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Ashford House

Located on broad acreage in Upper Beaconsfield, Victoria, Ashford House is a contemporary home inspired by the traditional farm-style Colorbond shed.

The minimalist architecture and quality craftsmanship evokes a sense of luxury. The floor plan consists of four bedrooms, three bathrooms, a gym, butler’s pantry and a spacious kitchen, dining and living room – forming part of the entertaining and alfresco area.

Built by owners Steve and Donna Bright from construction company Excelcon, with Graham Jones Design, the brief was to frame the home and provide capitalise on the beautiful rural views. “We wanted to incorporate floor-to-ceiling windows that could run seamlessly along the length of the house,” says Mr Bright.

Excelcon worked closely with Stegbar to customise windows to the specifications required. “At the time, Stegbar was developing a new innovative range called Alumiere, which became an integral part of the design – both aesthetically and structurally,” explains Mr Bright. “We wanted the windows to provide vast open living spaces, while maintaining minimal visual impact from structural elements.”

The Stegbar Alumiere range was a perfect fit, offering the look of bespoke joinery; with black bold framing that complements prestigious residential homes, where the emphasis is on ample windows and open plan living.

To seamlessly bring the outdoors in, Stegbar Alumiere Stacking Doors were specified, allowing Steve and Donna to take advantage of the alfresco space all year round. “In winter, we can keep the doors closed and still feel connected to the outside due to the large panes of glass and unobstructed views. During the warmer months, we can completely open them up and create a cohesive transition from inside out,” says Mr Bright.

Working collaboratively with Stegbar, a method was developed specifically for the Ashford House project, in which the Alumiere windows and doors could provide lateral and cross-sectional strength to the home’s structure – appearing as if they’re holding up the home’s entire structure.

In addition to structural integrity, the Alumiere window and door suite provides excellent acoustic performance and is manufactured to resist the elements and high winds, creating a leak and rattle-free solution.

“The design of Ashford House was always going to provide a challenge to window manufacturers. With a longstanding working relationship and a cohesive approach to construction, Stegbar’s Alumiere range has enabled us to achieve a final overall look that is true to our design brief, and creates an extraordinary home,” concludes Mr Bright.

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