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Faceted bi-folding doors for garden views

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Creating a new contemporary style luxury home to fit with the surrounding area was a task given to architectural designers DTC (Design Team Consultants). The team’s clear vision to incorporate the feel of extra light and open space as a key design feature required the expertise of quality door and window supplier Sunfold Systems.

The plot where the property was to be built was part of an existing garden of a 1950s bungalow, so whilst looking to create a new modern home it was also important to retain some that 50s charm. The contours of the site gave DTC the opportunity to utilise the sloped area to create a semi basement which enabled three storeys at the front of the property and two storeys at the rear. This allowed for general living space on the top floor to make the most of the scenic views of a large field.

DTC director Andrew Hayward explained: “The views from the top floor played a large part in the final design of the project and was a large proportion of the client’s original remit. Having the capacity to open up the top floor and create a large 30ft expanse of folding sliding doors which could open onto a balcony area, made not only a beautiful addition to the aesthetics of the property but also the overall living experience for the owner.”

As well as opening out the top floor with a straight set of bi-fold doors, the architectural plans also included a curved ground floor which created a bigger challenge when trying to achieve glazed panelling. Using the same concept of creating extra light and making the most of the garden views, Sunfold Systems supplied folding sliding faceted door sets to make the design work visually as well ensuring structural stability.

As the first to bring folding sliding doors to the UK market, Sunfold Systems range of doors and windows were chosen largely for their quality which was clearly demonstrated by the look and feel of the doors in particular. Andrew commented on the decision: “We had heard of Sunfold through trade literature but due to the large amount of glazing and the quality of the build we were striving to achieve we needed to be very thorough with the selection process. Cost obviously needed to be a key consideration but as the folding sliding doors were the main focal point of the project, what really impressed us was the overall opening mechanism and design features of the doors.”

The chosen product for both folding sliding door systems was the SFK70 which is Sunfold Systems’ highest specification thermally broken aluminium system. Completely bespoke-made for the project, the door sets provide excellent thermal efficiency achieving exceptionally low U-values. Plus they also have very slim sightlines of just 100mm making them perfect for contemporary project; a number of track and configuration options to suit a range of build scenarios; various colours and finishes to complement other doors and windows within the project; as well as with high security features available as standard.

Supplying the complete door and window package, Sunfold Systems was also used to ensure consistency across all other door and windows for the project. The SFK70 range in particular was used as a tilting window option above fixed panels, and by using the same aluminium powder coatings, an SFAM curtain wall system was used to provide a full glazed effect surrounding the main front door entrance.

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