Dark Grey French Doors and Sidelights replace Wooden Box Bay Windows in Kitchen, Finchampstead.

Location: Finchampstead

Our existing customers in Finchampstead wanted to breathe new life into their kitchen box bay windows and improve the connection to the garden with French doors and side lights that offered 21st-century energy efficiency and security but still matched the more traditional aesthetic of the detached property.

Having been a customer of Thames Valley Windows since 2015, when we installed bi-folding doors to their main living area. We were delighted when they contacted us for a modern glazing solution which included updating the box bay windows in the kitchen.

The Finchampstead homeowners had lived in their family home for many years, and the existing wooden box bay windows and doors were too old fashion, had succumbed to various weather elements and were depleted and no longer thermally efficient, allowing draughts and cold spots to seep through.

In addition, the doors were not offering the security that was an essential feature to the homeowners.

At a design meeting at our Bracknell showroom, the homeowners explained their home renovation project and briefed our designer Chris who listened attentively and understood their requirements and vision.

Chris created several modern yet timeless glazing solutions that maximised the natural light and views towards the rear garden.

After carefully considering the different options between bifold doors or French doors with sidelights, the homeowners chose a combination of uPVC French doors and sidelights with fixed windows finished in dark grey with a wood grain finish.

Anthracite grey is a versatile and timeless colour which has become extremely popular in the construction market as well as in interior design and influencers on social media and shows no sign of slowing down.

It is named after the mineral Anthracite, a compact form of coal with the highest energy density, reflected in the energising feeling that the rich, deep blue-black hues it brings to architecture.

The dark grey colour offers a striking contrast to brickwork, creating a modern and sophisticated look to aluminium and uPVC window frames and doors for new builds and cottages.

The homeowners advised: Chris’s ideas were fresh and creative. He was great at identifying and transferring our thoughts into a bespoke solution that felt exclusive to our home.

Halo System, 10 from John Frederick, has earned a reputation for manufacturing the most energy-efficient, secure and stylish hybrid aesthetic uPVC window and door systems on the market, ideal for both traditional and modern properties.

John Frederick prides itself on manufacturing high-quality, sustainable products to reduce carbon footprint.

All Halo double-glazed windows and doors are independently tested by BSI for key security elements and achieve BS7950 to offer high levels of security.

All the windows are a fully integrated 70mm system, often the same profile as traditional wooden windows.

The slim, even sightlines are beautiful in proportion and symmetry and add a touch of elegance and style to a range of window styles.

For comfort and security, the system 10 chamfered uPVC windows are manufactured with three chambers; this ensures the heat is trapped within the uPVC frames of the windows and door.

The glazed units are argon filled, offering an ‘A’ energy rating. They are thermally efficient that offer a U Value of 1.3. They are available in double and triple glazing, with weather-resistant seals and high-security advanced multi-point locks as standard.

Once the design and order process was complete, we collaborated closely with Finchampstead’s builders to ensure that the installation of the French doors and sidelights was on time with the build schedule.

This aesthetically detailed uPVC French doors and side lights feature a modern bevelled design. A practical and versatile choice for Berkshire, Hampshire and Surrey homeowners.

The high-quality, eco-friendly uPVC material means the windows and doors are very low maintenance. They will not peel, crack, rot, or warp – no matter what the British weather!

The end result is stunning. As you look at the box bay dark grey French Doors and sidelights, you see the attention to detail that’s fundamental to Thames Valley Windows ethos and design process.

The combination of the floor-to-ceiling windows and doors ensures the box bay is fully glazed on all sides to maximise the views and the light entering the room.

The French doors and sidelights provide a consistent aesthetic with the bifold doors and blend seamlessly with the house. The uPVC French doors open onto the patio area for a seamless connection to the garden.

Look at the ‘before’ picture in our gallery above for the transformation.

The home renovation project was undertaken over four days, with the rear French doors and sidelights first followed by the side uPVC residential door, then the Apeer front door.

Combining Chris’s year of experience within the glazing industry and his attention to detail meant the homeowners were happy with their windows and doors and advised:

TVW was recommended by a family member who has used you before.

Our decision was mainly based on a recommendation from Chris on what was possible, especially our French doors in the box bay. The Installation has been a visual improvement and helped modernise the house.

The customer service experience was good, but initially had some issues in the design phase as the original bifold idea was not possible, and I had to switch to a French door. Overall happy

We have a range of French doors on display at our Bracknell showroom. Request an appointment with one of our designers.

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