Just got all my rotten wooden windows replaced with some lovely
maintenance-free uPVC ones, and very tasteful they are too.
Next thing I know some nosey git from up the street is creating a fuss
about my 'plastic windows', mouthing off about how this is a
Conservation Area and it's not allowed. Keeps going on about
fenestration issues - I'll de-fenestrate him.
We'll see how he likes it when I stone-clad the front and put a
satellite dish up. Then I'm going to add a third storey.
Not sure its so much planning as regulations about their insulation
Planning would not be a bad thing though; I have seen whole streets ruined
by replacement windows. No doubt the aluminium ones that were all the rage
in the 70s were once thought of as smart; now they drastically reduce the
value of the house. I would imagine that inappropriate windows in a
conservation area would do much the same. People who buy a house in a
conservation area are usually enthusiastic about keeping beautiful buildings
as original as possible. If that requires the removal of inappropriate
windows, stone cladding and satellite dishes then that will be reflected in
the price they offer.
If intending to do work on a building in a conservation area it is generally
best to consult the council. They are likely to insist on higher quality,
and thus more expensive work, but it pays off in the long run.
A few months ago I popped back down south to see my brother and drove
around the council estate where I used to live. I had painstakingly
restored my Crittalls windows, taking all the old paint off, replacing
the wooden window frames on two windows. It took weeks to go round the
whole house. All because I don't like seeing modern plastic windows in
an old house. As I drove past "my" old house I saw that all my work
was for nothing. The new owner had ripped out the metal windows and
installed horrid white plastic ones, totally not in keeping with the
Okay, so I may have had somewhat higher heating bills in winter, and
there was a problem with condensation in cold weather, but I didn't
care. Those metal windows would have lasted a further 100 years, and
indeed, I believe there are now double-glazed glass inserts for them.
Indeed. The availability of double glazed Crittalls is a life saver for the
millions of at-risk 1930s windows out there. That 1930s look relies so much
on those slender metal frames. To replace them with horrid plastic just
shows how some people have no appreciation for architecture whatsoever
beyond just being a cheap shelter from the elements.
Rubbish. Slender framed, elegant windows are a feature of many modern
as well as traditional building design. And with the modern
double-glaxed replacement glass inserts performance need be no worse
than with the horrid plastic windows.
I lived with them for 15 years and they rusted at the base..inside!
All that condensation.
My mother, whose house they were in, eventually replaced them with UPVC
DG, and suddenly the house got almost warm.
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