One of the biggest expenses in restoring Balintore Castle, by far, is having replacement windows and doors made. Where the window or door is missing or totally rotten, a new one has to be made. However, we have done our best to incorporate surviving fabric.
The good news is that there are very few window and door types at Balintore, and they are generally done to an even smaller set of patterns just at different scales. There are enough surviving examples to know exactly what all windows were like: absolutely no guesswork is involved.
The plans below are replacement door and window designs for the kitchen wing. Some of these have already been made and installed; some have yet to be commissioned. d29 and w27 are the only items differing from the originals: w27 is a new-design window in a door opening; d29 is single panelled door, matching an existing door, with a glazed opening that replaces a stable door. The locations of these are shown in this plan.
The biggest window challenge is restoring the cathedral-like perpendicular style gothic windows in the grand saloon, but permit me the luxury of not fretting about this for now. :-) The current focus is getting the rather more manageable windows on the servant's bedroom floor reinstated. Windows are surprisingly one of the most transformative things in restoration, they bring in light, warmth and joy and create the interior space. Full high resolution versions of the plans can be found here.
|07-011-A-2 kitchen wing replacement sash window (w24) 23rd november 2007|
|07-011-B-1 kitchen wing replacement window types 22rd august 2008|
|07-011-C-1 kitchen wing new sash window (w27) 11th september 2008|
|07-013-A-1 kitchen wing replacement internal panelled doors 23rd november 2007|
|07-013-B-1 kitchen wing replacement boarded door (d28) 11th september 2008|
|07-013-C-1 kitchen wing replacement hopper type boarded door (d29) 11th september 2008|