Ecclestoun, Rothbury, Northumberland
The VELFAC system also features as punch-hole windows (some remote controlled), access doors, and as an oriel window – with every unit maintaining uniform sightlines despite the variety of specifications.
Ecclestoun owners Ros and Richard Maudslay opted for VELFAC on the recommendation of their architect daughter, who had used the system when working on projects for educational establishments. ‘She particularly liked the uniform frame design,’ explains Richard, ‘and thought it would work well in a domestic project, where fixed and opening windows are often combined.’
With the house surrounded by fantastic countryside views, Ros and Richard wanted window walls on both lower and upper floors, with solar gain controlled by an overhanging roof. ‘With VELFAC we could specify a combination of floor to ceiling windows and large glazed doors. This meant we could create a ground floor conservatory by specifying two ‘walls’ of VELFAC glazing, with sliding doors to the patio and hinged doors to the rest of the house. On the first floor, we combined full height glazed units with a large bi-parting door which provides an unobstructed opening onto the first floor balcony.’ The versatile composite VELFAC frame is also used to enhance Ecclestoun’s distinctive contemporary design, with dark grey external aluminium complementing the seamed aluminium roof while contrasting against pale brickwork. Internal white-painted timber framing continues a light interior décor which showcases herringbone wood flooring.
Together with air source heat pumps and underfloor heating, VELFAC also makes an important contribution to Ecclestoun’s low energy performance: ‘Double-glazing was ideal for most of the house, but we opted for triple glazing on the north façade and oriel window, and for the bathroom to avoid condensation and down draughts, where it has proved very effective,’ comments Richard, adding: ‘Northumberland weather can be quite cold, but every room maintains a comfortable temperature, with no cold spots or draughts, allowing us to enjoy the beautiful countryside views throughout the year.’
Sector: New build home
Owner: Ros and Richard Maudslay
Architect / Builder: Model Projects / Smailes Construction
- Uniform sightlines across double, triple, fixed, opening and motorised units
- Large, bi-parting doors
- Thermal efficiency
- Design versatility
- Composite frames