Sliding Doors Transform a 1950s Cottage

Eager to adapt their home for a contemporary way of life, the Becketts utilised a vast span of glazed sliding doors
by IDSystems
18th April 2017

David and Theresa Beckett had always loved the idea of transforming a traditional house into a modern, light-filled home. Located on the edge of woodlands in the rural Hampshire countryside, their 1950s semi-detached cottage simply wasn’t suitable for modern living, offering the perfect renovation opportunity.

The Becketts approached Adam Knibb Architects to review the property and produce ideas for a whole house renovation and extension. The revision called for the existing structure to be completely gutted and transformed from a house filled with small, dark rooms into a contemporary open-plan home.

The ground floor was extended and a 10m wide, five-panel sliding door setup by IDSystems was installed across the rear. This works to fill the space with natural light, while offering clear views of the garden and beyond from inside the kitchen-living zone.

Specifying the right glazing

The teams at IDSystems and Adam Knibb Architects worked closely together to create a glazed door configuration that worked efficiently with the layout of the house. The open-plan area is split into living space and kitchen, so the way the glazed span opens reflects this. An innovative three-left and two-right arrangement offers flexibility for the large room – whether that means creating an aperture for just the kitchen, lounge or opening it out completely for the whole zone.

ID systems grand slider 2

The sleek, aluminium profile of IDSystems’ Grand Slider doors offers a clear and defined break between the glass and the white, solid wall surround. These units are priced from £1,200 per linear metre, including fitting.

Upstairs, the side return extension has been used to form a master suite. David and Theresa took advice from IDSystems about how to maximise dual aspect views in their new bedroom – over the woodlands to the rear and towards the open farmland at the front. They decided to include a second Grand Slider system; the two-leaf setup maximises light and vistas, while breaking down the divide between house and surroundings.

Top tips for choosing sliding glazed doors

Simon Ball, senior project advisor at IDSystems, advises on how to successfully include sliding doors in your home

  • As sliders glide from side-to-side rather than stacking back-to-back (like bifolds do) the glass panels can be bigger and the door frames smaller. This setup will help to maximise views of your garden and beyond from inside, working to connect your house with its surroundings, even when closed. The minimal frames also allow as much natural light as possible to pour into your property.
  • The width options for sliding doors are almost limitless. IDSystems’ Grand Slider or theEDGE glazed doors can achieve an overall span of 24m. Each panel can be as narrow as 600mm wide and as broad as 3m, making them a versatile solution for almost any size and type of project.
  • The most common configuration of multi-panel sliding door systems is for leafs to glide in one direction to stack flush behind a fixed unit. However, there is a huge variety of arrangements available depending on the size of the opening and the requirements of the project – from panels that slide back on both sides from a central point through to those that glide into a pocket in the wall to create a complete aperture.
  • Given the size of the panels and the weight of the glass, we always recommend for sliding glazed doors to be bottom-running, rather than hung from the top.

“The property’s transformation has been dramatic, but the finished home perfectly meets David and Theresa’s original requirements,” says Adam Knibb. “The open-plan living space is unrecognisable compared to what it was and the Grand Slider glazed doors work perfectly for connecting the house and its garden.

Achieving the Becketts’ vision of how their finished property would perform wouldn’t have been possible without the large glass panels we introduced via sliding doors. IDSystems’ team offered innovation and created the perfect configuration; their support was invaluable.”

A light-filled home

“We are incredibly grateful to Adam Knibb Architects and all those involved for their fantastic help in transforming our home,” says David. “We wanted contemporary, clean spaces that maximised natural light and we were delighted they were able to bring this to fruition, while also being a supportive guide from start to finish. At the outset, I’m not sure we really appreciated the true value that a talented architect and the advice from experts such as IDSystems would bring to the project – we certainly understand that now.”

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