We don’t know when the sunshine will be back, but February has had a lovely surprise this year in the form of some unseasonably warm weather. Across the country families have been enjoying barbeques and al fresco dining in shorts and t-shirts. In February!
For many who dream of the lengthier return of some proper sunshine, thoughts will turn to long sunny weekends and balmy summer evenings. Now is the ideal time to consider making changes to bring the outdoors indoors!
As much as we love to spend all evening out on the patio, a night under the stars can be a chilly one! Or, once the sun goes down and we feel the chill of the evening breeze, it’s all too tempting to go inside. But why not have the benefit of both?
There are various things we can do to blur the line between outdoors and indoors. Something as simple as using strategically chosen and placed plants can have an amazing effect!
For something more substantial, a great way to enjoy the best of the outdoors while maintaining home comforts is to open up the kitchen or dining room to the outside spaces. It wasn’t so long ago that the only options were to install one or more patio doors. In our opinion, this is not an optimal solution on the grounds of both ease of use and pure aesthetics.
A popular way to transform a room is to install multi-panel doors such as tri-folds. When closed they maximise the available light, and when open – and you get to choose how much or how little – they transform any space and truly integrate the indoor and outdoor spaces. With no pillars or general abundance of PVC, they’re as easy on the eye as they are practical.
A common fear about installing so much glass is about heat loss. The good news is that current glazing standards are such that the gaps between the double-glazed panels are wide enough that many home owners report no heat loss, but plenty of solar gain during the day should they choose. This is controllable to a certain extent through choice of glass. So again, a big win for tri-folds!
Whether you’re considering the addition of a sunroom, or simply considering the replacement of your current windows or doors arrangement with something more expansive, we’d be happy to advise.