Contemporary design, minimal structure

Chewton Bespoke Homes installed four Korniche 3.6m x 2.1m roof lanterns in the Solent Suite, Marsham Court Hotel, Bournemouth, as part of a major refurbishment.

Darren Crain, owner of Chewton Bespoke Homes based in Highcliffe, Dorset, enquired at Made For Trade when he was looking for an aluminium roof lantern that suited the architectural qualities of the grand ball room and conference area.

“At the time of project order I was struggling to find a lantern which was contemporary in design, with minimal structure and didn’t have a 4-6 week lead time,” Darren said. “My carpenter recommended Korniche. I had never heard of them, but I am always open to a good recommendation. I researched, spoke with technical about the product and decided to run with it, this turned out to be the best decision I had made in a long time.

“Made for Trade’s service was simply impeccable, from initial contact, simple quote and order system through to time slot delivery of the product. As a busy contractor the key element to any project is time, if products turn up when expected, complete and undamaged you are 90% there. The product arrived when expected, well packaged, labelled and scheduled for easy take off.

“Due to the nature of the project and the adverse weather at the time we opted by pre-assemble all four of the frames inside the building, the instructions accompanying the frames made this extremely easy, each spider taking no more than 20 minutes, the pre-tie and cam locking system is superb, everything locks in nice tight and square every time. Once the weather broke and we were able to re-open and prepare the existing upstand we simply passed each of the frames up through the holes and fixed them as instructed.

“The installation of the glass took minutes and the final trims and details went on the same. Seeing the final product for the first time in situ was a real buzz. The clean lines and finish are superb, the whole aesthetic of the units have been considered in production to a point where I cannot see room for improvement in this style of lantern light. From the inside the slim frame profile maximised the light gain and when you put four units the size we did into one space it really brightens the place up.”