Right on the edge of the official Cotswolds boundary, the road-facing side of this project suggests another “normal” Cotswold stone home. However, wandering around to the rear of the property reveals a very different architectural design. Render and dark timber cladding create a neat contrast in an otherwise set-design run of housing.
As with all our outward-opening composite windows, the trickle vents are completely invisible from the outside. This helps us in both the traditional stone sections and the windows set in the rear: the plastic-style hood vents were obviously not present on a classic UK timber window, neither should they be present on a clean and minimalist modern approach.
The satin chrome handles bring the two parts together too. Not out-of-place in either half, this key-locking option is simple, yet effective. Certainly not an over-design as we tend to see on other options. It also allowed us to continue the satin chrome theme to the glazed entrance door – lever handles, key-lock outside and thumbturn inside all share the same finish.
Focusing on the thumbturn on the inside of the door: this is becoming the more popular option for us. Having a key-lock both sides would have been the natural request a few years ago but, more recently, customers are appreciating the easier-to-live-with thumbturn option. From an outside attacker perspective, the security of the door is exactly the same on either choice.
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