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Mainly for anti-slip use and rated R10 to R11, for use in glass floors, stair treads, bridges and walk on roof lights, however can be specified anywhere an economical solution is required for a decorative glass product.


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20 Kitchens 23 Lighting & Electrical 28 Tiles 32 Bedrooms & Bedding 36 Doors & Windows

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We are an online furniture store based in Bournemouth, specialising in unusual and bespoke furniture since 2005. We have a large selection of bespoke furniture aimed at Developers, Interior Designers, Hotels and the General Public. We have a large selection of fabrics, chair frames and sofa frames, which can be adapted for any requirement.

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Householders Go Down Under To Get New Space A national trade body is reporting an upturn in the number of people looking to create basement conversions across the major UK cities. The Property Care Association (PCA) says there is an increasing desire among property owners to make use of previously uninhabitable basement space. storey property by up to 50 per cent, without increasing the footprint of the building. And according to the PCA householders, particularly those in cities with Victorian properties which often feature underground

Experts work to the British Standard BS8102, (Code of Practice for Protection of Structures Against Water From The Ground) which delivers best practice solutions to keep basements dry permanently. In line with the launch of the British Standard, the PCA developed a new register of Waterproof Design Specialists earlier this year. This register of skilled professionals is intended to help architects and developers identify individuals that can assist in the design can identify specialist contractors capable of creating and converting damp cellars into habitable rooms. specialised operation and must be undertaken by contractors who have the requisite levels of skill, understanding and experience. workmanship can be very costly. “Even in areas with high water tables, an effective solution can be introduced to keep rooms dry. However, if the design is inadequate, the end result can be an uninviting damp space,

basement conversion. “Basement conversions provide meaningful and useful space, transforming previously uninhabitable damp basements into an attractive and dry area suitable for a number of uses, such as for storage.”

are able to work with the client to design and deliver a suitable “The PCA also requires that the surveyors working for the Association’s website have demonstrated their competence by

Advances in technology and techniques are key to the success of basement conversions, to ensure a ‘dry all the time’ structure is created. Many members of the PCA specialise in the provision of basement rooms, waterproof new buildings or convert damp, unused spaces below ground into dry habitable rooms.


can offer long term, insured guarantees.”

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Architecture Essentials was formed in 2000. We specialise in surface preparation and cleaning using a low pressure ‘damp’ abrasive system which is uses a completely wet blast pot that allows much greater control over abrasive flow and blast pressure than with traditional dry blast systems which are generally designed to provide a consistent aggressive flow.

Greenleaf Contractors Ltd

This control means that our machines can be used for delicacy and as a result are regularly used on listed buildings throughout the country. In addition to this blast system the company also offers traditional dry blasting and have recently modified a traditional dry blast system to significantly reduce abrasive consumption and lower blast pressures to make a second blast option suitable for internal wood cleaning. Again this system has been used successfully on listed buildings – mainly for cleaning wood. While we specialise in abrasive blasting there are times where other techniques might be more suitable, not only will we admit this! but where possible we will try to find you an alternative and solve your challenge. We can offer dry ice blasting (perfect for internal fire damage cleaning), pressure washing (including hot water / steam) and chemical stripping, often combining techniques to get the best of the various systems – for example using the chemical stripper to strip the bulk paint layers – and then the sand jet to ‘polish off’ the final layer. Although Greenleaf Contractors is based in Yorkshire we regularly work nationwide and we have a partner company in Dorset, and can call upon other contractors nationwide to offer similar services allowing us to scale up to take on any challenge. For any enquiries Contact Tom on 0800 849 9113, 01482 870272.


Surface Cleaning and Preparation by the Ashrose Group since 2001 We’ll find and use the most appropriate method to clean your surfaces, be they Stone, Brick, Wood, Steel or Plastic. Painted or just Dirty including fire damage. We use Low Consumption Damp (low dust) Sand Jetting. Low Consumption Traditional Sand Blasting. Dry Ice Blasting Pressure Washing (including Hot water / Steam) Listed Buildings a speciality Freephone 0800 849 9113

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LOFTZONE: INVENTION OF THE YEAR 2013 Loft insulation stops heat going out your loft, right? Wrong. Because recent research has shown that loft insulation isn’t working in 80% of homes. This is because householders use the loft for storage and access, and squash the insulation with boxes and boards. The research (by the National Physical Laboratory and Carbon Trust) showed that this halves the insulation’s thermal performance, and wastes a power station’s worth of energy across the UK. It’s also an eyesore, and the loft becomes a dusty, unpleasant, untidy, zone. But pioneering British company, LoftZone, is on a mission to change that. To protect insulation from compression, and to provide safe access, LoftZone has brought to market a raised deck, called StoreFloor. It is popular Best New Invention at the Ideal Home Show, but has also been designed for the trade, being fast to install and also very strong. Moreover, LoftZone is the only solution on the market that complies with Building Regulations Parts K, L and P,Working at Height and CDM Regulations, and so it is no surprise that it is


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One recent adopter was the Guinness Partnership, who installed the system in 65 properties in London. Chris Wait, Head of Programme and Planning, was pleased that the LoftZone product had come on to the market. out there about the importance of protecting squashed. The LoftZone platforms provide that protection and they also provide safe access routes to components that need repairing, such as water tanks. We intend to continue using the systems when replacing roof coverings.�

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with new passive house compliant door kits With the Government’s Code for Sustainable Homes Scheme (CSH) target for all new houses to be zero carbon by 2016 just over two

for around 27% of the overall carbon emissions released into to construct three million new homes by the year 2020, the need within the housing sector is of

to the zero carbon requirement. which a comfortable interior climate can be maintained


cooling systems, hence the term heat gains from the sun as well

with minimal thermal bridges and delivers a high level of internal

(with and without glazing).

“Passive house is the world’s most advanced standard of energy

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cooling costs. Double Hung Windows Rooflight Architectural have many years experience supplying all types of Rooflights and roof glazing to the commercial sector, and more recently have successfully installed many Lantern Lights, Walk On Rooflights and Pitched Roof Glazing projects to domestic properties throughout the UK.

North East, local assistance is always available.

With rooflights comprising narrow structural Aluminium framework, Powder Coated to any BS or RAL colour, and the latest high specification glass including Solar Control and Self Cleaning options, they are the perfect choice for any new build or re-furbishment. Full advice and Design assistance is given, drawings prepared if required, and a reliable nationwide installation service offered. With offices in London, the Midlands and the


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With vast experience in the commercial and domestic markets, Rooflight Architectural manufacture and supply lantern lights, pitched glazing, and walk-on rooflights to any size or specification. With thin site lines and availability in any colour, we offer a one stop solution, including technical advice, CAD drawings and nationwide installation.

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Economic, efficient and environmentally friendly, Speedheat’s unique electrical underfloor heating is proven in every respect and is easy to install under any floor finish, in any room or as a primary heating system. The nationwide franchise of highly trained engineers are able to calculate exactly what is needed and provide professional installation and a full back-up service.


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Radiating Style Ltd. Call us now on 020 8577 9111 Established for over twenty years, at Radiating Style we have a reputation for producing unique radiators and towel rails in traditional and contemporary designs. Our product spectrum is vast, ranging from the conventional and traditional styles through to our designer radiators which are modern masterpieces! We are always thinking ahead in terms of both design and functionality which is reflected in our product offering. We are proud to say that the majority of our designs are exclusive to us and our product portfolio offers maximum variety, both in size and colour including a selection of distinctive metalic shades. Originality is paramount. We ensure that our designs are full of imagination and always practical, providing high thermal efficiency whilst allowing plenty of scope for customisation. We offer outstanding quality and expert advice and a comprehensive aftercare service.





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The Granite House Develops Online Presence

Increased outreach and customer support through an expanded website and social web presence...

The team at The Granite House have recently embarked on a significant expansion of their online presence, including developments on the company blog, and an increase in engagement on multiple online social channels. The Granite House website fulfills an essential function, as it offers the full catalogue of granite products to potential customers, fascilitates the ordering process, and provides an easy point of communication for customers to enquire about products or services. The expansion of the website is an exciting prospect for The Granite House, and goes together with a wider policy to expand and develop other digital platforms. The blog feature on The Granite House website is key to developing a vibrant online presence, and going forward it will offer interesting and useful information to visitors, including essential how-to guides and insights from the industry.The blog will also offer news from within the company, giving customers an insight into how The Granite House works. According to the team, they are also looking to expand a presence in the world of social media. Social profiles such as Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Google Plus harness enormous power and good useful content is widely shared. The Granite House aim to produce some interesting articles and guides, sharing their knowledge and expertise amongst UK web users.


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Luxury kitchens at non luxury prices As sole UK distributor for Lino Alonso kitchens, TFU Agencies is pleased to introduce an exciting range of contemporary kitchens. These kitchens combine manufacturing precision with quality and style. They are fully flexible and available in a wide range of colours, finishes and configurations as well as being very economically priced. All components arrive fully assembled and quality tested with fixings manufactured in steel and are load bearing up to 260Kg per cabinet. 18mm chipboard carcasses are made entirely from sustainable sources. All drawers are available with touch-push opening and soft closing mechanisms. For further information or to arrange a visit from our Lino Alonso specialist please telephone 020 703 9595 or e-mail




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“We installed a LiteTile colour-changing splashback and the effect was nothing short of stunning”.

LiteTile Ltd LiteTile Ltd have been designing, manufacturing and installing bespoke illuminated glass splashbacks since 2011.

colour or be completely colourchanging – giving total versatility in the kitchen. A small easy to use remote control unit is supplied with every LiteTile installation. A LiteTile splashback combines If more control of the LEDs is excellent task lighting with required alternative control units a decorative feature which are available, ranging from wallcompliments any kitchen. LiteTiles mounted units with a memory are unique to each kitchen – each facility to units controlled via a splashback is built individually to smart phone. The glass front to the LiteTile LiteTile splashbacks are very splashbacks means that cleaning is easy – just a wipe with a soft behind a worktop or hob and damp cloth. A brushed stainless are very easy to install, however steel frame comes as standard an installation service is available on all splashbacks – however, the if requried. They are also energy frames can be painted to match a

both impressive and unique. We installed a LiteTile colour-changing splashback and the effect was nothing short of stunning”. However, a LiteTile doesn’t just have to be limited to a kitchen – it can be used in a bathroom or bedroom, or anywhere where slimline task lighting or feature lighting is requried. In addition to offering an illuminated splashback, LiteTile Ltd also offer an architectural lighting service for architects and interiors designers for commercial projects etc.

very latest high output LEDs. Each unit is sealed and the LEDs are fully IP-rated and temperature controlled to prolong longevity of the LEDs. A single splashback can be up to 3m in length and up to 1.5m high and can either be single

LiteTile splashbacks don’t just look good behind a worktop – they look great behind a hob or kitchen in a new light, visit underneath a breakfast bar as well. Tel: +44 (0)1225 833696 “With lighting and atmosphere an Email: integral part of my design brief, I

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Lighting & Electrical

Occa-Home is the leading online interiors website giving interior

designers, architects, house builders and property developers access to over 150 of the world’s most desirable brands in furniture, lighting and homewares. In addition to over 15,000 beautiful products, our designers have curated inspirational lifestyle collections, all available online 24/7, enabling you to source items for your projects where and when convenient. projects to life, in addition to production of bespoke items in partnership with skilled UK tradespersons. Our heritage in hotel design affords us a unique insight and understanding of project delivery, enabling you to meet your clients brief, budget and deadlines in a professional and

Other Occa-Home services include: Warehousing / staging Bespoke delivery options, including International Dedicated Occa-Home Trade Account Manager Access to Occa-Home exclusive products Access to our library of wallpaper, fabric & wood samples | 0844 879 4258 CreativeLumen launch new product microsite for Wovin|Lumen featuring backlighting & effects lighting

CreativeLumen has launched a new microsite that features the company’s advanced modular lighting system to work exclusively with Wovin Wall. The new website is designed to help architectural and interior design companies identify white and colour changing lighting solutions for general backlighting and dynamic illumination features for use with Wovin Wall modular wall and ceiling tile system. The Wovin|Lumen microsite ( provides information about the products and technologies including; Advanced control options allowing DMX | ArtNET | DALI | Lutron | Stream control protocols to control Wovin|lumen. Proto-Stream DMX IC eliminating the need for DMX Addressing and Line Termination. 3M Power Clamp connector solution for fast reliable plug and play installation. Advanced gamma and binning algorithms to provide unparalleled


colour consistency and accuracy, to deliver a new standard of uniformity in LED luminaries. Symmetrical batwing light distribution and innovative product design, delivering optimised distribution and providing exceptional lighting performance and energy savings. These advanced technologies, combined with the company’s more than 11 years of LED applications experience, enable Wovin|Lumen to help architectural, interior design, and lighting design companies identify the

from a simpler installation process to reduced budget when compared with other lighting solutions. Wovin|Lumen comes in standard cool, neutral and warm white colour temperatures as well as RGB & RGBW colour changing options. All aspects of Wovin|Lumen can be customized. GaDgeLhQ



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Ceramic wall or oor les, natural stone, mosaic les, exterior cladding all at amazing prices. DTW Ceramics have been impor ng les for over 20 years, so we like to think we are in tune with todays designs and customers needs

Abstract is a range that impressed us, and many architects over the last few months, being used in a large amount of residen al houses, restaurants and pubs. Inspired by designs from the early 20th century, abstract has revived the formats of pa erned oor les, in a brilliant and a ordable way. With 36 pa erned les, and 12 plain colours, those with a crea ve touch will be sure to design an astounding room, with a stunning display of shapes, colours, pa erns and borders. The le itself is a hard-wearing, single red ceramic, intended for use in internal applica ons.

Suited for internal wall & oor applica ons Ma nish oor le Rus c, mediterranean style 200 x 200 x 8mm Available in 48 colours & pa erns Plain colour skir ng les are available.



Agglomerate For Coordinated Floor-To-Ceiling Look Matching floor-to-ceiling interior finishes are currently exciting designers, architects and developers, who specify an identical look for floor tiles, stairways, vanities, countertops, wall cladding, partitions, panels and waterproof liners. One hard surface material that is exceptional for this coordinated styling of decorative finishes is Trend agglomerate, a versatile composite that is uniquely produced only quarter of an inch thick (6.7mm) and is ideal for most vertical and horizontal surfaces. Despite its lightweight, slimline profile, this teak-hard agglomerate is as tough and hardwearing as granite slab, resistant to water, chemicals, impact, abrasion and thermal shock, and can be fitted to most substrates, from timber and tiling, to plaster and concrete. Made using natural granite and quartz chips or recycled glass granules, bonded together with super-tough polyester resin, Trend agglomerate can be easily water-jet cut and gently curved to allow the most creative decorative solutions. Available in a variety of square and rectangular slabs measuring up to 3m x 1.2m (120” x 51”), agglomerate can create seamless high-end wall panelling, slip-resistant flooring, sumptuous reception desks and vanity tops, and waterproof liners and washbasin surrounds. On newbuild projects, it’s a highly versatile and luxurious finishing material; on refits it can be installed over existing granite worktops, ceramic tiles, vinyl flooring, brickwork and other flat or curved surfaces. Nor is it limited to interior settings, the rugged, non-porous surface being suitable for exterior building facades, shop fascia, swimming pool surrounds, patio barbecues and outside living spaces, as showcased at Chelsea Flower Show.


For the fashionable coordinated floor-to-ceiling look, as well as contrasting or complementary colours in the same hardwearing material, there are more than 40 Trend agglomerate finishes, including a choice of four distinctive matt textures. These colours include

finely-grained neutral shades of quartz and granite, the granular nuances of recycled glass in tones of green, brown, white, black and grey, and a whole spectrum of blues. There are also vivid explosions of transparent glass granules, their bold colours enhanced with a pigmented polymer resin. To bring together the disparate surfaces of an upscale cloakroom or master bathroom, an interior designer might choose a symphony of matching blue surfaces to create a restful, harmonious décor. A reception area or hotel lobby could be decked out in black granite agglomerate across the floor, steps, walls, countertops and partitions, with bold splashes of orange for an eye-arresting contrast. While muted shades of quartz cream or beige agglomerate would project a laidback ‘boutique’ style in a showroom, apartment or hotel guestroom. The same decorative effect on different interior surfaces at different eye levels gives a homogenous character that is visually pleasing and speaks of quality, like wellcoordinated fashions and soft furnishings, and this can be readily achieved with Trend agglomerate. There is a satisfying green edge too, in that these agglomerates are made using up to 70% recycled material, typically post-consumer glass and recovered natural spoil from mineral quarrying sites. They are Greenguard Children & Schools certificated for the lowest levels of VOC emissions, ensuring a safe indoor environment, and their eco-friendly characteristics enable architects and developers to obtain LEED credits on sustainable building projects. For further information and nearest approved stockist, telephone 0800 044 5395 or contact Trend GB, 28 Decimus Park, Kingstanding Way, Tunbridge Wells TN2 3GP, email The Trend master catalogue of mosaic and agglomerate finishes, or a separate My Agglomerates brochure, can also be downloaded from


Mirror Door Systems

Mirror Door Systems Ltd are direct manufacturers and suppliers of bespoke made-to-measured sliding mirror, glass or panel doors, to the general public and building industry.


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Whilst also, stocking and distributing all the components of their different systems to the retail furniture fabrication industry nationwide.

the door sets and matching tracks, can be selected. Established in 1994, the company has become highly enabling them to offer traditional safety mirror and wood grain doors or to a more modern concept, with a



expectations, it has been chosen to supply to a number of

Mirror Doors Systems Ltd is a Quality Assured ISO 9001-2008 Registered Company.




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Yawn Bedding Get into Bed with SEO Specialists

UK Based Online Bedding Retailer Teams Up With Local SEO Agency On New Search Engine Optimisation Campaign. Yawn Bedding, after finding success selling Snuggledown bedding online in the UK, are looking to expand their audience, and are happy to announce a partnering with local SEO Company, Nebstone Digital Marketing. The launch of their new SEO campaign aims to increase their reach and allow customers to easily find their Snuggledown luxury bedding using search engines such as Google. Nebstone SEO Agency, experts in helping companies increase their audience and expand their online presence, are perhaps a perfect match for Yawn Bedding Online as they push on with their online marketing campaigns. Yawn bedding have recently launched their new website which acts as a platform to sell Snuggledown bedding online to consumers in the UK. After receiving great reviews and happy customers over the first year, they are expanding their online presence in the UK and looking to share their luxury down duvets, goose feather pillows, and mattress toppers to all the troubled sleepers in the UK looking for their perfect duvet or pillow. Yawn Bedding’s partnership with Snuggledown brings high quality, luxury bedding to the UK at very competitive prices and they hope that more customers have the chance to find their bedding in the years to come. After their marketing services were recommended to Yawn Bedding, Nebstone SEO Agency happily took on the new challenge. Nebstone believe they can help Yawn Bedding reach their goals and find the online audience they are looking for. Both companies now look to the future together and hope for results similar to those that Nebstone Agency has produced in the past. While Yawn Bedding benefit from the SEO help, Nebstone are by no means fully booked, and are looking forward to help sculpt the future of other companies online. Yawn Bedding sell a range of luxury Snuggledown bedding online in the UK including natural goose down and feather duvets and pillows as well as a variety of anti-allergy synthetic bedding and mattress toppers. They are relatively new to the online bedding arena but feel their bedding products are both quality and competitively priced accompanied by excellent customer service. 0113 2507171















Zip and Link Beds - what are they and how do they work. A zip and link bed is designed in such a way that you can link two separate bed bases together by brass links or bar, the

A zip and link bed is designed in such a way that you can link two separate bed bases together by brass links or bar,

beds are involved in this case you can actually use two

to the other is such that even as you move across the bed there will be no detachment or unnecessary movement

can simply use normal bed sheets and bed covers on these

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The Wardrobe Calculator Get an estimate for your new designer, made to measure wardrobes direct to your inbox with our Wardrobe Calculator. Simply input the basic details of your wardrobe and we’ll send you an estimate within 5 minutes.

- Premium range a high spec wardrobe featuring the best can offer, at the best price possible. - Standard range standard wardrobe, still featuring high quality materials and mechanisms but more budgetorientated. and main differences between these ranges.

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Doors & Windows

Latham’s Steel Security Doorsets Raise Awareness on Summer Home Security Security issues facing homeowners need to be addressed by confronting the problem head on... A number of alarming crime statistics have emerged recently that prove the necessity for home and business owners to focus increasingly on the security of their property, its contents, and their posessions. In 2012, there were reportedly 250,000 burglaries in England and Wales.

has extended to raising awareness about burglary and crime prevention. They recognise the role that they play in ensuring intruders cannot gain access, and are using their company blog as a medium to promote safety and extra vigilence when maintaining security in the home.

Latham's Steel Security Doorsets are a company based in Stourbridge, West Midlands. They provide high strength steel doors for homes and businesses across the UK. Their focus on providing the best security doorsets on the market

Studies have shown that 47% of adults claim to not lock their front doors, and that just 13% of homeowners lock their doors when they go to bed at night. These are staggering statistics, and one reason why security awareness needs to be

improved. Windows and doors need to be checked regularly for weaknesses, as many thieves are incredibly opportunistic. The inclusion of steel doorsets isn't just a deterrant but also a repellant. through a steel door will soon be recognised by the intruder, and this will ensure that your home or business is secure. For more information about improving home security, and installing steel doorsets into your home, visit their website. | | Or call: 01384 220 050 t36t


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Introducing the Open Wall Concept - Bringing the Outside In.

Unlike a conventional sliding patio door, the HS Portal Lift and Slide Door can be opened Coastal Group launched the renowned for ventilation and locked into securely. By turning Siegenia-Aubi HS Portal Lift & Slide Door position the handle the door lowers and System in May 2013. locks into place, which prevents the door from sliding further Coastal recognised HS Portal as a unique open until the handle is turned again to opportunity to introduce clients to the unlock its position. Open Wall™ Concept. Open Walls™ are the absolute epitome of seamless indoorWhy limit your views if you are building outdoor living. Homes are converted into or renovating your dream home with open, convivial spaces where the outdoors is as vital as the indoors using the HS Portal panoramic vistas or spectacular landscaping when you can create a seamless transition System. from the exterior to the interior of your home? They are a dream come true for both green and fresh air fanatics, and there is a certain simplicity about them that promotes HS Portal Lift and Slide doors are the ultimate in space-saving that is equally at friendliness and good cheer. home in an übermodern or traditional settings. The Open Wall™ Concept is becoming more and more popular with clients as Sunshine and Fresh Air they personalise their homes to take full When it gets hot, don't you often wish you advantage of views through glass. could open up your living space with just a single turn of a handle? With Open Wall™ What is a Lift & Slide Door? HS Portal lift and slide doors can make such provided by the HS Portal system, it really is as simple as that. a big difference to the way we experience living in the house. Lift and slide doors allow It’s time to make your dreams come true huge openings and bring an abundance of - through this highly technically advanced natural light right into the house. sliding door system. They are also functional and super-light Sliding doors are subject to high to operate - even kids can open and close requirements in terms of thermal insulation. the doors with ease. Excellent too for the elderly and less-abled, the HS Portal Lift and Although the glass area is of great Slide door has a large, positive action handle importance due to its large size, the frame and, in particular, the centre mullion also for simple operation.


make key contributions. Thanks to thermally Weatherseals from Deventer, the HS Portal provides an excellant solution all round, and has passed PassivHaus requirements with Through appropriate basic depths and face widths, HS Portal perfectly complements the appearance of windows, and doors and conservatories - after all, the overall impression is just as important as the individual details. The Challenge Before the partnership with Siegenia-Aubi, joiners and clients using existing Lift & Slide Door Systems were faced with slow delivery lead-times, leading to projects being unreasonably delayed. Coastal Joinery Hardware saw it as a challenge to turn this around so that joinery manufacturers could now enjoy complex Lift & Slide Systems delivered to their workshops next day, coupled with fully trained in-house technicians on hand to offer superb technical assistance as required. That challenge has now been well and truly met.

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