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Sort your sash windowsDo you have draughty, rattling sash windows? These classics, with a box casement and independent top and bottom units, are beautiful, but can also be a pain. If money allows, it’s really worth investing in double-glazed replacements, as the increased energy efficiency will repay you year after year. If your sash windows are in good condition, however, choose a reputable company to thoroughly refurbish and draught-proof them. Include cord replacement to ensure you get that satisfying ‘whoosh’ when you open and close them. Do choose any replacements carefully – a central glazing bar in both top and bottom sashes looks so much better than plain glazing, for example – and don’t be tempted to install cheaper uPVC over timber frames. If your property is listed, you might need to retain single-glazed originals, but these days it’s possible to source sympathetic secondary glazing that doesn’t hide the original windows. Don’t forget that listed buildings have many rules and regulations attached, so before you consider any of the ideas in this article, it’s essential that you seek the advice of an expert.
Upgrade sash windowsOld sash windows are generally made of timber, often soft wood. If you have them in your period property, then it’s important to replace them in a way that sticks to the original theme of your home. Care should be taken to ensure the new frames match the old, as a departure could drastically alter the look. Choose a reputable joinery company in order to achieve a good-quality bespoke service. Consider also whether you wish to invest in the reinstatement of the traditional weight system, or settle for a modern-day in-frame alternative.Discover these 10 Victorian details to enhance your home’s period appeal
Soak in a slipper A twist on the freestanding tub, the classic slipper bath has a curved shape that supports your neck, and so is sublimely comfortable if you want to soak for longer. Planning to bathe à deux? Then remember to plump for a super-indulgent double slipper – where both ends are raised – or be prepared to fight it out for who gets the end without the taps. If the antique claw-foot look isn’t for you, go for a pedestal number like this one instead.