Bungalow renovation project
Paul and his wife Fiona bought a 1950s bungalow in Surrey, UK, purely for its location. The fantastic site offered plenty of potential for them to create a stunning home that combines his architectural expertise with her ability to transform the outside space. The whole point of making the connection between inside and outside – and blending the two – was an essential part of the project.
The downstairs zone, where the couple spends most of their time, was a particular focus. This open-plan space has a natural flow between the kitchen/diner and breakfast snug, which connect through into the living room and out into the garden. The idea was to create a series of spaces that seamlessly enable that inside-outside connection, yet are flexible enough to accommodate just the two of them as well as 12 other people.
As an architect, Paul Davis appreciates how small details can combine to create a greater overall impression of a property. These doors have a very special feature: integrated insect screen and blackout shade. They are neatly concealed in the end reveals, they span the whole 4.7m in one piece, and when they are not being used you don’t even know they are there. It’s those things you’re going to touch and use every day – the door handles, the locking mechanisms – that are the most important design considerations.
Specifying Centor Integrated Folding Doors for the large opening into the garden was one of the easiest decisions they had to make: “When you close the door on an Aston Martin it feels good. When you open and close these doors, they feel good. They’re robust, but they slide really easily. And they close solidly, with certainty."