Teckentrup Supersize

Jaguar Photo Shoot at Sevendials

Our prestigious project Sevendials in Cheshire has been used as a backdrop for the latest Jaguar I Pace photo shoot and used on Jaguar’s Instagram page. The contemporary dwelling provided the perfect location for the luxury manufacturer to place their SUV.

Both photos used on Jaguar’s Instagram account feature some of the products we used on this exceptional property – an Oikos pivot front door and a Teckentrup garage door.

Oikos Synua

Jaguar I Pace with Oikos Synua in the background


Oikos Gold Partner

Oikos Gold Partner

Lakes Doors Architectural are please to announce we have been given the status of Oikos Gold Partner. Gold Partner’s are Oikos’ preferred distributors of their products and the status is only awarded on the fulfilment of strict criteria set by Oikos. Some of the criteria includes product training and knowledge, showroom materials and a working showroom door. Buying from a Gold Partner is Oikos’ assurance that you’re buying from one of their very best distributors and can expect the expertise and service level that goes along with this when purchasing one of the world’s very best doors.

Receiving this Gold Partner status comes shortly after being awarded the Oikos Golden Lock Award and also being featured in the 2018 No Limits Project book.

View our Oikos doors projects

The Grafters Award

The Grafters Awards

Shortly after winning the Oikos Golden Lock Award, Lakes Doors Architectural are pleased to announce we have won a Grafters award after we were shortlisted in March.

The gala dinner was held at the Mercure Manchester where there was 450 guests and we received our special commendation in the category of Best Newcomer.

The event raised over £2000 for the chosen charity Kidscan  and we were delighted to be a part of the evening and even better to come away with another award.

A full list of all the awards can be found here

Oikos No Limits Project

Oikos No Limits Project 2018

Lakes Doors Architectural have been featured in the Oikos No Limits Project book. No Limits is a book of case studies where Oikos doors have been installed on some of the world’s most prestigious properties. The book is released every 3 or 4 years to showcase the very best in residential architecture where Oikos doors have been included.

No Limits Sevendials

The project which Lakes Doors Architectural have been included for is our Sevendials project in Cheshire where we installed two Oikos doors. This fantastic and incredibly special contemporary build was designed by The Cave Architecture & Design and built by Echelon Projects.

Oikos Golden Lock

Oikos Golden Lock Award

In December 2017 we were delighted and humbled to win the Oikos Golden Lock Award which is Oikos’ ‘best client of the year award’ and was awarded for our commitment, attitude and results achieved.

It is the first time a customer from outside of Italy has won the award and James Darnell travelled to Oikos doors in Italy to collect it.

Some of our orders that have contributed to us achieving the award are our Sevendials project which will feature in the new Oikos No Limits book and our black marble door at Honeywood.

Hayley Darnell from Lakes Doors Architectural poses with the Golden Lock.


Oikos – The Culture, A Company

We along with some of our key clients were invited by Oikos to take part in their event in Venice. The title of the event was The Culture. A Company. Possible Landscapes which focused on culture and how architecture is affected by it.

The event was held in the breath taking Sculoa Grande Di San Rocco. There were talks by Fabrizio Panozzo from the University of Venice and world renowned architect Stefano Boeri who created the Vertical Forest Project.

On the second day we visited the fantastic Oikos showroom to see the ful range of products including the new Nova glazed door available in sizes up to 6.3m high.


Lakesdoors New Showroom

It’s happening! Work has commenced on the new showroom at Lakesdoors.

Already all the old show doors have been removed and the walls and supporting structures have been taken down.


The Old Showroom

Work has now commenced on the new steel structures that will be needed to support the fabulous doors that we are installing. In particular, the large luxury front doors from Oikos, Silvelox and Groke. In addition, Garofoli internal doors, garage doors from Garador, Silvelox, Delta and others will be a feature of the showroom. Also as part of the showroom will be a new office. The main use of this office will be for the service of our customers.


The old showroom removed. A part of the new steelwork can be seen. (The dust was created by floor preparation work.)

Work will progress rapidly now – I will keep you updated!


Our Showroom Premises


Lakesdoors and Garofoli

Lakesdoors are pleased to announce that we have a new supplier of internal doors. Garofoli are an Italian manufacturer whose doors have all the design flair and engineering excellence that Lakesdoors customers have come to expect.

Gaofoli Living

Garofoli flush frameless doors


Garofoli door designs are grouped under four main headings: Design; Modern; Neo Classic; Classic. Each of these four groups then have sub groups. The result is that there are hundreds of designs from which to choose.


When you factor in the numerous materials and finishes which are also available to you, the choices are almost limitless.


Download the catalogue here and take a look for yourself at these amazing doors.

Please get in touch if you need any advice of further information.


Doors for a prestigious new property.

Edited Sevendials

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 Brief

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

Garage Door


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.

Internal Doors

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.


The Result

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.