Timber Conservation™ windows and doors by Mumford & Wood have been specified by a building developer for his own residential property in Poole, Dorset. This large coastal town, once a maritime trade hub, has attracted tourists and visitors to its beaches and landscapes for many decades and is an established area of beauty.
The 1950s cottage-style property was purchased by the couple in the knowledge that only minor remedial work would be required but some months later it has been completely remodelled and is a superb example of experienced and sympathetic design and workmanship. The original footprint, now 2,500 sq ft, has been extended, floors have been taken up and re-laid, walls repositioned and rooms refigured. Under floor heating has been installed throughout and wall insulation removed and replaced.
“We hadn’t intended taking on such an involved and intricate project but once we moved in we enjoyed the cottage so much that we decided to do a thorough job, remodel and upgrade the space completely,” says Roger Ward, Roger Ward Building & Design. “We’ve practically rebuilt the cottage and it has been a pleasure to watch its transformation; we just love the house and its grounds. As a working model there are things we’ve done here that I will propose to my clients in their projects such as the staircase, kitchen and bathroom designs which are my own.”
Roger Ward comments that the original property was cold and draughty and they were pleased to replace ill-fitting, single glazed Crittall windows with timber windows and doors from Mumford & Wood’s established Conservation™ range. “We love the windows and especially the French doorsets with fixed glazed side panels that are a major feature of the rear elevation and allow maximum light and visual access to the beautiful terraced gardens. A first floor bedroom has an attractive Juliet balcony feature from where we can stand and admire. As soon as the windows and doors were replaced we could immediately feel the benefit in comfort and when we’ve had our first winter here I’m sure our energy bills will be greatly reduced.” The sloping feature of the plot and its substantial gradients is home to over 80 protected trees and Roger and Jan Ward worked closely with local planners to ensure limited impact.