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For this refurbishment project, we replaced all of the existing aluminium doors and windows throughout the property with elegant timber products. Only the oak front door was kept, which was undoubtedly a beautiful feature. Being in a rather prominent area of Essex, the homeowner was keen on ensuring their house stood out by opting for premium, bespoke designs. He knew he wanted timber because he loved the look of classic, traditional doors and windows, however, being in a coastal location, he was concerned about replacing the aluminium in relation to the amount of care and maintenance that might be required with the property’s increased exposure to the elements. After extensively researching timber joinery online, he came across our use of Accoya and micro-porous paint.
We opted for products that would let as much natural light as possible into the home while still staying true to the style of windows that were there before. At the front of the property, we fitted two large faceted casement window bays on both floors, which were set behind an external stone mullion façade to create shadow and depth. Although it is more common for the windows to be fitted to the front, we were keen to copy the original style of the windows.
At the rear of the house, we fitted two large angle bays. On the first floor, the angle bay in the master bedroom includes casement windows and the angle bay in the dining room on the ground floor features a single door in the middle with a top-hung casement window on either side.
The main exit at the back of the property is a striking French door that leads out onto a patio from an updated kitchen extension. The door is fitted with projection hinges, allowing the panels to fold back 180 degrees around the protruding cills of the wing lights on either side.
Taking the specific seaside conditions of this location, we specified marine-grade stainless steel ironmongery, which does not tarnish when exposed to salt. For a smart finish, all of the timber joinery was painted in Westbury White.