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Old 10-05-2009, 06:56 AM   #1
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Blocked up window in a house?


I know this is an oldish thread, but a friend of mine asked to have a look at a house he was thinking of buying and its got a window blocked in. The house is only about 4 years old and was built like this. This bricked window feature is quite popular with architects nowadays, sometimes using a different brick for the infill. The brick or block is always set back an inch to improve the looks. When I was a kid I used to see loads of really old houses with windows like this. I used to think that it was to stop us smashing the windows. What do you think of this as a feature, and why was it originally done?
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First one I've seen! I would think it is for aesthetics only. They wanted to keep the balance of the look not the function of the inside room. So they filled in as the room inside needed a blank wall without a window.
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Old 10-05-2009, 12:07 PM   #3
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Maybe the builder was going to put one in & the house sold before finished & owner did not want a window
Or maybe it was built like that so a window could be easily installed in the future



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Maybe the builder was going to put one in & the house sold before finished & owner did not want a window
Or maybe it was built like that so a window could be easily installed in the future
Its a really good guess, but not the right one. This is a period feature done for looks only. The reason that windows were bricked up in the past was that in 1695 the King at the time decided in all his wisdom to put a tax on windows. The more you had the more tax you paid. People then started bricking up their windows to avoid the tax. The intension was to put back the windows when the tax was lifted. However the majority of people never bothered to put them back, and even now many of the old ones are still bricked up. It has become a period feature with modern architects. It does also save on curtains.
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Old 10-06-2009, 12:10 PM   #5
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I think it makes the house look like it's winking at you! LOL

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I think it makes the house look like it's winking at you! LOL

Here is a 6 eyed alien winking.

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Here is an old one asleep

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You can tell I have not got much work on this week.
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I have more windows & skylights in my house
I'd be poor.........
MIL wanted to know if I was brought up living in closet or basment without windows



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My guess was right in line with G-Bar's.

I bid a new housing complex a few years ago that had this same idea built into the brickwork on a second or third floor sidewall. Thought it was an interesting element, they were using the arch. to try to make the building blend in with the age of the neighborhood.

Stuart, thanks for posting the pics & history leason, & feel free to post as many masonry pics as you want!
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