IGG integrated all-glass system
IGG integrated all-glass system
IGG integrated all-glass system

GEZE UK’s Cumbrian Cottage Challenge

A traditional cottage set in the dramatic landscape of the Lake District has undergone a spectacular ‘Grand Designs’-inspired refurbishment, with a cutting edge extension using a sophisticated IGG integrated glass system from the UK’s leading manufacturer of door and window control systems, GEZE UK.

Owners of the Cumbrian home are now enjoying spectacular views from the coastal hilltop site, which incorporates the latest in double glazing and GEZE UK’s swing door technology to create a frameless, full height glass screen room which makes the most of the panorama while cocooning inhabitants from the elements.

With safety and resilience top priorities, the cottage extension was a real challenge for the contractor Askam Construction, who turned to Structural Glass Solutions Ltd to specify a glass and door system that was easy to use, functional, energy efficient and aesthetically pleasing to meet the vision of the architect. GEZE UK’s IGG integrated glass system was chosen for its unique fitting system, where the mechanical parts of the outward opening manual swing door are just 45mm wide and concealed within its slim frame, creating a sleek glass façade.

With GEZE UK’s commitment to manufacture quality products to the highest standards, the IGG is safe, functional and able to withstand extreme weather conditions, including 80mph gales, driving rain and snow, useful in the unpredictable and harsh Cumbrian climate. The door is also rebated and uses double neoprene seals to enhance the insulation, reducing air leakage rates.

Peter Bullingham at Structural Glass Solutions Ltd said:  “We worked very closely with Damson Design Architects who wanted to create a seamless glass structure, and we didn’t want to compromise on design aesthetics by intrusive but technically necessary mechanical elements.  The GEZE IGG system was the perfect choice, satisfying our performance requirements. 

“Our client wanted the property to have a completely sleek finish, so by sandwiching the whole door mechanism in glass, we were able to give the door the same all-glass appearance as the fixed panels, effortlessly creating a modern clean look.”

GEZE UK’s sales director Andy Howland added: “This is a really unusual use of the versatile IGG system, but the result is an elegant façade on a grand scale. We always strive to provide bespoke solutions for our clients to meet their exact needs and this is a great example of how we can rise to the challenge, creating a spectacular addition to a beautiful home, which makes the most of its location.”