We’ve used idealcombi windows in a number of recently completed projects such as the award-winning Summerstrand. In this post, we’ll give you a quick insight into why we often specify these window and sliding door units. We’ll also show some images of them installed in recently completed buildings. This post isn’t sponsored or endorsed by Idealcombi, nor is intended as a detailed ‘review’ of the system. It’s just a collection of our own thoughts and images that you’ll hopefully find interesting or useful.
Why do our clients choose Idealcombi windows?
One of the features that has attracted a number of our clients to the system and a design feature we particularly like is the standardised sight lines. What do we mean by sight lines? We’re referring to how the window frames look when viewed straight on; either from inside or outside. A standard window profile design will usually be made up of more elements on an opening unit than a fixed pane. As a result, if you install an opening casement next to a fixed pane they will look slightly different. The opening unit will also feature a slightly smaller glazed area as the frame elements will be slightly larger. In some window and door systems, the frame profiles for the sliding or bi-fold doors are a different profile to the windows.
As a result of how their frames are designed, Idealcombi windows – as well as one of their competitors Velfac – use the same profile for all of their window and door units. As a result, when you walk around the building, both inside and outside, all of the window and door profiles will look the same.
The photographs below from our Summerstrand project show how this works. In the top image, you can see three different types of the window – a fixed light, a side hung casement and a sliding door – but look how all of the frames are identical. The second photograph shows the same opening from inside the room, and again all of the window frame sight lines are identical.
The simple, clean lines of the frames really compliment contemporary buildings like the modernist pavilion below. Using powder-coated aluminium for the outer frames gives a number of benefits. It allows you to select from a wide range of colours and provides a very robust product that stands up to the weather. The Futura+ units shown in these examples feature an internal timber construction. The internal timber sections can be finished ‘naturally’ or in a selection of painted colours. Some of our clients prefer the use of timber internal sections to a complete aluminium section.
Should we go and see our preferred window suppliers?
In a word; Yes. It’s so important to get a feel for how the windows and doors operate. Visiting a showroom also lets you see the frames up close and at their full size. We can arrange for ‘chop samples’ (small sections of the frame) to be sent out to the office, but it’s always best to see whole frame setups before you commit to a particular window supplier.
Many of our clients consider the identical sight lines to be a great design feature. Others actually prefer to have a bit more articulation in the frame design rather than a simple block. It’s a personal decision, and why it’s so important to visit showrooms or completed projects and view the systems.