Having found their dream plot in the heart of an area of outstanding natural beauty on the north Norfolk coast, the challenge for Daniel and Lisa Broch was to create a home that took full advantage of the views, satisfied the planning authorities and would be sympathetic to its surroundings.
Designed by Waugh Thistleton Architects, this is the first cross-laminated timber house built in the area. Set around a central courtyard, it’s clad in wood and stone, with a green roof. The two storey building settles within the contours of the landscape and is carefully orientated to benefit from natural sunshine.
To maximise daylight from the south-facing courtyard and capture northerly views over the salt marshes and coastline beyond, the design called for glazing that broke down the divide between inside and out. This was achieved by fitting sliding doors, which enabled large glass panels to be used throughout the project.
The couple chose theEDGE ultra-slim sliders from IDSystems (which start from £1,850 per linear metre including fitting) because of their incredibly narrow 24mm sightlines and combination of high-quality manufacturing and superior weather performance. “The slim frames have allowed us to get plenty of natural light into the house and make the most of our beautiful views,” says Daniel.
At ground floor level the south-facing sliding doors open onto a courtyard and flood the main living space full of natural light. To the north, another set connects the living area with an entertaining zone. The doors are also specified in the sea room, which projects out over the landscape to capture the coastal views.
IDSystems worked closely with the couple and their architect to help specify the right products. When it came to choosing the colour of the aluminium frames, for instance, a unique shade was selected to reflect the Grey and Common seals that call the nearby beach home – whilst also complementing the flint and weathered timber cladding.
“We are thrilled to bits with the doors,” says Daniel. “They’re easy to use and it simply wouldn’t have been possible to achieve what we wanted without them.”