Hillcrest, Mexborough, South Yorkshire

Contemporary, sustainable and designed to enhance the view – not just a description of VELFAC windows but also the brief for Hillcrest, a family home built for light, space and low energy living.

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Designed by its owner, builder and developer Terry Huggett, Hillcrest is inspired by the white rendered homes of California, and features ‘an abundance’ of VELFAC aluminium / timber windows, which ‘perform just as well as on the day they were fitted’ – over eight years ago.

‘I can’t speak highly enough of the windows,’ says Terry: ‘The composite frame is very well designed, with details such as concealed trickle vents which maintain the clean, uncluttered line.’ The system is the ideal fit for Hillcrest’s distinctive, angular design. External aluminium frames are finished in anthracite grey to complement zinc roofs, white render and cedar cladding. Internal timber frames, painted white, match the white walls, floors and fitted kitchen units to emphasise internal space and natural light.

Hillcrest was also designed to deliver low energy living (even starring in an episode of Canadian TV show ‘The World’s Greenest Homes’) which was another reason to specify VELFAC, says Terry: ‘The south facing elevation features an abundance of slim framed VELFAC windows in order to maximise the views and generate passive solar gain, and standard double glazed units easily met our thermal targets. Durability was also important, he adds: ‘This is a family home, and the windows have proved to be super hard wearing. When it comes to maintenance, all we do is wash them once or twice a year with soapy water.’

Hillcrest was Terry’s first experience of using the VELFAC system but he has now installed VELFAC windows and doors in other projects, including the award winning [Sycamore Hall] (designed by architect Paul Testa). ‘The VELFAC systems adds value and performance, and comes with excellent customer support from a team with real product knowledge,’ says Terry. ‘Windows can be the biggest challenge in any building project but VELFAC is one of the easiest glaziest companies I’ve dealt with, probably because the system is so good.’

 

Facts

Sector: New build home

Owner / architect: Terry Huggett Developments

Specified for:

  • Composite aluminium/wood frame
  • Durability
  • Low maintenance construction
  • Thermal efficiency
  • Sales support