Former Jacobean School morphs through the centuries into an energy efficient family home

The Jacobean House in Burton Latimer, Northamptonshire is a stunning seventeenth century Grade II* Listed building. Above the main entrance, to this day, is a panel with the following inscription:

“this house was built 1622 the freeschoole was founded by Thomas Burbanke and Margaret his wife 1587 memoria. Ivsti. Benedicta. Pro”

The inscription alludes to the building’s former purpose as a school house, teaching Latin and Greek to church school infants. In 1964, the school closed its doors. Thereafter, the building was due to be converted into a parochial hall and office, but as the last trustees were appointed in 1830, the building was ownerless. In 1970, described as a ‘derelict shell’, the property was bought and comprehensively renovated by architects Gotch Saunders and Surridge. The Victorian elements were demolished and the Jacobean portion of the house was opened up. In 1973, upon completion of the work, the property became a private dwelling.

In 2017, present owner Stuart Welch contacted Selectaglaze, the leading designer of secondary glazing, to enhance the thermal and acoustic properties of the Listed building on the ground and first floor.

The primary windows on both floors were draughty and unable to retain heat efficiently. Some of the original ovolo-moulded stone mullions and leaded light casements still remained; so providing a bespoke and sympathetic solution, in keeping with the period features, was paramount.

The secondary glazing was fixed into plasterwork reveals, surrounding the historic windows so as to have no impact on the stone mullions. The frame of the secondary glazing is hidden from external view by the internal reveal of the window. Bespoke timber sub-frames were produced and scribed to match the historic reveals. Sightlines were extremely minimal, thus ensuring units were as unobtrusive as possible. A total of 13 secondary units were installed using a combination of the 2 pane and 3 pane horizontal sliders from Selectaglaze’s Series 10 range, which is a discreet solution ideal for heritage properties.

This along with high performance seals successfully eradicated unwanted draughts and gave a U-value of around 1.9, thus delivering a more comfortable living space and lower heating bills for the Welch family.

Since work has concluded at Jacobean House, the Welch Family have noticed a big difference in the Listed property.

“The secondary glazing units have been a great solution to acoustic and thermal lapses in our home. We have been delighted with the work of the Selectaglaze team throughout the whole process. No job was too big or complicated and the installers did a fantastic job in fitting the glazing. I recommend Selectaglaze to anyone looking for a personal and professional secondary glazing solution.” Comments Stuart Welch, proprietor of Jacobean House.

Founded in 1966 and Royal Warrant Holder since 2004, it has an extensive product range to suit most buildings to aid in making them; warmer, quieter and safer.

Selectaglaze will be at The Listed Property Show from the 24th-25th February at Olympia London. Technical advisors from Selectaglaze will be situated at stand B22.

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