Cornerless Sliding Bifolding Doors are a big hit for Garden Spaces and Alumen at Grand Designs

Cornerless Sliding Bifolding Doors

Grand Designs Live came to ExCel London in May, to a great response from visitors eager to witness new products and ideas from the 500 exhibitors. So when the Grand Designs Magazine team found themselves having to choose the top exhibitors from so many, it was no mean feat, and Garden Spaces was delighted to be picked amongst these, bringing a very satisfying end to an already successful show.

The contemporary garden building manufacturer launched a new range of outdoor living pods at the exhibition, which are designed to further extend the useability and versatility of the garden room. For its windows and doors, the company worked closely with Alumen Ltd, the specialist aluminium door and window sister company to long-established GRP Designs, which supplies aluminium doors and windows and integral blinds for the garden room designs. Bi-folding doors are particularly popular in this market due to their ability to provide a 90% opening onto a conservatory, patio or garden room, for a feeling of extra light and space, and the aluminium frame ensures a light weight, yet strong and long lasting product. Alumen supplied a cornerless set of sliding doors next to bi-folding doors for Grand Designs Live, resulting in a completely open space, with no need for a corner post.

The opening up of space within a garden room was integral to Garden Spaces’ success at Grand Designs, with the company’s garden rooms praised for falling within permitted development rules of 2.5m high, but also providing more than adequate internal headroom, removing any feeling of claustrophobia. Roger Hedges from Garden Spaces explains:

“People are surprised by the amount of internal headroom we can create without compromising thermal performance. This is a real differentiator for us due to our clever floor and ceiling structure that enables us to achieve up to 2.2m (7’2”) of internal headroom and still meet the 2.5m height requirement to avoid planning on most occasions.”

Alan Robinson, Director of Alumen adds:

“It is important when creating an extra living space to ensure it is not only functional, but also comfortable and stylish. We are very pleased that Garden Spaces had such a successful exhibition, and we were glad that we could help them add to the feeling of light and space within their designs."

“The door combination was a bit of fun really. Last year we supplied a set of cornerless bi-folding doors, where the two doors opened up to leave a completely open corner. This year we decided to go one better and couple a set of sliding doors with a set of bi-folding doors in a cornerless configuration. I don’t know whether this configuration has ever been achieved before, but I do know that it has proved successful as we have already taken orders for some more.”

Alumen offers a choice of Schueco and SMART aluminium bi-folding door systems, and can provide generous size limitations of up to 1,200mm wide sashes – ideal for the creation of space. Complementary aluminium products are also available, including windows, sliding doors, contemporary doors, rooflights, and conservatory roofs, and the recently launched electronic integral blind is ideal for adding value to bi-folding and sliding doors as it has no controls to interfere with their operation.