Doors

Our existing doors were in a poor state, single glazed with cracked panes and no insulation. Cold air blew straight through the keyhole, and even worse, a cat flap. We replaced the front and back doors with high performance, draught proofed doors with insulated panels. They still have a keyhole, but with mini draught excluders inside to form a seal.

We opted for timber rather than PVC, in line with our natural materials & PVC free policy, and they were manufactured relatively locally, just over the estuary in New Holland.

 

Kitchen Door

Product High performance timber door, draught proof, double glazing, insulated panels
U-Value 1.6
Cost £740
Supplier Howarth Windows & Doors

 

Before.  Condensation running down the single glazed glass shows how cold this door was.  I've taped up the key hole and boarded up the cat flap as interim measures.
Before. Condensation running down the single glazed glass shows how cold this door was. I’ve taped up the key hole and boarded up the cat flap as interim measures.
The big, unobscured window brings the garden into the kitchen.
After. The big, unobscured window brings the garden into the kitchen.

The large glazing area in the front door set provides natural light to the lounge in the centre of the house that has no external windows. If other houses in the terrace had kept the original stained glass pattern then we would have copied it to match, but they hadn’t, and it was not particularly special.

So we enjoyed the creative expression of sketching our own coloured designs, and local craftsman Ian Harrap of the shop on Spring Bank realised our drawing in lead and glass.

The stained glass panels were then sealed inside double glazed units, gas filled with low-emissivity coatings. These tripled glazed units were then sent to the door factory for installation, and the finished product delivered to site.

 

The doorset is delivered as a single, extremely heavy, piece.  By manufacturing the whole doorset in the factory they can ensure it's completely airtight.
The doorset is delivered as a single, extremely heavy, piece. By manufacturing the whole doorset in the factory they can ensure it’s completely airtight.

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Ian Harrap (the Son), local craftsman.
Ian Harrap (the Son), local craftsman.