The design of the window is integral to the character of the house. When choosing a window design for a period property or a traditional style of home, the architectural style of the house should be taken into consideration and be sympathetic to the age of the house.
Victorian and Georgian properties usually feature timber sash windows. A Georgian window will comprise eight-over-eight panes of glass configuration or a six-over-six. Victorian windows can be a single pane or two-over-two.
Most properties in London and many city centres in the UK feature timber sash windows (if the originals haven’t been replaced) and this style is most suited to the buildings in those areas.
Changing a period wooden sash window to a uPVC tilt and turn can actually devalue a property. Sash windows are not the cheapest option, but reconditioning or replacing them on a period home is strongly advised.
Cottages and rural properties usually have casement windows (the oldest style of window frame).
Old stone properties best suit side-hung casement style windows. The choice of colour would depend on the colour of stone and the location. Country properties suit greens, light greys and muted shades, whereas coastal properties opt for stronger blues and pastels.
Cottage window designs feature glazing bars that make the windows look assembled from small panes of glass. This style does make the area of the window look smaller, but offers a real authentic cottage window feel.
Traditional houses suit timber frames best. This isn’t the most affordable option, so you can consider a wood grain uPVC as an alternative for some properties.