With premium old-growth forest timber, quality construction, a design that is completely repairable and serviceable, and an appearance that perfectly suits the beautiful heritage building, it’s hard to imagine why anyone would consider chucking them in the bin.
Especially when you know they can be draught sealed and re-glazed to make them perform better than they did when they were new. And it’s even harder to imagine how any building owner who cared about the capital value of this asset could approve replacing one set of windows with something like this!
We’ve been going past this property in North Hobart for years, thinking ‘we could fix that’.
Imagine our surprise when we saw these powder-coated aluminium windows go in.
Apparently, no one even attempted to match the colour of the other windows in the same block.
The beautiful old windows, which had served generations of occupants, and were easily repairable, were sent to the tip.
Honestly, how good are these aluminium windows going to look in 100+ years? How easy will they be to service, and to upgrade?
If we put money on it, we would bet that these aluminium windows will be ripped out within 20 years by a self-respecting home owner, who will buy expensive reproduction windows (with inferior timber and mechanisms) to match the originals.
What a shame that these owners missed a golden opportunity to enhance their asset and make it good for the century to come