Architectural glazing specialists DWL have done it all – they’ve made and installed sensational doors, windows and conservatories for everything from the edgiest of new-builds to the most traditional historic properties. But what if you want something different? What if you’ve specifically designed your new build to look and feel as convincingly vintage as possible, for example?
Then DWL can help – as they recently demonstrated by doing a fantastic installation job on a highly traditional new build project in Bearsted, Kent. “We knew the homeowner really well in this case,” commented Dan Smith, DWL Managing Director. “He’s the MD of a company we’ve worked with very closely in the past - and he was very clear about what he wanted. He’d designed and built his new home to have a classic look – kitted out with all the mod cons, while delivering elegant, traditional aesthetics. When it came to our involvement, he wanted products that offered the same.”
Employed to source and install high-spec windows that matched their client’s vision, DWL opted for the much-celebrated Residence 9 window. Designed around the stringent Article 4 guidelines that govern which products can be installed in conservation areas, Residence 9 is a uPVC window system built to the exact dimensions of a nineteenth century timber sash window, delivering stunningly symmetrical vintage elegance, along with industry-leading twenty-first century performance. With an A+ certified energy rating, a double-glazed Residence 9 window can achieve U-Values of 1.2, and as low as 0.8 with triple-glazing, enough to meet Passivhaus standards.
“R9 met our customer’s needs perfectly,” Dan continued. “Everyone knows R9 is a sensational product – it sparked off a timber alternative revolution when it was first introduced back in 2009. But it often gets pigeonholed as something that’s only suitable for historic properties. That’s a shame, because as this development demonstrates fantastically, they the ideal choice for bringing vintage appeal to new-build homes too. The customers gets all the benefits of high-performance modern uPVC, with some of the most authentic timber-look aesthetics on the market.”
When it came to the conservatory, Loggia was a natural choice, Dan claims: “We love the Loggia system at DWL because it is a comprehensive way to introduce vast amounts of natural light into the property. It’s super-insulated, with columns that provide U-Values as low as 0.5 W/m2K. It looks amazing - and, internally, the structure is plaster-finished, allowing it to blend seamlessly with the rest of the homeowner’s property. What’s more, with it coming in a range of tasteful heritage finishes, we were able to perfectly match the windows – crucial for achieving the natural, traditional, cohesive look the customer wanted.”
“Both we and the customer were delighted with the end results – and would wholeheartedly recommend these fantastic products to other homeowners.”