The sleek slimline aesthetics of Stellar aluminium windows and doors from Epwin Window Systems were selected for a complex refurbishment of a Grade II listed high-end pool house for a home near Crediton in Devon. The Stellar windows and doors were manufactured and installed by Devon and Cornwall Windows Ltd.
Adam Page, Owner of Devon and Cornwall Windows, explains: “The original pool house had ageing timber windows set onto a dwarf wall which needed to be replaced. However, the homeowner was keen to create a high end, functional space that maximised natural light throughout the room. We suggested replacing the existing windows and wall with full height windows and doors from the Stellar aluminium range to deliver the light-filled sophisticated space the homeowner specified.”
The brief was particularly challenging for several reasons. Firstly, as a Grade II listed building, full planning and listed building consent was needed. Secondly, the new Stellar products would form three sides of the building and needed to support the original slate roof, which meant the structural calculations were critical and required the use of a galvanised steel ring beam to provide the necessary strength. The Devon and Cornwall Windows team made the structural calculations and produced the drawings required to achieve the necessary consents to take the project forward.
The company manufactured and fitted a combination of full height Stellar fixed panes, a five-pane Stellar Bifold Door and a set of Stellar French Doors with fixed sidelights. All products were manufactured in a black powder coating to emphasise the sophisticated modern aesthetic required.
The installation ran smoothly and the finished result has been transformative. Adam said: “Stellar’s slim profile design allowed maximum light into the pool house. And by fitting a five-panel Stellar Bifold Door to the east elevation, it has opened up the room completely with a seamless transition to the outdoor pool area. As a result, the pool room is completely transformed and the homeowner is delighted.”
Devon & Cornwall Windows Ltd manufactures the full range of Stellar products from its new aluminium fabrication factory in Launceston, Cornwall. Adam said: “We chose to manufacture Stellar because of its clear benefits. Homeowners appreciate its superior slimline flush profile and its high-end aesthetics allow us to tap into higher-value projects. It’s an easy to fit system too. The bifold doors are much quicker to fit than similar aluminium doors, and the pre-gasketed beads eliminate gasket shrinkage and provide a clean neat finish every time.”
Devon and Cornwall Windows supplies trade and retail customers across the whole of Devon and Cornwall. The company prides itself on its excellent customer service and high-quality products – both of which were in evidence on this latest high-end project.