A couple from Essex bravely embarked on an exciting self-build project to create a traditional, cottage-style home they always dreamed of having. The architect who designed the house is a former Westbury employee, who knew that we could help provide the exact style of doors and windows that would suit his design. The property is a perfect example of a classic Essex farmhouse cottage, featuring a combination of red brickwork and white weatherboarding. We added quality timber windows and doors that give the building an elegant, timeless feel and adds to the architect’s desired aesthetic.
The new entrance door certainly commands attention for all the right reasons! The clients specifically wanted their front door to be painted in Hague Blue by Farrow & Ball to contrast with the red bricks. The new front door gives a fantastic first impression with a style that perfectly suits the scale and proportions of the building. A satin mortice lock and doorknob are the perfect finishing touches. The design includes panels with a bolection mould on the lower half of the door, and plenty of glazing to let the natural light in and help make the inside of the property feel more connected to the outside world. Half-set glazed sidelights are painted in white and set on either side of the door, and thin glazing bars are lined up across all of the units.
Mostly, we provided standard casement windows with a single horizontal glazing bar throughout the property, showcasing a classic cottage style. However, the front of the house has an older style, so we fitted a pair of traditional weighted sash windows sat behind recessed reveals on concrete cills. Easily opened with a finger-touch push, these sash windows give an authentic look and classic sightlines. Towards the rear of the property in the ‘annexe’ section, we included an additional window fitted into the timber weatherboarding, which we closed off with cheeks for a neat and tidy finish.
At the back of the property, we fitted a simple pair of elegant French Doors that can be opened outwards onto the garden. All Westbury French Doors provide high levels of security, with concealed top and bottom bolts and multi-locking systems to provide peace of mind. We also fitted a stable door in the boarded section of the house, which is prevalent in Essex farmhouse cottages.
Constructed from engineered, laminated timber, consisting of Redwood and Accoya, the doors and windows are a highly sustainable product. Accoya is knot free and won’t split like traditional timbers, offering better dimensional stability than most tropical hardwoods with a reduction in swelling and shrinkage by 75% or more. Accoya’s durability guarantees that these beautiful windows and doors will last for 50 years or more, making them a sensible investment.