The owners wanted a Cape Cod look for their home


The owners aimed for a Cape Cod look in this home, so careful attention was paid to the detail of the windows and doors.

The dressing of the First Residential products by the housing company was designed to achieve a look almost indistinguishable from traditional timber windows and doors. The resulting benefits are both aesthetic and functional – a sympathetic colonial treatment in keeping with the weatherboard cladding, together with the durability and low maintenance of aluminium windows.

The windows are framed with timber. This border is comprised of 75mm facings to the head and jambs rebated over the aluminium facings. Scribers and a faux timber sill are applied, with the latter extending beyond the timber facings in the traditional timber manner. Flashings are folded at the top.

The window colour is Warm White Pearl Matt powdercoat which is closely matched with the paint finish of the timber border. Clear glass rather than tinted is chosen, again to ensure that the look is consistent with a colonial style house. Laminated glass is used instead to minimise UV light entry.

The house was the first that the owners had built, so the desire to get it right was important and durability was key. Generous soffits, flashings and scribers are part of the detailing to ensure weathertightness.

A range of First products are used in the home including a pair of aluminium Latitude entrance doors in Matt Black powder coat.

Similar attention to detail is paid to the architraves on the inside of the windows. These use 50mm colonial profiles. Colour-matched hardware is also used throughout.

Region Bay of Plenty

The result combines the look of traditional timber frames with the durability and functionality of aluminium

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