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The Allisons bought their house back in the mid-80s and over the years, they've made a number of notable improvements. They converted their adjoining barn into a lovely pool room and home cinema, which made the property larger and more luxurious. It's a relaxing place to live, with beautiful views across the Yorkshire countryside to Pendle Hill and Lancashire beyond.
They wanted to make the most of this beautiful backdrop by building a conservatory 4x8 metres in size. Initially, they had French doors leading into the garden, however, they wanted something that could not only maximise the views of their garden, but also allow lots of natural light into the room.
After discussing their options with an Origin trade partner, they decided on a 5-door bifold in a golden oak woodgrain finish. “The choice for the colour was simple, we wanted the doors to match the windows in that colour to create a consistent look,” says Mr Allison. Origin offer realistic woodgrain finishes, which allow you to enjoy all the benefits of premium grade aluminium without the high maintenance and costly upkeep of real wood. Golden oak is just one of the woodgrain finishes offered for Origin Doors, as well as natural oak, mahogany and walnut.
As Malcolm explains, "We knew what we wanted the overall look to be like, but it was just a matter of choosing the best option for our design. We looked at a few different companies and chose Origin because they looked great and the quality of the doors was fantastic. They seemed strong and sturdy. Yorkshire gets some rough weather, strong winds, and we needed doors that wouldn’t flap around when they're open." Origin Bi-fold Doors are hurricane tested specifically to withstand the extreme weather conditions experienced in the United States, so the Allisons knew their doors would cope well in the hot summers and cold winters.
With previous experience in property development, the Allisons were able to manage the entire project themselves. They were closely involved in laying the conservatory foundations, assembling the steelwork and supports, carrying out joinery, stonework and building the patio. They also completed electrical maintenance and plastering across the extension with assistance from some friends in the trade. However, it was their highly trained Origin trade partner, Shire Doors, who installed their bi-fold doors to a high quality and within the correct time period stated.
"From day one, we wanted to invest our time in getting this project right. We had a big family celebration planned with our kids and grandkids, some of them coming over from America, so it was important for us to be hands-on and get the project done," said Liz Allison. For that reason, they were pleased with the professionalism of Origin’s trade partner and have recommended the doors to friends and family.
Origin offers some of the fastest lead times in the industry, with popular colour doors and windows available within just 48 hour, so you get your products exactly when you need them. For more information on our lead times, please talk to a member of our team.
"We're very happy. The new Origin doors not only bring light, space and gorgeous sunset views, they also give us a great space for entertaining the family."- Malcolm Allison