In 2016 Husband and wife Alex and Toby Hull bought a run-down 1940s ex-local authority house situated in a pretty Hampshire village within the South Downs National Park. The house needed a complete renovation to transform it into a space the young couple could both live and work from.
For Alex as Managing Director of Back to Front Exterior Design; a family business based in Surrey specialising in transforming ugly houses into beautiful homes; the undertaking for the couple was not a daunting one but one with endless possibilities.
Along with all the design work, the couple took on a lot of the physical work too, with Alex acting as project manager and Toby doing much of the building work with help from day rate employed trades and friends. Working at nights and weekends they finally met their goal of transforming the unloved house into a beautiful, contemporary yet country living style home in early 2017.
One of the key considerations for Alex in transforming their home was making sure they selected the correct style of windows to help add character back into the house and for the couple wood was the only choice.
“I have believed for many years that the windows and doors are the eyes of a house and can make or break a project. The choice of material and manufacturer for us was vital to ensure the products not only looked right but were hardwearing, low maintenance, had sensible manufacturing guarantees and had top eco credentials. Windows are one of the most economised spends on a project, with many people opting for cheaper PVC-U, mainly because of the perceived added benefit of low maintenance, but it comes at a significant environmental cost and in terms of real savings, can also be a false economy. Not to mention potentially catastrophic for the look of the building.”
In working with Bereco for clients of Back to Front Exterior Design, Alex knew our timber windows and doors well and knew that there was no other option for her own house than our Traditional Flush Casement with Farrow & Ball colour matched paint finish.
“The profiles of the traditional flush casement look great for a modern or traditional look because the chamfered putty line gives them a crisp finish but paired with Bereco’s 25mm ovolo glazing bars to divide the panes into three sections we gave the house a much softer feel”
Alex and Toby didn’t stop there they also chose grey warm edge spacers to compliment the Farrow and Ball Moles Breath painted windows and doors further reducing already low U-values to improve the overall insulation value of the property.
Before the dust had even settled with the renovation the neighbouring properties owners fell in love with the windows and doors and have since had the same Bereco products installed in their own home, matching the two semi’s and lifting the look of the whole street.
“The windows and doors have not only hugely improved the look and feel of our home they have also added value to our property. Not a day goes by when we don’t appreciate them.“