From the finish of the outside walls to the size of your staircase, building a new property is your chance to make any dream features, a reality. Bringing your vision of the perfect house to life requires a bit of creative thinking – and often it comes down to those beautiful, final details to create the wow factor.
In a recent project, we used a stunning selection of Schüco windows and doors to create a sleek finish for a particularly special house in West Sussex.
Unique requests for an individual finish
Littlehampton is a vibrant seaside resort and pleasure harbour. With two award-winning beaches and the beautiful River Arun, it’s a brilliant location for adults and children alike.
We were approached by Holmes Building Services LTD to make recommendations for a new build by the sea. The previous dwelling on the space had been demolished and a grand new structure was taking its place.
Shore House was a very large project which needed to combine both traditional and modern features – such as a master bedroom and balcony that overlooked the sea, a three-bay detached garage and a circular stainless steel slide in the middle of the house for the kids!
The property also included a boat house at the end of the garden that required an ingenious solution to allow a kitesurf to come out onto the beach behind it.
Making the right recommendations
Holmes Building Services LTD initially came to our team because of our work in the same area on two other properties. We have a lot of experience with large builds so this gave Holmes confidence that they were in safe hands.
To ensure the property had plenty of light, the architect wanted to include a selection of large windows and glass doors throughout.
Firstly, our proposal needed to consider the home’s proximity to the sea, which would put the thermal properties of the windows and doors at the top of our priority list. Our solutions also needed slim sight lines to create a feeling of space and airiness to the property.
For that sleek, aluminium finish (with fantastic thermal efficiency), we recommended a selection of Schüco products.
Schüco is known for breaking boundaries in the industry – both in terms of thermal values and size limitations. Schüco products can go wider and higher than anything else on the market, which made them ideal for a house of such scale.
For the main property, we wanted to use Schüco AWS70SC casement and AWS70HI tilt and turn windows. These are highly insulated and available both as an outward opening casement window and a tilt and turn window – giving the customer more choice as to the style they preferred.
For the boathouse, which required doors that could open fully, we also recommended a Schüco solution. Schüco ASS70HI lift and slide doors offer the best in aluminium sliding door technology. They can be made larger than any other aluminium door and are strong enough to support triple glazing – perfect for a home near the wild weather of the British coast.
To add a feature to the the front of the main property, we decided that a Smart Ecofutural front entrance door with an Igman Panel and stainless steel bar handles would create a stylish, modern look.
So all the windows and doors matched comfortably with the clean, white exterior, we recommended a neat colouring of RAL7012 matt.
Keeping the client informed
Before we moved forward with the proposal, we let the client know that because of new Document Q security requirements, any ground floor windows and doors should be internally beaded and come with laminated glass.
Although this increased the price of the proposal, it was essential for the project that the build complied with the latest building regulations.
“We’re finding that many of our competitors aren’t aware of these requirements and as a result, aren’t advising their clients early enough. This could result in the building regulations officer condemning the works.” – Daniel Smith, managing director
Bringing the project together
After the proposal was approved, it was over to our project consultant James to work with the end client.
James managed timings and notified our surveyor Terry when the property was ready – he then surveyed over a whole day. Once everything was confirmed, we moved on to the fitting stage with our installation team.
As the thermal values required triple glazing and laminated glass, it made the units extremely heavy to fit – particularly as we were raising windows and doors to the first floor. To get over this, we used a Glass Giraffe machine that helped our team keep the installation running to schedule.
Another issue we found was that the first floor windows were fitted in an atrium that didn’t have flooring. To make sure the client could open these windows easily, we fitted electric actuators with a wall switch.
This stunning family home came together on time and within budget – and all of our windows and doors were installed without an issue. The client was thrilled with look and feel of the final property. They added that we were great to deal with throughout the project and offered them good workmanship at every stage of the installation.
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