Curved Windows

• Monday, March 26th, 2018

The curved door fulfils the architects’ vision for the Tate in St. Ives​

Curved Glass Sliding DoorsVisitors to a new £20 million cliff-face extension at the Tate St Ives art gallery in Cornwall are brought closer to the Atlantic Ocean through an impressive curved sliding glass door.

The brief from the architect was to maximise the sea views and form a curved on plan door for the hemispherical domed Clore ’sky-studio’, which opens out onto a terrace and seating area.

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• Monday, January 29th, 2018

Curved vs Flat

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Since time immemorial, curved elements in buildings have been used to create superior aesthetics. These curved elements not only carry an inherent strength but are also pleasing to the eye. Curved balconies, curved top windows and doors, curved walls, domes, ellipses and spiral stairs are just some of the elements used by architects to enhance the building they are designing. It is interesting to note that in the modern age, where budget and cost are many times a main driver in design and chosen solutions, that these curved elements are often discarded or ruined by introduction of “facetted” curves rather than good old “round” curves. With the industrialisation of the building industry, many companies have become proficient in producing quantities of standard “flat” elements including glass. These industries cannot cope with curved elements and when curved glass and other elements are introduced this creates a “hiccup” in the system as these cannot be industrially done.

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• Monday, November 27th, 2017

curved glass sliding doorsInstalling curved glass sliding doors could be one of the most incredible things you do to your home or project. But so many people look longingly at such a design; and then settle for something more conventional. “Too costly” they sigh. “A nightmare to fit” they mutter. “You need a real specialist and there’s no-one that can supply at a reasonable cost” they think. We hate to be spoilsports, but they’re not quite right.

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• Monday, October 23rd, 2017

Curved Sliding Doors Showcasing a Killer View.

Curved sliding doors are all about the illusion of space. While not looking particularly remarkable in themselves, they make the outside look spectactular. If you have a great view, there is no better way to show it off than with curved sliding patio doors that wrap around a part of the room and seem to almost disappear while giving the feeling of being outside and immersed within that fabulous vista.

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• Wednesday, October 05th, 2016

Stunning curved fenestration elements, supplied by Balconette, take full advantage of panoramic sea views at Art Deco-inspired seafront house at East Lothian on the north-east Scottish coast. Curved glass doors and windows open up the sea views, while letting in a lot of light. Master bedroom curved windows follow the shape of the building and also allow in much natural light. With the curved doors, there’s no interruption to the view and they’re fantastic when opened up on a sunny day.

Read more about Curved windows in East Lothian >

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• Thursday, December 03rd, 2015

Balcony Systems supplied more than 30 metres of curved windows and sliding curved doors to create a unique statement in the vaulted Day Room at the Royal Alfred Seafarers’ Society flagship nursing home, residential care and housing centre.

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• Thursday, May 15th, 2014

We are excited to announce that our 2014 Photo Competition is officially open! We are looking for some stunning photos of your products from Balcony Systems and if you would like the chance to win some fantastic prizes, why not take part?

Prizes:

1st place prize:  £500 in cash

2nd place prize for three lucky runners up will receive £200 cash each!

The First 20 fully qualifying entries will receive a complementary pack of five BalcoNano®  Sachets worth £22.80

How to enter the competition and qualify for the complementary sachets…

1. Take some good digital photos (Useful tips below)

2. Send us an email to competition@balconette.co.uk with:

*4-8 high resolution images showing your installed products with or without people (each image must be no smaller than 2MB if possible)

*Your full name & address

* A brief description of your project, when it was installed/completed plus any interesting information about your product/project or location.

3. Write a review on our website of your product if you haven’t already done so http://www.balconette.co.uk/products/customer-review.aspx this will only take a minute.

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We will be sharing some of the interesting entries on our Facebook page and tweeting as the competition progresses. If you use Facebook we would love if you take a look at our Facebook page and like us so you can see these…

Our Facebook page can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/balconysystems

Useful Tips on getting a winning photograph

* We suggest that you take your photos with a good quality camera so that you can get the highest possible resolution images (no smaller than 2MB) The higher the better! If it means sending your photos in separate emails as they are too big, make sure you mention this in the first email you send.

* We also suggest that you dress your balconies/ products appropriately or remove unsightly items from the scene where possible. Add people or animals or props….be creative

* The best photos are taken on a sunny day so try to show your products off with blue skies and sun!

* Make sure the light is behind you and you do not photo into the light.

* Panoramic photos are great if taken with a good camera

T&Cs

Entering into the competition means you are happy with our competition T&Cs, so please take a read through them to make sure you are happy with them. To see our terms and conditions click here http://www.balconette.co.uk/competition-terms.aspx

We will assume that you have read and are happy with these before entering.

If you would like to stay in touch and see updates of how the competition is flowing please see our social media pages

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/balconysystems

Twitter https://twitter.com/BalconySystems

Competition closes 31/12/2014

GOOD LUCK! – Oh and one last thing, below is last years winner!

Balcony photo competition 2013

• Sunday, December 08th, 2013

Balcony Systems delivers an inspiring set of doors to a 300 year old cottage in Nottinghamshire.

One of Balcony’s largest curved glass patio doors installed in the UK made up of a combination of four movable (sliding) and four fixed doors, the doors make a truly impressive statement and demonstrate a spectacular appeal.

Enclosing just over a semi circle (210 degrees) of curved glass and measuring ten metres in length the doors flood the living room extension with light from all sides. They were installed as a part of an extensive renovation to the 300-year-old property, which now comprises three former farmworkers’ cottages in one.

The doors are finished with a RAL 7038 Agate Grey powder coating. The circular shape was originally designed with wooden uprights, but the plans changed once the owners, David and Lynn Walton from Nottinghamshire, saw Balcony’s glass curved patio doors at the Grand Designs Live exhibition.

Making the most of the garden view

“It certainly achieves what we wanted; that is to make the most of views to the garden and we have brought the garden into our home,” said David. “The door is a focal point in the living room where it forms an entire wall at one end. It’s so striking and everyone likes it!”

“Now we have fitted the decking the curved patio door really comes into its own. It is never too hot or too sunny and the pleasure of the panoramic view of the garden cannot be over emphasised.”

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The price was right

“The price was right – and quite competitive – for what is a totally bespoke job,” added David. “The door is so dramatic and there really is nothing quite like it on the UK market.”

Curved door configurations

A great many options and combinations of fixed and sliding doors are available. Balcony Systems offer an installation service as well as the option to buy and install yourself.

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• Sunday, May 19th, 2013

Balcony Systems celebrated another successful Grand Designs Live 2013 at London’s Excel by presenting the winners of its annual Photo Competition, Rob and Jane Hollingworth, with their top £1,000 cash prize.

Curved balcony wins the competition >>

The couple, from Silverdale, Lancashire, received their prize from Managing Director Effi Wolff on Balcony’s stand, having impressed the judges with their stylish shot of a curved balcony enjoying splendid views to the sea.

Their 20-metre long curved balustrading, above a ground-floor lounge, features Balcony’s proprietary Royal Chrome anodised handrail and BalcoNano® self-cleaning glass coating on the panels, which dramatically reduces cleaning cycles.

The Hollingworths, who built their four-bedroomed contemporary home overlooking Morecambe Bay on the site of a former 1920s property, said: “We’re delighted with our curved balcony and winning such a marvellous prize in Balcony’s Photo Competition. It looks brilliant, was easy to install and keeps our wonderful views while withstanding the worst of our coastal weather. Visitors always admire it and having the most exquisite view out to the sea does help!

Balcony competition winners

Balcony competition winners

Competition winner – Curved balcony from Silverdale, Lancashire

Competition winner – Curved balcony from Silverdale, Lancashire

Rob added: “We fell in love with the Balcony Systems’ product when we saw it on their website and ordered our balcony at Grand Designs Live two years ago. Their service was excellent too; everything arrived on time, including the two Juliet balconies we ordered for the bedrooms.”

Choosing a winner was difficult

Commenting on the photo competition entries, Effi said: “Choosing a winner from so many fabulous photos was difficult, however we felt Rob and Jane’s stunning entry really captured the elegance of the balustrade in its rural setting.

We were impressed by the amazing response and great variety of pictures we received from our customers all over the UK. We’d like to say a very big thank you to all our entrants who put a lot of thought, effort and high standards of creativity into their photos.

Many photos showed customers enjoying their balconies and making the most of the uninterrupted views provided by our clear glass system that uses minimal posts and no clamps. From al fresco dining to family groups with their pets, everyone joined in the fun of making the most of their outdoor spaces, whatever the weather!”

Runners up

Worthy runners up were David Partington of Nether Alderley enjoying a family picnic; Phil Routledge with a stunning shot of the view through his curved patio doors on the Isle of Man and Ken McNeil for his photo of a peaceful garden balustrade in Newcastle-under-Lyme.

Also commended were Jonathan Battle with his ‘patriotic’ picture of Union Jacks draped over his extensive Worcestershire balcony, along with Joanne Tarrant of Castle Donington and Alison Field of Berkswell for injecting a touch of humour into their first-floor Juliet balcony photos with kids in fancy dress and a clever basketball throw respectively.

For more details, contact Balcony www.balconette.co.uk on 01342 410411 or email enquiries@balconette.co.uk.

Curved Glass – Isle of Man runner up

Curved Glass – Isle of Man runner up

Nether Alderley balustrade runner up

Nether Alderley balustrade runner up

Newcastle-under-Lyme balcony runner up

Newcastle-under-Lyme balcony runner up

Worcestershire balcony

Worcestershire balcony

• Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

Curved balcony wins Balcony Systems’ Photo Competition. An amazing response and great variety of balustrading pictures we received from all over the UK.

Animals, humour, picnics and even patriotism were among the many creative subjects submitted by homeowners in Balcony Systems’ 2012 Photo Competition. But it was a stylish shot of a curved balcony with splendid views that clinched Rob and Jane Hollingworth the top £1,000 cash prize.

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Competition Winner – Curved balcony from Silverdale, Lancashire

Curved balustrade from Silverdale

The couple, from Silverdale, Lancashire will receive their prize from Managing Director Effi Wolff on Balcony Systems’ stand at London’s Grand Designs Live in May. Their 20-metre long curved balustrading, above a ground-floor lounge, features Balcony’s proprietary Royal Chrome anodised handrail and BalcoNano® self-cleaning glass coating on the panels, which dramatically reduces cleaning cycles.

Creative shots

Worthy runners up were David Partington of Nether Alderley enjoying a seafood picnic with good company, chilled champagne and an equally chilled-out dog; Phil Routledge with a stunning shot of the view through his curved patio doors on the Isle of Man and Ken McNeil for his photo of a peaceful garden balustrade in Newcastle-under-Lyme.

Also commended were Jonathan Battle with his ‘patriotic’ picture of Union Jacks draped over his extensive Worcestershire balcony, along with Joanne Tarrant of Castle Donington and Alison Field of Berkswell for injecting a touch of humour into their first-floor Juliet balcony photos with kids in fancy dress and a clever basketball throw respectively. Well done to you.

Commenting on the photo competition entries, Effi said: “Choosing a winner from so many fabulous photos was difficult, however we felt Rob and Jane’s stunning entry really captured the elegance of the balustrade in its rural setting.“

Making the most of the outdoor spaces

We were impressed by the amazing response and great variety of pictures we received from our customers all over the UK. We’d like to say a very big thank you to all our entrants who put a lot of thought and effort into their photos.

“The high standards of creativity that were clearly evident in the photographs, made judging a difficult, but hugely enjoyable process. “Many of the photos showed customers enjoying their balconies and making the most of the uninterrupted views provided by our clear glass system that uses minimal posts and no clamps. From al fresco dining to family groups with their pets – and we particularly liked the animals – everyone joined in the fun of making the most of their outdoor spaces, whatever the weather!”

The winners – delighted with their balcony

As for the winners, whose self-built home overlooks Morecambe Bay, they said: “We’re delighted with our balcony – and with the news that it has won such a marvellous prize in Balcony’s Photo Competition. Our curved balcony looks brilliant and is so admired by visitors; it also helps that we have the most exquisite view out to the sea.“ We fell in love with the Balcony Systems’ product when we saw it on their website and ordered our balcony at Grand Designs Live two years ago. Having installed it ourselves, we are very happy with Balcony’s product that keeps our wonderful views. Their service was excellent too; everything arrived on time, including the two Juliet balconies we ordered for the bedrooms.”

Three years ago, the couple completed their four-bedroomed contemporary home on the site of a former 1920s property, whose last two remaining two-metre high walls are incorporated into the new building. “Our house could be regarded as an ‘extension’ although it’s 99% new. We’d lived in older buildings, so with this project we wanted a completely modern, open-plan style of living – complemented, of course, with our lovely balcony,” added Rob, who established his company Paul Homes Ltd in 1968.

A further press release will follow after the presentation, so watch this space!

For more details, contact Balcony www.balconette.co.uk on 01342 410411 or email enquiries@balconette.co.uk.

Nether Alderley balustrade

Nether Alderley balustrade runner up

Curved Glass - Isle of Man

Curved Glass – Isle of Man runner up

Balustrade in Newcastle-under-Lyme

Newcastle-under-Lyme balcony runner up

Worcestershire balcony

Worcestershire balcony

Inner staircase balustrade

Inner staircase balustrade

Juliette balcony - Castle Donington

Juliette – Castle Donington

Backyard balcony
Backyard balcony
Juliet balcony - Berkswell
Juliet balcony – Berkswell
Picnic on the balcony
Picnic on the balcony