There are many people whose dream is to live in an energy-efficient, easy-to manage house that has been specially created to meet their individual needs. Since such home-owners will almost always engage an architect, the resultant houses are very often contemporary in design and make use of the most up-to-date building techniques and materials.
This presents Schueco Residential Partners with a significant opportunity because the quality of Schueco systems makes them the natural choice for high-end, bespoke properties. Brightwater, a sleek, 4,000 sq ft, two-storey private house with a triple garage, overlooking Chichester Harbour, is an example of this type of project.
Designed by Des Ewing of Des Ewing Residential Architects and finished in soft white self-coloured render with contrasting dark stone cladding, Brightwater has a flat roof with extensive glazing which provides wonderful views of the harbour, enhanced by corner windows.
The overall effect of a home flooded with light and warmth is due in no small measure to the extensive use of a variety of Schueco systems that combine good looks with exceptional levels of insulation. In addition, whatever the type of system, all the profiles match perfectly together, delivering an important uniformity of design throughout the house.
The Schueco systems specified at Brightwater include FWS 50+ curtain walling (Ug value: 1.1 W/m2K), AWS 70.HI windows (Uw value: 1.3 W/m2K), an AWS/ADS 70.HI hinged door (Uw value: 1.6 Wm2K) and most significantly, several sets of ASS 70.HI lift-and-slide doors with slimline central interlock (Uw value: 1.5 Wm2k).
These doors, which provide access to the patios and all the balconies on the first floor, have stylish Schueco stainless steel door furniture and an ultra-low threshold of just 25 mm so that the danger of tripping is virtually eliminated.
Des Ewing is unequivocal about his practice’s preference for using Schueco products: ‘We always specify Schueco systems as we know that clients will like their appearance and their ease of operation. We also know from experience of around twenty recent installations that they will prove extremely reliable over the years to come.’
Brightwater has been designed so that the extensive kitchen, living room and dining area all enjoy harbour views, while the snug and the study face inland. The first floor – which benefits from light streaming in through the Schueco window and door systems – has a master suite with two bathrooms and a large dressing space; the three remaining bedrooms are equipped with dressing rooms and en-suite facilities.
A Schueco AWS 70 double-height feature window in the hallway allows the morning light to penetrate deep into the building’s interior and, at dusk, lights up the circular glass-sided staircase in the hall. The latter is the focal point of the house and all the rooms lead from it.
The excellent thermal performance of the Schueco systems means that despite the large areas of glazing, overall energy consumption in the house remains very low, delivering important environmental benefits and economical energy bills.
All the Schueco systems in Brightwater were fabricated and installed by Croydon-based DG Glass Designs, a highly experienced and expanding aluminium and glass specialist that is active on projects across London and the South-East.