Hidden away in Mayfair, London, this unique property gives it’s owners a continental style retreat from the hustle and bustle outside the gates. Gowercroft were commissioned to design, build and install a series of tilt and slide patio doors. It was important that the new fittings matched the souther European feel of the home.
The owners were not just interested in the aesthetics of their new windows and doors – functionality and longevity were also very important.
We built the frames using Laminated Oak. This gives a much more rigid frame than just standard timber. A frame that does not flex does not damage the paint work or the glass and applies much less stress to the hinges and fittings. We are confident that, no matter how much use they get, these beautiful windows and doors will give the owners many years of trouble free and maintenance free service.
Tilt and turn windows are very popular in continental Europe and are well suited to commercial and large residential buildings such as apartment blocks. They are hinged both vertically and horizontally. In one function they open like regular casement windows (horizontally). However when opened vertically they provide excellent ventilation and are totally secure as the angle of the aperture allows no access to the opening mechanism from the outside. Tilt and turn windows also feature multiple locking points when closed for additional security.
Our range of tilt and turn windows and tilt and slide doors is called the ‘Kedleston’. As with all Gowercroft products, they are meticulously designed and manufactured in our workshop in Alfreton, Derbyshire. Rather than just building and fitting, we put each enquiry and project through our extensive design system and work closely with our clients to give them the perfect windows and doors for their property. Our fittings and glazing are of the highest quality and it is our intention to provide you with the very best in tilt and turn windows and doors. You can read more about the range tilt and slide patio-doors here.
The house was described as a feature article in the November 2011 edition of Conde Nast’s House and Garden magazine. They have kindly allowed us to reproduce the story in it’s original format for your viewing pleasure.
Not many people would make an immediate connection between 007 and the current concern for saving the planet. If you stop to think about it, however, that supercool secret agent always managed to combine the latest technology with the ultimate in urban sophistication. When it comes to this house, its owner is no different. “I see it as a sort of Bond-like lair,” he says.
The ‘Tilt and Turn’ and ‘Tilt and Slide’ laminated oak windows in Tim’s house were designed, made and installed by Gowercroft Joinery (01773-300510; www.gowercroft.com). Beyond their good looks, they combine energy-efficient glass, which maximises light penetration and minimises heat loss, with draughtproof frames. A small ‘Tilt and Turn’ window costs around £700.
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