Marine treated bifolding doors with idyllic coastal views
This now transformed 1950s home required careful planning and specific attention to detail to ensure it met with not only the owner’s requirements, but also the harsh weather conditions as a coastline property. Sunfold Systems was able to make the dream a reality by installing marine treated bifolding doors accompanied by fixed glazing, sliding doors and glazed rooflights. Marine treatment was used due to the close proximity to the sea.
The once simple dormer bungalow in Falloden, Strete near Dartmouth, was bought in 2014 as a rather neglected property overlooking Start Bay. Despite its idyllic positioning, the bungalow had been sited too far down the plot with the best views only being visible from the upper garden. Having been on the market for years advertised with plans to knock it down and rebuild, the costs required would have been astounding. Now owner, John Hansell and his wife, however could see the opportunities if the correct plan was put together based on the existing property.
The best course of action was to build an extension that would extend over the upper garden and take full advantage of the stunning views using products designed to create the appearance of uninterrupted views.
Local architect Adam Benns of BBH, came up with an imaginative design for a single storey split level building including a new kitchen and living area with curved bifolding doors with extra protection from storms and the sea air as an exposed coastal location. However, finding a bifold door company willing to take on the project was not as straightforward as anticipated.
I was relieved to be dealing with a company that responded on a same day basis to all the issues that arose & I am delighted with the outcome.
“Most suppliers cried away and said they could not provide bifolds on a curve,” commented Mr Hansell. “Our architect recommended Sunfold, a company he had used previously with success and with a good reputation in the trade. I sent Sunfold my plans and quickly heard back from Lizzy Steward who took the task on board. Over the course of the next three months, and with the help of Lizzy and her technical team, we discussed the details of the project. Through careful nurturing and enthusiastic support, they soon came up with a plan and estimate, as well as answering every question thereafter with speed and accuracy.”
Mr Hansell continued: “The success of the whole project depended on securing the cooperation of the builder, the architect and Sunfold and I was delighted to see that they were happy to enter into correspondence with my architect to ensure that their windows could be supplied to fit exactly as shown on the plan.”
As with any project of this magnitude, not everything was plain sailing and even though the windows arrived on time, the fitters did encounter some problems on site. However the issues were brought to the attention of Sunfold’s office and much to Mr Hansell’s surprise, he even received a personal visit from MD Mike Rawlings who called to make sure that the job was proceeding in a satisfactory manner. An added touch which Mr Hansell said “was most reassuring”.
The end result is spectacular as the images show. The new build is of contemporary design but complements the old house bringing size and proportion into context with the most pleasing result.