Have you noticed that the Victorian and Edwardian builders would regularly build row upon row of houses with many distinctive design embellishments? Builders would offer their signatures through all kinds of design details. There would be classical motifs imitating much larger and grander houses; soffits and barge boards would have ornate designs, particularly in the gothic style; and gables would be surmounted with pointed wooden finials for no better reason than they looked splendid.
By comparison, the functional mass production of modern building methods means that most of the embellishments have been removed. You will still see some ornate designs in brick work on a modern house, but nothing like the range of stylistic additions of 100 and more years ago.
The same was true of windows where there would be niceties of design built into the wooden sash and casement frames and these might have been surrounded by special stone-clad frames or mullions. It all signified a great deal of care and pride not only in the building process itself but as a statement about the people who bought and lived in these houses.
At Select Windows we cannot claim to be able to produce a range of windows, whether in wood of PVCu, that can offer such a variety of individual designs. But we are very keen on matching styles to suit houses, whether period or modern and we would also explain that the complexity of former design in terms of style has today been translated by complexity of function. A modern window is not only a framed means of admitting light and offering views from a house; it is also a barrier against intrusive sound, a means of ensuring and maintaining thermal integrity; and a design feature in the house too. It’s a complex piece of modern engineering.
However, you might notice on our website that some of our porch and bay window structures have all of these functions and can also include some very distinctive design elements too, particularly in the way windows relate to roof structures and designs.
It is quite possible for the best of modern window technology also to offer great design possibilities. We can show you how.