Glass Balcony Systems

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• Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

Balcony’s products add space and privacy to marina home

An impressive curved sliding patio door, glass balustrading and composite decking, all supplied by Balcony Systems, have added the ‘Wow factor’ to this Portsmouth home overlooking a marina.

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• Sunday, September 22nd, 2013

Self-installed by John Sharp, this stunning glass balcony supplied by Balcony Systems does full justice to fabulous south-facing views from his East Ayrshire bungalow.

John, a retired valuation surveyor, found fitting the 17 metre-long curved and straight balustrade at his extensively-renovated 1930s Newmilns property was a relatively straightforward job.

“It’s a technically competent design and what’s great about the Balcony Systems’ balustrade is that you can’t see any fixings,” continues John. “Once the posts were welded in position, the Chrome handrail fitted well and I am absolutely delighted with the result. The balcony is much admired – and the Wow factor is a major part of it!”

Far-reaching views

Glass was essential to keep the far-reaching views over the Irvine Valley from the quarter-acre plot, with the added benefit of not needing any time-consuming painting or maintenance. “To have put a wooden balustrade would have been nuts!” I would not have wanted anything to disrupt the view,” he says.

Curved balcony design

John opted for a curved balcony, having changed his original rectangular concept as it had ‘no architectural feel whatsoever’. A former neighbour told him about Balcony Systems’, having installed one of their Juliet balconies on a similar property to his.

He explains: “Having seen the case studies on the website, I designed my balcony round the Balcony Systems’ products and asked my architect to send the drawings to them. This required overcoming major changes, including shaping the deck’s structural steel beam into a curve.”

The installation

John installed his balustrade gradually, enlisting the help of a friend to weld the posts to the steel and timber joists of the cantilevered deck built onto the property. The straight and curved sections were easy to do, using just three lengths of handrail to cover the 17 metre length.

Measuring over 8.0m wide and 3.0 metres deep at the centre point , narrowing to 1.5 metres at each end, the balcony area provides a flexible area for entertaining and is accessed from two sets of sliding patio doors from the main living rooms as well as a set of stairs giving access to a patio.

Curved glass balustrade
Curved balcony
Before renovation
Balcony installation
Balcony installation
Curved balcony front view

Refurbishment of the former six-bedroomed bungalow included demolishing internal walls to create larger rooms and open-plan living areas, flooding the interior with light.

Design, ordering and logistics throughout the project progressed smoothly, according to John, who adds: “Delivery and service from Balcony Systems was absolutely first-class and I would recommend the company wholeheartedly. The quality is there to be seen and I’m confident the balcony will deliver what I want.”

Three-climate views

As for their new balcony, John and his wife Kath, who downsized from a much larger property, are looking forward to enjoying what is undoubtedly a unique feature of their hillside home.

How? “With a bottle of wine enjoying watching the birds, clouds and constantly-changing scenery,” concludes John. “Here we can get three climates in one day – and a clear glass balcony provides the perfect vantage point from which to take it all in.”

Balcony Systems

Balcony Systems is a specialist in sophisticated glass and aluminium balustrading solutions and stunning curved patio doors, supplying straight or curved external and Juliet balconies to exact client specifications.

From a single balustrade to multi-apartment developments, the company works with architects, designers, developers and specifiers to deliver the most cost-effective, stylish and durable balustrade solution.

• Sunday, September 22nd, 2013

Stylish clear glass balustrades from Balcony Systems were chosen by developer IE Developments to complement the contemporary design of their award-winning new ‘eco’ development on the Herefordshire/ Worcestershire border.

External balconies off the bedrooms of five detached homes at St Katherine’s Field, Cradley use the Balcony 2 system featuring Balcony’s proprietary Royal Chrome anodised handrail.

Located near the Malvern Hills, the high-specification properties incorporate the latest low-maintenance materials and energy-saving measures, from triple glazed windows to an intelligent heating and solar system.  The development recently won the Housebuilder category of the Worcester Bosch Environment 2020 Awards 2013.

Simple, cleane and cost-effective

According to IE Developments Managing Director Tim Evans, the simplicity, cost-effectiveness and cleanliness of Balcony’s design were key factors in their balustrading specification. The developer has a long-standing working relationship with Balcony Systems and used their products on previous projects.

Tim said: “The Balcony balustrading is well-designed, so easy to install and looks very good. It has the ‘less is more’ appearance, which we like and, of course, the need for minimal posts keeps uninterrupted clear views to the outside.”

Low-maintenance balustrading

He added: “The low-maintenance aspects of Balcony’s system means no painting or repairs are required over the balustrading’s lifetime, which fits in with our philosophy to deliver quality homes for discerning purchasers that offer the ability to ‘lock and go’ with confidence. We will be using Balcony Systems’ products again on our next apartment scheme in Malvern.”

Sophisticated glass

Balcony Systems is a specialist in sophisticated glass and aluminium balustrading solutions and stunning curved patio doors, supplying straight or curved external and Juliet balconies to exact client specifications.

 

Balcony - IE Developments Cradley
Glass balcony
Glass balustrade - IE Developments Cradley
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From a single balustrade to multi-apartment developments, the company works with architects, designers, developers and specifiers to deliver the most cost-effective, stylish and durable balustrade solution.