Large Bay window on a small house.

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I seem to be the go-to man in Southwest London for bay windows. Don’t get me wrong: I’m not complaining. Bay windows encompass all aspects of masonry – measuring, setting out, template making, banker-work, carving and fixing. I really enjoy them, and having a low-boredom threshold they don’t take forever either 😉

I’ve done 2 quite different ones recently. The first was for a family who have lived for 2 generations in the same house and in the 1970s had made the decision to sheer off the bay after it developed cracks, and replaced it with this:

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Now, the bays on the street for all the houses in the area are large, with 4 carved caps and large over-hanging string-course atop the lintels. A lot of stone (over 1.5 tons) was ordered and we set to work. The stone arrived ‘sawn 6 sides’ which means it arrives square from the supplier, conforming to the dimensions we have specified. Templates were then applied to these capitals (below) to establish the architectural mouldings and the rest of the stone is left for the carving.

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This is the same block of stone (below) after the stiff-leaf carving process, all done by hand.

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This pallet has a bunch of capitals and pillars ready to go to site.

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Sections of string course. Please note all the stone we produce has been done by hand.

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The excellent builders who were renovating the rest of the house had built us the retaining octagonal wall and we fixed the sills on, keying them into the brickwork.

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The bases were then put on and the pillars on after. This is high-precision building so everything has to be totally plumb and equidistant.

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The caps are on along with the final pillars. Although unusual, many bays have a continuation pillar/pilaster above the cap. Every piece of stone is pinned together with stainless threaded bar, epoxy resin and lime mortar.

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This my wife’s son Gabriel lowering the large lintel into position using a block and tackle.

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This is close to the finish. The mortar is still wet and the stones need a bit of rubbing, but it is structurally sound and self-supporting. Everything has now been keyed-in, pinned and mortared.

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And this is the street-view, with the scaffolding in the way of the wonderful carved capitals, plus Ben and Gabriel loitering in the background!

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  1. David said:

    Could you please give me a ball park figure of what it would would cost to install a window like the one in your photo we have the same decorative features above the doorway to our house in Walthamstow the original bay was taken out and now we have a replica of the one in the bottom half of the photo
    kind regards David
    PS i dont have access to photos but this could be arranged early January with dimensions

    • Geraint Davies said:

      Hi David.
      I’ve done a few in Walthamstow and they are generally much smaller than this. There is about a ton and a half of stone in this bay alone, before the concrete roof was installed – it is – proportionally – unusually large for a house of this size.
      I’m loathe to put prices online as every job is unique. However, if you want to email me the address of the property I can look it up on Streetview and give you a rough estimate.
      Thanks
      Geraint

      • Shafatain said:

        Hi I have a poroperty in E7
        66a Ramsay E7 9EW
        would you be so kind to give me a cost or suggestion if the current bay is salvageable to be repaired

        • Geraint Davies said:

          Hi Shafatain
          I’ve just had a look on Streetview and both pillars need new bases, pillars and caps. The lintels look okay, but the front section of the string course is shot with bodged repairs and needs replacing. You also look like you could do with a better roof on the bay, but that’s not for me to do.
          I’ll email a price to you.
          Best, Geraint

  2. Hema said:

    Hi
    I have a commercial property above a shop in Wood Green,the window pillars are crumbling water enters from the seams on the first and second floor. Can you have a look and let me know what can be done and for how much?

  3. Jennifer Moseley said:

    This looks beautiful. We are buying a house in east London that needs the wooden bay window replacing with something similar to this. How can I email you for a quote?

    • Geraint Davies said:

      I’ll email you now so you can reply to me. Thanks for your comment Jennifer.

  4. Shannon said:

    Hi Geraint – I’m based in Essex. Is this somewhere you would cover?

  5. Shannon said:

    Hi Geraint – I am based in Essex. Is this somewhere you would cover? Thanks

  6. timi etok said:

    this is exquisite
    based in south London se6 – would you cover this area

    thanks

    timi

    • Geraint Davies said:

      Hi Timi – many thanks for your kind comment. I’ll contact you directly via email. Best wishes, Geraint

  7. Lt R Warren said:

    Such lovely work and the owners must feel incredibly proud..bet neighbour feels as sick as a parrot.

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