How Replacing Windows In A Period Property Using A Timber Alternative Is Easier Than You Might Think

Andy Glass Windows teamed up with Residence Collection on this unique project. The Old Skool in Oxfordshire, is a stunning period property. As always, with period architecture, the aim is to retain as many original features as possible. However, sometimes an alternative approach is required to preserve the original beauty whilst sustaining what is already in existence.

"The large window and French doors of the Old School have always been a main feature of the house, from its days as the village School in the 1840's, and one we have always wanted to retain.”

Using a timber alternative, as in this case, really harnesses the period feel whilst offering greater protection to the elements over time. The flush casement sits beautifully against the stone work and our Surveyor, Dean, worked hard to greatly improve the original sightlines, ensuring an impeccable aesthetic both inside and out. Residence 7 Windows and doors in Chalk White were chosen to replace the existing timber.


“The window was replaced in hardwood after rot set in twenty years ago but that too started to deteriorate.


We wanted to retain the original look but clearly the original materials were no longer suitable.


We had had some very successful glass replacements in UVPC by Andy Glass at the back of the house and so we considered whether the main window replacement would be possible (and affordable), whilst also retaining the original look.


To our delight Andy introduced us to The Residence Collection which had all the features required and so it was decided upon.”



As well as being so much more thermally efficient, a timber alternative is also a very low maintenance option. Making it easy to keep clean and removing the need to treat and repaint over and over again!



“The window looks beautiful, but also due to its size it has always been a major source of heat loss.
The improvement in the warmth of the drawing room and indeed the whole house is amazing!"




Andy Glass Windows has been a local installer of The Residence Collection windows and doors for a number of years. Their products are designed to authentically replicate 19th Century timber designs and comply with Article 4 Conservation Area guidelines. It means we can offer our customers a range of UK designed and produced products to suit, whatever the period of their home.


"We would love to have more windows replaced!"

Thank you to Heather, our very happy customer for letting us share this job and being so generous with her feedback.