Optima Flush Casement Windows
We’re fortunate to have a rich tradition and history. It’s reflected in our buildings which show the changing fashions in architecture and the development of the craftsmen’s skills. Our diverse geology is shown in the materials we’ve used: rich red clays, soft grey limestone, Welsh slate, crystalline granite, and sharp, scalloped flints. Every bit of our past is precious because it’s made us who we are.
Every era has its own revolutionaries: those who break the mould, strike out, create a building that redefines a home. When that happens, the rules change. Tall buildings become wide buildings, rich becomes simple, and texture and colour replace detail and ornament. The inspirational architects who have shown such vision have made our culture richer and have opened our eyes to new possibilities.
There are few who would disagree that a special house needs special
windows. A Georgian townhouse with its tall, elegant proportions and its strict vertical alignments needs sash windows that complement the house’s façade. A rough-hewn, stone cottage needs a different approach to the simple modernism of a 1930s art-deco-inspired bungalow and both of those need a window that reflects their particular character. But for all the diversity in windows and glazing, there’s one thing that all houses should be: a home.
Part of transforming a house into a home is, of course, about the people who live there, but on a more practical level, comfort, performance and security are critical. It’s hard to feel relaxed if your house is cold. It’s even harder if your windows rattle every time there’s more than a gentle breeze or if water penetrates when it’s raining. Fortunately, you don’t have to put up with things like that. Modern materials and glazing technologies have made homes warmer, safer and more secure. They have made windows that are easier to look after and kinder to the planet. And now that there are high-performing, PVC-U Flush Casement and sliding Sash windows, you can feel really at home in your special home.
Something old, something new..
Let’s get the jargon out of the way. A casement is simply a window held on hinges in a frame. In the UK where external shutters are rare, the vast majority of casements open outwards. Within casements, there are various styles. A flush casement is simply one where the opening window sits flush in its frame, rather than standing proud. It’s a design that is elegant in its simplicity and is found in all sorts of traditional properties, from all periods. What’s more, the lines are understated which makes them ideal for more contemporary properties which rely on minimalist styling. Quintessential Flush Casements replicate the timber original’s appearance to perfection but go well beyond in terms of thermal performance and weathering capability. Now it’s possible to have the look you want and the comfort you need. Now it’s possible to combine charm and security, character and ease of maintenance. It’s old style with new standards.
Lines and proportions
We’ve thought of it all: the right-sized frame with the right-sized window, and transoms, mullions and dummy sashes that create the authentic appearance and lines of a traditional flush casement. The shape is chamfered on the outside to shed the rain, and there’s a choice of a chamfered or sculptured shape for indoors.
Shades and textures
Colours and wood finishes have been carefully selected to complement different building materials, periods and environments. There are soft, subtle shades: delicate creams and greens, striking greys and a host of timber effects. Choose a particular colour and we’ll match it or pick a different finish for indoors and out.
Handles and stays
We couldn’t let our hardware let us down! The traditional appearance was a must, so even though our Flush Casements have their own friction hinges, we’ve got dummy peg stays and gorgeous, monkey-tail handles all finished the way you’d expect, with period colours and a craftsman’s attention to detail.