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“In this one space I was allowed to do something a bit different, because it was a completely new structure,” explained Gillian. And she had a very clear idea of what she wanted to create… “I went to Australia about eight years ago and met up with a friend who had moved there. Her house overlooks the sea and it had two glass walls that completely moved. She could open up the whole ground floor to the outside and it was incredible. I wanted to be able to achieve that kind of inside-outside way of living too.” With that vision in mind, Gillian and her husband set about finding and specifying a set of full-height folding doors that would enable them to have their new lounge totally open to the outside. “I wanted as much natural light into the living area of the house as I could get,” continued Gillian. “Our architect, Craig Kipling from Create Architecture, advised us that we would need to get a really good quality door to enable it to span the entire almost 7-metrewide opening.” A piece of art They visited the Homebuilding & Renovating show at Harrogate and came across the Centor stand: “They were showing Centor Integrated Doors, with the insect screen and blind, and were opening and closing them so smoothly. My husband thought they were a piece of art! “We loved the obvious quality of these doors. They are clearly very strong, but they open and close so easily; you can literally push them with one finger. They look very nice and the integrated blinds really appealed to me. I didn’t want any curtains in my house, but I wanted the Project Focus Centor capability to occasionally block the light out and to close the windows off at night. These blinds are just incredible!” Gillian and her husband specified an allaluminium 6-panel 405 Integrated Folding Door with a double blackout shade. “It’s the only thing that isn’t wooden in the whole house!”, she laughed. “We wanted the whole build to be sympathetic to the original granary building. But this new linking area was allowed to be very different. I wanted wall-towall windows and these are just brilliant!” The result is a beautiful home, built in a traditional style with a distinctly contemporary twist. “We have a true inside-outside existence now,” explained Gillian. “In the summer, we can have the doors open and be inside, still getting fresh air no matter what the weather does outside. It’s really nice just to sit with the doors wide open and be inside but feel like you’re outside. “We do a lot of entertaining. My son and his wife don’t live very far away so they might pop in after work; my sister and her kids are literally 10 yards away and my parents are about 50 yards away! Our evenings are quite social – it might be two people, it might be 23! We’ve got patio heaters, so even if it’s chilly, we can happily sit outside until late.” She added: “This is absolutely my favourite part of the house. It’s a very open space with the living area leading into the kitchen and it really flows. We’ve got such open living now, inside and out – it’s just lovely.” www.centor.com Winter 2017 17


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