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Renovating with Care – Replacement Windows

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At the moment we are working on 3 huge projects, all of which involve renovating old buildings! That is why I have decided to do a post on renovating with care. Old window replacements seem like a daunting prospect.

To have the news that your beautiful old sash windows are rotting away is very disheartening. Windows are so important for insulation and also noise control.

Even though we are in a rush to finish our two main projects in time, we are being very careful not to cut corners. It is important to remember that when we cut corners we end up with a less than perfect job. Many people assume that they can just come back to that later and press on whatever way is quickest or often cheapest. We have done it ourselves in the past and unfortunately those jobs got ‘put on the long finger.’ They never ended up getting done properly!

That is why renovating with care the first time around is so important. Replacement windows were top of the list for our new house project.

Planning is the key to a successful renovation, in my experience. I am a qualified Interior Designer and I know how crucial the planning stages are for any such project. Renovating with care involves careful planning, budgeting and a realistic time-frame. I know that sounds a little crazy coming from someone with 3 projects on at the same time but this is how we manage.

First and foremost, you need to have a budget and contingency fund. A contingency fund is necessary as projects often go over budget, especially when renovating old buildings. You never know what you are going to uncover! Once you have worked out the budget you can afford or saved up the money for your renovation, you need to choose the style. Our replacement windows would need to be double glazed.

I normally choose to stay in keeping with the style of house, for instance, if it is modern, I would choose modern style, a Georgian house would be in keeping with the Georgian style of house but I could incorporate some modern fabrics and accessories, and so on. I always choose to make the most of any architectural features, especially in an older style house. Replacement windows would need to be similar in style to the originals for us.

The projects we are working on at the moment are a bar and restaurant with a hotel attached and we are moving house too. The bar and restaurant need a huge overhaul on a very small budget and are extremely dated. Our new home is an old style house dating back to the early 1600’s. We can afford to spend a bit more on our new home so we will be able to afford some nice things and some structural work is also needed there.

I have done up a mood board with some ideas and floor plans. The first thing I looked at were replacement windows. Now it is important to choose top quality windows for a start. They need to be in keeping with the style of house and be highly functional at the same time. The building has lovely sash windows but unfortunately they are in bad shape. We need to replace them with some equally fabulous-looking ones.

Luckily for me I found just what I was looking for with these stunning replacement windows. It was a sigh of relief not to have to resort to some cheap looking ultra-modern replacements. It turns out you don’t have to compromise on looks when renovating old windows. This makes me so happy! 

Available in a range of finishes
These fabulous replacement windows are ideal – also available in a range of finishes

I will follow on with an update on the bar and restaurant as that project is already up and running and therefore past the planning stage. More about that in the coming weeks! 

Stay tuned for more renovating with care posts as we go along!

Please note – This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Three Counties. All opinions are my own.

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  1. Devon Bernthal
    April 18, 2019 at 6:37 pm

    I know renovations can be frustrating but I’m actually jealous. We are a military family and rent our houses wherever we move. I can’t wait until we can retire and buy our forever home.

    • blognewser
      April 23, 2019 at 1:58 pm

      Hi Devon, you will really appreciate your home when you get the keys, it is a fantastic feeling. Very best of luck finding your dream home!

  2. Jen
    April 19, 2019 at 10:15 pm

    So far, I’ve not had to replace windows but I do know that it is coming. Thanks for this information!

    • blognewser
      April 23, 2019 at 1:57 pm

      Thanks, I am glad this article has been useful for you!

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