Adding interior windows to your property is a great way of not only recreating the space, but also a great practical way of bringing more light into cramped and shady areas. Crittall windows are trending all over the shop however they aren't exactly a new 'thing'. They originally started appearing in the 1800s and popular during the art deco period, they bring a bit of old fashioned charm whilst at the same time adding a modern and slick feel to a space.
We have recently been working on a design for a flat in and ex post-office building, that has beautiful original full length crittall windows and a staggering ceiling height of just under 4 meters. We wanted to preserve the historical character of the flat with a simplistic, monochromatic scheme that focuses on the quality and silhouettes of the products and existing features of the property.
The flat has a charming mezzanine level, perfect for those snuggly, movie nights and lazy Sundays. It is currently separated from the rest of the room with a wooden banister - not exactly the rest look. Although this banister does let through light, the mezzanine is still quite dark and doesn't quite reflect the industrial style that our client desired.
By removing the banister and adding crittall style glass panels, we will be able to integrate the scheme into the structure of the building. It also means that that area will be better sound insulated, which would be great for movies and using it as an extra space for guests to stay.
Authentic crittall windows can be rather expensive, around £1,500 per m2, however, there are a few options that have a similar effect and can help keep the costs down.
Budget Sensitive Options
You could go for glazed panels with dark frames. The larger expanses of glass give a bright modern look and the darker frames add that industrial elegance to the window that crittall windows are so renowned for. This can cost a fraction of the price in the region of £600 - £700 per m2.
If the gridded aspect of the crittall windows is what really catches your eye then you can also have cross glazing bars added. These can be added on either or both sides of the glass to make it look more realistic. As they are non-structural and purely aesthetic, they can be placed anywhere along the glass so you have complete control over what the final window will look like. These are usually a little more expensive at around £800 - £900 per m2.
As you can see at the top of the post it has worked out really well. The client is thrilled and the overall look is wonderful.