Sash window restoration in Coppull, Chorley
This charming, listed, Georgian house in Coppull, Chorley was a joy to work on, with possibly the oldest window we have had to restore in our 30 years. The putty and years of painting were hiding a multitude of problems. This was a truly delicate job, the sashes were all original slim lambs tongue glazing bars and we needed to retain this look and feel on the finished window As part of the work here we also;
- Removed all rotting timber, and carried out full lower box replacements to all the windows. This involves removing all the timber in the lower half and doing a load bearing repair on both sides of the window. This allows the window to take the additional weight required to upgrade the windows for double glazing. Replacement timber and cills were fitted.
- All broken and damaged sashes were removed, planed, repaired, re-glazed and redecorated. In this case, many of the replacement glazing bars had to be made from scratch.
- Draught proofing was applied to the window. We replaced staff beads and parting beads with new timber alternatives which incorporated an engineered draught strip. Not a piece of plastic in sight!
- The new window was fitted with new centre lock catches and lifters.
- Redecoration of window interior and exterior
The work here was quoted by several other companies, all of whom had suggested that the client replace the whole window. As you can see, this was not necessary and we were able to repair the original window back to near original condition.
Jane and I are so pleased with the work you carried out on the sash windows at our home. Having a Georgian period property, listed as having architectural interest, it was vital that the restoration of the sash windows should retain as much of the original wood and glass construction as possible. And you managed to refurbish them, even though some windows collapsed when you lifted them out of the frames.
185 years of slim ‘lambs tongue’ glazing bars restored to their former glory but with the original slightly out of shape character retained. Old glass, warped and only 1mm thick, reused where possible and only replaced with slightly newer glass when the removal of the putty exposed the fact the panes were too small for the apertures, a fact concealed over the years with paint. Sashes beautifully weighted, making them a joy to open and close.
The temporary workroom (tent) you set up ensured all the dirty work took place outside even though it rained nearly every day of the four weeks you were with us. The work has certainly altered the dynamics of the drawing room. For the first time in the 24 years we have lived here we were able to sit next to the refurbished, draft proofed windows during the day without having to close the curtains. The grace of the Georgian period windows has been restored by your knowledge, skill and patiently executed work. It takes “time” and time is money, but money well spent.
The conservation officer was very impressed with the finished result and has asked for your details so he can pass the information onto other property owners wishing to retain the historic fenestration quality of their homes.
Alistair and Jane