Replacement windows and doors can do many things – from improving the energy efficiency and security of your home to reducing energy bills. But one thing you may not have realised is the way these home improvements can also add character to where you live, whether you have a period property whose personality you want to retain, or a new-build dwelling you’re keen to stamp your mark on.
Here are a few of our top character-building suggestions to make your home stand out for all the right reasons, and give it its own identity:
Windows That Add Character to Your Home
New windows can really alter the appearance of your home and with the right choices, can also add character too. These are our favourite choices for those of you who are looking to add character to your property.
Sash windows are a great replacement option if your original timber models are no longer up to scratch or you are replacing casement windows in a home that would be better suited to a sash option. These units have a classic design which can incorporate some authentic period details, from Georgian bars to sash horns and traditional window hardware. And, with uPVC flush sashes, you get the attractive appearance of genuine timber combined with all the modern performance benefits of this contemporary material.
Make the exterior of your home your own with a choice of colours, finishes and styles.
There’s a reason French windows never go out of style! They naturally break down the barrier between the inside and outside of your home, enhance the appeal of the most modest garden, and allow natural daylight to flood in. So they’re a great way of adding romance and character.
They can also offer a glimpse into your property, perhaps framing a dining table, for example. To add even more character, consider horizontal bars or Georgian models as an alternative to plain French doors. But they don’t have to be over-designed – sometimes less is more!
Colour Your Home Beautiful
There’s a trend now for non-white pastel shades such as green on homes’ exteriors, and it’s easy to see why. These can give your property a distinctive look without being over the top. A colour such as a pale green, for example, can blend in perfectly with its natural surroundings. This look is particularly appropriate if you are lucky enough to have a country cottage-style home.
Adding Character to Your Home with Doors
Adding character to your home’s exterior doesn’t end with windows, doors can reap lots of character too. Here are some of our top tips!
Bolting The Stable Door…
Composite doors are well known for bringing the benefits of low maintenance, durability and enhanced security. And they’re increasingly replacing the white uPVC models that were so ubiquitous even as recently as a decade ago.
They may be strong and high-performing, but if you thought these units had to look merely functional, think again. Composite doors can replicate the appearance of real timber, so could reproduce the look of a cottage front door in a traditional residence, with a small diamond-shaped window and traditional-styled door furniture. To really preserve the character of your home, or add some, go for a composite stable door! With two panels opening independently, these can be shut at the bottom for safety and security, while still allowing fresh air to flow.
Always a staple of rural architecture, stable doors are now increasingly appearing in suburban and even urban environments.
French Composite Doors
Meanwhile and working well in a more modern home too, you could perhaps go for French doors if replacing your patio doors too, which offer the benefits of French windows described above.
They can be composite doors or made from uPVC, and modern technology means they meet rigorous quality standards so there are no draughts and they’re incredibly secure so can be used as external doors.
But all of these models will give your home bags of unique personality.
At Isis Windows, we can help advise on all of these matters and offer the full stunning range of Solidor composite doors which are an excellent choice if you’re looking to add some character to your home. Give us a call today or drop us a message and we’ll be happy to help.