Re replacing windows -
I am happy to be corrected, but a recent experience where the costs were weighed up led to the realisation that restoration, at least in that instance, was not viable.
While I strongly back conservation/ retention where appropriate - eg PVC windows on the Phoenix Park gatelodge pain me every time I see them - at the same time, distinctions should be drawn in so far as Imu clearly wants to do the right thing with a vernacular home, and personally I believe its pointless to create impractical hurdles. I am also unconvinced by the suggestion to hold off on double-glazing, in so far as single-glaze can can lead to 15 - 20% heat loss. That said A Duffys concerns as to ventalation should be considered, and double glazing should only go in where an appropriate air movement/ ventalation plan has been put in place. (Otherwise mould, dampness, etc can be an unforeseen side effect - yuck
Imu, let us know how you get on and what way the costs compare re replacement or restoration with a second glaze (which I suspect will be a pane
). I'll buy you a pint T Park & A Duffy if it works out cheaper