Summer is a wonderful time in Australia. It’s a time when we start shedding those clothes, cleaning off the barbeque, and heading to all sorts of summer events – and the beach! When it comes time to build a new home or do renovations on an existing property, it’s important to think about how our home is going to be in summer.
Thinking about building or renovating in terms of what the house is going to be like in summer makes sense. We are going to spend a lot of time outside, and that’s why you should think about the balustrades that you’re putting in outdoors.
Glass balustrades are an ideal selection for summer. When we think about balustrades it’s often metal or wood, but glass offers a much better choice if you are thinking about unobstructed views. Glass balustrades are a popular choice for balconies and elevated areas around the country. They give that fantastic look like there is nothing really there at all.
They are wonderful when you would like to be entertaining outdoors, for a start, on your balcony or another outdoor area. Whereas other types of balustrades give you a bit of a closed in feeling, glass balustrades offer that feeling of extra space.
That feeling of extra space is important when designing your home. Having more open space is something that is crucial to the home design. This is why it has become popular to have open plan living, dining and kitchen areas. The removal of walls gives the impression that the home is much larger than it is.
You’ll find this “open plan” idea also stretching across to other areas of the home. For instance, many people choose to have large glass sliding or bi-fold doors leading to their backyard – so it really looks like the yard is a part of the house.
All this opening up of a home also extends to your outdoor areas with the glass balustrading. This is particularly relevant if you have a pool at the back of your home. Unobstructed views down to the pool area make for a wonderfully refreshing view is summer. Your pool is inviting and calming, so you want to show it off as much as possible!
The same goes for luscious backyards. Wouldn’t you rather be able to see your backyard in all its glory, rather than look at your metal or wooden railings?
Glass balustrades come in a variety of different designs and sizes. There are ones with chunky surrounds, ones which minimise the surrounds, so it looks like it is mainly all glass, ones with very large panels, and ones with smaller panels. You can also purchase glass balustrades that have tinted glass if you are concerned about the sun and UV exposure on the other side of your balustrade. Each different type of design will have a different style and price point, so it’s important to do our research thoroughly before you begin.
You can check out exterior design magazines, online resources, and home styling centres to see what different types of glass balustrades are available and which type of homes that they look best on. Home design can be a long and drawn out process, but really taking the time to nail your design is worth the effort. After all, you don’t want to be looking at an element you put in next year and thinking that it looks ugly and you want to replace it! If you enjoy entertaining especially in summer, then glass balustrades for your home are definitely the way to go. Check out some home styling resources for your ideal design.