A Buckinghamshire based property developer transformed a dated bungalow into a deluxe 6 bedroom mansion by completely rebuilding it and introducing premium quality bi-folding doors and windows, manufactured by Origin.
After buying the detached bungalow in a small village in Buckinghamshire in January 2013 and gaining subsequent planning permission in July of that year, Mr. Roberts proceeded to begin with this hugely impressive project.
With 5 large scale detached houses and in excess of 20 town houses already in his portfolio, Mr. Roberts has amassed considerable experience in house building and renovating.
Equipped with this knowledge, he set about planning the build with a local structural engineer who would help offer the practical and technical advice where it was needed. After all plans were confirmed, the bungalow was demolished and the rebuild began.
The bungalow was demolished in July 2013 and the rebuild took place until May 2014, which is when the windows and doors were installed. For Mr. Roberts, the bi-fold doors and windows were an early consideration given the fact that they have been placed as the focal points in many of the rooms.
For example, you haven’t even pulled up on to the drive and you are faced with the striking Origin gable window, standing tall at almost 2 metres high and 4 metres wide and looks into the grand hallway, glass and walnut (this colour has been discontinued) staircase and three tiered chandelier.
Also hugely visible on the front of the house is the stunning bay set, compromising of 2 layers of 7 window frames coupled together. Mr. Roberts comments “one thing that I have always wanted but have never had is a bay window overlooking a dining room, so I made sure that I could incorporate that style into this house”.
For a symmetrical look from the outside, the two bedrooms on the first floor which are located on the front of the house both feature Origin French doors with a fixed pane either side, allowing the occupants of those rooms to enjoy a stunning view from their bedroom.
Then, as you enter the house, the first room you see is the main living room which comprises of lots of creams, beiges and golds for a truly luxurious feel, though your attention is immediately drawn to the huge 6 door set of bi-fold doors which span across a huge aperture of 4950mm, making it a huge focal point of the room.
Leaving the living area and turning left, you walk through the dining area with the bay window and are led into the kitchen, where your focus is drawn to the open plan living area which offers a stunning contrast between the whites and woodgrain dining area and the dark silver metallic (RAL 9007M) window panes, corner set of bi-fold doors and conservatory style roof.
The window style featured in the kitchen is becoming increasingly popular in modern design. They compromise of 5 fixed window casements with one opener in the middle, giving an effective way to offer a wall of glass for a stunning view where entry is not needed.
In fact, this effect has been used in 4 other rooms of the house including the games room, the downstairs bedroom, office and the secondary living area (which also includes another set of Origin Bi-fold Doors!).
The corner set of bi-fold doors in the kitchen has a 3+2 configuration, which are able to be completely opened up to reveal a full panoramic view of the garden.
Moving upstairs into the bedrooms, the master bedroom which faces the garden hosts the largest set of French doors with fixed panes out of the 3 sets that Mr. Roberts has, spanning across 3600mm of the room.
The remaining bedrooms, apart from those with French door sets in, have 3 windows coupled on together, with top openers on the left and right and a fixed pane in the middle.
Each bedroom has its own ensuite and have been designed with different coloured marble tiling to offer an elegant contrast between the rooms. The ensuites also include a fixed sash window with a top opener on top, finished with smoked glass to ensure the room still gets light, all while maintaining privacy at all times.
The décor throughout the house, and bedrooms especially, are neutrally coloured to enhance the peaceful and tranquil atmosphere that is felt within them, boosted by the natural light that floods in.
All in all, no expense has been spared in the entire process of the new build for Mr. Roberts. He has wanted the very best for this home, so he has specced it out with reliable, premium quality products, which is one of the reasons why he chose Origin to provide all of the windows and doors.
“If you want to make money from a build, you build it with quality” he claims.
When asked about his criteria for buying, he said “I will buy something if there’s value to it. There are usually cheaper options available, but more often than not, they don’t live up to the service and quality you come to expect, but I will always evaluate the options”.
Mr. Roberts is looking to sell the house in February for in excess of £3million, and will be moving abroad for the next 6 months after this happens for a well-deserved break!