Undertaking a significant overhaul, our clients have transformed their property into an elegant and characterful family home by embarking on an exciting renovation project. In addition to installing a new entrance porch and glazed garden room extension, they turned their hands to the original doors and windows, commissioning us to replace them with long-lasting, high-performance products that will last for decades to come.
Previously, the standard-grade timber windows were plain-looking, possibly leftover from when the house was first built. They were certainly not in keeping to the homeowner’s taste and didn’t suit the property’s proportions. Westbury Founder, Jonathan Hey, visited the house and worked with the clients to fully understand the style they were hoping to achieve, advising that they opt for traditional windows with a cottage aesthetic to soften the exterior.
Part of the reason for changing the windows to a different style was to give the illusion of equal proportions; with the frames being a mix of various sizes, the property lacked balance and symmetry. The design team kept the bespoke panes in the same proportions to help the windows all look more uniform in size. To let light stream into the house and allow the inhabitants to enjoy better sightlines out of the windows, we fitted single top-hung casements to open up the views. A triple casement window in the main bedroom replaced the original quarter window, again requiring less timber and therefore offering uninterrupted views.
Our sister company, Westbury Garden Rooms, designed the new garden room extension to sit comfortably with the rest of the house, with a spectacular glazed gable taking centre stage. We also suggested adding a low-sitting French window to the downstairs family entertainment room. Initially, the window sat relatively high, but by bringing it lower to the floor, we’ve helped to bring more light into the interior. Being a French window, its structure is made up of less timber and more glass, again offering a better view out across the garden. A set of double doors on the opposing end of the house were installed, with glazed sidelights added to match the length of the French windows.
We craft all our Westbury doors and windows from premium materials that together offer the highest energy performance, resulting in lower heating bills and a warmer home. With deep inside-to-outside profiles, the timber itself helps to keep out the cold weather, in addition to the thick double-glazing. We specified laminate glazing for all the ground floor windows and doors, which improves security and reduces noise.
At Westbury Windows & Joinery, we use Accoya® for the outward-facing section of our engineered wood, particularly for vulnerable elements of our projects such as the external window cill. It is one of the very few building products to have acquired Cradle-to-Cradle certification at the stringent Gold level. Accoya is CO² neutral throughout its full lifecycle, 100% biodegradable and offers exceptional performance and longevity. Accoya provides superior thermal insulation and is guaranteed to last for up to 50 years, making it an excellent material for our bespoke doors, windows, and roof lanterns.
Resplendent Westbury White was chosen to preserve a classic, fresh appearance on the exterior. Beautifully finished, the windows blend in effortlessly. Inside, we suggested a bold Westbury Black, which would contrast with the oak interiors. Satin stainless-steel window and door handles give a modern finish. Externally, the door handles are marine grade stainless steel, which protects them from tarnishing in extreme weather conditions. Above all, locks and door handle need to feel secure and robust, but they also need to look smart too, so we use the best British-made products available.
Westbury Windows and Joinery produce exceptional bespoke windows, doors and roof lanterns to homes across the UK. Contact us today to discuss your project in more detail, or alternatively you can book an appointment to visit one of our showrooms.