Deb Sangster has built and renovated properties all her life. Her latest project in Sanctuary Cove, Queensland, is her most ambitious to date. She gutted and stripped an original home to its bare bones as well as added major extensions.
Deb has created a striking home showcasing 180-degree views over the sparkling waters of Sanctuary Cove and the motorboats bobbing in the marina.
Given the home’s waterfront location and sophisticated design, it was most important to Deb to find quality windows that would complement her vision for her new home.
“I didn’t want just the average glass sliding door. I wanted the doors to be architectural, with a really nice slim profile,” says Deb.
Deb contacted Central Glass and Aluminium following a recommendation from her neighbours.
“I really liked the sliding doors Central Glass could supply, but as I was talking to the owner, Heather, I realised she could custom make anything I wanted. Just from the way Heather spoke, I could tell she knew what she was talking about. Also, she could send someone out right away,” says Deb.
We spent time with Deb on the site of her renovation to understand her vision for her new waterfront home. It was clear that making the most of the water views meant finding a way to ensure those views were enhanced by the windows, not obstructed by them.
With such a large space facing the water, we were able to place glass doors instead of windows. This change enabled the entire space to be opened up. Deb needed only two panels instead of the four required by a typical residential window arrangement.
We also designed concepts for the magnificent 6.2-metre-high glass entranceway. Deb chose a pivot door because she wanted a door that would either be open or closed. This is a type of door that is difficult to screen, and that has lots of air gaps around it. But that just means you need a team that knows how to solve those challenges.
We designed the door to minimise any gaps causing airflow and worked with Deb’s builder to ensure the door was placed so that dirt would not blow in under it.
Sashless windows (Aneeta windows) were added beside the door. They can lock open to allow a small breeze through, so you don’t have to the front door open to get a breeze through the house. Deb likes to go for walks and runs, so we installed electric locks which means she doesn’t have to carry bulky keys.
“I just had a drawing, and some inspiration from Pinterest for the entrance and from this, Heather and the team drew the whole thing up. Whatever I wanted, they could do. Heather made it sound so easy. She has this confidence that there is always a way to do everything. Our new entrance is unique, and it exceeded our expectations. Central Glass’s quality and service were outstanding. I could always get in touch with them, and I liked that I talked to the same people from the time I ordered until installation was complete,” says Deb.
At Central Glass and Aluminium, our philosophy is “You dream it. We make it”.
“Pinterest and Houzz are brilliant because we can create a shared language with a client. We take what they’re showing us in pictures then apply our expertise to make it a reality. That was particularly easy with Deb because she had such a clear vision for her project.”
To take a tour of this beautiful renovation, please look through the gallery of images.