Triple glazed, aluminium sliding doors and windows in Bude self-build project

The owners of this stunning property are the Aylmer Family. The Barford Beach House was their third adventure into the world of self-building but by far the most extensive.


On a cliff, near a secluded beach, sat a 1950’s bungalow. Which the Aylmer Family bought with the plan of adding a second story on top of the original property. As plans progressed, the bungalow was found to no longer be stable in places, so the decision was made to knock it down and start again from scratch.

The Project

Trewin Design Architects worked with the Aylmer Family on the project. Their brief was to improve the layout, provide better links to the garden and make the most of the views over the private beach and crashing waves.

The architects introduced the family to Aspect Windows. Mr and Mrs Aylmer came into the showroom, met with their dedicated estimator and talked through their requirements. They were looking for a low energy home, that didn’t restrict the fantastic views from both the front and back of the house.


It has taken two years to complete the build, but the Aylmer Family now have a fantastic home featuring 6 en-suite bedrooms, with VueLite Lift and Slide doors, which maximise the view and provide direct access to the terraces.

The light floods through the house, through a double height glass wall, in the entrance hall. Internorm, HomePure triple glazed windows have been installed throughout the house providing reliable protection against driving rain and high permeability as well as thermal and sound insulation.

The RAL 9005 Matt colour was chosen to complement the larch wood cladding – which will soften to a silver colour, and the dramatic black render. Due to the proximity to the coast, a marine grade paint finish has been used to protect the aluminium.

Learn More

To learn more about the products we offer and to help you decide on which is best for your project, book a showroom appointment, or call the sales team on 01392 444233.

Photographer – Ewen Macdonald and AA Media


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About this project

Bude, Cornwall

Sliding Doors, Windows, Curtain Walling, Rooflights

RAL Matt 9005 - Jet Black

Triple glazed, Marine coated, Solar control

Trewin Design Architects

Our Product Range

"The whole process has been excellent - I really appreciate the patience you've taken on what is a huge expenditure for a passion project, working with total amateurs! You've always taken the time to answer questions, explain options and crucially, make recommendations when nativity/inexperience clouds our judgement. A real skill and something I personally have really appreciated as I feel confident that we now have windows and doors that complement our house, design and style. Without that level of consultative engagement and relationship I'm confident I would have overlooked details and made a substandard decision. Thank you!"

Mrs Trestain, Padstow

"Just a quick note of thanks to the whole team for our fab windows and doors, we are delighted with both the product and also with the whole fitting process. The lads were brilliant (it's not often you get trades in the house who leave it cleaner at the end of the day than when they arrive in the morning!!) and just quietly got on with the job. Thank you again"

Mr & Mrs Leonard, Exeter

"The pocket sliding door and gable look amazing, it’s an impressive bit of kit and it’s a revelation to be able to open the space up! I have to say we’ve been very impressed with all your teams positivity, professionalism and workmanship, from start to finish - so a big thank you…"

Mr Marsh, Exeter

"I would like to thank you for the quality of the service we have received from Aspect Windows and commend you for the care and attention that we have received throughout the process. I am thoroughly pleased with our new windows and would recommend your services to anybody who asks."

Mr & Mrs Miller, Exmouth

"I wanted to just send my thanks and appreciation. We had an install approx. 6 years ago including some bi-fold doors which in recent weeks appeared to have dropped and became very difficult to lock. I called the office on Monday and a lady took my details and quickly called me back suggesting you had an engineer locally the following day. He arrived and was extremely polite and efficient and diagnosed a broken hinge. He went back to the depot collected the replacement part, then returned to Budleigh and completed the repair. We really appreciate the speed and efficiency with which you dealt with the issue and the ease from a customer perspective. "

Mr Ashby, Budleigh Salterton

"I just wanted to say thank you for the excellent service you have provided in the planning, removal & installation of our beautiful new windows and doors. We were completely amazed & delighted at the speed of which the installation took place and the hard work put in by the installation team. They worked very efficiently and communicated with me at ease through the week so I knew their plans with each room for installation. All the windows & door look great and we have already had lots of compliments. "

Mrs Oakes-Ash, Exmouth

"We would like to thank everyone at Aspect Windows for the fantastic service that we have received on our project. From start to finish, you have been so professional and we are totally thrilled with our sliding doors and our side door. We would not hesitate to recommend you to anyone thinking of undergoing a similar project."

Mrs Moores, Templecombe

"We would just like to say how excellent the service has been from Aspect Windows from beginning to end. The salesman could not have been more helpful, we felt completely unhurried and un-pressured. The fitter was also extremely good, he was neat, careful and very respectful of our property as well as being very sociable and polite. Congratulations Aspect Windows on a really good job I wish everything in life could be so straightforward!"

Mr Foster, Exeter

"I had chosen Aspect Windows in Exeter to supply the glazing as they had a good reputation and specialised in aluminium doors windows and curtain walling. Aspect were brilliant throughout the design and fitting process, working to incredibly tight tolerances especially on the curtain walling."

Mr Abdilla, Exeter