When Graham and Judy Lindsay purchased a Victorian Cottage in East Bergholt in 2010, their intention was to restore and extend the property. Unfortunately, due to planning constraints the desired extension proved unobtainable, so the couple took the bold decision to demolish the existing property and build a new home in its place.

As is the case with any new build, both the aesthetic appeal and performance quality of the windows and doors is a major consideration. Mr and Mrs Lindsay had a preference for timber windows and doors because of their authenticity and warmth. Although the use of timber was a not a planning stipulation, the couple felt that it was important to incorporate some features from the original cottage, which would help their home not to have a “new build” appearance.

George Barnsdale timber windows and doors were specified because of our ability to provide a dual colour finish and the ability to award long-life guarantees, including 10 years on paint. The dual colour option that the couple chose for both their windows and doors was a pale green exterior and a white interior finish.

To replicate the original Victorian cottage design, a series of flush casement windows were specified with antique wrought iron hardware. All of the casement windows are from our Traditional Range, incorporating design features such as internal beading and multiple draught seals, for high performance. Fitted with double glazing all of the windows for this new build achieved an ‘A’ energy efficiency rating.

The windows were manufactured in a variety of sizes, including bow and square bay designs and an extended, angled design for the stairwell, allowing natural light to flood this area of the property.

We also manufactured a variety of doorsets, including entrance doors and french doors. Like the windows, these doors are adorned with antique, wrought iron hardware, providing the property with a real cottage charm. The authentic period detailing is especially seen in the entrance door to the rear of the property which is designed to look like a stable door, incorporating a bottom grooved panel and upper glazing with a 21mm astragal bar.

One of the french doorsets leads from the Kitchen, allowing a real connection to the garden and maximising natural light. The other set of french doors provide a seamless link to the upper balcony which leads from the master bedroom.

All of the windows and doors were installed by Excell Homes, the couple’s appointed contractor for the entire project. Excell Homes are also a dedicated George Barnsdale approved partner installer who cover Suffolk and the surrounding area.

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