How the development of a beautiful Norfolk farm house proves that Swedish composite windows and sliding doors are suitable for both traditional period properties and contemporary new builds
Aluminium Clad Windows by TWN have been a distributor partner of Westcoast Windows for over 4 years, supplying their bespoke Swedish manufactured aluminium timber composite windows to their customers throughout the East of England. Both companies were delighted to supply the windows and doors for this combined renovated farm house with new linked ‘barn’ addition.
TWN worked closely with the client and Wymondham based architects, Lucas Hickman Smith, to specify suitable windows for the development. The original near derelict Georgian farm house had its two ground floor windows lengthened to allow maximum light into the reception room and study – these were fitted with bespoke composite triple-glazed fixed light windows with glazing bars to match the first floor sash windows. TWN commissioned the three bespoke timber sliding sash windows for the first floor and both sets of windows were finished in the same bespoke heritage style Pebble grey colour, sympathetic to the painted cream exterior.
The side elevation of the farmhouse was fitted with composite triple-glazed windows finished in the stylish dark grey RAL 7012, to carry through to the new linked ‘barn’ addition. The new two story addition was built to take advantage of the location – on one side an elevated sitting room with 6 metre composite sliding doors opens out onto a balcony with long views over open farmland and the Norfolk broads in the distance. The ground floor open plan kitchen and dining room was fitted with Westcoast Windows composite Lift & Slide doors to open onto the outside patio and garden. The upper floor master bedroom has matching glazing with Tilt & Slide Doors.
The warm wood interior of the composite windows and doors was finished in two different styles, with a white stain effect on the new ‘barn’ addition windows and doors and a Pine lacquer on the period building.
The client was delighted with the Westcoast Windows products, service and fitting provided by Rob and the team at Aluminium Clad Windows by TWN, particularly the triple-glazing which enhances the insulation of the house. “TWN Ali-Clad made the whole process easy for us and delivered a fabulous result to the house”.
The Westcoast Windows triple-glazed Design series of composite windows and doors has been developed with contemporary architecture in mind, with a deeper glass unit to create a minimal step between outer glass and frame for maximum light, a flush finish and elegant lines. However, where this property combines the best of both worlds – a traditional period property, complemented by a new ‘barn’ style modern addition – it proves that with the right styling the Design series is suitable for both contemporary and traditional developments.
Following the completion of this project the architects, Lucas Hickman Smith, have entered their design into the South Norfolk Design Awards, of which the winners will be announced on 15th November. We wish them the best of luck with their entry. Find out more about their work at: www.lucashickmansmith.co.uk
The Design series is available in a wide range of fixed windows, open out windows, open out doors and sliding doors and offer a U-value of 1.0 W/m2k for opening and 0.9 W/m2k for fixed windows. Take a look at the full range: www.westcoastwindows.com/windows-doors/design/
For more information about Aluminium Clad Windows by TWN composite windows and doors supplied throughout Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex visit: www.aluminiumcladwindows.co.uk
We would like to thank the owners of the property for allowing us access to photograph their beautiful home. They could not have been more welcoming and accommodating.
Photography by Paul Cook Visuals