Residence 9 windows, installed by Darlington-based National Window Systems, were the perfect finishing touch on a renovation of an old vicarage in the village of East Cowton, near Darlington.


Originally built in the 1950s, the old vicarage required a complete renovation when Mr and Mrs Dunn bought it just over a year ago. Not only have the couple extended the property, they have built it up by adding another storey creating a sizeable seven bedroom property.


As this was to be their family home, Mr and Mrs Dunn were keen to ensure that everything was exactly right and one of the most important factors for them was the external aesthetics. The property lies within a conservation area, so strict guidelines had to be followed when designing the property and the windows.


“It was our builder who recommended National Window Systems to us. I’d heard of the company before and when we met with Steve, the managing director, we instantly took to him – he made us feel very comfortable and he really understood how important it was for us to get the windows right,” said Mr Dunn.


Mr Dunn continued: “Initially we were looking at aluminium windows because our architect had included them in the plans. However, once we learned about the rules for windows in our Conservation Area, Steve guided us towards the Residence 9 windows. I hadn’t come across them before, but they were the perfect choice as they look like timber but are incredibly low maintenance.”


“We’d already bought a garage door in anthracite gray and we needed window frames to complement that, as well as the sand coloured bricks. Steve was incredibly patient and spent a lot of time helping us to choose the right colour. In the end, we settled on silver-oak and the finished look is stunning!,” said Mr Dunn.


“We’ve had so many positive comments from friends about our windows. In fact, one couple teased us about the amount of time we’d have to spend maintaining the frames – they couldn’t believe us when we told them that they weren’t made out of wood and there would be no painting involved!,” continued Mr Dunn.


Mr Dunn said: “I would happily recommend National Window Systems to others – the service was excellent from start to finish and the installation went really smoothly.”


Steve Bell, Managing Director at National Window Systems, added: “When modernising a property customers want something that’s easy to maintain, convenient and long-lasting but they don’t want to compromise on looks. That’s why Residence 9 windows are the obvious choice. They have all the benefits of PVCu windows, but they look and feel like wood so homeowners get the best of both worlds!”


Residence 9 windows are available in a range of authentic designs and traditional colours making them the idea option for country homes or heritage properties as well as cottages and period townhouses. Some planning authorities have approved the use of Residence 9 in Conservation Areas because they can offer authentic replicas of the original windows.


Customers can also specify traditional features, such as Butt Hinges and authentic-looking ironmongery in order to fully maintain the original aesthetics and achieve a stunning finish.


National Window Systems has 25 years’ experience in supplying and installing high quality windows, doors and conservatories for self builders. Its complete one-stop solution to self builders and home improvers includes carrying out a double survey, by a surveyor at the initial meeting and then by its installation manager just prior to fitting. This ensures that the products are specified correctly and that installation will run as smoothly as possible.


National Window Systems has the expertise, knowledge and understanding of working with self builders on a wide range of different types of homes and has hundreds of happy customers as testament to its service.


For more information call 01325 381630 or email or visit the website