Leave cottage windows in the past, but bring the period style to the future
If you’re lucky enough to have a period cottage as your home, you’ll know it’s a special place to live. Even home life in a heritage or listed property is an exceptional experience. But retaining your home’s period style when the windows need replacing can be a challenge. Fortunately, there’s a whole range of specialist uPVC frames that can transform your home’s security and efficiency while keeping its trademark period features.
21st century uPVC cottage windows
Packed with old-world charm and character – from low ceilings and exposed beams to inglenook fireplaces – it’s the simple things that make period cottage living so enjoyable. But windows can be a much-disputed topic, especially when they need to be replaced.
Many older and period properties have used wood for their window frames for hundreds of years. Of course, it’s a renewable resource when forested sustainably, but wooden frames do have a shelf life – even when they’re well looked after, maintained, and sensitively-repaired whenever necessary. But at some point, all wooden-framed windows will go beyond repair and need replacing.
We’re in an age where the global climate emergency is a top priority. Replacing existing wooden windows with modern uPVC windows gives you one of the best opportunities to achieve high thermal and energy-efficiency in your home. Helping to reduce your carbon footprint and save you money at the same time – all without losing those period good looks.
So when your period cottage windows need replacing, but you want to retain their original appearance – and have all the 21st-century benefits today’s uPVC windows have to offer – what can you do?
Period window styles
The crucial first step is to look at the style of window that’s needed for your property. Whether you’re looking to replace a like for like style with what’s already in place – such as fully opening casement windows, sash or bow windows – or opting for a different style for a change while retaining period stylings.
At Majestic Designs, we use the latest state-of-the-art machinery, high-quality materials, and design expertise, to create modern, uPVC windows that match the style of character cottage windows. Choose from a wide range of designs, including sash windows, bow windows, and flush casement windows for the perfect period look to suit your home.
Flush casement windows
Fully designed to fit flush inside their frame and custom-made for your home, uPVC flush casement windows give you period, classic cottage style with all of today’s energy-efficiency and security. Hinged and opening outwards from either the top or side edges, casement windows will suit almost every property, maximising airflow and ventilation.
For an authentic finish to any cottage or period property, Sash windows bring their own brand of charm to any home. With a smooth sliding mechanism, sash windows’ moveable sections – single-hung for one sliding sash or double-hung for two sliding sashes – are designed to draw warm air out and cooler air in. They can also be designed with extra features including glazing bars or sash horns.
Bow windows typically consist of four or five casement windows, joined to form an outward-facing arch. Where bay windows feature one larger window and two smaller, side windows jutting out from a building with a defined and angled finish, bow windows feature a smooth and rounded curve for a highly elegant finish to any period property.
Colours to suit your period home
All over the country, the majority of all the uPVC windows you’ll see are the standard white colour. If you’re living in a period cottage, this might not suit its style or look right. That’s why, once you’ve chosen the right style, the finishing touch to any window upgrade or replacement is finding a colour that perfectly suits your property’s aesthetic.
To help you find the right one, Majestic Designs uPVC windows come in 13 (including standard white) durable coloured foils that won’t crack, peel, or fade. While each one will give your home a finish that either stands out or complements other properties around it, there’s a perfect colourway that will suit any period cottage or any heritage or listed property as well.
Choose classic Cream, perfect for a rural cottage, or maybe a contemporary Anthracite Grey or French Grey to add a touch of modern chic to your windows. If you prefer a traditional woodgrain-effect finish, all our windows are available in a selection of authentic timber styles including Irish Oak and Rosewood – they’re perfect for adding some rustic charm to any period properties.
uPVC double glazing
Whatever colour or period style of window you choose, all our uPVC windows are rated A+14 for energy-efficiency. So when you choose Majestic Designs, you’ll see a noticeable improvement in your home’s capacity to retain the heat that was once being lost through your old windows and their frames. As a result, your energy bills will be lower and so will your carbon footprint.
Plus, your home security will also be given a boost. Double glazing is much harder to break than standard single glazing so your windows will already be far more secure, but we fit multi-point Yale locking systems as standard on all our uPVC windows. Together with internal beading for even greater security, you’ll have guaranteed peace of mind that your home is secured and fully protected at all times.
Contact Majestic Designs today
At Majestic Designs, we’re passionate about our products. We work extensively in the local community, helping homeowners to improve their homes and enhance their standard of living. If you live in Somerset and would like to find out more about our range of high performing windows, doors, and conservatories, contact our Majestic Designs team today.
Call us on 01934 741 294 or send us a message online and take the first step in creating a warmer, safer home with all the classic period cottage character intact.