I don’t supply new frames but this case study shows what is involved.
The only thing original from the “after photos” are the leaded fanlight panels and some of the glass in the single window top left.
In 2017 I commissioned a carpenter to supply and fit new window frames made out of hardwood with a like-for-like appearance. The panel in this window I rescued from a house in Liverpool. Some of the glass was trimmed to my size, some replaced and the whole thing was releaded. The design is not in keeping with my house or those which would have been in the rest of the street but as I have positioned on the side of the building I think it a subtle location allowing for this extravagant design. As I spend my life dealing in what I consider to be works of art, which I will never see again, I wanted to keep something! Incidentally I could have this panel recreated if you want to buy one. Please click here for more info!
I had the edges of the fanlight panels releaded before refitting. The lower section is divided in two as it would have originally been when the house was built in 1929. A previous owner had inserted a piece of modern flemish across this section.
If you are in the London area I recommend Mark Stanton (mastanton.co.uk) – the carpenter who supplied and fitted (but I did the paintwork!). More photos from the project:
I purchased the window units separately from the fitting process. This gave me time to properly paint the units with ease. These are now completely sealed for protection against the elements. When fitted I applied a final coat as during the fitting process some of the paintwork gets chipped.
I have hundreds of window handles and leavers but do not sell these through this website. Please go to my Ebay account where you will see everything I have.
In 2015 I had the same thing done for first floor windows reinserting the original leaded light panels.
Be wary of double-glazing companies offering wooden frames with double-glazed units. I admit these are nicer than PVC but unlikely to be made to match the look of 1920s/30s windows. This is partly because more space is needed for the lock system, double glazed units and made for mass production probably without genuine appreciation for period restoration.
My windows just have 4mm glass with simple screw in locks and secondary glazing fitted on the inside. I do not need a FENSA certificate.
The apex facia was also replaced in 2015. I painted this and the windows. The objective was to highlight the building’s 1920s architectural features.
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