Some climates advise that the spaces of the house that are related to the outside can be closed with glass doors to enjoy them on those inclement days when you want to be safe but without losing the views of the garden or the exterior landscape.
If the views are attractive, the best option is glass flats with large sliding panels and narrow profiles.
Glazed windows require a resistant opening system and a hermetic closure.
Hidden leaf enclosures are synonymous with elegance, linear strength and minimal presence.
The enclosures of terraces, balconies and porches is an important use of the space of the house,This added surface has several advantages, from giving more surface to the interior spaces, for example, the living room adjoining the terrace, to having an independent character and treating it as a room for other uses.
Full glass enclosures in spaces such as balconies and terraces that become winter gardens, are like gazebos that allow a total view of the outside through the glass.
These enclosures allow to obtain from living areas, dining rooms, work spaces, gazebos … with the totally different advantage to an interior space, for having transparent walls and enjoying the outside view.
No matter how small the space to be closed, the result can be beneficial by providing a new and different room, which meets the conditions of an interior – because it is sheltered- and from the outside for enjoying the wide view of the free space and also the advantage of being able to open it whenever we want.
The enclosures of these spaces have varied budgets depending on the material used, since it must be taken into account that a zone of well-being and comfort is pursued, which includes, in addition to the work to be carried out, achieving the best conditions of temperature and natural light.
If they are terraces without a roof, it is necessary to take into account the upper enclosure that can be made as a fixed or mobile roof, made of glass or polycarbonate.
Can be of sliding windows, folding, half-height enclosures, where the lower part is fixed, the part that covers the railing, and the upper part is practicable.
Glass curtains, which move along an upper guide, leaves that do not have side frames but only at the upper and lower ends.
Terrace enclosures and materials
The type of material used,the profiles and the glass , will influence the conditions of temperature, noise and natural light filtering.
That is, it affects the thermal and acoustic insulation and will have so much better Outcome the better to seal the window and the quality of the glass.
These enclosures can be made of wood, a cozy and warm material with a more natural finish but that raises the budget. Made of PVC or Aluminum, with a wider color chart than the previous one in Pvc.
Depending on the orientation that we have the terrace or balcony to close, we will have a warmer environment, for example a south orientation, or on the contrary colder in a north orientation.
All these characteristics will be taken into account by the company that carries out the work.
This will be influenced by the type of enclosure that has been given to the roof because if it is made of glass it will be convenient to make it opaque or place blinds, which leads to the result in the interior light of the house, that is, to the separation between this terrace and inside.
It will be necessary to consider whether to dismantle the partitions and leave a single space or put a larger glass door and facilitate the arrival of natural light.
Once we have decided on materials, colors and design of the enclosure, all this reform implies a change and that is when we have to address the interior decoration of this new space, according to the use we give it.
As an extra living area, as a dining room, work space, installing a work table giving the character of a gazebo with plants and flowers, if it is spacious it can bring together both environments …
In any case, the advantages will outweigh the disadvantages and possibly this small or large area will become the preferred place where you want to be when you get home.
Terrace enclosures: A gallery to use all year round
This closed porch with wood and glass carpentry allows this duality.
In summer they can open the windows and place the furniture towards the views, while in the cold seasons, the pleasant stone-clad fireplace is the center of the room and the L-shaped sofa with its soft cushions provides a pleasant seat to enjoy. from home heat.
The following forms are the most common of terrace enclosures
Enclosure of practicable terraces
It is the traditional system, with one or two leaves that can be fully opened inwards or outwards.
Cleaning is simple because both sides of the glass are easily accessible and the seal is good.
The profiles of the frames are wider than a simple slide.
If the doors open inwards, they take up a lot of useful space – 1 m2 for sweeping an 80 cm wide door – and complicate the use of curtains.
It allows you to take more advantage of the space without losing tightness. It incorporates a special hardware system that allows both the practicable opening and the tilt-and-turn opening.
This system consists of one or more leaves that run along a guide or rail.
They do not steal space, but opening width is lost because the two leaves can never be opened at the same time if they are short spaces.
In the following photo, the spaciousness of the terrace, allows a large open space at once with sliding leaves
The longest part can be placed on the side that is least used, for example, a chaise-longue or an armchair, creating an almost exterior space.
They can be installed as enclosures on terraces that are incorporated into the house, thus increasing its useful surface and taking advantage of this space to locate, as in the photo, this small and beautiful kitchen
Terrace enclosures with folding glass curtains
This system has a wider opening width than in the slide, all the leaves can be closed in the center or on one side, occupying a minimum space.
Once the sheets necessary for a gap of 6 m have been folded, they only occupy 30 cm.
If necessary, communication with outer space can be total. When they are very wide, a practicable leaf is usually installed to enter and exit without opening the entire wall.
They have less tightness than the slides
You can also install the traditional closing of sash windows, which give that cozy flavor to the environments where they are integrated, like the one in the photo you see below, where this terrace has been closed with this system, using the same white color of the beautiful wooden slatted ceiling.
An environment of very bright colors, recalling the exterior that surrounds it and decorated with very chosen furniture and accessories, such as the carpet on the rustic floor, creating an elegant and very cozy atmosphere, in a great contrast to the white that surrounds it.
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