A family from Cheshire decided to stay put and renovate their home at an idyllic and convenient rural location instead of moving house to find more open plan family space. The family has lived at the 1930s semi-detached home in Sandbach for 17 years and wished to build a single storey extension to the rear of the property. The architect, Chris Ralphs, was briefed to design a light, airy, modern kitchen/diner and family room, with views out to the large garden.
When the owner of an 18th Century cottage in Cheshire embarked upon a refurbishment project, she had a clear idea of the style and performance requirements for her new windows and doors to ensure the upgrade was sympathetic to the period and character of her home, whilst also providing excellent security and weatherproofing.
After 20 years of painstaking maintenance of their original metal and timber-sill leaded windows, some of which had not opened since they bought the house in 1996, the homeowners knew they would need to upgrade them. But they had been reluctant to do so until they found a material, colour and style that replicated the originals as closely as possible. Until recently, uPVC alternatives did not meet the owners’ colour and style requirements and timber was a much greater investment.