Help me design new windows, I can't figure out what's best.

(47 Posts)
DiggityDam Wed 21-Sep-16 20:42:00

We need to replace all our windows, which is relatively straight forward apart from these two at the front.

My problem, and cause of uPVC now entering my dreams is that I want the top and bottom to relate to each other but the arch in the top window is making it tricky.

Ideally I don't want the windows divided into 3 as the front room can be quite a dark room and there is no need for two 5 foot opening windows!

So, has anyone got any suggestions before I start twitching.

SwedishEdith Wed 21-Sep-16 20:47:48

Are they original? What have you're neighbours done? Back or front? If at the front, I'd replace like with like afraid of change.

DiggityDam Wed 21-Sep-16 20:55:43

Not original unfortunately, they used to beautiful stained glass windows and the one of the previous owners had them all replaced with very poor quality uPVC.

This is the front of the house. The neighbours (& two streets down) have removed the arch at the top and had it either rendered or covered in plastic boarding.

Katymac Wed 21-Sep-16 20:58:50

You could mirror the arch of the top window with uPVC on the bottom window

How wide are they? 10 ft?

PolterGoose Wed 21-Sep-16 21:02:36

I would keep them more or less as they are but get rid of the top 2 glazing bars in the downstairs window. So each window is a plain pane above a set of 3. Or have both with glazing bars in top pane.

OliviaBenson Wed 21-Sep-16 21:03:49

Maybe go back to what the original design was? Have any other properties still got them in? You could follow the pattern, even if you can't afford the stained glass!

DiggityDam Wed 21-Sep-16 21:09:13

Yep, 10ft pretty much.

I'm not too keen on changing the shape of the windows as I'd like to keep to the original shape as much as possible, plus there is an architectural arch in front of the window inside.

SwedishEdith Wed 21-Sep-16 21:13:47

I'd try to go back to the original as well.

Katymac Wed 21-Sep-16 21:14:45

Did the bottom window have an original arch then?

DiggityDam Wed 21-Sep-16 21:17:02

Funnily enough Polter I did ask about making the top section one piece but 2 separate glazing companies said they wouldn't as it would significantly reduce the strength of the window as it needs be strong enough to hold the larger window(s) that open at the bottom.

Olivia No one has both original windows left, it's like a double glazing catalogue! I have a suspicion that how they are now is the original layout, but I don't like them. I making this hard aren't I!

DiggityDam Wed 21-Sep-16 21:20:40

Katymac no it didn't, I've used walking the baby as an excuse to go up and down the neighbouring streets to study everyone's house.

This is the full front of the house if it helps, you can also see how next door dealt with the top window.

Katymac Wed 21-Sep-16 21:21:02

This is nice - an arched sash

Katymac Wed 21-Sep-16 21:24:13

I would make them match like the sash windows (maybe with less glazing bars - but 2 side opening central closed) & have the upper window to match (but maybe with only the centre opening)

I would get a drawing to see how a false arch would look from the outside & the inside but with clever curtains it could look spectacular

Katymac Wed 21-Sep-16 21:25:19

What is the house age about - I started off with mid 1930s but with the second picture it could be older

Katymac Wed 21-Sep-16 21:32:08

& this is divine

You could always get them to brinc a bit of the arch in wink

DiggityDam Wed 21-Sep-16 21:38:31

It's around 1900-1910, so you weren't not far off.

I've just done a quick drawing of the bottom with an arch, it does look rather pretty...

senua Wed 21-Sep-16 21:42:32

Why don't the windows line up? It's affronting my sense of symmetry.

If you retain the layout of the bottom window, can you do some faux effect in the arch of the upper window to mimic the bars in the bottom window.

PolterGoose Wed 21-Sep-16 21:45:00

Next door's look awful.

TBH there's no real continuity at all at the front of your house so bringing it all together will be tricky. I think the style of your's as they are is possibly as good as you'll get.

Maybe have coloured frames to link all your windows together.

The window which I'm assuming was the front door? could definitely do with work. Should that be a front door and windows? Can you reinstate it? Or replace the expanse of upvc with brickwork?

DiggityDam Wed 21-Sep-16 21:48:01

senua I know! It's because of the sloped roof, which forms a bay window, currently being hidden by the hideous porch - that's going too!

senua Wed 21-Sep-16 21:54:09

Look at this website and scroll down to their 'recent installations' In pictures 2 and 5 they have windows with an arch effect in the horizontal bar - would that give a tie-in to the arch in the upper window.

DiggityDam Wed 21-Sep-16 21:55:09

Poulter Next doors is actually the nicer example of what others have done.

The plastic wall is going, leaving behind the original storm porch and entrance which will eventually be replaced with a lovely new sympathetic one, hopefully reducing the windowyness of the front.

I'm starting to think the same, replacing like for like might be the best option.

senua Wed 21-Sep-16 21:55:35

Oh, if the porch is going then can you incorporate an arch in that to match the upper window.

Katymac Wed 21-Sep-16 21:57:18

Match the porch in ......PLEASE!!

Umm oh I wish I could draw

DiggityDam Wed 21-Sep-16 22:03:35

Senua & Katymac that's just where I disappeared to, creating a rough mock up on Photoshop.

It creates that balance that's currently missing from the front, I think you've cracked it.

Katymac Wed 21-Sep-16 22:08:10

Let us see?

Please??

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