We have just completed a full refurbishment project on a delightful Queen Anne style country house by the early 20th-century architect Harold Falkner in Farnham, Surrey. Falkner was renowned for bringing arts & crafts design into architecture and the majority of his buildings are around Farnham Surrey.
This noteworthy property (mentioned in Sam Osmond’s book on the architect) was constructed around the turn of the last century and included a “motor house” for the chauffeur and servant’s quarters in the attic floor of the main house.
The large (1.8metres high) traditional sash windows had bespoke Staff and Parting beads and to preserve the integrity, replicas were made up by our joinery.
Our full refurbishment and draught-proofing service were requested together with an upgrade in security with key-operated Secure Sash Stops and locking Brighton fasteners.
It was a particular pleasure to receive early and very positive feedback from the owners after completing the main Drawing Room (comprising five pairs of 6/6 sashes) to the effect that the comfort level had been transformed and they could not believe the improved temperature now being enjoyed without the previously necessary use of the log burner!
English Heritage research suggests that an improvement of around 40% in thermal efficiency can be obtained by installing draught-proofing and so this is a worthwhile enhancement.
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