Sash windows and conservation
If you live in an old building, such as those with Victorian architecture or dating back to the Edwardian or Georgian eras, it’s a good idea to check if your property has what is commonly referred to as ‘listed building status’.
Grand and historical
You may not think you live in a ‘period property’. The term can sound rather grand, implying a manor home or country pile with wide sweeping staircase, ornate chandeliers, old masters hanging on the walls and folds of curtains. Think again. Think terraced home, small cottage or semi-detached suburbia.
Your home may be subject to a variety of planning approvals if you intend to carry out any building projects, construction work or even minor changes.
One of these relatively minor changes could be making good your draughty, old and original box sash windows.
This type of work would still come under the umbrella of making changes or improvements to the property, which could alter the exterior façade or appearance. Conservation of older properties is not just a case of preserving history or getting excited about something constructed by hands belonging to an Edwardian person.
Whilst these elements are not to be sneered at and are fascinating, preserving historical buildings also carry legal requirements.
If you are unsure, it is best to take precaution before falling foul of the law or tragically destroying vital history. To find out, it’s a good idea to contact your local authority planning department. You can then find out if your property has any conservation orders placed on it. They should also be able to advise you of any other restrictions in your area which might apply to your home.
If you do find your home has a ‘listed status’, don’t despair. You can make an application for consent, and elements such as sash window renovation are likely to be approved when carried out by a reputable company who will work hard to preserve any historical parts and features.
Envirosash provides high quality sash window restoration services to London and the South of England. We restore, draught proof and install slim double glazing into existing period windows and doors. We also manufacture bespoke made to measure windows and doors, and all our joinery is crafted from Accoya wood.
Contact Alex on 0800 292 2309 today to arrange a free survey and quote with no obligation.