Our design team can apply both traditional methods and the latest computer modelling techniques to create our products, anything down to a custom design which might be very difficult to source elsewhere.

We take care in the choice of materials to ensure that whatever we produce will be long-lived, easy to maintain, and will blend sympathetically with its location.

Our logistics team looks after the choice of the most efficient means of transport and the best way to ensure the fitting goes without a hitch.

Joinery, put simply, is the application of craft and techniques to join together wood components into a complex item, for example a sash window.

British joinery techniques evolved over centuries to create distinctive window shapes and formats which are not found anywhere else in Europe . The singular nature of these designs is very important, for example, in conservation projects, where replacement windows must match the originals exactly.

We believe that the only way to reproduce the style, strength and integrity of such designs is to use traditional hand-crafted joinery skills as far as possible, carefully blended with modern advances.

Sash windows are renowned for the slimness of their sections which allow the maximum transfer of light to the room and form a pleasant and unobtrusive border to the view outside: as the joinery is not dependent on glue area, it allows for the section of parts to be kept to an absolute minimum thus retaining this uncluttered aesthetic. Modern sash windows are noteworthy for their ‘chunky’ appearance.
Unlike the finger joint, mortise-and-tenon joinery does not rely exclusively on glue bonding; wood moves and even the most advanced adhesives will eventually fail, yet still the joint will hold firm unless the timber itself has deteriorated beyond repair.
Original sash windows of the Victorian period were generally 140mm in depth and the builders of the period worked with this figure as an absolute. Sash windows are fitted to the inside of the brickwork reveal meaning that any increase in depth leads to a projection into the room. We make our ‘modern’ box frames (including double glazed units and draught-proofing) to a depth of 147mm – this compares favorably to other windows with an average depth of between 160 and 170mm.
A mortise-and-tenon joint can occur at any point along the length of window components – this means that the strength of each component is conferred to other elements of the whole. Also, common features of a sash window, e.g. the horns, are an integral feature of the sash and not added later, this is unavoidable in other styles of jointing.

The 19th Century brought many changes to British architectural styles. The quality and availability of glass changed considerably during this period allowing and requiring different joinery techniques, profiles, timber sections and overall shape. Architecture is as prone as any other field of human creativity to change and development: windows being the ‘eyes of the property’ are a natural feature for architects to stylize to give a building its unique appeal.

There are many ‘standard’ features that can be incorporated to your new windows, some of them include:

  • Segmental arches to upper sashes.
  • Segmental arches to top meeting rails.
  • Fully arched heads.
  • Glazing bar configurations.
  • Unequal division of sashes.
  • Alternative/unique horn styles.
  • Alternative moldings and bar shapes.

The list could go on for many pages, suffice to say we are confident of producing or reproducing any viable sash window design which you, or your architect, can conceive.

Our joinery teams consist of experienced woodworkers specifically trained in this field of expertise and they love a challenge!

If you have an unusual requirement, photograph it or send us a drawing and we will get back to you directly with an indication of cost and delivery lead-times.