5 of the best reasons to invest in a bespoke timber door for your property

5 of the best reasons to invest in a bespoke timber door for your property

Example of a bespoke timber door from Rural Timber based in Worcester

The frontage of your home provides the ultimate opportunity to express your sense of style and personal choices.  From the design of your windows to the paint colour and type of front door, these are the first things people see when they come to your house, so use them to make a statement and a great first impression.  One of the most noticeable elements of your property frontage is the door, and one of the best choices you can make to showcase your own sense of style and elevate your exterior is a bespoke timber door.

Here we explain our top 5 reasons for investing in a bespoke hardwood door for your home:

Timber doors are the long lasting choice

If looked after properly, timber doors can last for a considerable time, perhaps sixty years or longer.  If your hardwood door has been treated with specialist paints or stains it will also have additional protection against the elements, to help prevent warping.

This durable choice means that your investment is a wise one, as once replaced, your timber door will most likely outlast your time living at that address and be ready to serve the new tenants after you have moved house.

Classic and timeless design

Trends come and go, but wood never goes out of fashion.  Hardwood doors are a classic choice for your property frontage and whilst everything else around it, such as paint colours, may be subject to fashionable changes, the solid wood door will stand as a timeless feature, complementing any scheme.

Excellent insulating properties

In addition to their aesthetic charm, timber doors also offer excellent insulating properties.  They can help to keep the heat in during the winter months and out during summer.  Solid wooden doors also offer improved security properties compared to flimsy composite doors or those which feature a lot of glass.

Made to measure

By selecting a door manufacturer that offers bespoke options, you can have your solid timber front door made to measure, ensuring a perfect fit. You can choose the style and wood to best fit your property and the shade of stain and door furniture that will best compliment your exterior decor.

Limited environmental impact

As a natural resource, wood is an excellent choice for those looking to limit their environmental impact.  New trees can be planted to ensure that wood continues to be sustainable, and as solid wood doors don’t need to be replaced as often as other alternatives, this adds to their green credentials.

Bespoke Timber Doors from Rural Timbers

At Rural Timbers we specialise in creating bespoke timber doors and windows to complement a wide range of properties.  Our timber doors are made from the highest quality oak, sapele or accoya in traditional or contemporary styles, to accommodate the age and style of your home.  To find out more or to request a quote please call us on 01905 841199 or click here for more information.

 

 

What to Consider When Restoring a Period Property

What to Consider When Restoring a Period Property

At Rural Timber Window Company, we are passionate about preserving period properties and traditional craftsmanship. If you are looking to restore and renovate a heritage building, our expert team are on hand to walk you through the most important considerations you should be making.

Preservation of original features

Period features such as timber windows, doors and conservatories are key to defining and celebrating the heritage of a period property. As a result, when you are looking to make restorations, preserving these original features is absolutely essential to keep the character of the building. Should traditional sash or casement windows require replacing, they should be replaced with new bespoke timber windows to maintain character, whilst improving security and energy efficiency.

Choose suitable materials

Any changes designed to compliment the heritage of a period property should make use of suitable materials that are in fitting with the existing architecture and features. Whilst uPVC solutions with ‘wood effect’ are widely available, they are not in keeping with the rest of a period building. It’s important to source quality timber materials to properly restore a heritage home.

At Rural Timber, we are dedicated to using sustainably sourced timbers including oak, accoya and sapele.

Legalities

Before making any major changes to a heritage building, it’s important to consider any potential planning restrictions. Period properties may have strict conservation regulations in place, designed to protect the heritage of a building.

Specialist tradesmen

When carrying out any restoration work on a period property, be sure to use specialist tradesmen, with experience in working on heritage buildings. Specialist craftsmen have gained the experience, knowledge and attention to detail necessary to work cautiously and sympathetically with older buildings.

For historically accurate representations of bespoke timber windows, doors and other examples of joinery, it’s always necessary to call in the experts.

Get in touch with Rural Timber Window Company

Rural Timber Window Company have been pairing modern technology with traditional craftsmanship since 1973. We create specialist bespoke joinery for homeowners and contractors, adding traditional design elements to modern buildings, as well as caringly restoring period properties, throughout Worcestershire and the neighbouring counties.

 

To discuss your renovation project, or to ask any questions about timber windows and doors for period properties, please call us on 01905 841199 or email us here.

 

 

A History of Wooden Bay Windows

A History of Wooden Bay Windows

 

At Rural Timber Window Company, we handcraft bespoke timber framed windows to suit all styles of property. From traditional designs, through to simplistic and modern windows, we will work to your specification. For all window projects, we believe in traditional timber joinery, combined with modern technology to provide a beautiful solution that will last for many years.

As we regularly work on projects for traditional and heritage properties, it’s important that we do our historical research. In this blog, we will look at the history of wooden bay windows.

The origins of bay windows

A bay window is a window that projects out from the main walls of a building, forming a recess compartment, known as a bay. The word ‘bay’ itself comes from the French word ‘baee’, meaning opening. Wooden timber windows are formed by three or more windows that protrude beyond the exterior wall, creating a compartment.

The origins of bay windows date back to the English Renaissance period, stretching between the late 15th and early 17th centuries. In this time, bay windows were typically found in grand houses and mansions, often at the end of great halls where Lords would receive guests. During the Renaissance period, bay windows often extended from the exterior wall without touching the ground.

During the Gothic era, bays were frequently found in chapels and churches to allow for people to take private worship. By the Victorian era, it was a common feature for homes built at the time to feature bay windows on both lower and higher storeys. Bays have continued to be a popular architectural feature ever since.

Bay or Bow?

Whereas bay windows will usually form an angular square or rectangular, or half-hexagonal or octagonal compartment, bow windows differ in shape, providing a curved, rounded compartment. Bow windows will also usually feature more windows than traditional bay windows; as many as six windows may be used. Given the curved shape and larger number of windows used to form bow windows, they are generally wider than bay windows and do not protrude as far.

The benefits of bespoke bay windows

Bay windows provide a stylish focal point for any home and help let plenty of light into a room. In terms of interior benefits, bay windows help increase the floor space in a room, providing further storage space, or even room for a seat to sit on and enjoy the outdoors.

At Rural Timber Window Company, our experienced joiners manufacture timber bay windows using only sustainable wood products, combined with a selection of double glazing or safety glass options for insulation, safety and security. We also have considerable experience with heritage buildings, so you can rest assured that we will provide bespoke timber windows to that are sympathetic to the heritage and architecture of your property.

For a quote on wooden bay windows for your property, please contact us online.

 

 

Why Bespoke Timber Windows Are So Popular in Gloucestershire

Why Bespoke Timber Windows Are So Popular in Gloucestershire

 

Why Bespoke Timber Windows Are So Popular in Gloucestershire

The county of Gloucestershire is a hot bed for Georgian, Victoria and Edwardian architecture. Period properties in these styles are a key part of the attraction to towns such as Gloucester, Cheltenham, Cirencester and Stroud, as well as the many Cotswold villages in the county. Given that traditional architecture is much appreciated in Gloucestershire, attracting many people to live in the area, it’s no surprise that bespoke timber windows are prevalent.

Timber Window Styles in Gloucestershire

Beginning in the Georgian period and growing in popularity throughout the Victorian and Edwardian years, timber sash windows were the favoured window style for homes and public buildings. As well as current architecture styles of the time, Tudor style properties saw a resurgence in the Victorian period, and with mock Tudor architecture came casement windows.

Even within the wider styles of sash and casement windows, there are many different types. For example, at different stages, sash windows were popular in different frame configurations; first in eight over eight and six over six, then two over two and one over one, or even multiple panes in the upper sash, with a single large pane in the bottom sash.

During the Victorian period, bay windows were popular in many homes, with sash windows projecting outward from the main walls of the building.

Casement windows were popular in architecture of the late 18th and early 19th centuries. In mock Tudor style buildings, they commonly feature lattice frameworks in diamonds or rectangles, with small panes of glass.

Victorian casement windows also often feature elaborate glazing bar designs and shaped tops, such as Gothic arches, whereas later casement windows were simpler, featuring larger panes of glass and timber glazing bars.

Protecting the Heritage of Period Buildings

If you are lucky enough to own a period property and would like to upgrade your windows to be more energy efficient, you must contact a business that can provide bespoke timber windows that are sympathetic with the heritage of the building.

At Rural Timber Window Company, our team of highly skilled craftspeople manufacture bespoke window solutions that combine traditional craftsmanship with modern technology. Our windows are energy efficient, aesthetically pleasing and sympathetic to the style of a period building. Based in Worcestershire, we offer our specialist joinery services to homeowners and business owners across Gloucestershire and the Midlands.

We are committed to protecting the heritage of period buildings, whilst also making a strong commitment to the environment, using only renewable and sustainably sourced timbers.

To learn more, please call us on 01905 841199 and we will be glad to help.

 

 

Trends for Timber Windows and Doors to Look Out for in 2020

Trends for Timber Windows and Doors to Look Out for in 2020

 

Hand-crafted timber window frames and doors from Rural Timber Window in Worcester

Trends come and go, but we believe some of the timber window and door trends we expect to see in 2020 will be here to stay for some time as consumers look to replace uPVC windows and doors with more sustainable, higher quality alternatives, and bridge the gap between traditional and modern designs.

Sustainable and environmentally friendly

Over the last few years, homeowners have grown to be increasingly concerned with finding sustainable and environmentally friendly materials when it comes to renovating their home. As a result, we can expect bespoke timber windows and doors to continue to grow in popularity in 2020.

Hand-crafted from timber sourced from sustainable forests, timber windows and doors are manufactured in environmentally friendly ways and have a much small carbon footprint than other materials commonly used for windows and doors.

Combining traditional craftmanship with modern technology, doors and windows manufactured from sustainable woods help to improve insulation, decreasing energy consumption, saving on energy bills, and therefore, having a small environmental impact.

To ensure the eco-friendliest finish for bespoke timber doors and window frames, they can be treated with water-based stains, varnishes, and micro porous paints.

Coloured timber window frames from Rural Timber Window in WorcesterColoured Windows

It’s not only interior décor where homeowners can experiment with colour. Whilst the most popular colour for window frames continues to be white, we expect to see the trend for coloured windows and doors to continue this year. Woods such as Oak, Sapele and Accoya look beautiful in their perfect state, but we expect to see more homeowners choosing timber windows and doors in greens, greys, black and even some more outlandish colours.
An increasing number of homeowners are choosing to invest in matching windows and doors. Black was an especially popular choice in 2019, and we suspect that Black will continue to be the new Black.
Traditional styles
With a growing trend in homeowners choosing traditional wooden craftmanship over modern uPVC, we can expect the popularity of traditional, yet timeless casement windows, sash windows and French doors to increase.

Despite having been popular for centuries, styles such as sash windows fit just as well in modern architecture as they do period properties.

Minimal sightlines

In contrast to the trend of traditional window and door styles we can expect to see in 2020, we also expect to see an increase in more modern style windows, with larger glass panes, and fewer sightlines. Large windows help to create the impression of larger rooms and allow for much more natural light to enter. With more glass surface and fewer sightlines blocking visibility, the effect is multiplied.

Conservatories and orangeries

With an increased focus on natural light, glass conservatories and orangeries are growing in popularity in 2020. By creating a living space with walls that are predominantly glass, with wooden frames, homeowners can increase their living space, whilst also gaining more benefit from enjoying their garden all year round.

If you are renovating your home in 2020, whether you live in a period property, or a modern build, Rural Timber Window Company can deliver the perfect solution. Call now on 01905 841 199 to talk about the project you have in mind.

Decorating Your Timber Windows and Doors Ready for Christmas

Decorating Your Timber Windows and Doors Ready for Christmas

 

When you think of the sort of house you are likely to see on a Christmas card, you may have noticed that snow spattered timber windows and festive wreaths hanging on wooden doors are a mainstay. To help create that classic Christmassy atmosphere in your own home, you can follow our tips for decorating your timber windows and doors.

Festive timber windows

We believe that windows are an overlooked area of the home to decorate at Christmas time, which is a real shame when a few little touches could really make your timber sash or casement windows stand out.

Sash windows

As we have talked about many times in past blogs, sash windows are extremely common in period properties, and increasingly popular in modern homes, as the simplicity of the design works for any style of house.

With sash windows, your key consideration will be to decorate the sills or the top inside of the window, so as not to prevent opening. A fir-tree effect garland is a great way to dress your sash windows – you may even wish to add some baubles.

If you are lucky enough for your sash windows to be in a bay formation, you can stand your Christmas tree in view of the window to create a magical effect inside and out.

If you aren’t blessed with bay windows, hanging a green wreath in your window can also have a similar effect.

Casement windows

Casement windows are certainly well designed for Christmas decorations as they often have deep set windowsills and open outwards. You may decide to hang festive ribbons along your windows, or decorate your sills with faux garlands, fresh holly and mistletoe, or even a decorative Christmas town or nativity scene, if you are feeling extra creative.

LED candles are a great way to light up your timber casement windowsills for Christmas.

Timber doors

Simply put, it wouldn’t be Christmas without dressing your timber door with a classic wreath, especially if it is paired with a festive themed door mat. For the interior of your home, a Christmas themed draught excluder provides a nice touch. Not only does it look the part, it helps to prevent any cold draughts, leaving your home feeling warm and Christmassy.

Garlands can look just as good on doors as windows. Why not hang a festive floral garland over your door frames?

Invest in bespoke timber windows or doors ready for next Christmas!

If you would like to replace your existing windows with high quality, bespoke timber solutions, you can read more on our website, or call us on 01905 841199 to arrange a quote. We use only timber from sustainable forests, manufactured and fitted by hand by experienced craftsmen.

Sash Windows for Listed Buildings in Cheltenham

Sash Windows for Listed Buildings in Cheltenham

 

Sash Windows for Listed Buildings in Cheltenham from Rural Timber Window

The county of Gloucestershire is home to one of the largest concentrations of listed buildings in the UK. In Cheltenham alone, there are over 2,602 listed buildings, many of which were built during the Regency period. At this time, sash windows were a key feature of architecture, and as such, many listed buildings in Cheltenham feature them. As such, if sash windows in listed buildings need to be replaced or repaired, this should be done so in a way that is sympathetic to the style of the building, with consent from the council.

Before making any proposed changes to a listed building, property owners must make an application to the relevant council, so that the potential impacts of the works on the building can be fully assessed. For example, wooden sash windows should be replaced with bespoke wooden sash windows to fit with the aesthetics of the building. Fitting other window styles, using different materials, destroys the heritage of a listed building.

In the Gloucestershire town of Stow-on-the-Wold, a property developer was recently fined over £25,000 for carrying out unauthorised work on a Grade II listed building. Work including the destruction and replacement of sash windows, along with other internal work was carried out on the building that houses the St Edwards Café, without consent from the Cotswold District Council.

Following this case, Cheltenham Borough Council are cracking down on property owners who have illegally fitted windows to conservation listed properties, fining them and forcing them to change the windows to a style that are sympathetic to the heritage of the building.

Bespoke Traditional Sash Windows

At Rural Timber Window Company, we specialise in hand crafting traditional sash window frames for heritage properties. We work hard to provide a uniformity of style that complements Georgian and Victorian architecture, providing a sustainable and long-lasting solution that passes council assessments for proposed changes to listed buildings.

Having manufactured bespoke windows and doors as a family business since 1973, we have gained a lot of experience in installing traditional window styles for listed buildings. We work with property owners to preserve and protect heritage buildings without taking away their magic.

We are committed to using only sustainable materials for our sash windows. Timbers such as Oak, Sapele and Accoya provide highly durable solutions and are naturally resistant to wood rot, ensuring that replacement windows will last for many years to come.

Based in Worcestershire, we are well placed to design, craft and install bespoke sash windows for customers in Cheltenham and the wider Gloucestershire area.

To enquire about sash windows for your property, whether you are looking for traditional or modern designs, you can contact us by calling 01905 841199 or by emailing info@ruraltimberwindow.co.uk.

Top tips for renovating period houses

Top tips for renovating period houses

renovating period house with timber windows from Rural Timber Window in Worcester

Restoring period houses is becoming increasingly popular in the UK, as they are now highly sought after on the property market and attract a large premium as a result.

Blending new and old features together is certainly in fashion at the moment, so it’s no surprise that a lot of people are buying period homes solely to renovate them. However, restoring an old property is not an easy task, especially when you are trying to get the best out of your investment.
With that in mind, it is important to approach period house renovations with a high level of care and caution to ensure that the property’s character is not lost.

Here are a few tips to help you preserve the authenticity of your period house, whilst enhancing its value.

Use Specialist Tradesmen
Acquiring the services of skilled, experienced tradesmen is essential when restoring a period property, as they have a greater understanding of how delicate the structure is.
Before restoring your period house, you might find that it has been subject to many revamps over time or hasn’t been maintained properly. This can raise several complex and unexpected issues, which must be dealt with by trained professionals.
At The Rural Timber Window Company, we are highly experienced in carrying out flawless period house renovations. One of our previous projects involved restoring the windows of a Georgian townhouse in St. Johns, Worcester.

Use Suitable Materials
Another reason for using specialist tradesmen is that they can suggest the best materials to use for the restoration.

Before you make any changes, you must consider what materials you want to use to ensure that your renovations align with the property’s heritage.
For example, when restoring a property’s sash windows, choose a material like timber rather than uPVC, as this will match the rest of the house’s features much better.

Preserve Original Features
Without its authentic features, a period home is just like any other house on the property market. Attention to detail is key when renovating a heritage property, as every single detail defines the character of the house.

During the planning process, dedicate some of your time to researching period houses and their traditional features. Picture rails, historic flooring and sash windows are all features that you should expect to see in a period property.

Our team of skilled craftsmen can make your restoration process run a lot more smoothly by delivering quality pieces, such as sash windows, that complement the character of your home.

If you are renovating a period house or have any questions about doing so, please get in touch.

For more information on bespoke timber doors, windows and conservatories in Worcestershire and surrounding areas, contact the Rural Timber Window Company today on 01905 841 199. Our highly skilled team are committed to combining the best of modern technology with traditional craftmanship to create the best bespoke solutions for you.

 

 

How Bespoke Timber Doors and Windows Add Value to Your Home

How Bespoke Timber Doors and Windows Add Value to Your Home

There is no doubting that the modern housing market can be highly competitive, so it’s important to do what you can to add value to your home and make it stand out from other properties.

When it comes to making first impressions, appearances count, so it’s important to ensure that your home has the eye-catching elements that will attract buyers. Windows and doors help to make the outside of your house welcoming, so investing in high quality, bespoke timber windows and doors is a great way to add value and attract attention.

Wooden Windows Worcestershire from Rural Timber Window

Whether you are looking to sell or rent your home, renovate it for yourself or are thinking of selling in the future, bespoke timber touches can be an investment to add great value. Here’s why.

High quality finish

When it comes to aesthetics, it’s difficult to meet the appeal of real wooden windows or doors. Whilst there are wood effect options available, nothing compares to the real thing. Real timber stands out from the kerb, whether left natural, or finished with a micro porous paint, inviting potential buyers to come in for a closer look.

Whether your home is a period property, or a modern build, bespoke wooden windows or doors can add character to your home. For simple, modern designs, wood adds more personality, whereas for older properties, wood provides the best suited, most sympathetic match for a period home. Wood is timeless and goes far beyond the latest exterior décor trends, making the decision to choose timber for your front door and windows an excellent choice. A house that is well finished will always be sold for a premium.

Flush casement windows in Hampton in Arden Rural Timber Window

Highly durable

Timber that is carefully selected and treated by the experts will last for years and years. Wooden doors and window frames are carefully treated with water-based stains or paints to protect the integrity of the wood and prevent warping in different weather conditions. By investing in quality wood, you can be sure that it will be highly durable. With the right care, timber should last for decades.

Quality and durability help add value to your home – elements that will not need replacing for some time are an attractive prospect to many buyers.

Environmentally friendly

Timber based windows and doors are biodegradable and the most environmentally friendly option on the market when it comes to materials. At Rural Timber, our wood is carefully sourced from sustainable forests.

In 2019, more and more buyers are concerned with choosing environmentally friendly options, so they may pay more for a home with timber entrances and windows.

Excellent insulation

Energy efficiency is high on the agenda of home buyers, and high-quality bespoke joinery can achieve excellent insulation, helping to keep heat in in the winter, and vice versa in the summertime.

For more information on bespoke timber doors, windows and conservatories in Worcestershire and surrounding areas, contact the Rural Timber Window Company today on 01905 841 199. Our highly skilled team are committed to combining the best of modern technology with traditional craftmanship to create the best bespoke solutions for you.

 

 

What Are Bespoke Timber Bay Windows, And Why Are They So Good?

If you are searching for a company to install timber windows, doors, conservatories or any other bespoke joinery solutions for your home or business premises in the Midlands region, Rural Timber Window Company are dedicated to providing special results that will help your building stand out.