Curved Glass Doors in a 300 year old property, Case Study
Contractor: Gusto Construction
Providing a contemporary contrast between the old and new elements of a Grade 2 listed dwelling is this stunning curved patio door supplied by Balcony Systems.
Measuring more than five metres in width, the door allows panoramic views of the garden from a new extension added to a traditional farmhouse near Newark in Nottinghamshire.
It was installed by main contractors Gusto Construction for their clients David and Joy Cosslett as part of refurbishment work to their 300-year-old property. This included the construction of a new kitchen/dining room linking the main property with existing outbuildings.
Featuring two fixed and two sliding panels, the door when fully open provides a wide direct access to the garden. A grey/blue powder-coated finish was specified by conservation officers to match the lead roof above.
For the couple's architect, Balcony's curved patio door was the ideal solution to meet the design brief. He said: "We wanted to create a curve in the building between the old and the new. It just fitted the bill and I'm impressed with how well it blends in. It looks great!"
Creating a seamless curved appearance was a core requirement of the specification, as Gusto Construction Managing Director, Jerome Wright explained: "The plans showed a curved radius for the door; however conservation and planning officers did not want a faceted structure as this sectional approach would obstruct the views.
"Balcony Systems' curved patio door provides a modern, yet sympathetic, contrast linking the historic parts of the property with the new. Installation of the door went very well and we were pleased with how easy it was to fit; a testament to its accuracy and tolerances."
For homeowner David Cosslett the door creates a striking focal point in the building, while opening up direct access to the outside. "It brings in extra light and makes the garden feel part of the kitchen. The door looks fabulous and is a wonderful feature in our home."
David added: "The conservation officer was very supportive. She wanted something that would enhance the property, but would also allow the new to stand out from the old."