Case study: Oak windows and doors for a Shropshire self-build
October 5, 2022 ~ Wooden Windows
A chance drive through the village they’d built a house in 25 years earlier lead Albert and Carol down another self-build journey.
Wooden Windows customers Albert and Carol had experienced the joys and difficulties of building their own home over 20 years ago. After living in their self-build for 25 years, they’d moved abroad and had no plans to do it all over again. However, travelling past their old house – just a few hundred metres away from land they still owned – Carol said it felt like coming home again, and that was the start of a brand new self-build adventure for the couple.
They went to check the plot out, applied for and were granted planning permission, and started the building process. Although it wasn’t all plain sailing, as Albert recalled, “The story goes on and on with Covid-19 kicking in and site problems, we could write a book!”. Nonetheless, they persevered and when we went to catch up with the pair and see the windows and doors in situ, the project was nearing completion.
Albert came across Wooden Windows in a magazine and then happened to meet the team at a show. He also endeavours to work with local suppliers, and with the Wooden Windows factory being located less than half an hour’s drive away from the plot, it seemed an ideal fit.
We supplied the oak doors and windows throughout the property, which include stormproof casement windows and a lovely, chunky front door in our Square Modern Panelled design with frosted sidelights and T bar handle. The showpiece of the home is the fully glazed gable end, featuring French doors which will provide a link between the lounge and garden. Albert and Carol chose satin chrome fittings and finished the windows and doors with a Ronseal Mid Oak stain.
Albert explained that the decision to opt for oak windows and doors instead of UPVC was simple – as well as a fondness for the material and experience of using it in their previous self-build project, they also wanted the new house to fit into its village setting, which he feels it does successfully. The use of oak grounds the contemporary design and adds a warmth to the property, both inside and out.