Firs House

Bi-Folding Doors
Luxury Homes
Windows & Roofs


This traditional property in Harrogate was built in 1912 and although it still contained lots of character, it was in real need of some extensive redevelopment work. Today it is almost unrecognisable as it has been revamped, remodelled, and extended creating a large family home which is packed full of premium architectural features throughout.

Express Bi-folding Doors manufactured and installed all the glazed elements within the property. In January 2018 we revisited the completed home to install a bi-folding door into the new gym area and to install new leaded lights into all the windows helping to give the home a more traditional appearance. The video above gives a whirlwind tour of the property, whilst showcasing some of the unique features of the products that we have supplied and installed.

This home has been finished to the highest specification and is packed full of our bespoke door, window and roofing products. The entrance boasts an impressive glazed atrium above a solid aluminium front door, coupled next to large aluminium casement windows creating a real grand entrance to this grand property.

Huge bay windows are the main feature within the living and dining rooms, plus several of the bedrooms, but our products are really showcased in and around the kitchen extension. The kitchen area is really enhanced by a huge roof lantern sat on bespoke glazed gable frames at each end. The huge kitchen island positioned directly underneath the equally large glass skylight is arguably the main feature within the design with light flooding into the extension through the bespoke glazed roof. The contemporary bi-folding doors and flat sash aluminium windows enhance it further all combining perfectly within the large modern open plan kitchen.

The bi-folding doors have been expertly measured to suit the modern feel of this space with the internal floor level running completely flush with the rebate on the bottom track of the doors, followed by a very slight step down to the patio area outside. This detail is perfect as it looks great and benefits from excellent weather ratings also. As our products are all bespoke we can manufacture doors with the bottom track perfectly flush to the internal floor level, creating full floor to ceiling glazing, which along with really-slim sightlines and large folding panels creates huge areas of glass which look superb when the doors are closed.

The bi-fold doors and windows both include remote control operated integral blinds allowing light and shading control as well as the ability to completely shut the blinds on an evening.

There are many subtle design features that have helped to create this premium kitchen extension including the wonderful coving detail under the roof lantern, which also flows into the rest of the room. This bespoke coffer detail has created a lighting feature resulting in light bouncing out from the coving, expertly designed around the kitchen island which can be adapted to suit the time of day or task at hand within the kitchen.

Moving away from the main kitchen the space opens to a large seating area in front of the TV, creating a large family room that is truly the hub of the home. This project is a great example of how our bespoke glazed products can sit alongside the products from German kitchen experts Prestons as the huge skylight is a great complement to the kitchen island, whilst the bi-folding doors help to create a truly flexible space that can be easily linked to the garden creating an indoor-outdoor flow.

This home also benefits from a set of bi-folding doors in the gym area, which proves another popular way of using bi folding doors to create a flexible space that can be opened when the weather is suitable.

If you are planning your own kitchen extension you can see several working examples of these type of projects within our various showrooms particularly our Leeds showroom which we share with Prestons Kitchens, you can learn more about their bespoke German kitchens by clicking here.

The home automation, cinema room and lighting design throughout this property was expertly installed by our friends at Clearly Automated, the decorative plaster work and coffer detail under the roof lantern was by KL Langton and the external rendering which bought the property back to life was carried out by External Coatings.

The completion of this project caught the eye of many people in Harrogate and as such led directly to additional stunning projects in the charming North Yorkshire town, including two now featured on our website as Rutland Road and Oakdale Manor.

Whilst liaising with the home owner of Rutland Road we recommended Clearly Automated, KL Langton & External Coatings so after collaborating on several great projects we commissioned them to carry out their services within our amazing flagship showroom in Leeds, The Home Space from Express.

We love carrying out projects like this one in North Yorkshire, and our extensive range of bespoke British made products are ideally suited to doing just that. But don’t worry if your home isn’t as vast as this one, the benefits seen in this property can be replicated in any home regardless of its size or scale. Please contact our sales team today to let Express help make your home a place for life, and a space for living.

We love this project so much that we decided to replicate something very similar and build a tribute to it within our Leeds showroom. Our Firs House tribute boasts a full front elevation very similar to this property, with large double bay windows and a contemporary glass atrium, which gives visitors the opportunity to see first-hand the type of dramatic feature statement that can be incorporated into their upcoming project.

Our showrooms in Glasgow, Romford & Weybridge also showcase our products in equally impressive settings so please visit one of our showrooms or contact us today to discuss your upcoming project.

Sparked your interest?

There are a few ways to take the next step.

See more

Receive the latest updates and offers.

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Contact / Visit

Get in touch by phone or email or if you'd like to meet, you can visit one of our showrooms



Whether you're looking for a quote, have a question about our products, or want to visit one of our nationwide showrooms, make sure that you get in touch.

Email sales

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.