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