We love sharing our experience with period home owners. Our blog is our way of providing fresh and valuable information to all period window and door owners.
We’re all aware how a chipped windshield on your car can develop into something more series. The same is true for a cracked door. Any homeowner who notices a fracture in their own door’s infrastructure would be well advised to seek immediate professional help. Thankfully, that’s exactly what our conscientious client in Wandsworth took it upon themselves to do.
By nipping the issue in the bud, the customer was able to avoid moisture from outside permeating the timber and compromising its condition any further. After contacting Fortis & Hooke for a prompt restoration job, we were able to replace the offending panel, re-strengthen the rest of the door and return it to the client looking more impressive than ever.
As the first thing that a guest will notice when visiting a house, the door is a crucial aspect of its aesthetic. Any homeowner planning a full renovation of their property would be remiss not to make front door restoration a top priority.
That’s why, when it came to restoring the door of a home in Carshalton that was undergoing a complete renovation, we knew it was the perfect candidate for our innovative Longaevitas system. Working closely with the homeowners and our industry partners, we were able to provide a complete service incorporating every aspect of the door’s restoration.
Now, the clients can boast a property that gleams with the sheen of a recent refurbishment but still retains the charm and tradition of the Victorian and Georgian architecture surrounding it.
When we were contacted by Mrs Smith about a door restoration project for a Grade II listed property in Essex, we knew this was the perfect opportunity to implement our unique Longaevitas system to great effect.
The door was a beautiful example of a period feature, but it was letting in a nasty draught and placing an unnecessary financial burden on Mrs Smith.
She wanted to keep the original door but was determined to breathe fresh life into her home. Read on to find out how we identified the problem, fixed the root cause and gave the door a new lease for life.
The front door is hugely important for period properties. It provides a grand entrance, a first impression and a focal point of your home’s façade. It also says a lot about how you care for your property. With all that in mind, you want your front door to impress and match the style of your period home.
That’s exactly what was needed by our customer in North London, whose original door was in desperate need of restoration. Read on to see how we restored their door and revitalised their beautiful London home.
The front door is a central part of any home’s façade. With that in mind, it’s important for heritage property owners to maintain their original doors wherever possible. The team at Fortis & Hooke were recently called out to a home in Twickenham, where the front door was in serious need of maintenance.
As well as the worn appearance, the customer had noticed swelling and draughts from the door. Frustratingly for the home owner, this was causing energy bills to soar as cold air swept in through the front door.
While other companies may have suggested a replacement door, our Longaevitas system allowed us to restore the original door’s appearance and function.
Some period properties are lucky enough to feature large wooden doors. However, given their size, it can be difficult for some companies to properly repair, restore and protect these charming fixtures. Not for Fortis & Hooke.
Our team were contacted by a property owner in Mayfair, about a large wooden door which had become visibly worn. Needless to say, the owner was concerned about its impact on the property’s kerb appeal – not to mention the damage to the original timber where paint was beginning to deteriorate.
Rather than dismissing it as an unsolvable problem for doors of its size, we went above and beyond to provide a long-lasting solution. Keep reading to see how we completed a full restoration for the door.
As a team of timber restoration experts, Fortis & Hooke is able to help customers bring their original doors back to life. However, some projects need more than our expertise.
Beautiful glass, intricate metal features and of course the sturdy hardwood – most doors are made up of several components. So, when a customer in Dartford got in touch about their door, which also needed leaded glass windows and new locks, we knew our expertise wouldn’t be enough. After all, the very best restoration results require specialists in different areas.
Read on to see how we co-ordinated a multi-faceted restoration on an original wooden door.
Sometimes, wooden door restoration goes far beyond the wood itself. While the original timber is always the focal point, homeowners don’t want other aspects of the door to impair its appearance and function after being restored.
This was exactly the case on a job we completed in West Norwood, South London. By liaising with our customer, we were able to provide a full restoration with new locks, door numbers and even replacement glass.
The result? A door that looked completely brand new across the board, while maintaining the same unique heritage and character.
Restoration allows you to improve your door’s appearance and function without compromising on its original character. It’s the ideal solution for almost any original wooden door, even those which have been in place for several decades.
A perfect example was a property we worked on around Finsbury Park, where the door itself was over 150 years old. Wow! That was no problem for our team, who were delighted to complete a full restoration on the antique door using our Longaevitas system.
An original wooden door can work wonders for the character of your property.
However, there may come a time when you want to update its appearance and restore its function. That’s exactly what our customer in Bromley found with their original wooden door – a once beautiful round door that had sadly seen better days.
Thanks to Fortis & Hooke, they were able to restore the door and revitalise its appearance without diminishing its heritage and character.
From the period properties neighbouring Wandsworth Common to the Art Deco design of Du Cane Court, Balham has a plethora of beautiful, interesting buildings to admire. However, it’s hard to truly appreciate a property’s beauty when its crowning feature, an original wooden front door, has become weathered and weak.
When we were contacted by our customer in Balham, we understood just how important their door was to the appearance and value of their home – but also the pivotal role it plays in keeping heat in the home.
Fortunately, the Fortis & Hooke team was on hand to provide a complete restoration, returning the door to its original beauty and function.
In this window repair London case study , Mr L contacted us as he wanted his window repaired. We had one of our London based surveyors visit the customer’s property to determine the extent of the problem. The survey revealed extensive rot in the lower part of the window frame and sill. Mr L subsequently contracted Fortis & Hooke to repair the windows.
In this window repair London case study Mrs. W contacted us regarding her sash windows that were in various states of disrepair. She was looking for a company that could sort out her windows, which she wanted to be repaired before it got any worse. She wanted as much of the wood to be repaired but was aware that this may not be possible. Many of the panes of glass was broken.
In this window repair London case study Mrs. B sent us a quick enquiry on our website. She was convinced that her windows needed replacement, but was hoping that we might be able to repair it. There was a lot of rot in her sash windows and they were not well insulated.She was feeling frustrated with their appearance and the fact that she was not comfortable in her home during cold weather spells. She contacted us as a last resort before opting for full replacement with uPVC windows.
In this window restoration London case study Mrs. W contacted us regarding her Dulwich properties sash windows that were in various states of disrepair. She was looking for a knowledgeable company that were able to sort out the many problems that she had on each window. She wanted to ensure her home was more energy efficient. The windows had flaky paint and she wanted them re-painted.
A very large construction company got in contact with us after they were contracted to do a high end restoration project on a listed property in Westminster. They were looking for a highly skilled team of sub-contractors that could restore the windows back to their original glory.
In this window restoration Kent case study Mrs. C had recently bought a large manor house just outside London in Sevenoaks. It was a Grade II listed property that had 36 large sash windows and several original doors. The client was looking for a specialist company that was able to deal with listed properties and also specialised in restoring original sash windows.
In this window restoration London case study Company J contacted us as they were working on a Crown property in Regent’s Park. They required a company who were knowledgeable in listed properties. They needed a highly skilled team of sub-contractors that could renovate the windows back to their original glory.
In this window restoration London case study Mrs. L phoned us up as she had a lot of rot in her sash windows. Her main concern was that other companies she had talked to were quoting her on replacing the original windows as the only option. This was not something that she wanted to do as it was important to her to keep as much of the original windows and frames as possible.
In this window restoration London case study Mrs. N phoned us regarding the glass in her sash windows. She was looking to get all the panes replaced for her Wimbledon home. She had also contacted a builder to get a quote for the glass to be replaced and the sash windows re-painted. We visited her and were more than capable of fitting new glass. We also offered her our decoration services.
In this window repair Surrey case study Mr. W was on the verge of selling his home but the windows were rather neglected and several sections were very rotten. He contacted us to see if we could help him fix this problem, as he was anticipating a struggle to sell the house in its current state. He knew there was a lot of rot and asked whether we could repair the windows and replace all the sills.
In this window repair London case study Mr. C contacted us as he was in dire need of a solution for his sash windows. The rot had become very noticeable and he needed a company to help him resolve the problem.
In this window draught proofing Essex case study Mr. R contacted us as he was about to move into a new house with his wife and new born baby. The house was very cold and draughty and all the windows had become rotten. He was looking for a company that was able to create new double glazed sash windows to fit into the existing boxes. The new sashes Mr. R was looking to have double glazed to help with heat efficiency. He wanted the house to be warm especially with a new born baby.
In this window draught proofing London case study Mr. D contacted us as he had a number of problems with one of his rental properties. He was having complaints from his tenants in Fulham about the windows on his upmarket flat that they were renting. The sash windows were not opening properly and it was rather cold in the flat. The flat was in a busy part of Fulham so it was rather noisy and they were wondering if there was anyway of having the noise reduced.
In this window draught proofing London case study Mr. B contacted us with a problem he had with his sash windows regarding noise levels. He lived in a second floor flat which overlooked Clapham Junction station. It was a rather noisy place to live. It was overwhelming for him, so he did a quick enquiry on our website.
In this window painting London case study we were approached by Company J. They were looking for a knowledgeable business to help paint and reglaze the windows of a large up market flat in Earls Court as part of their renovation project. They wanted to keep the original sash windows but have them retro-double glazed to help improve heat efficiency.
In this window painting London case study Mrs. W contacted us regarding her sash windows that were in various states of disrepair. She was looking for a knowledgeable company that were able to sort out the many problems that she had on each window. She wanted her home to be more energy efficient also.
In this window painting London case study Mrs. N requested a survey regarding the glass in her sash windows. She was looking to get all the panes replaced as she was concerned about the risk the glass posed to her children. The windows also needed to be painted and Mrs N had a specific colour in mind so she requested a quote from a local builder.
In this replacement windows East Sussex Mr. O contacted us as he needed advice about the state of his windows. They were in a dire state of disrepair, most of the bottom rails were falling out and he was rather worried about the glass falling out and causing injury to somebody.
In this door painting London case study Mr S contacted us to repair and decorate his listed property’s front door. The door had been painted quite badly before and there were several rotten sections that needed repair. Mr S therefore wanted the door repaired, overhauled and decorated by a professional company.
In this window draught proofing Notting Hill case study Mr M sent us an email to ask our help. His windows were extremely draughty and this made his home in Notting Hill very cold and uncomfortable. He requested a survey and quote so he could consider possible solutions to his problem.
In this replacement windows London case study Mr. N asked for a survey. He had several sash windows in his large Victorian home, of which each had a different type of problem that needed to be resolved. Some were neglected and just required repairs and painting, whilst others were in need of draught proofing.
In this replacement windows London case study Mrs. R phoned us. She had bought a house for her sons to live in while studying at University. The windows had not previously been well cared for so needed some work to get back to a good standard. The property was in a Conservation area so she needed to make sure that the proper regulations were adhered to.
In this window restoration Hertfordshire case study we were contacted by Mrs C. She had a grade 2 listed Georgian manor house in St. Albans that was in the process of being restored. Her windows concerned her as they showed signs of rot and decay. She needed a specialist company to repair and repaint her windows.
In this window restoration Kent case study Mrs S contacted us. The windows of her grade 2 star listed property in Ash were in dire need of repair and decoration. We proposed our restoration process and the result was that the client could repair, restore and retain her original windows.
Mr. R contacted us as his listed flat in Tunbridge Wells’ windows were painted shut. Our main surveyor visited Mr. R’s home and determined that the windows required a basic overhauling service.
Mrs. P contacted us as she lived in a very busy area of London and required special glass to reduce the noise levels in her home.
In this commercial window restoration case study a large construction firm contacted us. They required a specialist window restoration company to renovate 80 original timber sash windows in a Grade 1 listed property in Chelsea. The project was of a very complex nature as all the restoration works that would normally be completed in the controlled environment of our workshop, had to be done on a building site.
In this wooden windows replacement Kensington case study, we discuss a project we completed on behalf of our customer in Kensington.
In this wooden windows Chelsea case study, we discuss a project we completed on behalf of our customer in Chelsea.
In this wooden door restoration Sevenoaks case study we discuss a project we completed on behalf of our customer in Sevenoaks, Kent.
In this sash window restoration Tunbridge Wells case study we discuss a project we completed on behalf of our customer in Tunbridge Wells, Kent.
In this sash window replacement Tunbridge Wells case study we discuss a project we completed on behalf of our customer in Tunbridge Wells.
In this sash window restoration Peckham case study we discuss a project we completed on behalf of our customer in Peckham.
In this sash window replacement Peckham case study we discuss a project we completed on behalf of our customer in Peckham.
In this wooden window painting Tunbridge Wells case study we discuss a project we completed on behalf of our commercial customer in Tunbridge Wells.