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Windows & shutters crafted with care

Posted by Bath Bespoke on 4 May 2022

This period property required a sympathetic blend of old and new – joinery designs authentic to its original character that were also fit for twenty-first century living.

We were tasked with helping to improve the energy-efficiency as well as increasing the overall privacy of this property whilst also preserving the aesthetic appeal of the original joinery designs.

We handcrafted new timber sash windows in the traditional way, with full mortise and tenon joints, to ensure the joinery looked exactly how the original architect of the property intended. The windows were fitted with draught proofing and slim-profile double glazed units which provide all the benefits of modern double glazing whilst keeping the windows looking authentic.

Featuring smaller glazing bars (15mm as opposed to 22mm), a reduced overall glass cost and a longer-lasting glass unit with a lower U (heat loss) value, slim profile double glazed units are a sympathetic means of introducing contemporary innovation to period properties.

Our joinery design team then set about creating individual, internal window arrangements for each of the 30 windows.  These highly impressive working shutter or panelling designs with architraves in the traditional Georgian pattern provided additional privacy and warmth. Added into the window mix were automated privacy blinds and sun blinds, according to aspect.

A selection of the shutter designs were based on the original shutters from the property with the mouldings and architrave taking their cue from existing period details and all were handcrafted in sustainable, modified timber, Accoya, selected for its durability and dimensional stability. Alongside these solid panel designs, plantation style shutters were also introduced offering a visually lighter design note and a more flexible privacy option.