I wrote a post about windows over a year ago with no notion that I would be writing again about the same subject but with brand spanking new ones in my own home. A year ago I was dreaming of new windows but fate took over and here we are. All my sentiments and reckoning in my other post still stand true today but finally I have got rid of the nasty nasty brown light sucking pvc nightmares that leaked heat. All the glass panes had blown so we couldn’t see out of them and I couldn’t bear thinking about another winter with these dodgy monstrosities. Waking up on cold mornings having to mop up water from the window sills was an arduous task and one that I didn’t want to have to endure any more.
A chance encounter gave us the impetus to start, not having a clue of price ranges and which companies were cowboys or not we took the plunge and had a few sales reps around (that’s the hard part) to give us quotes so we could make an informed decision. All scary stuff as to who to trust, it is never as easy as it looks on Grand Designs but then again its always the glazing that goes awry!
Our budget wasn’t massive so we knew high end bespoke Critall windows were way out of our price bracket but what if we could get something similar we wondered? I had set my heart on aluminium frames and not pvc, I didn’t want white or brown I wanted grey to compliment our interiors, also less frame and more glass and I found them. Big picture windows to our specification and not an inch of plastic, we are over the moon with the service and installation (minus a fitting date hiccup) from Anglian Windows a reputable firm with high standards and who now also come with a recommendation from me.
The joy of knowing that my home is secure, energy efficient and warm is a weight off my mind. The light that the new frames has brought to each room is utterly amazing, we knew there would be a difference but are astounded by how much. Light plays a big part in our homes and when you are lacking it you really can tell, being able to watch the sky from bed on a morning is such a pleasure. Not having to turn lights on in the middle of the day is another huge bonus and hopefully will reflect in our green energy bills.
I think windows with less frame and more glass are far more appealing, framing a view, no obscuring bars or added nonsense that just gets in the way and makes an ugly statement. I like to look out of a window and to be able to while away a few hours curled up by a picture window is bliss. Here are a few pictures of lovely spaces that inspired me to choose the frames for our house.
I know this may not be our forever house but for now the small improvements we keep making are adding value to our lives, our house is a rather homely place to be but we will keep dreaming of the modern new build that one day we will achieve and who knows Anglian may be fitting the windows.
- This post is written as a personal review not in conjunction with any company, I have received no payment or discount, purely my own words and opinions