Sussex Farm in East Sussex is set in 130 acres of country estate and offers rural breaks in a collection of luxury self-catering holiday cottages. The main house is separate to the cottages and was built less than 20 years ago to look like a substantial mediaeval home.
Ion Glass worked alongside architects Madgwick & Dottridge of Tunbridge Wells to provide structural glass to several aspects of the building.
Frameless glass Juliette balconies to two door openings on the first floor; frameless glass balustrades to an existing external balcony area; bespoke frameless glass doors and a structural glass linkway between the main house and the garage.
The rear of the house enjoys magnificent uninterrupted vistas across open countryside and the owners wanted to maximise their enjoyment of the view with fully frameless glass balustrading to their existing balcony and frameless glass Juliette balustrades which allow them to have full height double doors opening on two first floor bedrooms.
Bespoke double arched glass doors provide a stylish entrance to the house, making an enclosed porch, whilst a glass linkway to a separate garage allows the owners easy access to their collection of cars, without braving the elements.
The frameless glass Juliette balconies are set into stainless steel channels, standing clear off the face of false oak beams that conceals the fixtures. Each glass balcony is made from a single panel of glass, laminated toughened and heat soak tested for full compliance. Despite there being a slight difference in size between the two balconies they were installed to ensure the upper edge is continuous with the frameless glass balustrade, across the full span of the property.
In addition, approximately 8.5 linear metres of frameless glass balustrading was installed to the external balcony, channel set and designed without a handrail to offer minimal interruption to the views.
Bespoke glass double doors were installed in the arched entranceway. An impressive 2.2 metres high, the double doors open smoothly on hydraulic hinges.
The frameless glass linkway was built to provide a link between the garage and the main building. It comprises two vertical glass walls set into stainless steel channels combined with a frameless glass roof. The wall channels are built into the structure and subsequently concealed for a minimal finish, whilst the glass sits in a surface mounted floor channel. Clear bonding methods create the least possible visual impact whilst ensuring the glass link is both structurally sound and fully compliant.
The house is an impressive fusion of faux-mediaeval style and contemporary design, finished to an exceptionally high standard to incorporate every modern comfort. Extensive use of structural glass and frameless glass balustrades ensures that the owners can enjoy the magnificent views and landscaped gardens, whilst the glass porch provides a functional and stylish entrance in keeping with the impressive frontage of the house.