CANAL­SIDE LAND­MARK

VELFAC glaz­ing has been spec­i­fied through­out this light-filled self-build in York­shire

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VELFAC alu­minium/tim­ber win­dows and doors have been in­stalled in an am­bi­tious ‘in­dus­trial feel’ self-build house in Bor­ough­bridge, York­shire. The sys­tem was spec­i­fied for its ul­tra-thin com­pos­ite frame, ar­chi­tec­tural ver­sa­til­ity and en­ergy-ef­fi­cient per­for­mance. “My clients wanted stylish, sus­tain­able, open plan liv­ing, with large amounts of nat­u­ral light — they had seen the sys­tem at an ex­hi­bi­tion and were very im­pressed with the slim, com­pos­ite frame de­sign, es­pe­cially the use of ex­ter­nal alu­minium,” says ar­chi­tect Suzanne Fowler, of Cres­cent Ar­chi­tec­ture and De­sign. “The sys­tem’s low U val­ues also helped us build to Code 4 for Sus­tain­able Homes stan­dards.” On the canal-fac­ing façade, VELFAC win­dows have been in­stalled in rib­bon runs and also used to cre­ate a full-height glazed wall which rises from the ground floor French doors up to tri­an­gu­lar lights un­der the eaves. Uni­form sight­lines – a key fea­ture of the VELFAC frame de­sign – de­liver a clean, flat ex­ter­nal fin­ish, even when fixed and open­ing units are in­stalled to­gether. Suzanne’s de­sign also ref­er­ences the old wharf build­ings which used to line the banks of the canal. Ex­ter­nal façades com- bine lo­cally sourced fac­ing brick with black stained Siberian larch, with VELFAC alu­minium frames fin­ished in dark grey. In­ner tim­ber frames are also painted dark grey. “This adds in­ter­est to the large, white spa­ces,” says Suzanne, “and also links to other ar­chi­tec­tural fea­tures such as the grey balustrade on the mez­za­nine which crosses the cen­tral space — again adding an in­dus­trial feel.” For more in­for­ma­tion about VELFAC, visit velfac.co.uk.

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