FAQ: The abbreviation FENSA stands for FENESTRATION - SELF ASSESSMENT.
The uk dictionary definition of the word fenestral or fenestrate is " belonging to or like a window" The word fenestration is "the arrangement of windows in a building". FENSA is used by double glazing uk trade companies to certify that their replacement windows and doors installed comply with Building Regulations Document L (and more), actually checking av. 1% of all replacement windows installations.
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An understanding of the times:
This was a decade for trying to 'squeeze a quart out of a pint pot'. Houses were generally boxy and boring, despite an ill conceived fashion for shiplap, shiplap and more shiplap as a 'feature'. An awful lot of the softwood planking and joinery used on the exterior of new build at the time was still 'wet' when it was being painted, and this very quickly became apparent as the finish flaked off after no time at all. The only thing to do was to strip back to bare wood, prepare properly and refinish, that would do the trick for a few years. Room sizes were generally good, 'open plan' was a buzzword, and many people with 1930's houses were knocking front and back lounge and dining rooms into one to make a 'through lounge'. Window sizes were bigger than ever before and the three bed family semi was light and airy.
Generally speaking the bow/bay conversion has become one of the top fashion accessories for many 1960's built houses and bungalows, and here you can see why. The featureless original Crittal steel window (not to mention cold and a real condensation producer) is replaced with plain white PVC-U, and with it comfort style and security are added in abundance.
These pictures are of the same 1962 built semi-detached pair of chalet style houses.
This shows a shot of the new bow/bay we fitted to what was a rather uninteresting 1960's built house. The original type of window in the adjoining semi house demonstrates just how dramatic a difference new windows can make a house look.
Jump to other house building era's of this century:
It would have been so easy to show you lots of impressive showroom type photos of new double glazing installations in this section, but I rarely do things the easy way! Instead I have chosen to show you a selection of photos taken by me whilst 'out and about' to illustrate the main house building styles of the last 100 odd years, and the windows and doors that go with them.