Slim White Bifold Doors for Luxurious Basement Swimming Pool, Virginia Water

Location: Virginia Water, Surrey

The owners of this luxurious detached property required a replacement set of slim white bifold doors for their basement swimming pool.

This stunning property is situated in a highly prestigious, quintessentially English countryside location.

Thames Valley Windows had been recommended to the Virginia Water homeowners as a local specialist in architectural glazing solutions for swimming pools.

The property was built in 2017 by bespoke home builders “Bole Construction” based in Ascot. They create and build prestigious, desirable residences of distinction.

The Virginia Water homeowner purchased the luxurious traditional new build to be used as a rental property.

Last year the tenants notified the site manager that the existing aluminium white bifold doors to the pool area were difficult to operate and lock.

As the architect had recommended our MD and designer Ryan Schofield, he went to the Virginia Water property to assess the existing bi-fold doors. After an initial assessment and a couple of tests, he confirmed that the doors had failed and would need to be replaced.

Ryan provided his expertise and explained to the homeowners that the main challenge with the project was the existing bifold doors are strap fixed with no visible direct fixing. To remove the existing bifold doors, some of the polished plaster would be removed, which will be difficult to make good. He also advised the alarm system would need to be removed by the security company before commencement of installation.

The slim framed bi-folding patio door design, functionality and thermal performance was important factor for the homeowner. They were looking for a high-performance aluminium bi-folding door system to fit their specification.

He wanted his tenants to slide open the large aluminium bifold doors with ease to the dedicated patio area and maximise natural light flow into the property.

Ryan recommended Solarlux Highline bi-folding doors. They are known as one of the slimmest bi-folding door systems on the market and would be the perfect architectural glazing solution for the basement swimming pool.

With its patented technology the ability to deliver bi-fold door openings of 8800mm x 3500mm, Solarlux Highline was well equipped to provide the specific requirement of 5318mm width x 2782mm height for this luxurious basement pool project.

The German designed and manufactured bi-folding door offered the ultimate virtually frameless glass solution for unobstructed views for the Virginia Water homeowner’s basement swimming pool.

The award-winning Highline thermally broken bifold door system offers energy performance benefits of ultra-slim sightlines and a multi-functional fibreglass-reinforced polyamide bionicTURTLE® thermal break. They can span taller and wider openings due to the structural stability of the aluminium profile.

Highline external bifold doors offer high-performance thermal insulation. They are incredibly durable and robust and designed to last. They benefit from modern multi-point locking systems and advanced technology to achieve RC3 burglary resistance.

Solarlux Highline aluminium profile is available in unit thickness of 84mm. It offers one of the slimmest sightlines on the market of 99mm. With the option of double or triple glazing, it provides large glazed areas with a door panel height of up to 3.5 meters and 1.1 meters wide, with outstanding energy efficiency achieving U-values as low as 1.1 W/m2K.

Quiet, smooth, and efficient, Solarlux innovative opening mechanism allows the large glass door panels to slide gracefully to the right or the left and can be hinged from the inside and outside to open outwards or inwards in a concertina style depending on space.

The first panel can open independently with a multi-point lock to operate as a traffic door, also known as a slave door. Depending on your bifold door configuration, they can also be designed as bi-parting, similar to a French door system, so both sides open from the middle and stack either side.

Various floor tracks are available, including the minimalist flush track without rebates to German standard DIN 18040 (for wheelchair access) and a seamless transition between indoor and outdoor living spaces.

Attention to detail and modern architectural design is at the heart of the market-leading German-engineered bifold door system. They are thoroughly tested for weather protection, including water tightness, air permeability, and wind resistance.

The high-quality, stainless-steel hardware and the designer flat door handles add the finishing touch to the aluminium framed bifold doors whilst offering a high level of anti-burglary protection.

The Solarlux white bifold doors for the basement swimming pool were designed with five panels folding outwards to the left side, providing a clear opening with a rebated threshold. The fifth panel is designed as a master door.

The low maintenance aluminium frame is finished in matt powder-coated RAL9016 traffic white with a marine-grade finish due to the chemical environment on the exterior and interior.

The double glazed Low E glass units and argon gas provide optimal thermal efficiency performance and maintain a comfortable temperature.

The slim frame creates ultra-modern contemporary aesthetics and offers an impressive architectural feature that instantly enhances the facade of the swimming pool entrance.

The white bifold doors for this luxurious basement swimming pool offer a relaxing space for tenants to enjoy the beautiful living spaces inside and out. The pool, gym, sauna, steam and shower room, cinema and bar are harmoniously connected.

The focal point of the basement swimming pool is the natural light offered by the large glass panels of the floor to ceiling bi-fold doors, which instantly enhanced the aesthetics of the pool area.

The Virginia Water homeowner is delighted with the new slim white bifold doors and advised:

My experience with Thames Valley Windows was excellent. Ryan actually knew what he was talking about!! And the company did what they said they would do, which is quite rare these days with window companies !!

The homeowner also left a glowing 5 -star Trustpilot review: Had a great experience with Thames Valley Window Company, they did what they promised to do, and the result is 1st class !!!

Solarlux bifold and sliding doors are excellent for traditional and modern home renovations and new build projects. They can also be designed as internal bifold doors for broken plan living.

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You may also be interested in reading the following blogs: ‘What Makes Solarlux Bi-Fold Doors Different?‘ and ‘What are Bi-Fold Doors?

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