Architect Ann Ross had no hesitation in recommending VELFAC composite glazing for a stunning garden room extension to a traditional Somerset cottage.
A key feature of the new garden room is a large VELFAC bi-parting patio door which opens to offer uninterrupted views across the valley to the hills beyond, and which is flanked by full height window units on both front and side facades. There is also an outward opening hinged door on the north façade. This creates an almost fully glazed extension joined to the cottage with traditional stone walls, and with cedar-clad corner posts and a flat membrane-covered roof.
"Our client wasn’t aware of composite glazing until we suggested VELFAC," says Ann, "so we took her to see the VELFAC system ‘in action’ at my own home, where I’ve installed a variety of different units. I could also demonstrate the contemporary finish VELFAC provides, which was exactly what our client wanted – a deliberate contrast to the existing cottage – and she is delighted with the end result."
As the garden room faces south-west, standard VELFAC double glazed units provide all the insulation required to ensure the interior stays warm and draught free, even when internal doors are open. Due to the traditional timber framed windows in the cottage, the owner was keen to use the same shade of light green on the external VELFAC aluminium frames, which VELFAC could supply. Internal timber frames are finished in a clear varnish adding character to the room and also complementing the wood flooring which matches the existing part of the room. The frames became an integral part of the room design, and underline the skilful blend of contemporary and traditional styles which make the garden room so successful.
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