November 15, 2008

New windows, part II: Choice of contractor and formalities

The difficulty with our new windows is how to find a fine balance between conformity with preservation orders and modern comforts, especially concerning the energy balance.
Remember: We are a monument :-) and therefore we have to consider quite a lot of regulatory requirements. The most important ones are:

1. Windows must be outward opening (which I love in general but which is a pest when you do your window-cleaning...)

2. Divided-light windows

3. Narrow profiles

After checking several offers, we decided to commission a carpentry from a nearby village to build our new windows. They use local wood and ecologically compatible paint, usually from Auro, which was an important factor in our decision-making. Especially as some of the new windows will be built in in the nursery - good to know no toxins will evaporate.

Here is a drawing of the windows we'll have built in, they are so-called "Kreuzstockfenster", is the English expression for it "crossbar window"?


The next steps (protected and listed building) have to be these:

a) submit a building application to the monuments administration

b) wait for their decision and especially the important STAMP of permission

c) after works will be finished: acceptance of construction work by the authorities

We've managed up to step b) and here it is, the stamp of permission:

3 comments:

Sandy said...

The description of the window sounds so much prettier in German!

Christopher Busta-Peck said...

I'm with Sandy - I've spent a fair amount of time looking at old windows, and I've found that English often lacks a specific word for describing a style of window - usually, one must go into a long description of just what the window looks like.

Anna said...

Sandy and Christopher - that's definitely one of the charms of the German language: To make one word out of three or four terms ;-)