Simply Stunning

Ultraframe installer Sherborne Windows was tasked to supply and install a modern conservatory extension to a stunning thatched property in the Surrey countryside.

The existing property was a very unusual building and as well as being a truly bespoke home, the location and views into the countryside were incredible. It was crucial that whatever new space was added would complement the existing home, as well as being a light and airy space that linked the home with the surrounding countryside.

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Homeowners, Mr & Mrs B, were undecided on the design and look that they wanted but knew that a crucial factor was that they must be able to use their new living space all year round. Living in such an unusual property, it was vital that the design would complement and enhance their home.

Commenting about their decision to add a conservatory extension to their home, Mrs B said: “We wanted to bring the garden and additional light into our home by adding a conservatory. We met the Sherborne team at a local garden centre, and they were very caring and understanding of our requirements. The Ultraframe products that they used seemed to be very good quality and we liked the modern design that they created for us. There was a lot of choice and it was relatively easy to find a solution that suited our home best. We love the warmth and brightness of our new room and use it for eating and relaxing as well as entertaining family and friends. It’s a really warm room at any time of year and we would definitely recommend Sherborne Windows – they are very professional and offer superb aftersales service.”

The experienced team at Sherborne designed a contemporary conservatory extension featuring a glazed Classic roof to draw huge amounts of natural light into both the conservatory below, and the adjoining rooms. Featuring a curved cornice to add an element of style and luxury, the roof, windows, and doors are finished in anthracite grey, paired with white render to complement the render of the property. The conservatory features a mix of full length frames, large picture windows and glazed doors to ensure the light airy feel that was such an important part of the brief. On the interior, an insulated internal pelmet gives an extension-like feel and has been used to discreetly house spotlights for dark nights.

The resulting conservatory is a triumphant statement of modern luxury and is the perfect addition to this most unusual and beautiful home. Choosing the anthracite grey frames in contrast to the woodgrain frames of the rest of the home demonstrates perfectly that a contrast can often create a real stand out feature, while the render which replicates that of the house still ensures a seamless look.

Commenting about the project, Chris Long of Sherborne Windows, said: “We were thrilled to work with Mr & Mrs B on this project – it was a pleasure to have the opportunity to design a conservatory for such an unusual and beautiful home. Lots of glass and less framework along with great levels of insulation/energy efficiency to provide year-round use were the order of the day, and the Ultraframe Classic roof, coupled with contemporary windows and doors provided the perfect solution. Although we build lots of glazed extensions, there are not many that are attached to a building with a thatched roof. The project brief to create a light and airy living space was achieved but making sure it complemented the home was difficult to imagine during the design stage. The effort put in early on to ensure the new building not only performed but was also aesthetically right was worth it when we look at the finished result. Making sure we kept the new building very simple and with large areas of glass to bring lots of light into the room worked, and the end result is a stunning new space that perfectly complements the rest of this amazing home. The clients were delighted with the result and very happy that they have now created a space that really brings the extended garden into their home, whilst being a comfortable year round living space they can enjoy throughout the seasons.”