To be able to fully embrace the picturesque surroundings of this once dated bungalow, the Parker family decided to start from scratch and build a brand-new home on the plot in the Spring of 2017. The Parkers purchased the original property mainly because of its impressive garden. Part of the build plans were to embrace the impressive garden by incorporating a lot of glass into the new build. The family had bi-fold doors in mind to achieve this, to bring the outdoors in.
The Parkers’ builder recommended that they install uPVC bi-fold doors and windows throughout the new build. However, the family had done some research of their own and found that aluminium products had many more benefits over uPVC. The main benefits of aluminium that stood out included the durability and strength of the frames, the opportunity for thinner sightlines and better views, as well as the thermal efficiency that aluminium doors and windows offer, especially since the home would be a new build property – they wanted it to be as thermally efficient as possible. Opting for aluminium doors and windows throughout the home rather than uPVC cost the Parkers approximately £5,000 more. Aluminium products have a higher initial price tag, but are more durable, unlike uPVC, which will require replacing much sooner. The extra cost was a small price to pay for durable doors and windows that would be a cheaper investment long term by saving on energy bills and being covered by an up to 20-year guarantee.
With their minds made up about the material of the products to install, the Parkers began to investigate different systems and manufacturers. Originally interested in Schuco bi-fold doors, the family read an article comparing different aluminium bi-fold providers. The couple were sold on Origin, a family-run company with products designed and made in Britain. The finger safe gaskets incorporated into the Origin design also impressed the Parkers – essential for their young family.
Once they had chosen their provider for doors and windows, the family enquired through local trade partner Abbey Windows. From there, Abbey Windows were able to assist in what products the family should go for, the style and colour choice.
Two sets of three-door bi-fold doors were chosen for the rear of the property, to achieve the Parker’s original vision of opening the home up to the garden that they wanted to make the most of. As well as this, an array of casement windows were chosen, with mid-rail bars incorporated in the design for a traditional look. An eye-catching, feature Gable Window was also opted for, to allow in a lot of natural light and a beautiful view of trees and greenery from upstairs.
The couple have different style choices – Mr Parker likes modern style whilst Mrs Parker prefers traditional. Origin’s ability to create bespoke products allowed for both style preferences to be catered for - the modern anthracite grey windows are made to feel a touch more traditional with the addition of mid-rails. The mixing of styles complements the new-build home perfectly, mixing modern colour and design with traditional touches like an oak front door and beams.
The property now benefits from lots of natural light and a further illusion of space throughout. The bi-fold doors allow the family to enjoy the garden that they first fell in love with all year round. The windows throughout the home highlight the modern meets traditional style, with the gable window enhancing natural light in the children’s tranquil, airy space upstairs to play. Overall, the family love their new home. They say that the maximised views and the natural light throughout makes them feel so close to the beautiful outdoors that surrounds them.