Why is it important to match your window style to your home?
You’re going to have your new windows for a long time, so if you have strong preferences for a certain style, colour, or finish – that’s completely understandable! Your windows can tie the look of your whole property together, so getting new ones is an excellent opportunity to create the stunning exterior you’ve always wanted. Luckily, with so many designs available, it’s easy to find a few options that match your existing aesthetic.
Government window regulations
While it’s important to satisfy your personal tastes and have a home that you love, there’s another good reason to match your window style to your home. The UK government’s planning portal states that you do not usually need to apply for planning permission for the “insertion of new windows and doors that are of a similar appearance to those used in the construction of the house”, so if you’re careful with your window choice, you’ll be able to avoid a tedious administrative process.
If you live in a conservation area, you might be subject to controls called ‘Article 4 Directions’ which are determined by the local authority. These rules restrict your right to do work on your house that wouldn’t normally require planning permission, like replacing your windows with similar ones. This is so they can protect certain building features in the area. You should contact your local authority to check whether an Article 4 Direction applies to your conservation area and for more advice on replacing your windows.
If you live in a heritage property, listed building consent and extra types of planning permission may be required before you commence work on your house. Again, the government’s planning portal can indicate what planning permissions are relevant to your project. If you know that you live in a listed building, then you should contact your local planning authority for more information or to apply for listed building consent.
In some instances, you might be denied planning permission for the installation of a different style of window to your current ones. To save time and potential disappointment, seek some expert advice before you submit an application or make any changes to your property.
You can also contact us to talk through our high-performance heritage window options if you need new windows for a listed building.