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Grand Designs and the Wow Factor


As Autumn slips into Winter (far too quickly for my liking) more and more of my evenings are being spent in front of the television with a hot drink, meaning I was more than happy to settle down and watch Grand Designs fantastic 100th episode last week – and I'm hoping you all did too!


It really was spectacular. Being a bifold door specialist, I am always interested in the products being used in grand designs – as they are where many of our customers find inspiration. But it's always exciting when a particular focus is placed on the windows and doors of a project.

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A focus on fenestration...

The 100th episode was a perfect example of this emphasis on fenestration. It was also a great example of how homes serve a totally different purpose now to say, 100 years ago.

Homes now are much less about the practicality (although obviously still important) and much, much more about the aesthetics, and, lets face it – showmanship.

People want their houses to be things of beauty and architectural wonder. Property shows and home renovation programmes constantly remind us that the "wow factor" is what people are after these days.

Something that will make their home stand out as a cut above the rest.

The 'wow' factor!

Luckily, bifold doors have the advantage of not only providing a "wow factor" but being practical as well – but that's another blog post! The property featured in this episode was an old Victorian water tower in London, which had stood for over 150 years untouched. A landmark or a blotch on the landscape, depending on your view.

The couple that were doing it up were primarily interested in restoring it to its former glory whilst incorporating a very modern feel – using only the best materials, technology and craftsmanship.

They had 5.3m sliding doors installed to a section of the property – the four storey living space attachment they built separately to the water tower.The scale of the doors was fantastic, spanning two floors and covering one side of the building entirely.

Kevin McCloud has long since been a spokesperson for innovative and forward-thinking construction and architecture, and it is very evident (certainly in the last couple of years) that homeowners who admire his way of thinking are able to incorporate this into their own projects.

Along the right lines - The Sunday Times

Bifold doors (as you can see above!) are a key element of this re-focus of the fenestration trade from doors and windows which simply 'did the job' to products which not only provide security and shelter but that become a real feature of the home.

Along the right lines - The Sunday Times11

Aluminium bifold doors, and their sister products such as aluminium windows and gable end pieces are all part of a construction movement that places equal importance on aesthetic value, without forgetting important elements such as security and economical gain.

(Quotes from Sunday Times – read full article here.

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