Merrybent, Darlington

Bi-Folding Doors
Extensions & Renovations
Windows & Roofs


The owners of this property are previous customers of Express. Having completed a large new build home more than a decade ago they have now downsized slightly and purchased a detached home in the North-East of England. The property itself was slightly dated and in need of renovation work so the homeowners decided to add a large flat roof extension to the rear of the property, and we were once again commissioned to provide the doors, skylights, and windows throughout both the existing home & the newly built extension. The brief was to help update and modernise the property, whilst making the most of the expansive views that can be seen from the rear of the home. Natural light was another key requirement so we liaised with the homeowners to ensure the windows were as large as possible and we discussed the benefits that our flat rooflights could bring to the kitchen.

Open plan kitchen extension

The kitchen extension is without question the key feature within this property. The newly added space boasts a traditional shaker kitchen and open plan dining and living area. The views and the large garden are what drove the homeowners to purchase this property & having already experienced the benefits that our products can bring to a space they decided that our bi-folding doors & skylights would be fundamental to the design of the extension, and how they would use it.

What we delivered

We manufactured & installed replacement doors & windows for the whole house including our XP77 entrance door, which provides an instant feature to the front of the property. Positioned next to a glazed sidelight in the newly constructed porch the distinctive & modern front door gives a clear indication of the high specification home that awaits inside.

Entrance Doors available in 5 working days

Our XP77 entrance doors are perfect for replacement installations this this, they are bespoke & available to view in all our showrooms. We also know that there is a demand for products quickly, so we carry a stock of XP77 entrance doors in three styles & three varied sizes that are available within just five working days when ordered via our direct website. Visit for more information.

Aluminium Windows

Our Scenic casement windows have been installed to replace the existing UPVC windows. The statement slim sightlines & a flush outer frame have given the whole property an immediate upgrade when viewed externally, whilst internally they meet the customers requirements of maximum glass & natural light, whilst beautifully framing the countryside views. A shaped feature window has been installed also, positioned centrally within the rear elevation it has replaced an existing dormer window to stunning affect and another example of how our products have been used to create subtle modernisations throughout this home. It is inside the home where the benefits can really be seen, with the shaped frame acting as a large picture window that not only floods natural light into the upstairs landing area but instantly connects the first floor with the surrounding landscape.


There was a discussion about whether to choose a roof lantern or flat roof windows. Another consideration was whether to have one large roof lantern as a feature in the middle of the kitchen or smaller skylights to ensure natural light would enter the space throughout all hours of the day. The final decision was to install three skylights, including a feature skylight positioned above the kitchen island. Plus, the well-formed decision to position two sky lights either side of the dining table, with the inner skylight perfectly positioned to increase the natural light within the three key zones of the extension, the island breakfast bar, the dining table, and the living area.

Thinking about how you will use and enjoy the space within your home is crucial when spending your budget on high ticket items such as doors and rooflights, which is why we always recommend visiting our showrooms & talking with our experts to make sure you make the right decisions that ensure we help you to create your new dream space.

Bi-folding or sliding doors?

Having previously purchased sliding doors from Express the next key decision was the common discussion about whether to install bifold or sliding doors into this second property. After much deliberation, the unique benefits of our industry leading bi-folding door the XP View, led the homeowners to choose this fantastic product to provide the clear connection to the garden that was fundamental to their new extension.

XP View bi-folding door

The newly updated XP View boasts various unique features, not least the ability to create huge folding door panels at 1500mm wide that still fold and slide smoothly and effortlessly. Fantastic thermal and security features and sleek flush profiles coupled with industry leading sightlines of just 90mm make it the perfect bi-folding door product for the most discerning homeowners. The benefits can truly be seen here, a beautiful product that screens off the kitchen space but with slender frames that maintain the link between the interior & exterior space.

The subtle but extremely strong panel catch can secure the access door in place for quick access inside & out, whist the entire six metre span can be completely opened to instantly draw the garden into the home. A flush threshold with no step, modern & streamlined door handles, and built-in adjustment within the bifold door system are just some of the additional features that these homeowners will benefit from and why they will be able to enjoy the benefits of their stunning XP View bi-fold door for many years to come.

The homeowners are delighted with their second major project with Express and can now enjoy their newly renovated home. Having replaced all the existing windows in the property and installed the bespoke products for the new extension we believe that we have played a major part in it’s upgrade. A complete overhaul of the property was not required but our replacement windows have modernised the home, whilst making the interior rooms look bigger and brighter and no doubt warmer thanks to the thermal performance of our aluminium windows. The feature products such as the shaped window, three skylights and six metre wide bi-folding door have had the biggest impact. Each feature product was fundamental to the homes design & the customers initial requirements of open plan living, maximum natural light views & a clear connection out to the garden, all of which has been expertly executed & delivered thanks to our expert advice & bespoke aluminium products.

Products used

5 panel XP View bi-folding door – 5840mm x 2150mm

XP77 Passage entrance door & sidelight – 1785mm x 2075mm

3 x XP Sky View flat roof skylights – 2500mm x 1400mm

Horizon shaped window – 1600mm x 1870mm

Scenic casement windows – various sizes

RAL colour throughout – 7016 anthracite grey

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