaced and had them altered to larger sizes. Also had 2 doors replaced, one to a full size which meant taking out walls and sidelights. A messy job but the team came in and within 2 days it was out with the old ones, all rubble taken away, and new frames in. The second team then came in to install the glass and the bars and make good the walls inside and out to a fine finish. Couldn't fault it. Amazing work. Would and have recommended this company to everyone who has seen and admired our new windows and doors. A++++

    Judith Monk Avatar Judith Monk
    November 18, 2020
  • We had a few quotes for 2 x black aluminium windows and French aluminium doors with fixed side panels. The Window Sanctuary were the most competitively priced and were quick to respond to our quote request and follow up questions. The timeline they gave for delivery and installation was accurate and the installers did a great job. We are really happy with our high quality and stylish looking doors and windows! Makes such a difference to our house.

    Anna Clarke Avatar Anna Clarke
    September 30, 2022
  • We had our conservatory doors replaced with by-fold doors by The Window Sanctuary and are very pleased with the results . The company were very helpful and spent lots of time with us answering our questions before we actually placed our order. They were very efficient with the installation process and we would recommend them. Competitive price too.

    Royston Firman Avatar Royston Firman
    January 12, 2021