Larch House, Thurston, Suffolk
The four-bedroom house features generous VELFAC glazing on all aspects, flooding the house with light while framing beautiful countryside views. A VELFAC front door, installed with side lights, is housed within a stylish storm porch, complementing full height glazed doors which are a key feature of the ground floor sitting room. The same doors are also installed in the first floor master bedroom, where they lead to a stunning covered balcony with clear glass balustrade.
When designing Larch House, architect Andrew Hitchcock, of Hitchcock Architects Ltd, wanted a modern glazing system to complement traditional building materials including a peg tile roof and red brick plinth, and facades finished in white render and vertical grey larch planking. ‘We knew about VELFAC composite glazing but hadn’t used the system before,’ says Andrew. ‘This was a good opportunity to try it out and it has delivered the clean, contemporary exterior we wanted - we also like the internal timber frame which we’ve painted off-white. The VELFAC system could also incorporate the flush rainscreen panel which is part of the main façade.’
Externally, aluminium VELFAC frames are finished in dark grey to link seamlessly to the planked facade, while contrasting with the rendered walls of the side extensions. Larger VELFAC units are combined with in-fill panels, and feature mullion bars, to help ‘maintain a sense of scale’, says Andrew, and reflect the architecture of nearby houses while adding new interest to the local street scene.
Larch House was a speculative investment for Andrew, and the quality of the VELFAC system, its contemporary style, and excellent thermal performance, helped position the house at the upper end of the local residential market.
Sector: New build home
Architect: Hitchcock Architects Ltd