At Norrsken, we’re fortunate enough to work on some breath-taking projects. From barn conversions to innovative new builds, dream homes that take half a decade and an armada of professionals to budget-focused living space renovations and self builds – we’ve seen it all.  

Our triple-glazed alu-clad timber windows and doors add beauty and value to homes up and down the country. We work with clients on a vast array of styles, designs, colours, and purposes. That is something we’re quite proud of.  

Here, we’ve compiled the top ten best projects we've worked on that showcase the beauty of alu-clad timber windows. 

CONTEMPORARY COUNTRYSIDE  

This cedar-clad self-build home overlooks the countryside on the outskirts of Rye, East Sussex. Planning originally to renovate the existing bungalow on the plot, the owners were dismayed to discover that the home was too run down to remodel. 
Eventually, after commissioning RX Architects to design the new space, their forever home was envisioned. Its light, airy feel perfectly suits the couple’s desire for a peaceful rural retreat.  

Norrsken P33A windows enhance the overall thermal performance of the building, while the S315A triple glazed lift and slide door and S319A inline sliding door effortlessly blur the indoor spaces into the surrounding countryside.  

Externally, the windows are finished in RAL 7005 Mouse Grey, while the clear lacquer finish internally echoes the cedar exterior and the home’s organic feel. The project has recently been shortlisted for the BuildIt Self Build and Renovation Awards.




A CREATIVE RENOVATION PROJECT

An interesting contrast to some of our other projects, this refurbishment features our P12A windows and sliding doors in the client’s family home.  



The five-bedroom house is set across three floors and was remodelled to include a substantial timber-clad extension at the rear. Our sliding doors, clocking in at an impressive 8.6 metres long, revolutionise the home’s main living space and allow panoramic views of nearby countryside. It is an impressive example of making the most of a building’s existing footprint while using real creativity in a renovation project. 



Natural light from wall-to-wall glazing brightens the space and, despite the dark tones used in the kitchen and living areas, creates an airy, spacious feel. The extension was purpose built to feature a gym and open plan living, kitchen dining area.

Neutral RAL 7005 Mouse grey frames and sober wall colours form a backdrop against which pops of colour in the décor stand out brightly. Multi coloured sofas, bar stools, curtains and even a toaster are played off against the cool tones of the windows and doors.  


LOW ENERGY VISION 

Designed by Towle Spurring Hardy architects, the design for this modern passive house was to look as traditional as possible in its stunning rural Oxfordshire location. We supplied one of our highest performing triple-glazed window models, the P44A, throughout the home to meet the stringent criteria for Passive certification.  


Alongside the P44A window, we supplied our S408A inward open framed entrance door and S416A alu-clad lift & slide door. 
Situated with beautiful views across the Oxfordshire countryside, the barn-style building makes fabulous use of both natural materials and high performing features to create an incredible, organic feeling of warmth. Impressive - especially given that it requires no heating. The timber clad exterior and oak-framed windows and doors internally complement one another perfectly. 

Neutral RAL9007 Grey Aluminium powder-coated frames perfectly fit the style and palette of the home, while still showing off the stunning, sleek look of our windows and doors. Attention to detail throughout the design and building processes have truly paid off in its operational energy performance - air tests produced a result of 0.45 aph and the home provides truly a comfortable and unique living experience. Our 400 series products are enhanced by a layer of Purenit insulation, which acts as an efficient thermal break. Whole window U-values sit at around 0.65W/m2K on average for the P44A and the S408A, which is based upon the same glass and frame profile, achieves similar performance.  

We love that the durable, carefully crafted laminated timber structure of our windows allows complete confidence in the performance of our products, while still providing near complete freedom for customisation. Colours, textures, handle choices, shape and sizes, hinge systems and glass types are all entirely bespoke for our customers. 


THE ULTIMATE BARN CONVERSION

Oak speaks for itself in this gorgeous barn conversion project - a complete remodel of two existing buildings and construction of a contemporary glass linking passageway.  



Folding doors in a combination of solid and alu-clad oak sit along the length of the west elevation and are a central feature of the home. Our products are clad in slate grey (RAL 7015) powder-coated aluminium externally.  

Bifold doors are an increasingly popular method of creating a seamless indoor-outdoor flow and - as exemplified here - allow our clients to fully capitalise on a fabulous location.  Elsewhere, wide-faced entrance doors and tilt-and-turn slit windows are finished in a clear lacquer internally to expose and highlight the timber frames.

The resulting impression is understated and laid-back – yet luxurious and, most importantly, incredibly inviting.


The S116A entrance door, S214A outward folding door, P32A top hung windows and P24A Tilt & Turn windows were used in this project. 

Did you know? 

Timber is famously liable to warp and move depending on the external conditions. Norrsken windows are constructed using laminated or "engineered" timber. This process enhances stability and durability, making the windows much less prone to movement while allowing you to enjoy all the beauty and warmth of a timber window or door.  


HIGH PERFORMANCE RETROFIT

Completed in 1967 to a remarkably high standard for the time, by 2018 this striking home needed a major over-haul. After a three-year refurb journey, the house now boasts an almost entirely off-grid energy system while preserving the style and legacy of the iconic original home.   


The palette stayed as close to the original choices of brick, timber, stone and copper as possible. New areas, like the fire pit and entertaining area extension, were clad in striking copper to integrate them seamlessly with the rest of the building.  

Our P31A triple-glazed window frames feature in a muted RAL7021 black-grey externally with a warm wooden finish internally to the mid-century wooden accents throughout the home. 


In the living rooms, symmetrical pairs of S315A lift-and-slide-doors of different dimensions maximise natural light and views of the stunning surrounding area.  

The incorporation of high-performing triple-glazed composite windows into the design was integral to the home’s meeting EnerPHit standards of energy efficiency. A neutral, earthy colour palette was used throughout the property’s exterior to complement the eye-catching copper cladding. 

Internally, the neutral timber frames allow real freedom with the colour palette in the other décor finishes. The result is an impressive and incredibly eye-catching home that remains elegantly integrated with its natural surroundings.  


TIMBER FRAME NEW BUILD

Small - but perfectly formed. 

This three-bedroom timber-frame new build was designed by MBC Timber Frames to meet all the needs of a family home with a compact and cleverly designed footprint. Norrsken S316A Lift & Slide doors are a central feature, merging a beautiful outdoor entertaining space seamlessly into the kitchen-dining room. 


This client used our P32A windows, S310A entrance doors and S316A Lift & Slide Doors coated in a textured black finish externally. Neutral RAL 7047 (Telegrey 4) blends internally with muted tones used throughout the kitchen and living spaces.  

A two-tone colour palette of warm timber and dark metal keeps the home simple - yet striking. Wood features heavily throughout this project, both structurally and decoratively. We particularly like the gable structure and shading screen feature on the south-west elevation. Angled wooden beams enclose and perfectly offset the large areas of glazing and coal-coloured frames of our products. 

The simple north-west and south-east elevations are cleverly interrupted by a vertical-horizontal timber cladding contrast. Starting at the highest point of the house, this detail perfectly follows the line of our angled units and draws the eye to the clean glazing and roof lines.  


STRIKING NEW BUILD

Traditional meets contemporary design in this Gloucestershire new build, completed in 2021. 

The home’s classic twin gable roof design is offset by an anthracite box extension and double-height standout glass columns on the front extension. Creative brick detailing and depth play across the front and rear elevations cleverly interrupt the façade's symmetry while retaining its pleasing proportions.
  

Our P31A windows are used throughout with areas of back-painted solar-controlled glass in RAL 7021 (Black Grey) across the impressive front elevation.The client also used ourS305A inward opening entrance door and S307A outward opening alu-clad French doors. 

Internal and external frames in the same RAL colour continue the sleek look of the property and maximise privacy. 
Sand and black-grey contrast beautifully throughout the build, from the buff and black facing brick to the slick modern interior. Handles in a Smokey Chrome finish continue the home’s innovative modern feel right down to the hardware of our products.  

For us, this project highlights the freedom of design options available to Norrsken clients. From colour choices to glass specification, each project is completely unique and entirely bespoke.  


A MAJOR REDEVELOPMENT 

If there’s a project that wins the award for capitalising on its surroundings, this is it.  



Commanding phenomenal views of the surrounding countryside, the owners of this Staffordshire home undertook a total refurbishment and extension to maximise the gorgeous situation of their property.  

The house is set across three floors, with large glazing areas on each floor to allow uninterrupted and near-panoramic views. Large sliding doors in the living area and the top floor bedroom’s floor-to-ceiling glass accentuate the light, airy feel in this home and really bring an out-of-doors sense to the comfortable living spaces.  

Colours were chosen to blend with other elements of the build and further streamline the design. RAL 7045 (Telegray 1) alu-cladding picks up the notes of grey across the building’s façade; RAL 9010 (Pure White) perfectly matches the walls and floors internally and continues the tranquil atmosphere of the décor.  
Read the Build It case study here.  


NORDIC STYLE new build

This beautiful, rural new build home by Scandia Hus was a highlight of 2019. The white cladding and render combination contrasted fantastically with the grey (RAL 7042 Traffic Grey A) windows externally, and symmetrical features in many areas of the home lend it a calm, ordered feel that beautifully matches the neutral colour palette.  



Our 300-series windows and doors were used throughout the home - full height outward opening and fixed-screen P31A windows stretch from floor to ceiling across the twin gable façade, and throughout the rest of the home. The hallway is beautifully light and airy as a result, and the client’s choice of RAL 9010 Pure White for the windows internally in these areas opens the home up to the surroundings.  

S335A folding doors are used for access across the entire ground floor of the rear of the home, allowing its owners wonderful freedom to bring the outside in and completely open up their entertaining spaces in pleasant weather. 

The muted colour palette of the windows and internal décor – using almost exclusively Traffic Grey and Pure White - complements, rather than undermines, the home’s impressive size and proportions. It’s a stunning home, situated beautifully and designed with a clear vision into which our products blend perfectly.  


beautiful RURAL PASSIVE HOUSE 

Designed by Thinking Buildings, this passive house build is striking in its contemporary design, while retaining a natural look and remaining sympathetic to the rolling Staffordshire countryside around it.  

 

Here, anthracite grey (RAL 7016) windows offset the larch cladding and complement this home’s sleek and almost futuristic exterior. Internally, a stained wooden finish adds real warmth and perfectly accents the wooden theme running throughout the home in the staircase and furnishings. High performing 300-series windows were used throughout, along with framed, bifold and sliding doors.  

Did you know? 

Anthracite grey is one of our most popular colours. Read more about colour trends, and how to choose a colour for your windows and doors, here.  

THE ULTIMATE BARN CONVERSION

Oak speaks for itself in this gorgeous barn conversion project - a complete remodel of two existing buildings and construction of a contemporary glass linking passageway.  



Folding doors in a combination of solid and alu-clad oak sit along the length of the west elevation and are a central feature of the home. Our products are clad in slate grey (RAL 7015) powder-coated aluminium externally.  

Bifold doors are an increasingly popular method of creating a seamless indoor-outdoor flow and - as exemplified here - allow our clients to fully capitalise on a fabulous location.  Elsewhere, wide-faced entrance doors and tilt-and-turn slit windows are finished in a clear lacquer internally to expose and highlight the timber frames.

The resulting impression is understated and laid-back – yet luxurious and, most importantly, incredibly inviting. 


The S116A entrance door, S214A outward folding door, P32A top hung windows and P24A Tilt & Turn windows were used in this project. 

Did you know?  

Timber is famously liable to warp and move depending on the external conditions. Norrsken windows are constructed using laminated or "engineered" timber. This process enhances stability and durability, making the windows much less prone to movement while allowing you to enjoy all the beauty and warmth of a timber window or door.  


HIGH PERFORMANCE RETROFIT 

Completed in 1967 to a remarkably high standard for the time, by 2018 this striking home needed a major re haul. After a three-year refurb journey, the house now boasts an almost entirely off-grid energy system while preserving the style and legacy of the iconic original home.   


The palette stayed as close to the original choices of brick, timber, stone and copper as possible. New areas, like the fire pit and entertaining area extension, were clad in striking copper to integrate them seamlessly with the rest of the building.  

Our P31A triple-glazed window frames feature in a muted RAL7021 black-grey externally with a warm wooden finish internally to the mid-century wooden accents throughout the home. 


In the living rooms, symmetrical pairs of S315A lift-and-slide-doors of different dimensions maximise natural light and views of the stunning surrounding area.  

The incorporation of high-performing triple-glazed composite windows into the design was integral to the home’s meeting EnerPHit standards of energy efficiency. A neutral, earthy colour palette was used throughout the property’s exterior to complement the eye-catching copper cladding. 

Internally, the neutral timber frames allow real freedom with the colour palette in the other décor finishes. The result is an impressive and incredibly eye-catching home that remains elegantly integrated with its natural surroundings.  


TIMBER FRAME NEW BUILD

Small - but perfectly formed. 

This three-bedroom timber-frame new build was designed by MBC Timber Frames and, despite its compact appearance, packs a deceptively spacious footprint. Norrsken S316A Lift & Slide doors are a central feature, merging a beautiful outdoor entertaining space seamlessly into the kitchen-dining room. 


This client used our P32A windows, S310A entrance doors and S316A Lift & Slide Doors coated in a textured black finish externally. Neutral RAL 7047 (Telegrey 4) blends internally with muted tones used throughout the kitchen and living spaces.  

A two-tone colour palette of warm timber and dark metal keeps the home simple - yet striking. Wood features heavily throughout this project, both structurally and decoratively. We particularly like the gable structure and shading screen feature on the south-west elevation. Angled wooden beams enclose and perfectly offset the large areas of glazing and coal-coloured frames of our products. 

The simple north-west and south-east elevations are cleverly interrupted by a vertical-horizontal timber cladding contrast. Starting at the highest point of the house, this detail perfectly follows the line of our angled units and draws the eye to the clean glazing and roof lines.  


STRIKING NEW BUILD

Traditional meets contemporary design in this Gloucestershire new build, completed in 2021. 

The home’s classic twin gable roof design is offset by an anthracite box extension and double-height standout glass columns on the front extension. Creative brick detailing and depth play across the front and rear elevations cleverly interrupt the façade's symmetry while retaining its pleasing proportions.
  

Our P31A windows are used throughout with back-painted solar-controlled glass in RAL 7021 (Black Grey).The client also used ourS305A inward opening entrance door and S307A outward opening alu-clad French doors. 

Internal and external frames in the same RAL colour continue the sleek look of the property and maximise privacy. 
Sand and black-grey contrast beautifully throughout the build, from the buff and black facing brick to the slick modern interior. Handles in a Smokey Chrome finish continue the home’s innovative modern feel right down to the hardware of our products.  

For us, this project highlights the freedom of design options available to Norrsken clients. From colour choices to glass specification, each project is completely unique and entirely bespoke.  


A MAJOR REDEVELOPMENT 

If there’s a project that wins the award for capitalising on its surroundings, this is it.  



Commanding phenomenal views of the surrounding countryside, the owners of this Staffordshire home undertook a total refurbishment and extension to maximise the gorgeous situation of their property.  

The house is set across three floors, with large glazing areas on each floor to allow uninterrupted and near-panoramic views. Large sliding doors in the living area and the top floor bedroom’s floor-to-ceiling glass accentuate the light, airy feel in this home and really bring an out-of-doors sense to the comfortable living spaces.  

Colours were chosen to blend with other elements of the build and further streamline the design. RAL 7045 (Telegray 1) alu-cladding picks up the notes of grey across the building’s façade; RAL 9010 (Pure White) perfectly matches the walls and floors internally and continues the tranquil atmosphere of the décor.  
Read the Build It case study here.  


THE TAKEAWAY

You can buy windows from dozens of suppliers. 

At Norrsken, we’re about variety, beauty, and freedom of choice – for you. 

Colour and design choices – dimensions, shape, colour and finish are free to choose. We can finish our powder-coated aluminium in any RAL colour, alter glass design and specification as many times as you like from window to window, and finish off the look with sleek aluminium trims to segue perfectly into the rest of the building. 

What doesn’t change from project to project is the incredible quality of our product offering, the guarantee of beautiful, high-performance windows and doors, and our dedication to our customers’ complete satisfaction.

NEW HERE?  

What are alu-clad windows? 
Our triple glazed aluminium clad timber windows are made, as the name suggests, from a durable timber frame overlaid with a powder-coated aluminium profile externally.  

Wood is a fabulous insulator (over 1000 times better than aluminium, in fact).  Aluminium, once powder-coated, is inert, weatherproof, and requires minimal maintenance.  

Combining the two with high-performance glass packages, composite windows (as they are also known) are generally accepted to be the most thermally efficient forms of glazing on the market. All-aluminium windows, while popular for their thin sightlines, are generally much less thermally efficient and spell much more heat loss than timber composite windows.  

NEW HERE?  

What are alu-clad windows? 
Our triple glazed aluminium clad timber windows are made, as the name suggests, from a durable timber frame overlaid with a powder-coated aluminium profile externally.  

Wood is a fabulous insulator (over 1000 times better than aluminium, in fact).  Aluminium, once powder-coated, is inert, weatherproof, and requires minimal maintenance.  

Combining the two with high-performance glass packages, composite windows (as they are also known) are generally accepted to be the most thermally efficient forms of glazing on the market. All-aluminium windows, while popular for their thin sightlines, are generally much less thermally efficient and spell much more heat loss than timber composite windows.