Gamekeeper's Lodge, Warwickshire
‘I wanted a really well-insulated home which also made the most of views over a lake at the front and woodland at the back,’ explains Sarah. ‘I also wanted windows on both east and west elevations of the large open plan living space, but as we are on top of a hill air tightness was also important.’ Triple glazed VELFAC units were the ideal solution: ‘The timber internal frame acts as a thermal break, preventing warm air leaving the house, and the triple glazing keeps the inner glass at a comfortable temperature,’ she says: ‘The aluminium external frames are also durable and low maintenance,’ she adds.
Almost every room at Gatekeeper’s Lodge features floor to ceiling windows and doors with two impressive full height windows, each 4m long, installed one above the other around an internal lightwell. ‘Large windows means the house is always filled with light,’ notes Sarah, ‘despite being built into the hillside.’ But with so much glazing installed, making the right choice of windows was vital she says: ‘The VELFAC system is exactly my style - contemporary, refined and elegant. Internally, I opted for white painted timber frames to allow uninterrupted views of the lake and countryside beyond. Externally, the anthracite grey aluminium frames contrast with cedar cladding and complement the industrial dark blue bricks used in the house and lightwells.’ Security was also important, she adds: ‘I only have two doors with keys as everything else locks simply from the inside.’
Sarah’s architect, Hayward Smart, recommended VELFAC and she found out more about the system by visiting national exhibitions and the VELFAC showroom. ‘I actually bought my windows six months before we started as it was such an obvious decision,’ she says: ‘I ordered the windows directly from our architect’s drawings, thanks to our main contractor Sibbasbridge, which meant the windows were delivered to site ready to fit which helped us achieve our impressive build time of only 14 months. I also used a VELFAC Approved Joiner who was price competitive and efficient. We’ve had very few snags but VELFAC has worked hard to resolve any issues, and this level of customer service would make me recommend VELFAC again and again.’
Sector: New build home
Homeowner: Sarah Farrington
Architect: Hayward Smart
Design: Sarah Farrington Interior Design