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Commencing on the 8th September and running until the 11th September, Heritage Open Days is England's biggest festival of history and culture.

Established in 1994 as England’s contribution to the European Heritage Days, Heritage Open Days aims to provide the public with access to historic monuments and buildings for free.

We are proud to announce that The Sash Window Workshop has been shortlisted for this year’s Manufacturer MX Awards for Customer Focus.

The competition has been exceptionally tough this year, with a 23% increase in the number of entries compared to last year’s programme. With only seven companies being shortlisted for the Customer Focus award, the competition to be shortlisted is extremely competitive.

Ensuring that we provide a high level of customer service is very important to us. We are always looking for new ways to better utilise technology within our business in order to improve customer service and reduce our effect on the environment.

When looking to replace your timber windows or doors, it is important to consider the different timber options that companies may use in their quotations.

Timber selection is probably the most important element in quality window manufacture. With regular maintenance, windows built using the best timber should last a lifetime and beyond. Timber should be chosen for strength, durability and stability.

The Sash Window Workshop is proud to announce that we have raised £200 for MacMillian Cancer Support.

It is extremely important to ensure that both the manufacturing and installation of your new windows or doors are carried out to a high quality.

We are proud to announce that we have received FSC® Chain of Custody Certification, showing that we comply with the high social and environmental standards that the organisation represents.

The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC®) is an international, non-governmental organisation promoting responsible management of the world’s forests.  The FSC is endorsed by the major environmental Non-Government Organisations, including WWF, Greenpeace and The Woodland Trust, and their certification is internationally recognised as the benchmark for responsible forestry.

After an extremely successful start to 2016, we are proud to announce the launch of our new website.

We have listened to feedback from our existing customers and have increased the number of images on the website alongside improving usability to make it easier for customers to navigate around the site. The new website is also fully mobile optimised to further improve customer experience.

The Front door is a very important part of the house. Not only does it set the tone for the rest of the building, it is also the first thing anyone sees when they enter and acts as a barrier against the outside world. Through the ages, the front door has been through many incarnations and design styles. It is even possible to guess the period of the front door by its style.

While they can often be taken for granted, windows are an essential part of any home.  They let light in and are a feature of any room.  It’s always a good idea to make the most of any window, especially if it is a feature window.

Period windows can be a real feature and deserve to be highlighted with some creative window dressing.  Window treatments involve adding fabric and patterns to a window, in order to create a softer frame and enhance its appearance.

You need to make sure you know exactly how big the window is before you start.  If you don’t, you run the risk of getting all the measurements wrong and wasting time and money. Remember to measure the total distance you want your treatment to cover, not just the frame itself.

If you are keen to give your home a new look, box sash windows could act as the icing on the cake for your renovation project.

Installing bespoke sash windows is particularly important in period properties where each architectural detail needs to tie together cohesively to evoke the period that the property was built in.

In an interview with The Telegraph Daybreak’s Helen Fospero revealed the fact that each room had patio doors proved to be the key selling point for her flat in Shepherd’s Bush, West London.  While she had always envisioned herself in a Victorian property, the sense of space and light offered by the flat persuaded her to snap it up.

She’s not alone.  Throwing open timber patio doors onto a small stretch of decking, or larger, more resplendent garden, is an activity often cherished during the warm, summer months.

When decorating or renovating your home, it always pays to look for bargains. The more money you can save, the further you can stretch your interiors budget.  However, there is one area of the home that you should never try to scrimp and save on.  It’s the front door and there are very good reasons why you should always invest in a good one – both on a practical and aesthetic level.

We all know that buyers simply can’t get enough of period properties.  It might be Georgian with its clean lines and symmetry, or maybe Victorian, with patterned brickwork and bay windows – the style of the era is very important.  Features ranging from traditional casement windows to a feature fireplace will regularly result in a property premium.

Of course, many people have their own preferred period or style, with certain features standing out.  Often popular are ceiling rosettes, sash windows and cornicing.  However, different periods specialised in different features.  So when it comes to a question of which period really pays when it comes to the property race, which era comes out on top?

The Victorian era (1837 – 1901) paid homage to all things eclectic, with the homeowners of that time not ones to shy away from bold prints and ornamentation.

There is a preconception that Victorian homes are old fashioned, stuffy and dark however, this simply is not the case. The Victorian era was actually the time of diverse and revolutionary looking homes.

Victorian interior design drew influences from a number of styles, from Rococo and Gothic to Renaissance and Romanesque.  Victorian properties were characterised by a number of features including ornately patterned tiles, extravagant fireplaces, sash windows, sumptuous detailing, deep skirting boards and William Morris prints.

The Victorian era is certainly one of the greatest and most defined in the history of Britain.  The Victorians achieved a lot in terms of technology, industry and innovation.

When we think of Victorian architecture, we think of eclectic nostalgia - an array of different styles which drew inspiration from the past, including the Renaissance Revival, Queen Anne Revival, Arts and Crafts, Gothic Revival, Italianate and Neoclassicism.

Victorian houses were built between 1837 and 1901, when Queen Victoria was on the throne - though the term Victorian is commonly applied for the periods immediately before and after her reign.  During this time, Britain’s population doubled, resulting in the massive expansion of towns and housing that was very much delineated by class.

Recent research* released by the Federation of Master Builders has found that UK home owners spend an additional £42 million a year salvaging work around the home that they tried to do themselves.

New wooden windows can help to freshen up the look of your period or contemporary home as well as helping to improve its overall energy efficiency.

If it’s time to invest in new windows, the sheer number of suppliers and window types can be slightly daunting.  That’s why it is important to think carefully about the type of windows, supply and fitting you are going to choose.  It might help to break down the process into stages as follows.

Decaying wood can be a big problem when it comes to sash windows and homeowners need to be aware.  To check the window frames, take a flat blade screwdriver and tap the frame, moving all the way around the window.  If the screwdriver can easily be pushed into the wood, it’s a good sign that it has begun to soften and decay.  At this stage, you’ll need to consider replacement.

Wood remains the best choice for your windows, even hundreds of years after it was first used ... but why?

It’s authentic

Wooden frames can retain your property’s authenticity and in doing so add value.  This obviously depends on the location and history of the building but replacing original wooden frames with alternative window materials can make a home appear more modernised and result in a loss of original character and charm.

Traditional timber sash windows are one of the most distinctive and attractive features of period properties so maintaining them is well worth it in terms of property value as well as exterior and interior looks.
However, whether you’re in a conservation area or you just appreciate high quality design, wood windows offer a range of styles, finishes and colours that will meet your specific requirements.

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