Exposed locations require strict attention to detail. A dwelling in Salcombe, Devon showcases how aluminium doors and windows can be part of a sustainable creative solution
Spindrift View sits on the cliffside in Salcombe, overlooking one of Devon’s best beaches. Designed by Totnes-based Harrison Sutton Partnership (HSP), the building appears as a single-storey home from the road level above.
Formerly a timber-framed lodge, the design needed to minimise visual change along a popular tourist route and comply with strict building regulations.
Overcoming sloping cliffs, near-inaccessible driveways and coastal conditions, the goal was to create a unique space, nestled into the cliffside to provide a feeling of comfort and seclusion, while maximising views over the estuary.
To achieve this, Devon-based Aspect Windows fabricated and installed ten Reynaers aluminium lift-and-slide doors, alongside aluminium windows and single-entrance doors.
Once in place, the frames would provide the stability required for large expanses of glazing, with pascal ratings to stand up to enduring winds.
Complete with a lift-and-slide mechanism, the solution provides additional sealing and locking options, enhancing performance and security.
Supplied in RAL 9007, the grey aluminium complements the building, while pre-anodised paint adds further protection from the elements.
'No matter where you stand, there are unobstructed views across the estuary,' says Jon Capel, the HSP architect who designed the property. 'To capture those we needed to connect the inside and outside worlds without compromising the building’s ability to handle the unpredictable conditions of coastal life. The selection of glazing materials was critical.'
Reynaers aluminium systems were specified to provide the robustness and durability needed in a harsh environment. Its profiles are in keeping with the contemporary look and feel of the building and enhance its unique identity.