Imagine relaxing in the garden on a sunny day with some friends or perhaps just sitting out with a good book. The birds are singing and the gentle breeze brings you the occasional perfume of your favourite shrub.
For many of us, this is a wonderful way to spend a Sunday afternoon. One way or another though, the reality may not quite live up to the dream: it may simply be too hot in the summer sun; the breeze may start blowing a little too cold; a few spots of rain may dampen your enjoyment; the garden furniture may just not be quite as comfortable as your favourite armchair.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have the best of both worlds and combine the comfort of indoor living with the fresh air and natural sunlight that you enjoy outside? At Reynaers at Home we call this ‘bringing the outside in’.
‘Bringing the outside in’ isn’t literally about traipsing mud through the house. It’s so much more than that – blurring the boundaries between living and outdoor space makes the perfect entertaining area and a wonderful place to relax with our range of aluminium windows and doors. It gives children the enjoyment and freedom to venture both inside and outside the home, while allowing the beauty of the garden to be enjoyed from the comfort of your living room.
A premium quality conservatory or an orangery can make a wonderful extension to almost any home, providing additional living space that is bright and airy, usually with one or more sets of doors that can be opened onto the garden. Many people think of conservatories as ugly plastic white boxes that get too hot in the summer and too cold in the winter. This really does not have to be the case.
Modern glass technology has come a long way in the last few years, and it is now possible to get glass that keeps the heat in during the colder months and yet reflects the sun’s radiation away from the room, keeping it cool in the summer. This means, with careful design and specification, conservatories and orangeries really can be used all year round.
For some, the idea of a premium quality conservatory or orangery is either not practical or is undesirable. For these people, a modern extension designed with architectural glazing or large sliding patio doors is a superb way of adding value to the home. This sort of extension might be of a style you would expect to see on a property featured on Grand Designs, and really can transform the ordinary into the spectacular.
For others replacing the tired old French doors in the living room with a state-of-the-art aluminium windows and doors. A set of bifold doors or sliding patio doors may be the answer. There seems to be a trend these days, when replacing the old double doors, to engage the services of a builder to make the opening wider by removing some of the surrounding brickwork. This can make the installation of a new bifold doors or sliding patio door transform the room, letting in more daylight and creating a feature of the home with a wonderful view of the garden. Even the addition of a large picture window to a property can create a feature by brightening the room and giving a wonderful uninterrupted panoramic view.
However you decide to improve your home, ‘letting the outside in’ can change the way you live in your home and make the home a brighter more pleasant place to be. And of course, on a Sunday afternoon, you can always relax or entertain friends in the comfort of your living room, opening up the back of the house to the garden when the weather permits, but knowing that you can retreat inside if the British weather turns against you.