Believe it or not, this property was originally a bungalow, built in the 1960s! The owners wanted to turn it into a contemporary home. The transformation is so huge it looks like a new build!
Having discussed their ideas and desires for the project in detail with our designer, Thames Valley Windows assisted with the transformation by incorporating a number of options for both the Solarlux Wintergarden glazing configurations and also the external finish of the home. We provided 3D colour drawings showing a mix of brick, render and Cedral board cladded options.
The project was carried out over two major phases. The first and most dramatic phase was to tackle the original brown wooden windows and an old timber Victorian conservatory at the rear of the property. Brickwork removal and structural alterations were carried out in a number of areas to allow for larger glazed areas and open plan spaces. The dining room was one such area where the existing fixed windows were removed along with the brickwork, up to the corner of the house. A new structural steel post was inserted and Bi-Folding Doors installed along each flank. This allowed the room to be completely opened up to the large courtyard patio area. The traditional Victorian conservatory was removed and replaced with a dramatic contemporary glazed gable structure. The large Solarlux SL 60e fixed frames to the front allow for uninterrupted views of the garden and the SL 60e Bi-Fold Doors to each side enable the room to become an open plan glazed canopy on warm Summer days. The Solarlux Wintergarden also benefited from solar neutral active glazing to the roof and an internal motorised awning. Lighting extension rafter covers were used to allow for spotlights to be installed for a neat concealed effect.
The second stage of the project was much smaller but equally effective. The client wanted to create a downstairs bathroom with as much glass as possible including, ideally, a glass roof. In essence they were looking for a contemporary glazed extension. We produced visuals showing possible internal and external views and even a potential layout for the bathroom itself. The finished result is impressive with a gable roof sympathetic to the design of the original installation, with the front entirely glazed for maximum light.
Both Solarlux Wintergardens have motorised roof ventilation to allow for high level ventilation providing guaranteed use all year round.
The gallery above shows the dramatic before and after photos as well as the 3D drawings showing the various design options considered.
This transformation has been truly stunning and one of the biggest overhauls Thames Valley Windows has been involved in. We are very proud to have had a big input in to this project.
June 2020 Guildford, Surrey