• Wednesday, February 17th, 2021
Tantalising sea views are delivered through 171 metres of Balconette’s clear glass balustrading at these luxury modern apartments – with a famous connection – located on the prestigious North Foreland estate, one of the most desirable areas in East Kent.
Residents of the two contemporary apartment blocks at Ocean Drive, Broadstairs have private access to a secluded beach below via the famous ‘The Thirty-Nine Steps’ from John Buchan’s renowned novel of the same name, first published in 1915.
• Monday, January 25th, 2021
Installing a curved glass wall in your property instantly creates a striking focal point that is as beautiful as it is practical. With elegant lines adding an air of sophistication, a curved glass wall also brings in more natural light to the interior room.
A curved glass wall concept can be adapted in a number of ways, depending on the use of a property. For example, the curved glass wall can become a large feature window or take the form of a curved glass sliding door allowing access to an outside patio or balcony.
• Wednesday, December 16th, 2020
Since installing their Glass Balustrades, glass Juliet Balcony and three-pane Curved Glass Sliding door all supplied by Balconette 13 years ago, a Buckinghamshire couple say the products still look as good as when they were first installed.
• Wednesday, October 14th, 2020
Outward or inward curving, Balconette’s Curvaglide® range of curved glass sliding doors add the instant ‘Wow’ factor to any property. Suitable for installation in existing buildings or included in new homes or extensions, they are as practical as they are beautiful.
• Monday, June 11th, 2018
Curved or facetted
Imagine this – you have just designed a beautiful curved patio opening to the garden but you are told it needs to be made from ten small panels and you must have nine vertical mullions. Really? Compromise no more – Curved openings no longer need to be segmented into little straight parts, much like a fifty pence piece instead of curving the elements.
• Monday, March 26th, 2018
The curved door fulfils the architects’ vision for the Tate in St. Ives
Visitors 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.
• Monday, January 29th, 2018
Curved vs Flat
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.
• Monday, November 27th, 2017
Installing 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.
• 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.
• Sunday, July 16th, 2017
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: