Contemporary Cotswold New Build


The Rationel AuraPlus is marketed as a modern product: perfect for projects aiming for a contemporary design. We feel that this definition could be much wider. The AuraPlus is a flush composite window with clean right-angles and minimalist styling. As a result, the product works in almost any setting.

For this project in particular, the choice of traditional building materials shows a desire for a more in-keeping new build home. Yet the low-gloss aluminium of the modern AuraPlus works perfectly.

The main feature-area of the home is what appears to be a set of windows spanning the whole height of the house, which is wider than it is tall overall. A glazed area such as this is often mistaken for curtain-walling – a very expensive solution. In reality, there is a steel beam separating the two floors: essential for providing structural support. But this beam is clearly hidden. Our solution was to provide a length of aluminium, powder-coated to match the windows and installed flush with the window frames themselves. We think that this has produced an elegant result.

A similar flush design is displayed in the 90-degree corner post. Rationel manufacture their own posts so that they can ensure that the finished result of a bay or corner window will look perfectly aligned. Using a specifically designed item with the same depth as the windows on either side ensures that the more complex areas come together seamlessly.

Continuing the theme of seamlessly coming together, the main front door of a home can make or break an aesthetic. A contrasting stand-out colour could be used to make the entrance area a true feature. Or, in this case, extending the soft Pebble Grey colour to the main entrance door maintains the home’s overall design without any unnecessary additions. In our view, Rationel panel doors offer fantastic value for money, exceptional choice and the highest possible quality whilst also providing Passivhaus-suitable U-values.

The lift and slide door, also in the Rationel AuraPlus, presents a truly smooth sliding solution. A sliding door this size without a lifting mechanism can often be difficult to open due to its own weight – this is the main advantage of a Rationel lift-and-slide. Furthermore, the long handle can be turned at any point when sliding the door to place the sliding section back down and hold it in position.

Products used:

  • Rationel AuraPlus
  • Click the images below to enlarge

    Aluminium Clad Timber Corner Post
    Aluminium Clad Steel Beam
    Composite Windows in Stone Building
    Large Angled Scandinavian Design Window
    Large Composite Lift and Slide Door
    Large Glass Expanse with Alu Clad Steel Beam
    Minimalist Danish Window
    Modern Aluminium clad timber windows
    Modern Double Doors with Toplight
    Modern Double Top Guided Window
    Modern Rationel AuraPlus Composite Windows
    Narrow Composite Windows
    New Build with Rationel Windows
    Newbuild Energy Efficient Windows
    Pebble Grey Alu clad timber composite window
    Pebble Grey Composite Windows
    RAL7032 Windows and Doors
    Rationel AuraPlus Double Entrance Doors
    Rationel Pebble Grey Side hung Windows
    Rationel Right Angle Corner Window
    Rationel Windows Set Into Outer Frame Section
    Scandinavian Vertical Grooved Door and Glass Sidelight
    Single Side Hung Rationel AuraPlus
    Tall Side Hung Window
    Thin Danish Fixed Lights Built into External Frame
    Thin Sidehung Danish Window

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