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Elegant future-proof aluminium doors

Select the finest, energy-efficient bifold and French doors for your project

By Caroline Rodrigues |

There’s no denying that Grand Designs self-builders and readers are fans of future-proofing. When selecting bifold and French doors clearly the design must be superb, but energy efficiency measures come high on the agenda, too.

Setting a trend

The recently launched Soho collection from leading aluminium door specialist Origin is at the forefront of bifold door and French door design. Made from aluminium, the doors have the look of steel. Their eye-catching glazing bars were inspired by glazing in Soho – one of Manhattan’s most famous neighbourhoods. Whatever your style, Soho will work admirably, as the doors come in a choice of 150 RAL colours.

A clear view

To bring a luxurious finish to the cutting-edge design, Soho OB-36+ bifold doors have ultra-slim sightlines of just 36mm. Ultra-thin, ultra strong aluminium profiles support the expansive glass panels, bringing in maximum light.

Ambitious approach

If you’re building now, or are planning to do so soon, it’s important to be aware of the 2025 Future Homes Standard. In a bid to tackle climate change by reducing carbon emissions, new legislation is due in 2025. This concerns the thermal elements of new and existing homes – including doors and glazing. The best doors help your house stay warm in winter and cool in the summer. With this in mind, the Origin Soho collection is 2025 Future Homes compliant with U-values as low as 0.8 W/m²K.

Made to order

Created bespoke to ensure you make the most of your space, the Origin bifold door collection ranges from one to six door sets. Individual Soho doors can be manufactured as narrow as 600mm. The doors can fold in or out, as you wish. Alternatively, you can opt for a non-weathered option for a level floor finish and a seamless transition between inside and out. The bi-fold collection, are also available in single doors.

Smooth ride

It goes without saying that bifold doors should glide effortlessly. Doors in the Soho collection rely on an intelligently engineered short wheelbase carriage assembly with four wheels. Made from high-grade acetal, these wheels guide the doors along the track seamlessly, so that they open and close with ease. Also including finger safe gaskets which prevents fingers being trapped when the door is in operation.

Handle design

Great door furniture catches the eye just as much as the frame. Signature knurled handles for the Soho collection of bifold doors include antique brass, brushed bronze and rose gold, along with brushed black, satin brass and satin stainless finishes. Solid stainless steel lever handles from the Contemporary range can also be fitted and colour coded to the door itself, ensuring a design to suit every style of home.

Attention to detail

You’ll want to feel that your home is your castle. For enhanced security, you can rely on Origin’s completely unique 8-point multi-point locking system.

Find out more

The Soho collection is now available on a 5 working day lead time and offers an industry-leading guarantee of up to 20 years, depending on your location. Origin’s external and internal doors and windows are exclusively designed and manufactured at its Buckinghamshire factory. Call 0808 239 9454 / 01494 355039 or click to find a local installer.