Case Study – KAT Aluminium Doors and Windows

A full range of KAT’s aluminium door and window systems were selected to upgrade a Cheshire period cottage.


When the owner of an 18th Century cottage in Cheshire embarked upon a refurbishment project, she had a clear idea of the style and performance requirements for her new doors and windows to ensure the upgrade was sympathetic to the period and character of her home, whilst also providing excellent security and weatherproofing. Ash Cottage stands at the top of a valley on the outskirts of picturesque Cheshire village, Prestbury. Built in 1777, the building is a prominent road-side landmark, with a visible date stone on the front façade. The new home owner wished to respect and enhance the heritage of her home. Download a KAT brochure



Cottage before new doors and windows were fitted

Anthracite Grey Aluminium bifold doors and casement windows installed

Cottage after new KAT Aluminium doors and windows were installed












The glazing was previously uPVC windows and doors which were worn and tired, but also did not complement the white exterior colour of the cottage. The new home owner felt that the uPVC was not in-keeping with the romantic heritage of the cottage. Ms Galarda did consider timber frames to replace the uPVC, to create the original look of the cottage. But upon greater research, she decided timber would require a lot of maintenance externally considering the position and weather systems the home faces in the valley.

Ms Galarda visited KAT’s showroom in Macclesfield, Cheshire, and was quickly attracted to the quality and choice of KAT’s aluminium windows and doors. The fact KAT could fulfil the whole order within two weeks was a huge benefit to the home owner as she had left her decision making to the last minute. You can contact KAT by email or call 01625 439666.

Ash Cottage required seven windows, three two-pane bi-folding doors and two entrance doors. KAT could offer acoustic laminated glass to reduce road noise as well as added security. KAT offers seven stock colours, available across its full range of aluminium window and door products, and in dual options. Take a look at the seven colours available.


KAT Aluminium Casement Windows in dual colours

These Aluminium windows were manufactured to be top hung, in Anthracite Grey outside and White inside.


Ms Galarda chose Anthracite Grey external frames to contrast with the white exterior walls, whilst still in-keeping with the age and character of the cottage. Internally, the frames are white to add light and a spacious effect to the rooms.

The homeowner chose two KAT Aluminium Entrance doors for the front and back of her home to complete the contemporary style created by the windows and bi-folding doors. With a four-point Cobra lock and a 3-star diamond security cylinder with Kitemark, the doors offered the security desired by the family as well as excellent thermal values.

KAT’s ever-popular bi-folding doors were also installed at Ash Cottage, allowing maximum natural light into the home.



2 pane bifolding doors, opening outwards

Anthracite Grey Bifold Doors

Aluminium Bifolding Doors made to bespoke sizes

From order to delivery, the process took less than two weeks. Installation was straightforward, because each frame is hand crafted to exact measurements at one of KAT’s three manufacturing facilities in Cheshire and Newhaven.

Ms Galarda said: “We had a short lead time in which to choose and arrange installation of the new windows. But rather than be limited by time and choice, KAT and Smart Installations presented the widest range to choose from that was readily available so quickly.”


“We are delighted by the visual effect of the contrasting window frames to the white walls. The aluminium gives us peace of mind with its durability and security, yet looks impressive too. The house feels noticeably warmer and secure.”


Aluminium Front Door

KAT Aluminium Entrance Doors are secure, thermally efficient and complement the contemporary windows beautifully

Paul Gledson of Smart Installations, said: “I would always recommend KAT’s comprehensive range of aluminium products. As a manufacturer and supplier, they provide reliable service and top quality aluminium products. They are bespoke crafted, which ensures the installation is straightforward and a precise finish.”

Chris Powell, KAT commercial director, added: “KAT has seen a 63% increase in sales of its aluminium products in the last 12 months, with continual growth forecast for 2017. The market is growing, both in the period and new home sectors and we are delighted by the reception and feedback from our independent design partners about the quality, choice and service we offer.”

If you would like to find out more about KAT Aluminium doors, windows and roof glazing, visit the KAT website at, send an email to mailto:[email protected] or call 01625 439666.  If you would prefer to watch a short video demonstrating the features and benefits of KAT products, click here.


Glass Times January 2017

Glass Times publication in January 2017 featured KAT doors and windows