‘My clients wanted stylish, sustainable, open plan living, with large amounts of natural light - they had seen the VELFAC system at an exhibition and were very impressed with the slim, composite frame design, especially the use of external aluminium,’ says architect Suzanne Fowler, of Crescent Architecture and Design.
‘The system’s low U-values also helped us build to Code 4 for Sustainable Homes standards.’ On the canal-facing façade, VELFAC windows have been installed in ribbon runs and also used to create a full height glazed wall which rises from ground floor French doors up to triangular lights under the eaves.
Uniform sightlines – a key feature of the VELFAC frame design – deliver a clean, flat external finish even when fixed and opening units are installed together.
Suzanne’s design also references the old wharf buildings which used to line the banks of the canal. External facades combine locally sourced facing brick with black stained Siberian larch, with VELFAC aluminium frames finished in dark grey.
Inner timber frames are also painted dark grey ‘to add interest to the large, white spaces,’ explains Suzanne, ‘and also to link to other architectural features such as the grey balustrade on the mezzanine which crosses the central space - again adding an industrial feel.’
This new build home has become a new landmark on the Boroughbridge canal, and also caught the eye of Channel 4’s ‘Building The Dream’ programme, which featured the house in February 2017.
New build private house
- Slim composite frame
- Design versatility
- Energy efficiency
- Maximum daylight
- Low maintenance construction