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Frequently Asked Questions

If your house is listed or in a conservation area, there are restrictions to what structural and aesthetic changes you can make, including alterations to windows. All our timber glazing products comply with building regulations, and we specialise in manufacturing heritage windows and doors, ideal for conservation areas.

Before making any changes, you will need to check with your local authority to see if you need to ask for consent. However, at Wessex Restoration we work closely with architects, contractors and local authorities to create timber structures, glazing and decoration that will be approved in conservation areas and listed buildings.

As specialist heritage joiners, we replicate traditional pieces and copy original designs like for like, ensuring that existing designs will be accepted without delay.

We have the capacity, skills and expertise to create nearly any timber product in our joinery, from home improvement products such as windows, doors and conservatories, to replica period interior features. You can see a list of our typical joinery products here, or why not check out our bespoke joinery services?

Wood is an excellent thermal insulator, and our timber frames have great energy efficient properties. However, most traditional timber windows that use single glazing can still lose a considerable amount of heat during their lifetime.

As a solution to this we introduced slimline double glazing to our product range; giving you the performance benefits of modern double glazing with the aesthetic appeal of traditional single glazing.

Timber windows that incorporate slimline double glazed units are able to achieve a higher level of energy efficiency than those with single glazing, helping to reduce a property’s U-values as well as your energy consumption.

Whether you need single, double or slim double glazing in your windows, we can manufacture windows to suit your period property or restoration project. You can even choose decorative glazing or stained glass designs. Every window is designed with traditional aesthetics in mind, down to the seals, glazing bars and sash opening mechanism. We can even source Georgian wired glass or drawn glass for a more authentic traditional appearance.

We always use FSC-rated sustainable timber (or similar), and always deal with companies who do so. We also try to source timber as locally as possible, from Bristol suppliers.

We mainly use hardwoods in our timber joinery, however we also source exceptional quality softwoods. The most popular types of timber we use in our windows is Douglas fir and Baltic redwood, however we can also source oak, sapele, tulip wood and any other type of wood that may be specified. The oak we use is air-dried rather than kiln-dried, as this is better for external joinery – it lasts longer and there is less chance of it rotting. We also treat the timber organically, applying a traditional anti-rot treatment by brush.

Our Restoration Projects

We have carried out renovation projects on numerous properties in conservation areas and listed buildings. Read about some of our heritage restoration projects, including bespoke designs and replica period features!

Kresen Kernow Archive Centre
timber sash window renovation
Case study: Timber sash window renovation and repair
Tyndalls Park Road
Refurbishing Grade II listed building at the University of Bristol