We’ve talked about using garage doors in non-traditional ways to bring the outdoors in, but this time we examine how windows, or glass walls as they are referred to in the industry, can serve multiple functions.
The most obvious of which is expanding your views. If you live in scenic West Vancouver or North Vancouver, and find yourself high in the mountain ranges, this is a great way to have unobstructed views. No walls in your way. No curtains hiding the sunsets. Just incredible views as far as your eyes can see.
Installing glass walls also serves to bring in much more natural light. Living in the Lower Mainland, we are not-so-lucky to have shorter days in the winter months where sunlight is at a premium. With glass walls taking the place of your walls or small windows, you will maximize the amount of sunlight you do get during those short, rain-filled days.
Opening The Walls
Alternatively, don’t you want to ensure that you soak up as much sunlight during the summer months as possible? These walls can open up to extend your indoor space and ensure you will take advantage of the great weather. And depending on your space, budget and options you select, you can even have it so the glass tucks into the walls so that you it will actually seem like you just have a roof over your head with no barriers to the outdoors.
Saving On Energy
By optimizing your natural light intake, you are effectively reducing the need for artificial light and, thereby, use less electricity lighting your home (we’re talking up to dusk of course). By opening up the walls in the warm summer months, you are cooling your space naturally and will require less fans or air conditioning as a result.
Of course, you’re wondering what happens when I open the glass wall and the insects come in drones? Well, simple. You can also install a screen to protect from insects just like you would a regular window or patio door. You can have these screens also be retractable so that you can come and go as you please, but when you choose to open the walls while remaining inside, you’ll get all the benefits of letting the outdoors in, without the hassle of the bugs.
Depending on your particular space, different wall combinations might be necessary. For instance, if you have a retaining wall (or a supporting wall structure), that is essentially what is holding up your roof and keeping it from falling. No installers will be able to remove this wall therefore you’ll have to build your glass walls around it. So it’s possible that you have glass walls on either side of a solid or supporting wall, or vice versa. Having the professionals come in and assess your space will inform you on what is and isn’t possible for your home.