Biting the Bullet and Replacing the Windows

Situated in Surrey woodlands, this now spacious cottage started life 200 years ago as a one-up, one-down, joined to the cottage next door, dating to the 1600s.

Current owners, Mr & Mrs Swiers have lived in the cottage for 30 years and have carried out lots of work since first moving in,

“we’d put off changing the windows for years due to the potential upheaval of the fitting, but they desperately needed replacing. We’d repainted many times and had carpenters make repairs, but we knew they were now beyond repair.”

Cottage casement windows in White with 18mm astragal glazing bars.

Tom from the Guildford showroom visited, noting that the frames were rotten and the glass was very thin, like you’d expect to see in a greenhouse, and advised Mr and Mrs Swiers that they wouldn’t last much longer,

“so, it was time to bite the bullet”

Mr Swiers comments.

“We visited the showroom on a number of occasions, and were so impressed by the expertise at every level of the process, Jennie was particularly fantastic – we were given lots of really invaluable advice to help us along the way.”

Open cottage casement showing floating mullion, internally finished in Dorset Cream with Black Monkeytail handles and matching pegstay.

Timber perfect for the cottage’s heritage

Cottage casement windows with their floating mullion and slimmer frames were chosen, finished in ‘White’ externally and ‘Dorset Cream’ internally with 18mm astragal glazing bars and manufactured in Engineered Meranti Hardwood. A matching set of French doors with Antique Black handle were also fitted.

“We wanted the new windows to complement the cottage, and not take away any character, therefore it has to be timber, as uPVC simply doesn’t look authentic on a property of this period and against the render finish.”

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