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15 Oct 2019
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Extending Your Patio Season Using Glass

Enjoy your Patio Year-Round with these Upgrades

The fact that days are getting shorter, nights are getting cooler, and kids are back to school doesn’t have to spell the end of your outdoor patio season!

In our previous post on Creative Ways to Incorporate Glass into Your Outdoor Spaces, we included a variety of ways to not only make your patio more beautiful – we also included ways to extend your patio season using glass.

In this post we share even more ways you can use glass outdoors to enjoy your outdoor spaces well after the sunshine of summer starts to fade. Here are our top 6 ways that custom glass features can help you enjoy your patio year-round.

1. Sunrooms

Sunrooms are without a doubt the grandest way to extend your patio season. Adding a sunroom to your home essentially means adding an entirely enclosed space made of glass to the exterior of your property. Sunrooms provide additional square footage to your home, add more natural light, and allow you to enjoy the scenery of the outdoors year-round. As a Four Seasons Sunroom Distributor, our staff can answer all of your questions about adding a sunroom to your home.

See Sunrooms: What You Need to Know to learn more.

2. Enclosed Patios

If a sunroom isn’t feasible due to your budget or you just don’t have the space, consider an enclosed patio instead, where you simply add a glass roof (patio cover) and glass walls, and voila!  You can also create enclosed outdoor spaces that are independent from your property using this method, resulting in a glass gazebo. Glass walls surrounding your outdoor seating area will protect everyone from both wind and noise, while frosted glass has the bonus of adding privacy.

3. Patio Covers

Glass patio covers are probably the No. 1 thing homeowners can do to extend their patio season here on the “Wet Coast”.  Affixed to the side of your home, a glass patio cover acts as a large awning to shield the area underneath against rain and snow. They are perfect for BBQ areas or outdoor kitchens. Patio covers are as beautiful as they are functional, and with so many custom glass patio cover options available, you are sure to find something that complements your current space and house exterior.

4. Glass Pergolas

A glass pergola acts much like a patio cover does – in fact, the terms are often used interchangeably. However, a glass pergola is a freestanding structure (not attached to your home). Glass pergolas are not as structurally sound as a patio cover, but they are helpful for outdoor areas that are more than a few steps away from the back door, and useful when you’re unable to affix something to your home’s exterior. They are also portable in some cases. For example, in the event you move, you can dismantle and take your pergola with you.

5. Sliding Glass Walls

If your home’s architecture supports it, go for a sliding glass wall that connects your interior to your exterior living space. With this option, the wall that leads to your patio is replaced with not just a sliding glass door, but an entire wall! When combined with a patio cover and a few outdoor patio heaters, you can successfully blend the beauty of your backyard with your home’s interior. Perfect for dinner parties and just life in general!

6. Glass Firepit Surround

Firepits are becoming increasingly popular in fall and winter when open fire bans are lifted, especially on cool nights. Don’t allow wind to disturb your fire! A wind guard for your firepit made of glass can help you enjoy the warmth and beauty of the fire while protecting the fire from gusts of wind.

A glass fireplace surround added to your traditional firepit won’t keep the rain out, but it will help reduce the wind from putting out your flames. At Budget Glass, we can provide you with a custom-made glass fireplace surround using the measurements you provide us. Our experts can also help you pick out what type of thickness and edges will be suitable for your glass project.

More Ways to Extend Your Patio Season

In addition to the above mentioned glass features, you can also extend your patio season by doing things that will encourage your family to want to be outdoors in the first place, such as:

  • Plant fall veggies
  • Enjoy your favourite hot beverages outdoors
  • Buy patio heaters
  • Create a cozy space with furniture, pillows and blankets
  • Keep the area clean and inviting
  • Add a covered outdoor kitchen
  • Install a hot tub
  • Keep up nice lighting year-round

Just because the weather gets rainy and windy here on Vancouver Island in the fall, you don’t have to pack up the patio furniture just yet! Consider adding glass to your patio to protect your outdoor living space from the elements. Doing so might just make your patio your favourite place to be year-round.

The above suggestions are just a few of the ways you can extend the potential of your patio into the fall and winter seasons using glass. Contact the glass and window specialists at Budget Glass Nanaimo to receive free quotes of any or all of the above project ideas. Call us (250) 758-3374 or schedule an appointment online.

30 Aug 2019
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Class up your Backyard with Glass

8 Creative Ways to Incorporate Glass into Your Outdoor Spaces

At Budget Glass in Nanaimo, it’s no secret that We Love Glass – and one of the reasons we love glass so much is because of how it’s such an elegant, functional, and versatile building material. When it comes to residential glass, we believe the material is good for so much more than just the four walls of your home.

When it’s added to your outdoor living space, glass can help your patio stand out, help show off an attractive table, or accent and protect your pool area, for example. There are a number of ways custom glass features can enhance the look and feel of your outdoor space. Here are the top 8 ways custom glass features can take your patio to the next level of class and comfort.

1. Glass Walls

An outdoor seating area is made instantly cozier and more private with the addition of a sandblasted or frosted glass privacy wall or two. By adding glass walls and privacy screens around your patio area, you’re essentially protecting the area from nosy neighbours and shielding the area from wind, noise, and in some cases – mosquitoes. Try adding solar-powered coloured LEDs at the base of the glass walls, which can add a little something extra to the evening’s ambience.

2. Glass Door

Replace your standard sliding glass door with a custom-made pivoting glass door. A pivoting glass door in place of a standard slider door or French doors can instantly add an impressive and modern touch to your outdoor design. A pivot door is a swinging door that opens via a spindle in the centre of the door frame, as opposed to being affixed via hinges to one side of a frame.

Pivot glass doors are usually larger and heavier than regular doors. Glass pivoting doors can be frosted for privacy, or clear for optimal views. The spindle is usually hidden so as not to obstruct the view. With hands-free operation, some pivoting doors are also functional when your hands are full of drinks and appetizers for your guests.

3. Glass Patio Cover

Glass patio covers protect you and your guests from harmful UV rays in the summer months and shield you from the rain in the fall months. This allows you to extend your enjoyment of your outdoor patio.

As beautiful as they are functional, patio covers made of glass are an easy way to incorporate glass into your backyard décor. The best part is that with so many custom glass patio cover options available, there is plenty of opportunity to get creative with your patio cover design. Budget Glass in Nanaimo can help you choose from:

  • Aluminum or wood framed patio covers
  • All glass, partial glass or all aluminum roof
  • Clear, bronzed or opaque glass

4. Glass Pool Surround

Adding a glass railing surround to your backyard pool in place of a chain link or picketed fence provides a stunning design element to your outdoor living space. Glass railings are an elegant way to provide a beautiful safety feature to any space. They are also strong, durable, easy to clean, and shatterproof.

With a glass pool surround, your backyard instantly becomes more serene when there isn’t a big and bulky barrier obstructing the path to the pool. This not only makes the area more attractive but keeps the occupants of the pool that much safer.

Glass railings are another area where you have customization options in terms of framing material and colour, and whether you’d like to have top-rail framed glass panels or topless glass railing options.

5. Glass Tabletop

Instead of buying a patio table from a Big Box Store, why not make a glass tabletop using a piece of custom-cut glass? Ordering a custom-cut glass table (i.e. plate glass) is more cost-effective than you’d think, and glass tabletops are always in style.

To make your own glass tabletop, start by choosing what you’d like to use as your table base – from oak barrels, to engine blocks, to framed boxes, to old stone statues – and then order a custom-cut glass top from us here at Budget Glass Nanaimo. Simply provide us with the measurements you need, and we will cut your glass to order.

If you’re not sure what type of glass or what thickness you need, our experts can show you the shapes and edge work options suitable for your glass project.

It’s possible to add a glass tabletop to an existing table as well, which can make a standard patio table more stable, more attractive, and easier to clean up.

6. Glass Artwork

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Glass installations don’t need to be some sort of super-structural additions to your outdoor spaces – they can be added completely for art’s sake! A custom etched-glass artwork can quickly become the focal point of your entire backyard.

We believe stand-alone pieces are a fun way to incorporate glass into your outdoor décor and might just become a conversation starter. Just take a look at one of our staff’s custom glass accents in his own yard:

7. Glass Water Wall

A glass water wall or waterfall looks similar to a water fountain, but the water is piped upwards and falls from above while being splayed across a large sheet of glass (smooth or textured) before it falls back down to the collector dish below. The constant trickling water down the decorative glass of a water wall creates a glimmering, soothing effect, especially when combined with lights and your favourite plants.

8. Glass Lanterns

Don’t overlook your backyard’s lighting design! Combine any of the above creative uses for glass in your backyard with a lighting solution also made of glass to round out your look. By operating more than just your standard exterior light, you can add a touch of coziness and variety to the space.

Solar-powered outdoor lanterns add the perfect finishing touch to your outdoor living space and can truly tie all of the glass art and accents together for one unified backyard oasis. Hang glass lanterns from trees, add a couple to your steps, and place one to serve as a centrepiece for your glass table-top.

Your backyard will be looking like a magazine spread in no time!

The above suggestions are just some of the ways you can get creative with your outdoor spaces using the elegance of glass – our favourite building material! If you have an idea on how to use glass design in your backyard design, the custom-cut glass and window specialists at Budget Glass Nanaimo can help. We believe glass is a clean and elegant addition to any outdoor living space. Call us (250) 758-3374 or schedule an appointment online.

11 Jul 2018

Deck Designs – Things to Consider

Deck Designs on your list of things to explore this summer? Deck designs and patios are a great addition to any home. In addition to providing a comfortable space to enjoy the outdoors, deck designs can also make a statement! With the ever-increasing supply of products available, the options are nearly limitless to create a visually pleasing space that you feel comfortable in. If you are looking to spice up your patio this summer, we’ve got a few suggestions!

Deck Designs and Railings:

Aside from the obvious safety factors, railings can really bring patios to life. Upgrading or replacing your existing railings can freshen up older deck designs and patios. While there are many materials available for railings, from simple wood to classic wrought iron, glass is one of our favourites! Glass railings provide an uninterrupted view as well as a windscreen. Additionally, they tend to be relatively low maintenance, since they won’t corrode or rust like iron and they won’t require regular staining like wood. We can install glass railings with a top rail or without, so they’re also customizable. Regardless of what you choose, upgrading or replacing your railings can rejuvenate your outdoor space.

Deck Designs, Patio Covers and Awnings:

Patio covers and retractable awnings can go a long way to adding some life to your deck designs and your patios. Both choices allow you to use your outdoor space longer, as they provide protection from sun and rain. Patio covers are fixed structures and they can be made with opaque roof panels, glass, or a combination of the two. They are virtually maintenance free and have a long lifespan. Retractable awnings are not fixed, so you can use them when needed. They are constructed out of fabric and can be motorized or manually set up. Awnings are low maintenance, requiring only a small amount of cleaning to keep them functional. They have a long lifespan as well, though the fabric will need replacing with time. Either option will offer you more opportunities to enjoy your outdoor space!

Deck Designs, Containers and Planters:

Containers also make a statement for your deck designs and your patios. With so many different types and sizes now available, they can be a simple way to add style to your outdoor space. Some planters have directional designs, so if you have glass railings, make sure you like the back design too! Style isn’t the only thing to consider though; the materials your planters are made with can make a difference to how much maintenance you’ll need to do. Metal containers for full sun deck designs and patios may need additional watering as they’ll heat up quickly, and terra cotta or glazed pots may need to be stored during the winter to prevent cracking in freezing temperatures. Make sure your choices suit your deck designs, whether your look is laid back and low maintenance, elegant and sophisticated, or vibrant and fun!

Deck Designs and Plants:

Flowers and herbs can really bring deck designs and patios to life! Whether you want classic greenery or a riot of colour, plants are a quick and easy way to bring a fresh look to your outdoor space. While you’re choosing plants, you should consider whether you will have new flowers replanted every year or whether you will want plants that mature over time. Your local garden centre can advise you on the best plants for your deck designs, patio, and the look you’re going for. If you choose to house multiple plants in the same container, consider planting taller flowers or herbs in the middle of your planter. This is especially important with glass railings, since you’ll want to see your plants from all sides!

 

Deck Designs and Furniture:

Outdoor furniture comes in a wide variety of materials and styles. Many places carry outdoor furniture and can advise you on what materials will best suit your needs. Some considerations include durability, style, and required maintenance. If you already have furniture that you love, consider livening things up with outdoor cushions or a new coat of paint. Furniture makes a statement in your deck designs, so make sure it matches the feel of what you’re going for. Consider whether your style will work with weathering, or whether your look will need to be refreshed regularly to keep the feel you want. Do your research first!

 

Ultimately, whether you choose to upgrade your railings, buy new containers, plant a herb garden, install some shelter, or repaint your favourite chair, make sure you choose something you’re going to enjoy. If you’re comfortable with your deck designs, you’ll be using those deck designs for a long time to come!

05 May 2018

Make The Most Of Outdoor Living

West Coast, best coast as they say. It’s true. One of the many perks to living here is the mild temperatures that we experience for most of the year. Of course, that’s also accompanied by sudden weather changes. If you’d like to get more of the outdoors without getting wet or sizzling in sunshine, we’ve got you covered. Literally! Sunrooms and patio covers are a great way to take advantage of west coast outdoor living. We install Four Seasons sunrooms and patio covers for superior quality and style. While both sunrooms and patio covers keep you sheltered from sun and rain, they are each unique in their own way.

 

Sunrooms are a complete addition to your home and they are useable all year round. They can be easily adjusted to seasonal changes, sealing in the winter, and ventilating in the summer. As all the windows have screens, they’re also perfect for keeping the bugs out. Sunrooms are quite customizable. Multiple options for roofing allow you to decide how much light to let in, and once it’s built you can furnish it the way you would an interior space. The structure itself can also be made from multiple types of materials. However, since sunrooms are a permanent attachment to your home, location can be a limiting factor and they can be quite expensive to build.

 

If you don’t fancy a full addition, a patio cover might be just the thing instead. Patio covers are extremely versatile. They can be installed on any kind of house, and configuration possibilities are endless. Roofing materials come in several options, so you can choose the right one for your needs. They can even handle lights and ceiling fans in many cases! Patio covers are easier on the wallet, but since they aren’t enclosed they won’t be useable year round.

 

If you’re worried that choosing a patio cover excludes sunroom possibilities down the road, take heart. Patio covers can be turned into sunrooms, as long as the cover’s assembly is strong enough to handle the additional sunroom structure. An insulated roof will also be required so the new sunroom doesn’t “sweat”. Regardless of which one you ultimately decide on, patios and sunrooms alike will have you enjoying the West Coast outdoors in comfort.