The Gold Stone project is a set of newbuild homes just around the corner from us in the Cotswolds. Naturally, we are very pleased to have been chosen to supply and install the Scandinavian windows and doors.
From the initial design, the non-standard RAL7012 Basalt Grey was chosen by the architect to complement the golden Cotswold stonework. We think this makes a welcome change to the ever more popular choice of anthracite grey, and it really gives the homes an overall premium feel on the outside. In contrast, the interior has a soft cream white – warming and homely. This is a much better choice compared to the dazzlingly bright whites you often see in UK houses.
Focusing on the stairwell: for obvious reasons, this is a very important area to be well-lit. Two tall fixed windows, reinforced with toughened and laminated glass, span a significant area of the stairs. Adding the lined-through thin glazing bars, whilst not essential, go a long way to maintain the overall traditional style of the whole project.
The front doors have a vertical groove design and a square glass cutout: good for practicality and a great design choice. The insulated factory-fitted steel letterbox matches the handle and lock finish. So a consistent design choice is carried across all components. These steel features from STM interestingly also carry across to the Lacuna bifolds at the other side of the properties.
The kitchen and living areas’ main feature is clearly the basalt grey Lacuna bifold doors – providing a lovely view out of the back of the property across the countryside. Ahead of the game, Lacuna hang their doors from the top rail: eliminating the need for a dust-trapping track in the threshold and ensuring a smooth sliding feel for years to come. All the doors have a convenient main door feature, so it will be very easy for the new owners to step quickly in and out on a daily basis, without worrying about the bifolding mechanism. We believe that the most versatile and well-insulating way to use a large opening space is to fit a Lacuna bifold.
Avoiding the need for aluminium box cills, which can look overly modern if used incorrectly, bull-nose cant bricks were specified underneath all of the rear doors. This is a very neat solution and arguably the most seamless way to provide water run-off underneath doors. Similarly, traditional stone cills underneath all of the windows further negates the need for unnecessary metalwork. Both fantastic design choices and great to help blend in with the surrounding area.