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Cornwall LivingIssue #74

Keeping up appearances

We discover how to maintain the character of period properties when they’re in need of renovation.

The view from our homes can often be the biggest draw of a property and that means our windows need to be in good order. The question is, how do you go about installing double-glazing if you have a beautiful period property with original wooden sash windows that have sadly come to the end of their usable life? The answer is: “very carefully and with a lot of research” explained John and Di, the proud owners of a stunning Edwardian property in the Penzance Conservation Area. They tell us: “We knew we had to replace 24 windows in the front of our house and realised that if we didn’t get it right, we would spoil the whole appearance of
our home.”

“having Phil’s team on site was a joy, their attention to detail was outstanding, and we were thrilled with the completed project.”

After seeing a multitude of different sliding sash windows and meeting numerous installation companies, they realised immediately that they had found their installation company when they met Phil and Alison Dawe, who run Dawes and Windows in Redruth. They explain: “right from the outset, we were impressed by Phil and Alison’s positive approach. They listened to our concerns and then began to formulate a bespoke system that would meet our needs. Not only was their work competitively priced, but having Phil’s team on site was a joy, their attention to detail was outstanding, and we were thrilled with the completed project. We cannot recommend them highly enough.”

In relation to the project, Phil tells us: “it was great working with John and Di, as they knew exactly what they wanted and we were able to tailor a supply and installation package for them that fulfilled their requirements. We were also given the contract to replace the fascias, soffits and guttering and to replace them in a way that replicated the ornate details of the original timber ones. We always take pride in every job we do, big or small. I always say that if you can’t do it properly, it’s better not to do it at all – a philosophy that has served our family business well over the last 11 years.” Dawes & Windows are clearly a brilliant company to rely on for all your glazing needs.

"having Phil’s team on site was a joy, their attention to detail was outstanding, and we were thrilled with the completed project."