Super-insulated doors and windows for cliff-top home
In 2019, our clients began the exciting journey of replacing an aging, poorly built post-war bungalow with a new build home. They had acquired a stunning cliff-top plot on the Gower Peninsula, adjacent to the coastal path and with views across the Bristol Channel.
Expertise and partnership essential to project’s success
The start of this project was to prove tougher than expected. Devastatingly, a powerful winter storm with over 100mph winds reduced newly laid blockwork to rubble. So when it came to specifying glazing for their dream reverse level house with a balcony facing the sea, they knew they needed systems robust enough to withstand extreme coastal conditions. ODC Glass had worked with Raum Architects on previous local projects; this expert partnership was the answer to their prayers.
Insulated doors and windows for exposed locations
The bifolding doors, sliding doors, opening and fixed widows for this cliff-top house are all designed to handle the high winds and driving rain to be expected on the west coast of Wales. A site survey and liaison with the architect team ensured the most appropriate specification for the site; the glazing design had to deliver the best weather protection and maximise the views.
ODC300 sliding doors are our best slimline all-rounder with exceptional weather performance, and here they are installed in the first floor open plan living area to maximise views. At ground level ODC121 bifold doors offer easy access to the garden from the single story linked utility building. They have the most robust frames of any of our systems and so were the ideal specification for this location.
Throughout, ODC75Si windows, sealed and super-insulated for the most exposed aspects, ensure that every aspect of the home is snug, insulated and protected from the elements. This includes large fixed window installations for wrap-around views. Out on the balcony, the frameless glass balustrading offers essential wind protection and fall protection, whilst inside their invisible fixings preserve the panorama from the window seat. It’s the perfect glazing package for this wonderful little house .
Bespoke colours for sliding doors and windows
All doors and windows for this project are finished in a matt Quartz Grey weather-resistant powder coating. RAL 7039 is a softer, lighter and warmer grey than our standard Anthracite Grey, offering contrast to the specified black handles and harmonising with the warmth of the building’s cedar cladding, natural stone and copper accents.
New BuildSliding Systems:
ODC300 Sliding Door SystemBifolding Doors:
ODC121 Bifolding DoorsWindows
ODC75Si casement windows, fixed windowsGlass Balustrading
First floor balcony glass balustradeFinishes
Matt Quartz Grey RAL 7039CM frames and black handlesLocation:
Gower Peninsula, West WalesGlazing Highlights:
Glazing for an exposed location: superinsulated heavy duty windows with EPDM seals internally and externally
What are ‘super-insulated’ windows?
ODC75Si (Super-Insulated) windows offer enhanced thermal insulation performance
Their superior thermal performance and unique polyamide thermal barrier means they comfortably exceed the requirements of Part L 2016 of the Building Regulations for thermal insulation.
The ODC75Si range includes high performance casement, tilt before turn, pivot, reversible and even fixed window walls made from modular units constructed off-site.
Si windows have been awarded BSI Kitemarks to BS4873 ‘Specification for aluminium alloy windows’ and PAS24 ‘Specification for enhanced security performance’.
Looks matter too! They can be dual finished to your specification.
Standard v Bespoke colour frame choices
ODC Glass offers three standard colours for door and window frames: black, white and Anthracite Grey. A dual finish option means you can specify any combination of these three colours for exterior and interior frame faces.
However, architects and homeowners have over 200 RAL colours to choose from. In this project, the bespoke frame colour has been carefully chosen to work with the natural stone and timber facade for subtle colour harmony.
Explore the impact of frame colour by checking out our Knowledge Hub quick read: Window Frame Colours for Your Home