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Part 8 Fitting the Windows & Roof Tiles

Glazing and roof finishes have a big impact of the final aesthetic of a new home. Chris Bates reveals how we specified and installed these elements on our Education House
Right: In the main bedroom and ensuite, our windows feature a lacquered pine internal finish. To maximise light and views, we’ve gone for full-height glazing on the eastfacing elevation, with two top-hung windows, a Juliet balcony with a set of French doors, and a fixed panel. Shutters will be fitted for privacy

With the Build It Education House, we want to show that you can get real wow factor on a relatively standard self build budget. To achieve that, we’re including some finelytuned statement features that give us plenty of bang for our buck. This month, I’m looking at two of the areas that will really set our home apart: the windows, which include a stunning wraparound corner and glazed apex; and the roof.

Specifying the windows

When it came to selecting a partner for this critical element of our build, Kloeber’s reputation for great customer service was a big factor. We’ve chosen them to supply and install the windows, French doors and fixed glazing for the Build It Education House, along with a FunkyFront door for the main entrance. We’re appointing other partners for elements such as the rear sliders and rooflights (more on these next time). The spec developed over the course of three meetings with sales director Matt Higgs, spread across several months as the house design evolved. I’ve found Matt and his team excellent to work with – they’re proactive, explain technical details in an easy-to-follow way and are willing to go the extra mile. Our initial chat, which included Lapd Architects and our structural system provider ICF Supplies, focussed on design and practicality. We wanted to ensure everyone was on the same page about how the units would be fixed. Lead times were a hot topic. Most suppliers deliver in six to eight weeks once you press the green light, and prefer to measure up in situ before manufacture starts. But we were keen to specify the windows off the drawings to try to avoid down time on site. Kloeber were happy to accommodate our request; with the exception of the apex glazing, which both Matt and our architect Opinder Liddar (rightly, it has to be said) felt was too complex and should be measured on site. All our windows are designed to deliver a good U-value (a measure of heat loss, where lower values are better) of 1.3 W/m2K. Working in tandem with the airtight, highlyinsulated superstructure, this will deliver very strong results and low long-term energy bills. Importantly, we can achieve our performance goals using good-quality double glazing at real-world prices; there’s no need for us to buy triple.

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Make a success of your bespoke home building project with inspiration and advice from Build It magazine. This month's advice-packed issue includes: - Design & build masterclass - How to win the planning game - Buyer's guide to bifold doors - Renewable energy: ground source heat pumps - Modular extensions: quick ways to add value to your home - Build It's real-life Self Build Education House ... and more!