Ultimately, we are pleased with the new look that has been given to the building, and weather proofing is much improved.

Mr & Mrs Argent

Updating a barn conversion

This converted barn on the outskirts of Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk is home to Mr & Mrs Argent, a family that had very particular wishes to fulfil in the updating of their home.

Their home is one half of a very large barn, the two properties connected at one section, forming a courtyard within the “U” shape of the buildings, and has been occupied by the Argent’s for some 27 years, “we decided to replace the windows and doors, as after all this time, we’d finally got fed up with the old ones; the old doors and windows let in a lot of draughts and were very cold.”

Timber Windows product detail couldn’t be beaten

An online search had led the Argent’s to the Timber Windows of Fornham showroom in Suffolk where they first saw the products that met with their tastes, “other companies were considered but they simply couldn’t create or deliver the detail and style we were looking for.”

Contemporary lipped casement timber windows and front door - Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk
Modern style for new windows

The approach for the replacements had a key emphasis not only on the insulation properties but also on simple, understated design, “we like unfussy lines when it comes to the design side of things and were very focussed on getting this right.” The original windows, dark brown with brass fittings were replaced with our Contemporary Lipped Casement windows (also known as StormProof Windows) finished in London Grey with stainless steel ironmongery. The Lipped Casement has a sash that overlaps the frame and the Contemporary variation a squarer, more angular edge to the styling.

Impressive front door with large glazed panels

The new front door is an impressive two storey feature incorporated seamlessly with striking side and top lights, also all finished in London Grey to match the new windows; a traditional twist saw Mr & Mrs Argent select the black Kirkpatrick door handle and letterbox, “the black ironmongery gives a nod to the history of the building, without being too brutal on the contemporary side. The symmetry of lines in the front door and glass formation was very important to us.”

“Ultimately, we are pleased with the new look that has been given to the building, and weather proofing is much improved – recent high winds didn’t trouble them at all, they were much more solid and there were no draughts at all.”

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