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Garage conversion and house extension with sliding doors

Anthracite Grey sliding doors

Detached Dorset home transformed

Sliding Doors designed for Coastal living

Canford Cliffs is a popular Dorset coastal village with gentle sandy beaches and picturesque wooden huts. Our clients’ detached house is just 5 minutes from the sea, but its mid-century layout and appearance just wasn’t working for them. A stunning renovation and extension project to expand their ground floor living space and open its interior to more light with full height glazing has updated their handsome house to a fabulous contemporary family home.

Glass Wall Entrance

At the front of the house there is now a statement entrance with double glass doors. Fully glazed aluminium front doors from the ODC External Doors range  surrounded by glass walling. Modular curtain walling, made off-site and suitable for replacing any non-load bearing wall, is a spectacular glazing solution to create impact with minimal structural change. Here the glass wall creates a light-filled atrium entrance hall in which a spectacular steel chandelier holds centre court. The entrance roof is glass too –  it’s a bespoke lean-to roof structure designed to maximise light in the very centre of the house.

Sliding Doors with minimal sightlines

To the rear of the house a wide extension opens out to a full width patio, a well-equipped outdoor kitchen and green lawns. The kitchen, snug, dining and living space all have floor to ceiling ODC SL320 sliding glass doors chosen for their minimal 20mm sightlines. Each system has flush threshold access to the outside to create that seamless link to the garden.  In the open plan kitchen-dining area, three and two panel sliding systems offers flexible, versatile access with as much or little opening to the outside as the weather dictates.

The L-shaped garage conversion, now housing a bar, home cinema and a beloved motorbike, has a  90 degree floor to ceiling corner fixed window to deliver even more light and wrap-around garden views.

Anthracite grey door frames complement and modernise

From the outset, the client specified Anthracite Grey sliding door frames and we think he has made a good call – the frame colour contrasts with internal exposed red brick, white walls and warm parquet flooring.  Their matched handles are sleek and unobtrusive.



Project Type:


Sliding System:

ODC SL320 Sliding Doors Systems


Full height fixed windows

Glass Walling:

Curtain walling for front entrance

Front door:

Bespoke fully glazed double front doors

Glass roof:

Lean-to bespoke glass roof for front entrance


Dorset coast

Glazing Highlights:

Statement double height glazed entrance

I knew what I wanted and ODC had exactly that!

‘We saw an ODC advert in a local magazine and knew straight away that was what we wanted – a particular type of window and door with very thin sightlines. I was looking for doors with minimal amount of frame and saw the SL320s with 20mm frames would give me just that.’

View flythrough: contemporary extension for detached home
Glass extension for home renovation

Anthracite Grey: the perfect frame colour

A showcase for the perfect pairing: classic red brick and contemporary Anthracite Grey

This project demonstrates how Anthracite Grey complements traditional brick facades like this one. It also harmonises happily with the existing soft botanical green window frames.  The house now has a more contemporary feel, but it’s a subtle change in appearance and one that will endure.

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The ODC SL320

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