Embrace the Sunshine this Spring with a Glass Juliet Balcony
Don’t you just love spring? Open your windows and doors to the outside world; let in the sweet-smelling air and blow away the cobwebs as you hear birds singing happily in budding trees.
Spring is the time when your Juliet balcony comes into its own again. What better way to breathe life back into a bedroom or apartment than to open your doors wide and inhale the mild spring air as the sunshine floods through. And what could be nicer than leaning over your balcony early on a Sunday morning with a cup of tea, watching the world go by.
Retrofitting glass balconies onto an older property is an excellent way to update a building’s exterior. This isn’t difficult, provided the underlying structure is strong enough to hold the extra weight of the glass.
A “glass balcony” is a bit of a misnomer but used frequently, as generally the platform projecting out from the wall is not made of glass but if you have a sturdy platform, then the old railing come be taken off and a new glass balustrade attached to it and secured to the main structure of the building at the same time. Elsewhere, we have provided more information about the various balcony structures that exist.
How do you choose the correct method to fix a balcony to your structure and what are the advantages of each option.
These are balconies constructed in a manner so that the balcony protrudes from the face of the building without any visible supports other than the fixing to the face of the building. The weight and imposed loads are supported by cantilevering the structure off the wall. These balconies will not need or have gallow brackets or chains. This type of balcony, while possessing the most aesthetic end result, will require to be designed in advance and will impose larger point loads on the building. This type of balcony cannot be added on but must be predesigned.
As very different from a “walk on” type balcony, the term Juliet Balcony in simplicity is a guarding or barrier placed on the outside of full height French doors that are installed on the first floor or higher floors, that do not lead to a balcony.
The modern house build utilises the use of full height windows and doors in the creation of a larger “virtual space” in a small environment. This creates an extension of the outside visibility and enlarges the viewpoint from the inside by giving a downward view from further away.
The traditional Juliet balcony was made from steel, usually painted black, with vertical bars. This would be installed onto the wall outside and work as a barrier. This kind of steel Juliet Balcony has a heavy set feel to it and gives a “cage” sort of look both from the inside and from the outside.
If you’re considering fitting a Juliet balcony to your property, then why not consider one of our stunning frameless balconies? Conventional railing or balustrade Juliet balconies might seem like the simple choice, but we think a frameless Juliet balcony is a beautiful alternative. Here are seven great reasons why you might want to consider treating your building to a frameless Juliet balcony.
Enjoy the view
With a frameless Juliet balcony nothing obstructs your view. So if your window looks out over stunning countryside, a buzzing urban scene or a garden you’ve spent hours on, don’t obstruct your view with posts and railings; make the most of it with a clear glass frameless Juliet Balcony.
Do I Need Planning Permission for a Juliet Balcony?
One of the questions we frequently hear asked is “do I need planning permission for a Juliet balcony?” The answer tends to be no, but there is no straight answer. Read on to understand more about planning regulations for Juliet balconies. A Juliet balcony is not a traditional balcony so planning regulations are more lenient. As you do not need an external platform for the balcony, very little alteration is taking place to your property.
Make the Most of Your Bedroom with a Glass Juliet Railing Balcony.
Chances are your bedroom is a private sanctuary. A place where you can relax and recharge in privacy. A Juliet balcony is a wonderful way to add to the serenity of your bedroom. Add light, a sense of space and fully appreciate your surroundings with the beauty of our non-obtrusive glass balconies.
Let the Light In
A glass and metal Juliet balcony lets you take advantage of natural light at its best. Enjoying those early morning rays as you sit in bed with a cup of tea must be one of the best ways to start the day; all that natural light will set your day off perfectly. And come the autumn and winter, you’ll have an unhindered view of the night sky, perfect for a spot of stargazing before bed.
On a more pragmatic angle, a Juliet balcony will bring more light into bedrooms that are a bit too dark and dingy. Perhaps you have an embarrassingly dark guest room? Fit one of our balconies and your guests may love their room so much they don’t want to leave.
Usually when something looks stunning, there’s a price tag to match. Cars are a great example, where a brand name can add 1000’s to the price tag, but in this case our innovative glass balustrade design has enabled us to create a system that has: