Apparently in Scotland all new windows have to be cleanable from the inside (I learnt this off of Grand Designs) so perhaps there is something suitable being made up there? There must be people who want traditional new windows that have to conform to the building regs.
I'm looking at these guys who do a tilt & slide sash window or casement windows that turn but look like sash windows. They tell you about finishes here it's painted timber needing a recoat about every 5-8 yrs depending on location. They don't fit themselves but use regional agents, they will make the contact for you. I've used them on commercial jobs and they were fab, they are coming next week to quote so we'll see how they fair domestically.
Yes, I had them put into my Victorian property and they're beautiful! The paint is a microporous paint that allows the wood to breathe but should never be sanded, just wiped and repainted every 5 years I think it was. They can either be done with cords and weights, the traditional way, or tilt and slide, which looks the same but easy to tilt and clean. I had them done in softwood, slightly cheaper but perfect for the job. The glass was Planitherm, and the windows made a huge difference to heat in the winter. So that's what you need to ask for. If you're nearby, it was Wooden Windows in Andover.
Fantastic Toomuchtea! Everyone has settled very well indeed. My older daughter loves Sharnbrook Upper and says it is so much better than where she was (and she rarely comments). She has made a new set of friends too. My younger daughter starts Sharnbrook in September and is already meeting up with other children who are due to start there. She can't wait as she really wants to do her dance GCSE, which she should be able to do early.
We're having our stained glass fanlight and door panels installed today and I've sent off for the window brochure, although I expect we won't be able to do anything with the windows until at least next year.
our new house has double glazed sash windows which do indeed tilt inwards for cleaning and sound just what you are looking for. i think they were put in around 10 years ago though but seeing as the slovens probably never painted them they seem to be holding up well
will dig out the paperwork connected to them if i can find it tomorrow. they are really well made and so nice if filthy dirty currently
Well, I got a brochure from Allan Brothers - their products look just the ticket and I've sent for a brochure from Box Sash Windows. However, in the meantime, I popped an email to the local conservation officer who is only advising refurbishment and secondary glazing. I hate secondary glazing and the windows have already been refurbished. I've asked her if I need to get planning permission. They can expect the existing windows to last forever and they would look exactly the same from the outside. I do like original features but times are a changing. It's not as if I'm putting in something hideous.
Good question. We're in the middle of quotes for glass only & whole windows. I must warn you they're ££ but if we want DG it's the only option Conservation permit. On the plus side, I have seen them & they're lovely. Where are you? We were also given a company in Edinburgh I could look out the name.