When we looked at this house for the first time, I fell in love with the original 1936 bay window in the back room. Five cold winters later, we have come to the realisation that they sadly have to go. Each morning I have to mop the window sills and wipe each soaking window pane down. There are gaps in the leading where the wind blows through, and some are cracked.
My husband spent his fortnight's holiday 2 summers ago, stripping them back, filling gaps with putty, and painting them ... a real labour of love, but however much we look after them, they are rusted and the wood is rotting beyond repair. The order is in for brand spanking new upvc (not my favourite thing) which hopefully will reduce our astronomical heating bills ... the heat is just flying out of the gaps. We live by the sea, so maintenance on wooden windows would be constant ... we may get French windows which lead onto the garden (which the chickens have desecrated!) so my job for the summer is sorting the garden out. Please tell me I'm doing the right thing ..... x