Nautical New Build
Externally, the windows and doors needed to contribute to the appearance of the building in its prominent location on the AONB north Norfolk coast line, and from inside, each window needed to act as a picture frame to different and important views which make the house feel firmly placed in its setting.
A combination of double glazed Conservation™ Georgian-style timber sash windows teamed with coordinating casement windows and French doorsets at ground and first floor levels have been installed into deep reveals to aid protection and shelter from the elements and to accommodate external sea-defence steel panels. The front façade, featuring Conservation™ box sash windows operated by traditional cords and weights, is designed with a friendly, familiar appeal similar to the neighbouring fishermen and workers' cottages but on a far grander scale. Above the bay in a top floor bedroom, two special shape Conservation™ bullseye timber windows act as binoculars to the seascape and are finished with a surrounding brick soldier course. In the master bedroom, feature windows include a small, square Conservation™ casement and a further bullseye, both of which are protected internally with timber shutters.
Double glazed Conservation™ windows and doors are made to the exacting standards of the British Woodworking Federation’s Wood Window Alliance (WWA) scheme and are BRE A+ rated, offering outstanding levels of thermal and acoustic performance. They are manufactured from dense, premium grade Siberian Larch which is engineered for maximum strength and stability to help ensure long lasting aesthetics and performance, while achieving a perfect factory-finished, paint-ready surface typical of fine joinery.
Contractor Dave Smith of R. M. Smith (Builders) Limited, Brancaster, Norfolk, comments: “The windows and doors were great to install and their quality is the perfect match for this retreat.”
“The quality of the traditional timber sash and casement windows used for this building were very important,” says Helen Fife, Thomas Croft Architects.