We are delighted that Met Therm customers Derek and Margaret Carley, of Beech Cottage, Guildford, are winners of the prestigious renovation category of the Guildford Design Awards, run by Guildford Borough Council.
With vision, endurance, hard work and determination – along with a trustworthy source of skilled suppliers on hand, including Met Therm – the couple not only renovated the house in keeping with the Arts & Crafts tradition of the surrounding area, they transformed it into an award-winning property.
To ensure the Carleys made the most of Beech Cottage’s south facing garden and terrace, and to embrace the fact that it isn’t overlooked, the couple knew that the windows they chose to replace the original steel single glazed windows would play a critical part in the property’s renovation – and in letting in an abundance of natural light.
“The windows are the soul of the house,” said Margaret. “They can bring light and life into the home or they can block it out. It’s one of the most important aspects of the overall design of a house.”
Replacing the original poorly designed aluminium double glazed windows with narrow frames in the Arts and Crafts style was a must. The Carleys knew that UPVC double glazed windows would be too bulky and ruin the look of the 19th century house.
A former colleague recommended Met Therm Windows, a specialist metal window company to Derek, and they had the solution. “The company we chose provided handcrafted metal windows which meant low-maintenance, longevity and retaining the original style – just what we were looking for. The outcome is ‘like for like’ in terms of look but with the very latest technology,” explains Margaret.
With Met Therm on board, Derek and Margaret saw their vision for Beech Cottage become reality. “The finished effect was everything we were hoping for – and more,” said Margaret. “Met Therm even put one of their new AG210 windows in an original Victorian window frame that we wanted to preserve. And the finished result is great,” she explained.
“Our 145-year old property has literally been given a new breath of life,” said Margaret. “We met all of our goals and the outcomes have exceeded our expectations. Winning the award is testament to the hard work that we, along with our team of suppliers including Met Therm, put in to making Beech Cottage the stunning home that it is today.”
About the Guildford Design awards
The Guildford Design Awards aim to celebrate and promote exciting and innovative building design, as well as encouraging high quality development in the future.
Each project is judged on its individual merits by an independent panel of five judges whose professions include architect, landscape architect, and a mechanical engineer who specialises in energy and environmental systems.
Winners of the Guildford in Design Awards 2017
Beech Cottage, Guildford – renovation. Entered by the owners.
The Jenner Building, Pirbright Institute, Pirbright – new build. Entered by NBBJ.
For more information and the full list of winners visit www.guildford.gov.uk/gda
About Met Therm:
Met Therm is a family run business with a dedicated team who draw on their extensive experience within the replacement steel windows industry to meet the needs of customers. Recognising the distinctive and coveted features of steel windows and doors, they have designed a composite aluminium product which counters the issues traditional windows or period windows can create, whilst achieving the traditional slim-line look with A+10 rating.
Met Therm offer a range of doors and windows for renovation, extensions and new builds that customers can personalise their choice by selecting hinges, handles, paint colour and finish.