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A North Yorkshire property has been radically transformed with
innovative folding sliding patio doors from
The stone built property, the home of architect David Spencer,
Principal of DSP Architects LLP, has undergone a major
refurbishment and extension which has opened up the basement and
flooded both this level and the one above with light.
Mr Spencer selected JELD-WEN's Canberra patio doors as he
recognised how they would enable him to open up the whole of his
living space in his basement, by using Canberra's smooth and simple
sliding mechanism and folding them back concertina style to create
a minimalistic effect.
When planning out the project, Mr Spencer's aim was to open up
the back of the house and extend the living area directly into the
garden. Previously the basement was dark and damp and for
this reason was hardly ever used. The addition of the
Canberra patio doors has created a light, airy living and
entertaining space, as well as adding a stylish fifth bedroom to
David Spencer said: "I am delighted with the folding sliding
doors and the huge difference they have made in adding light to our
home. This was a major conversion and I wanted a top quality
product to reflect the work carried out here. The Canberra patio
doors are robust and let in lots of light without compromising on
security and energy efficiency, which was just what I was looking
Mr Spencer required white painted patio doors that would
complement the aesthetics of the windows in his home, so selected
the doors in JELD-WEN's hi build factory finish, which provides a
superior appearance and prolonged the lifespan of the product.
For the basement, Mr Spencer specified two four leaf Canberra patio doors, which can be
slid across the length of the back of the property, opening it up
completely. He also joined these together with two fixed
glazed panels creating a fully glazed wall effect.
"I really wanted to introduce as much light as possible into the
basement," Mr Spencer adds. "There are no windows at the
other side of the wall, so we needed to make the most of the light
available on the garden side."
Above this, at ground floor level, Mr Spencer selected two Canberra patio doors of 3.6m width, which were
selected to replace a pair of French doors and Dining Room window.
Glass balustrading is used for the balcony area to provide a
complete view with no obstructing posts and enhance safety. The
refurbishment involved making major structural alterations to the
property, with the work taking around six months to complete and
was undertaken by Evora Construction Ltd.
The extension has added 90m² to the size of the property, with
its stunning basement patio doors leading onto the mature lawn and
garden. The property, which dates back to the 1960s, enjoys a
village location and overlooks parkland and the beautiful River
Mr Spencer explains: "We were really impressed with the service
provided by JELD-WEN and with the quality of the patio doors.
We have had lots of positive comments from friends and family and
the doors have certainly added an impressive focal point to our
Ian Purkis, Technical Director of JELD-WEN said: "Our Canberra patio doors are a premium product and
perfectly complement properties of distinction such as this one. It
is very satisfying to see what a huge difference they have made to
the property and the lifestyle of homeowners, as they create
lighter, airy living spaces, whilst bringing the outdoors
Renowned for its truly inspirational design, the Canberra was one of the first sliding folding
patio doors to be introduced into the UK. Its robust 54mm
thick door leaves can be supplied either unfinished, for buyers to
decorate to their own tastes, or factory painted or stained to
enhance its appearance and prolongs its lifespan.
Energy efficiency is a key benefit of the Canberra, which is
supplied with a standard specification of 24mm Low-E insulated
glass, ensuring it is compliant with Part L and ensures thermal
efficiency. However, customers are able to upgrade this
specification to achieve an even lower U value
down to 1.3W/m²K with gas filled triple glazed units, which
improves energy efficiency even further.
All JELD-WEN's patio doors are manufactured in the UK from Chain
of Custody certified timber, which ensures it originates from well
managed forests with strict reforestation programmes.
For more information or for a copy of the latest catalogue
contact JELD-WEN on 0845 1222 890.