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Having a combo of wood and upvc windows?

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Blankiefan Fri 05-Feb-16 22:21:31

We have a 1930s bungalow with loft developed. An extension was added (nicely) in the 80s. All pretty well pulled together. In terms of style, the original features (stained glass windows, etched glass pan bleed front door, storm doors, nice vestibule, ceiling coving and roses) are all at the front whilst the back of the house is not super modern but not as period - ceilings are a bit lower, modern kitchen diner, etcetera.

We need to redo the double glazing which is currently almost all aluminium (except front sitting room which has wooden double glazing at the bottom of the big bay window and single pane original stained glass fixed panels at the top.)

We just can't afford to so the whole house in wood (we've got about 20 windows) so I'm thinking to do the two big front bays in wood and the side/ back windows in upvc. There are two huge patio doors at the back to do too.

Will it feel incongruous to have both in the house?

RaphaellaTheSpanishWaterDog Sat 06-Feb-16 00:09:53

We had a similar dilemma a few houses back - similar number of windows with two large bays and French doors etc - and we ended up putting UPVC in at the back only (although we actually had new timber French doors made to match the conservatory we had rebuilt), but we opted for dark wood effect upvc. We painted the front and side windows black though we're a bit of a gloomy bunch so it kind of looked ok grin

One issue we had was the kitchen which we'd knocked through into the old scullery so there were two windows, one at the back and one on the side. We really had to do these the same or it would have looked odd, so there was one side window (out of eight) that was plastic.

Blankiefan Sat 06-Feb-16 06:40:09

And we're you happy with it or did you regret not going all wood?

We're painting our wood white! They front is currently brown (one wood, one brown aluminium!) and white at the back - I want it all white ; the brown compromises our finish choices for the rest of the front.

MaynJune Sat 06-Feb-16 08:16:06

I have wood at the front and upvc at the back. No side windows as it's a terrace.
They're all white - the front have to be white - and I never give it a thought. A lot of the neighbours have done the same.

SuzieSheepsSister Mon 08-Feb-16 08:54:34

You can get the higher grade upvc that looks a lot like wood. It's pretty hard to tell until you get really close and might be a good compromise?

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