18 Nov 2019

Cotswolds cottage secured in style

Of the myriad of considerations when building or refurbishing a countryside home – one that should not be overlooked at the initial design stage is security.


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According to research by NFU Mutual, the cost of rural crime rose by 12.1% to £49.9m in 2018.

If you are considering a property in a rural area, it is important to remember that you can deter criminals while still maintaining the desired building aesthetics.

Charter Global is an industry-leading physical security specialist, trusted by security-sensitive organisations worldwide. It has more than a decade of experience working with architects and homeowners to ensure properties are secured against crime without sacrificing comfort and kerb appeal.

One of the best examples of this is a stunning property in the heart of the Cotswolds countryside. The property is a mix of traditional master craftsmanship combined with the latest building design techniques.

Charter Global’s team provided a bespoke design solution to the architect (who also owned the property) that beautifully displayed the best of both worlds with a safe and stylish home.

The property, set in its own valley, comprises a period cottage with a contemporary extension built into the hillside. The architect was keen to ensure that the rolling Cotswold countryside vista was an integral part of their design.

Vast glazed facades were incorporated into the extension in order to enjoy the beautiful countryside views, and Equiluxsecurity shutters were intelligently concealed within the honey-coloured Cotswold stone.

One of the aesthetic advantages of Equilux shutters – the residential range of security solutions from Charter Global – is that, when lowered, the anodised shutters have a subtle matt silver finish which complements the natural choice of building materials. A custom solution for this unique property, the shutters are perforated to allow the shutters to remain closed at night while allowing natural ventilation from the cooler external air.

Equilux shutters provide security, not only when the property is empty, but also during warm nights when the windows are open.

The lintel and cavity closer elements of the system were installed in the traditional manner at the time of the original build. The system addresses the usual issues of lintel design, such as structural load-bearing and damp-proofing, but has the added benefit of acting as a security shutter when required.

In the raised position, the shutter is completely concealed from view, retaining the clean lines of the opening.

The design also incorporated the convenience of a smart security system fully integrated into the property’s building management system. The security shutter can be remotely controlled at the touch of a button.

The involvement of the Charter Global team in the design process ensured that the homeowners have the peace of mind that comes with a bespoke, in-built, integrated security system.

When you are spending time and money on a property – new-build or renovation – ensure that security is taken seriously and incorporated into the initial design process. If you take this holistic approach, the design will result in a beautiful and, more importantly, safe home.

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