The Cave Architecture and Design operate from Alderley Edge in Cheshire. They exclusively recommend Lakesdoors to their clients for all their Front, Garage and internal door requirements. So we were pleased to again be asked by them to help with this project in Cheshire.
The front door was to be a very large pivot door, 1.4m wide x 2.7m high, (4’7″x 8’10”). Similarly, the garage door had to span 8m, almost double the width of a standard double garage door, and be 2.25m high, (26′ x 7’6″). The internal doors were to be frameless and fit floor to ceiling. This meant that on the ground floor they would be 2.8m high, (9’2″), and on the first floor 2.5m (8’4″).
Meeting the Client
An initial meeting took place with the Clients and all the product options were put before them. Detailed discussion took place on types, styles, mechanisms and method of installation. Further meetings took place after the Clients had started to narrow down their choices. It was then possible for us to give cost indications. The final selections were then quite quickly agreed.
The Front Door
The front door was made by the Italian firm Oikos. The model was the Synua Ceramic. A pivot door, with the load carried on just one large ball bearing in the floor. Despite the size and weight it can be opened and closed effortlessly. As well as the beauty and aesthetics of the door, it is also immensely practical. It is very secure – as standard Class 3 level. It has an exceptional standard of insulation and sound proofing. Read more.
As you can see from the pictures, there is a large glass side panel at the side of the door. To ensure that this was stable and would not tremble when the door was used, we fabricated a heavy steel framework around the door solidly fixed to the building structure. This was then covered with a perfectly matching cladding supplied by Oikos
Lakes Doors have been supplying and installing garage doors for over 25 years. Even so, the choices of door that were available for us to supply for this project were very few. Teckentrup are manufacturers of both industrial and domestic garage doors. They can combine elements of both to supply a door they call the Supersize. This door uses industrial lifting gear combined with domestic door sections. This then gave us a door that was sufficiently strong, despite the size, but aesthetically in keeping with the remainder of the property. To complete the door, we fitted the Teckentrup direct drive industrial motor with the usual remote control systems that you would associate with a property such as this.
These are again Italian and made by Pivato. The model is the Leggera. The frames for these doors were installed in the early stages of the building construction. They were then plastered in to completely hide them. The doors were fitted when the building was nearing completion. These doors have no jambs and blend into the walls beautifully.
Perhaps the most satisfying outcome from a project like this, for us at Lakesdoors, is when the Clients are appreciative of what we have done and thank us. The doors they had chosen were totally in keeping with the character of their home. The entire build including the work done by us was to the highest standard. The Site Manager controlled the project at all stages. This high standard resulted in a building of superb quality and distinction.