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Gardening is an integral part of our heritage and history of the UK. We enjoyed gardening for both recreational and leisure active. But where do we get our best historic Garden information from? Most of the time we get it from the top 3 garden sites in the UK and in this article I’m going to go through those and have a look at the best information that they provide too for your garden.

England garden
Langdon Court

Gardening is something that we can enjoy at home and most of the time we actually need to take advice on the best practices we don’t have all of the information to hand. Luckily there are plenty of enthusiasts out there that would happily share this information with us for free and wan to help us get better in our gardens as well as improving your living space.

RHS for historic gardening

The Royal Horticultural Society was founded in 1900 in London and has basically been helping people to learn how to garden ever since. They have a massive following online and we’ll go through the ins and outs of all types of gardening. Not just flowers but they will also help you with the vegetables and then the other potential edible plants in your garden. That’s now really like to use therefore and because there so many active users that you can always get the answer that you want to any questions related to gardening. In fact you can actually get questions related to patios, and landscaping as well. It’s like a one stop for a free information and definitely if you’ve got time and you want to learn about gardening this is one of the best places to have a quick look.

planting vegetable from backyard garden
planting vegetable from backyard garden

Garden Toolbox for all the tools you need in your heritage garden

Whenever I need any gardening at all this is the first place I turn to because of the reliability and trust that I haven’t these guys. There are relatively new operation but whenever I’ve ordered anything I get the things straight away and there’s no delay which is great because whenever you got a garden project you really don’t like to wait for the item do you so head to Garden Toolbox. Most of the time you have to run off to a garden centre because you really want it straight away but these guys were normally get everything to you straight away next day and so therefore it’s worth the wait so you don’t have to get yourself in the car in burn unnecessary time.

Garden Tools
Garden Tools

But where they really score for me isn’t the fact that they sell items. The fact that they run and extremely extensive gardening blog that provides all manner of interesting detail for the garden is what sells it for me. They provide hundreds of thousands of words of interesting articles and content on gardening and they do this for free and in the hope that you’ll pick up some of their excellent skills that they already have themselves. Not to mention they have some extremely interested in talented writers on the gardening niche.

Historic England Gardens

Where would we be without Historic England Garden Heritage help. They provide in-depth information regarding some of the most beautiful when they mention gardens in whole of the UK. They literally provide all of this information for free and if you really interesting gardening I really wouldn’t hesitate to recommend taking a good look at their website. There we had a provide you with all of the information related to the UK the Scotland and England Gardens.

Grimsthorpe Castle & Gardens
Grimsthorpe Castle & Gardens

What I really like about their information is the fact that because they’re not profit they provide unbiased information and you can always rely on them for the straight up thanks. So if you gardening this is really a great help.

Heritage period properties are some of the most expensive and well-documented properties in the country. They are normally found and known to be as ‘listed properties’. Within this distinction you have two very typical categories, the first being grade 1 listed, the second being grade 2 listed. Basically what this means is is the amount of work that can be done or alterations vary. Grade 1 listing is extremely strict and almost no alterations to a property will be accepted internally and externally. Externally will be almost impossible to alter anything. Whilst grade 2 can sometimes afford some luxuries it’s still pretty stringent and there’s not really a lot that can be done. In this article I’m going to go through some of the amazing features you’ll find on heritage, period properties that really set them apart and part of the reason why they’re not allowed to be altered. It would be in the public interest of these properties remain as was.

Sash windows in heritage properties.

One of the most common and beautiful features you find on heritage property is sash windows. These are typically timber sash windows that slide up and down. They are normally constructed with two sashes and sit within a box frame. They normally rely on the weight counterbalance and often run up and down on pulley mechanisms.

Sash windows are extremely versatile and last for literally hundreds of years. This is because the way they are designed means that they’re serviceable and repairable at the same time. It doesn’t matter if you need to replace a sill or splice a new style you can absolutely work with the original windows. This means the grade 1 and 2 listed properties almost never have their windows entirely replace because the council know that they can actually be repaired from whatever condition they are in. This is kind of awkward for the homeowner because they’re left with windows that sometimes well passed their sell by date but still have to work with them. This is rather unfortunate because it’s actually more work and cost to restore these windows then actually replace them in some cases. But that’s all part part of owning a grade one or two listed property. You will have these beautiful sash windows and they allow such amazing light and they’re so tall they really do open up rooms and work perfectly when you have tall ceilings.

Tall ceilings in a period property.

Leading on from sash windows and tall ceilings it’s absolutely one of the most common and beautiful features of a period properties. Really tall ceilings gives the appearance of extreme wealth and makes a room feel really really impressive. Nothing sets a room more than tall ceilings with the quality plaster mouldings around the outside of the room known as a cornice.

One of the brain additional benefits of tall ceilings is the fact that it will really help to keep the warm warm in the summer. It does have the adverse effect of making a room colder in the winter, and the sheer area means that there’s more room that needs to be heated. That said, if you want one of these beautiful properties with stunning tall ceilings then of course there’s not really an issue for you in terms of cost, you’ve obviously got the money to heat the place! Talking repeating I think that we should look at amazing fireplaces to in. Heritage properties.

Fireplaces in heritage properties.

Heritage and old properties can have some the most amazing fireplaces in the whole of the UK. I’ve been into an old farm house that has got fireplaces the literally 3 metres wide. This means you could literally cook a whole cow on the fire at one time. And no doubt in the past it’s quite possible that they actually did! These stunning fireplaces can absolutely raise the level of a room to beyond lavish. They seem to be mostly constructed with a large wooden beam that runs across the brickwork acting as a lintel. They look beautiful and are strong because these farmhouses can be literally hundreds of years old and are still in perfect condition today. In fact, the timber is so hard that it looks like that this would last much longer than the timber itself.

Amazingly some of these beans actually end up coming out of old warships. This Oak is almost impenetrable and will just literally last through the ages. This is part of the reason why Heritage properties must be protected because of this amazing quality of material that simply isn’t available today.

What’s the some people the idea of grade 1 and 2 listing and making so many regulations in terms of alterations to property is a real drain on them, I think without these regulations we might lose some of it’s really important heritage and for me these rules really sitting place and I applaud the government for trying to follow them through as rigorously as possible.

Next time you looking at heritage property maybe it’s worth looking in the detail and seeing some of these amazing features and it might make you think twice about purchasing a new property.

In this article I’m going to go through practical steps you can take to make a sash windows extremely efficient without entirely replacing them. This is extremely useful in terms of keeping the original heritage and period features of your property.  It doesn’t matter whether you’ve got sash windows, or casements. You could even have crittall metal windows that are of age. All of these windows can be thermally efficient and upgraded without entire replacement or altering the aesthetic appearance of them.  I’ll make sure by the end of this article you know exactly what to do with your windows and how to make them the best they can be without altering their appearance.

The first steps to energy efficient windows is draught proofing.

Draught proofing can be installed on almost any window. It doesn’t matter if your windows are timber or metal. You can normally have a hidden rebated draught proofing system installed onto a window and that will incredibly improve things and the ambiance of your property. If you’ve got sash windows then the staff and parting bead have brushed rebated into them to improve the warmth of any room. This brush is made of nylon and last for at least 10 years. This means that every time you have a sash window draught proof you will get 10 years of energy efficiency from them. This also means that you won’t alter the look of them and this is actually satisfied by the grade 2 listing.

Draught Proofing
Draught Proofing

Secondary glazing can help with energy efficiency.

If you’re in a listed property or a property of historic value then it’s unlikely you’ll be able to have double glazed windows because it’s a change to the aesthetics of the external of the property. This generally would be totally unacceptable for any kind of listing or potentially could even be a problem in a conservation area and to get around this situation; use secondary glazing because this is an internal installation and results in no difference to the external of the property.

Regarding double glazing this isn’t strictly true. You could actually find yourself in a situation where you can actually have slimline glazing because this is becoming more and more common and technologically advanced and you can barely tell difference between this and single glazed glass. However, this is very rare that this is still accepted and it’s still in the test phase. There is hope that this will evolve into a usable product but as of the moment it’s very difficult to gain planning for this.

Old Glass Window
Old Glass Window

Shutters or curtains can help

One of the most common ways of solving and energy efficiency on a sash window or any other window that’s a period for that matter is shutters. Some of the original windows have shutters the simply fold open and they can really act as a double layer against the glass. This is really good for noise and heat. The other way that you can look at it is perhaps you could install some heavy curtains over the top as well. This will really reduce the amount of draughts and cold do you feel coming from any original window that’s gappy. In my opinion it’s better to have shutters cos they also act as a security addition as well.

curtains
curtains

Perhaps you can have double glazing to solve energy efficiency.

As we mentioned it’s sometimes possible to have double glazing into You original Windows. This is becoming more, but at the moment is very difficult to get this for listed buildings. Conservation areas are finally accepting this on average and everyday install. There are many sash window companies out there making incredible installs into these and they make them look almost like I like my single glazed glass. This is because the technology is advancing and they’re simply capable of hiding the actual outside of the double glazed unit itself.

Straight on this leaves you a traditional heritage window the looks exactly as it should. It looks single glazed but is operating in the way that would be considered thermally efficient of this modern era of the era we live in. Pilkington has recently releases the glass called Spacia. This glass is basically designed to look single glazed but has all of the efficiency of double glazing. This is almost certainly going to be the way forward in terms of gaining historical buildings the opportunity to have energy efficient windows.

Double Glazing
Double Glazing

Let’s not forget it’s really important to keep original windows in Heritage properties.

It’s always worth remembering that the effort we go to make our original heritage windows extremely energy efficient is worth it. This is because not only does it maintain the character of property but it as a result you are normally maintaining the value of a property too. So it’s totally in your interest because heritage traditional windows look great and gives an entirely comfortable look to your period properties. Original single glazed windows look stunning and they would totally look wrong replaced with thick ugly uPVC double glazing.

Sash Windows

Losing traditional windows from old buildings one of the biggest threats to our heritage in the UK. Traditional windows offer important glazing towards historic evidence. There an absolute requirement in a traditional property and removing these would be completely counterproductive for restoring and preserving our heritage. When constructed they require extreme skill and took a lot of ingenuity in the making. The distinctive appearance of these windows including the handmade glass cannot be compared to modern windows today.

One of the biggest problems windows face is the fact that they’re external joinery and they are continually at the mercy of all of the elements. This means that there are the most common item to be replaced in a property and it’s the most likely external Joinery that will result in an incorrect installation. That would be all of the Lost heritage and we need to work out how to preserve and solve this issue.

What can we do about preserving our window heritage?

In his article I’m gonna go through what you can do with timber and metal windows and it’s aimed at professionals and Property owners alike. It shows the significance of maintaining your original sash windows as well as detailed advice on the maintenance and repair as well as making sure that they’re thermally efficient for modern standards as well. You don’t have to entirely replace a window to make sure that you come up to modern thermal technology standards. You can have high quality systems installed such as draught proofing. These are completely hidden rebated within the frame therefore you don’t have any visual impact on the traditional heritage itself.

The ever changing UK is resulting in the loss of heritage of our windows.

One of the biggest problems faced by properties today is the fact that UPVC windows I can extremely competitively priced. Timber simply cannot match the price of uPVC. In the same way that UPVC cannot match the quality of timber. The biggest problem of course is that in this modern era that we live in there’s such a huge drive towards energy efficiency and cost effectiveness that we are losing heritage windows.

When Windows become inefficient and beyond repair, this typically refers to casement and sash windows, There is an unfortunate situation where UPVC has become an integral part of the UK window market. This is caused significant losses of heritage windows. What homeowners don’t realise is that timber sash windows in Casement can actually be maintained and actually repaired if necessary. Replacement sill section rails of particularly common amongst professional sash window companies and you should definitely be looking to take advantage of this rather than replacing with uPVC windows.

It’s rather unfortunate that the attraction of uPVC is the fact that the windows don’t need to be maintained and incidentally, I can completely empathise with this the fact that you don’t need to paint a windows, it’s a really great thing because maintenance in the UK as a whole is an extremely expensive process. Most of all, the fact that heritage properties really do require extreme maintenance.

one of the biggest problems the heritage faces today is the fact that people move home so frequently. This means that there is far greater detachment from their heritage features. So replacing a sash windows or casement windows cheaply seems like a sensible option, but the end result is the fact that we’re losing so much heritage through the UK.

What you must understand is there is actually the option to overhaul draught proof these Windows. This means that you can actually make them thermally efficient and repair them and it doesn’t have to cost all that much. In fact, repairing a sash window will cost less than UPVC one. Granted the fact that double glazed UPVC is far more efficient, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t make your single glazed just that little bit more comfortable. Heritage windows don’t have to be a complete cold disaster. Long gone are the days of ice on the inside of your windows.

If you do decide to replace your windows entirely please ensure that you are looking at heritage standards, and make sure that you don’t replace them with UPVC, and the fact that you can actually have timber high quality hardwood windows that match like-for-like traditional joinery of 100 years ago really helps the overall look and appearance of your property.

Why preserve historic interests?

One of the most amazing things about traditional windows is there architectural fashion, and they simply cannot be matched for quality. We have lost an area of high quality windows and doors and Heritage, and the fact that we then removing them further is a bit of an issue going forward. In terms of actual build quality and structure with actually gone backwards in the last 100 years and we will only continue to do so if we remove more of this Heritage.

One of the most important factors in preserving heritage is gonna have to be the reduction of costs going forward. The government is already offering 5% incentives on Mini restoration project. Always make sure to keep an eye out for a reduced VAT on restoration and heritage. You’ll be surprised how many government savings are in place to try to help keep the UK looking amazing.

Please also bear in mind the heritage Windows really help to preserve the value of your property. If you install I’ll be UPVC windows then you’ll actually devalue your period property. It’s quite common that installing UPVC into a period property will result in devaluation from anywhere from £20,000 to £50,000. This is because new homeowners would actually want to reinstate traditional period windows. Wherever possible think as if you were someone else sympathetically and try to keep these windows in place.