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A new pair of double-glazed doors for a 1960s house

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The detached single-storey house, designed in 1964 by Peter Foggo and David Thomas, takes the form of a flat-roofed pavilion raised off the ground on a steel-framed structure.

It is clad with large panes of glass or panels of vertical cedar boards.

Foggo and Thomas produced a series of original and economical details, drawn to full-size scale, some of which are illustrated here (far right).

The exposed steel structure frames and supports the glass and cedar panels. The fascia is a 203 x 76mm RSC with an upstand welded to the top flange and a downstand welded to the bottom.

The upstand trims the roof covering, the flanges face inward to house the joists and the downstand is connected to the (original 1/4' plate) glass panes by a neoprene 'zipper' gasket.

At the sill a similar upstand, welded to a 203 x 203mm UB, is zipper-gasketed to the bottom edge of the glass. The glazing bays are subdivided by Tshaped steel mullions, of which the ends are directly zippergasketed to the glass.

Originally the kitchen opened out on to the rear terrace through two doors set at each side of a glazed wall. They have been replaced by a pair of centrally placed outwardopening glazed doors.

Following the original front door detail, the new doors have a top frame with a rebated ledge, which fits directly behind the fascia downstand and is screwed to it. The upstand at floor level is slotted into a groove in the door sill to act as a water bar. Each jamb is supported by a 65 x 65mm RSA; the other legs of the RSAs are zipper-gasketed to the adjacent glass panes.

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