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We live in a conservation area; the rules state that we had to match the appearance that the house was granted permission for originally. We were told by the council that we could have uPVC if we wanted but when we investigated them, the timber lookalikes were just as expensive and their faux grain looked inauthentic, so we felt we’d much rather have the real thing.

Mr and Mrs Price, Cambridgeshire

Cambridgeshire – Timber Slim Box Sash Windows, Casement Windows & French Doors

Built from scratch to their own specification in the 1990’s, the Price’s home is tucked away in a village setting in Cambridgeshire.

New technology using engineered timber

The original windows chosen at the time of the build were solid wood that had started to move and had gaps opening up. This was before the advent of the technology employed in today’s timber windows using engineered timber to prevent such problems occurring. The homeowners had also come to realise that other areas such as glazing had seen improvements in the twenty or so years that had passed.

Conservation area rules

“We live in a conservation area; the rules state that we had to match the appearance that the house was granted permission for originally. We were told by the council that we could have uPVC if we wanted but when we investigated them, the timber lookalikes were just as expensive and their faux grain looked inauthentic, so we felt we’d much rather have the real thing” Mr Price explains.

“Whilst carrying out research online, we came across Timber Windows, and once we’d visited the showroom, nothing else we saw could match the quality. We particularly liked the slim box depth available on the timber sash windows as this suited the openings of the property.”

Expert advice offered at the Timber Windows showroom

The expertise on offer at the showroom proved to be a helpful addition too, “We were presented with good ideas for designs and window types; for example where it turned out to be impractical to have sash windows due to the narrow opening, the idea was put forward to have the styling matched with casement windows; we liked the fact that there was range to cover all our needs and that everything was being made specifically to our order. There was never any hard sell, and no silly sales tactics like some others we came across.”

Timber slim box sash windows, casement windows and french doors

A large number of sash windows with slim box depth, using both cords and weights and the hidden spring mechanism were chosen, along with French doors and some casement windows, all manufactured in Engineered European Redwood, in a White painted finish and with brass ironmongery.

Commenting on the installation process, Mr and Mrs Price add, “they did a really good job. Everything arrived on time and went very smoothly. Even a slight issue that occurred after the installation was complete was attended to promptly with a return visit; no quibbles just great service.”

“Since we moved here the road that passes by the front of the house has seen an increase in traffic flow, so the road noise had blighted us, however the new windows have made a really noticeable difference to our comfort.”

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