Dean and Allison moved into their elegant Edwardian house in Hampshire 18 years ago, deciding that moving with a new-born baby was worth it to secure a house they had been waiting for years to come on to the market.
They fell for the property’s proportions, its extensive gardens and the honesty of its original front aspect. Originally it was a conventional two-up, two-down, but the couple have since added a kitchen and family room at the rear.
When they decided the time had come to replace the original 1906 sash windows at the front, the couple put architectural integrity at the top of their list of requirements.
Dean, who has his own upholstery business, says: ““When we went to the Jack Brunsdon showroom in Farnham we saw that the windows on display were just like our originals. We were determined to replace like with like and retain the property’s integrity.
“When we first moved in I did what I could to restore them. I re-glued them and re-hung them, but nearly 20 years on I knew I had to replace them. Some of the windows were just about hanging in there. They were the original frames and the original panes of glass. They’d had their day.”
Allison, who works at London’s Royal Geographical Society, adds: “We waited until we could afford to replace them with the right thing, almost looking as if we haven’t had new windows put in.”
The four timber sash windows, all in Lime White by Farrow & Ball with brass furniture, were installed over two days just before Easter. The process was faultless from start to finish.
“They gave us a timetable featuring number of key dates,” Dean says, “and they stuck to them. There were no problems at all. The whole process was smooth – from choosing the windows in the showroom to the final installation it has all been excellent.”
Allison adds: “The guys who came, a chap and his son, were lovely. We knew when they were coming and how long they would be – two days, two windows per day. They cleared up perfectly afterwards and all that was left for us to do was re-decorate, which we knew we would have to do.
“I would recommend Jack Brunsdon wholeheartedly.”