Cottage casement windows and French doors
A personal buying process provided by local experts
“It really sealed the deal for us to be able to see products in situ and the high standard of workmanship, when Eddie took us to visit previously completed projects nearby” says Mr & Mrs Markwell about how delighted they were to have such care and consideration given to them during the buying process, and their visits to the Woodbridge showroom in Suffolk.
Making the right decisions for their rural Suffolk village cottage, with origins to the 1400s was important for the Markwells. Their house is bursting with original charm and character, inside and out, including stunning beams, stone floors and fireplaces; the windows, however, were not adding to the appeal.
“The house was derelict for years, and then was renovated in the 1970s by the previous owner. The windows put in at this time were timber and single glazed, but were a real mis-match, as the owner at the time liked to gather and make use of old things” Mr & Mrs Markwell describe.
maximising natural light
The old rear windows had very thick frames and bars, which blocked out the light” and in their pursuit of more natural light, they also made further changes, by doubling the size of the opening for the French doors, which they say, “has allowed the light to flood in and really lets us appreciate the views.”
Now with finely constructed, sensitive joinery in place, they explain, “we simply didn’t realise how awful and inappropriate the old windows and doors were, until the new ones went in. The cottage casements are particularly elegant compared to our old, chunky frames, and this has made a real difference.”