Window styles and configurations

Matching the window to the house has a huge impact on the overall success of the design, both inside and out.  

Window design and operation has not changed much over the years. The style and manner in which windows operate is still very much in line with the traditional sash, sliding sash and casement designs with the notable addition of tilt and turn opening mechanisms.  

       Doors by comparison have developed greatly. From the traditional single door system, to a door and screen, to a double door system (French doors), to a sliding door system, to bifolding and concertina arrangements, the selection here will greatly impact on the end cost, from less than a thousand for a single uPVC door to large five figure sums for bifold and large aluminium sliding screens. 

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Written by Astrid Madsen

Astrid Madsen is the editor of the SelfBuild magazine. She previously held the same role in an Irish trade publication, before that she worked at the National Standards Authority of Ireland. She graduated with a BA in Urban Studies from Columbia University in New York and holds an MBA from the Instituto de Estudios Bursatiles in Madrid. France of origin, she now lives in Portarlington, County Laois, where she's taken on the task of renovating a listed building! Email astrid.madsen@selfbuild.ie

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