This contemporary style, five-bedroom detached house commands a floor area of 10,000sq ft and includes an indoor swimming pool together with gym and leisure facilities. Rear facing, the property has been constructed on raised land that slopes down to a natural stream with breath-taking countryside views beyond.
"Creating a sense of light and maximising the spectacular views were key design priorities. These factors made the glazing an important element of the build, requiring a systems package that would deliver the slim sightlines to enhance the views whilst at the same time creating a uniform architectural appearance.
We also wanted to specify a range of systems that provided dual-colour capabilities as well as contributing first-class thermal and weather performance together with high-security throughout the house"
Christian Gilham, Design Architect & Managing Director at Leach Rhodes Walker
Following initial design meetings with the architect, TECHNAL provided a full NBS specification for the aluminium systems with typical through sections and full thermal value calculations as well as pre-tender budget pricing to ensure an accurate tender package.
Meeting the demanding energy efficient U-value of 1.5 W/m2K, external windows, doors and curtain walling from the TECHNAL range were carefully selected for their compatibility and specified with high-performance glazing throughout.
Flooding the indoor swimming pool with light, TECHNAL's high-end Confort 160 aluminium sliding door has been installed as a six-pane configuration spanning 11m by 3.6m. This door is engineered with a user-friendly slide action, with the panes easily gliding back to create a dramatic opening on to the exterior marble terrace.
The feature room of the house is a large kitchen diner and lounge area that runs from the front to the back, opening on to an orangery.
Two sets of TECHNAL Crown Bifold doors have been installed in the orangery. One door features a six-pane run that opens and splits in the middle, the other is a three-pane configuration that opens to the side - exploiting the open aspect of the rear and side elevations.
Three striking gables shape the focus of the house to the rear, with a curved on-plan bay entrance to the ground floor that features faceted TECHNAL Dualframe 75 HP aluminium hinged doors. This structure creates a balcony area for the master bedroom suite at first floor level where Dualframe doors have been installed, opening out on to the balcony. These doors are framed by a raked head detail produced with Elegance 52 curtain walling to mirror the pitch of the roofline.
"Included in the brief was the use of non-leaching silicone sealant, to prevent discolouration in the limestone surrounds.
Bonam & Berry Ltd have used TECHNAL architectural aluminium products in the past and uses the complete range of products available for residential, commercial, education and all public and private sector applications."
Martin Spencer, Managing Director at Bonam & Berry Ltd
TECHNAL curtain walling has also been used to create a full height feature glazed entrance screen which ensures a light and airy entrance hall together with two small rooflights that connect the main house to the swimming pool and leisure suite.
Adding a further design dimension, the systems chosen also offer dual colour capability. Finshed in charcol grey to the exterior, the aluminium systems tie in with the slate roof and provide a contrast to the exterior which features purpose-made Portuguese limestone and a slightly off-white render. Internally, systems are finished in white to blend with the interior design scheme.
The main window module comprises of Dualframe 75 Si casement and tilt-before-turn windows throughout the house. All other exterior doors are single and double sets of Dualframe 75 HP aluminium hinged residential doors with high security hardware.
One of the priorities from an installation perspective was to achieve a flush threshold finish and no upstands, to avoid trips when stepping from inside to out. With underfloor heating throughout, a precision approach was vital. To achieve this fabricator and installer, Nottingham based Bonham & Berry Ltd undertook an onerous and comprehensive laser survey ensuring every detail was purpose measured prior to manufacture and installation.
"We wanted to build a house that was a bit different. One that gave us plenty of light and space and this design certainly delivers on both counts. We also wanted it to be high quality with low maintenance hence us choosing aluminium windows and doors.
The TECHNAL team was so helpful, working with our concept architect initially to ensure the right products provided the right level of performance, and then with our local architect and the installer to ensure they had all of the relevant drawings and calculations as required. We love our new home."