This bespoke new home in the coastal town of Salcombe features Internorm windows and sliding doors.  This post gives you a quick insight into why our clients selected these composite window and sliding door units.  We’ll also show some images of them installed in recently completed buildings.  This post isn’t sponsored or endorsed by Internorm, nor is intended as a detailed ‘review’ of the system.  It’s just a collection of our own thoughts and images that you’ll hopefully find interesting or useful.

Why did our client choose Internorm windows?

Our clients were attracted to the Internorm windows and sliding doors for a couple of reasons.  The units can be supplied in a range of different styles and designs, from highly contemporary simple frames to a more traditional design with glazing bars and other fenestration details.  The window and door units can also be specified with a range of integrated solar controls.  This offered them a wide selection of aesthetic and accessory choices from a single manufacturer.  It also allowed them to select different specifications in various parts of the house.  Simple casement units were selected with a thin glazing bar detail in the bedrooms occupying the more traditionally designed northeastern elevation.  In the large open plan living accommodation and master bedrooms to the south, a more contemporary frame design was selected with integrated Venetian blinds.

Our clients selected the composite timber/aluminium frame profiles, but Internorm offers a range of options with different configurations of timber, aluminium and upvc.  The units have excellent thermal performance, with some frame profiles filled with insulation.  A full range of the different profiles can be found on the Internorm website.

internorm windows and sliding doors in an award winning house by south devon architects andrew lethbridge associates

Integrated Venetian Blinds

The triple glazed units can be fitted with integrated Venetian blinds for privacy and solar control.  The patio doors to the master bedroom include a subtle hood at the top of the frame, which houses the blinds when rolled up.  The blinds feature a typical beaded control cord for raising, lowering and angling.  In the first-floor kitchen spaces, our clients still wanted to benefit from the solar control offered by the blinds.  However, it was felt that having exposed blinds in these areas could be problematic to use and keep clean.  All of the window units around the kitchen worktop, therefore, feature electrically operated blinds between the two of the three glazing panes.  The blinds are controlled by subtle switches on the frames.

internorm windows with integrated venetian blinds in an award winning house by south devon architects andrew lethbridge associates

Inward Opening? – Should we go and see them?

In a word; Yes. It’s so important to get a feel for how the windows and doors operate and look up close and at their full size.  We can arrange for ‘chop samples’ (small sections of the frame) to be sent out to the office, but it’s always best to see whole frame setups before you commit to a particular window supplier.

This is especially important when, unusually for UK windows, the window and door units are inward opening.  Some people will be put off by the fact these units open inwards, but our clients were happy to make subtle changes to the way they laid out the rooms and approached the installation of blinds and curtains. It’s a personal preference of course, and it’s why it’s so important to visit showrooms or completed projects and view the systems for yourself.