In the picturesque village of Saxton, nestled between Leeds and York, stood a charming detached stone house that exuded historic elegance. The property boasted classic features such as traditional sash windows, which had unfortunately fallen into disrepair over the years. The homeowner, recognising the value of preserving the property’s original character, sought professional assistance to restore its windows and enhance the overall aesthetics.
The homeowner’s vision was to maintain the authenticity of the property while enhancing its energy efficiency and functionality. Furthermore, the choice of paint colour Farrow & Ball’s Wimborne White 239, was a nod to tradition, harmonizing the windows with the property’s classic charm.
The primary challenge was to ensure that the restoration process did not compromise the historic charm of the property. Striking the right balance between authenticity and modern functionality was essential.
Consistency across all windows was crucial to maintain the property’s aesthetic appeal. Achieving uniformity in the paint colour, timber quality, and ironmongery was a priority.
The restoration team embarked on the project with meticulous planning and attention to detail, aligned with the client’s vision. The project was executed in two phases:
Phase 1: Initial Wooden Window Replacements
The project began with the replacement of a couple of wooden windows as per the client’s request. The team carefully selected accoya timber due to its durability and sustainable characteristics. Traditional polished brass sash lifts and locks were incorporated to enhance the classic appeal, with angel vent locks adding a touch of uniqueness & safety features.
The use of spring balance systems ensured smooth and effortless operation of the sash windows, while the 6-over-6 astragal bar design authentically recreated the original window appearance. The chosen Farrow & Ball paint colour, Wimborne White 239, matched precisely and was applied with precision, offering a timeless finish.
Phase 2: Wooden Window Expansion
Thrilled with the replacement of the initial wooden windows, the client requested an additional seven wooden windows. Drawing from the success of the initial phase, the restoration team duplicated the meticulous process to recreate the same authentic charm and high-quality finish.
The restoration efforts breathed new life into the detached stone house in Saxton Village. The seamless blending of historical authenticity and modern functionality was achieved through the combination of traditional design elements, durable materials, and advanced spring balance systems.
The windows now not only enhance the property’s aesthetic appeal but also contribute to improved energy efficiency and ease of use. The homeowner’s dedication to preserving the original charm has been fulfilled, and the property stands as a testament to the successful marriage of heritage and innovation.
The restoration project in Saxton Village stands as an exemplar of how a passionate homeowner’s vision, combined with the expertise of restoration professionals, can result in the revitalisation of a historic property. The careful selection of materials, attention to detail, and commitment to authenticity have transformed the detached stone house into a timeless masterpiece that will be cherished for generations to come.