Some of our fondest childhood memories are those we spent paddling in the pool. Whether it was our swimming pool, the neighbor’s, a family member’s or a friend’s, we’ve all had a summer splash to remember! Spending a summer by the pool as a kid is a delight, but it’s always been a bit of a challenge for the grown-ups.
Yes, while the little ones splash in and out of the pool, it’s the parents who are on life-guard and cleanup duty.
The challenges of pool management
Just like a real life guard, we play the role of pool mediator; officers of safety in our own home. It’s our job to split up fights, stop dangerous diving attempts, keep unwanted objects out of the water and (should the worst happen) be free and ready to dive in and rescue anyone from drowning.
In order to readily offer this safety and care to our swimming children, we need clear access to the pool. It should take mere seconds to move from our vantage point inside to outside, and in the pool.
Clear Edge Glass Doors are the best option to achieve this clear, unobstructed access:
- Slide each panel completely aside to open an entire wall; ready for you to rush through at a moment’s notice.
- See full, frame-free views of the pool as you survey the action and keep the peace.
- When it’s a ‘big kids only’ swim, keep the little ones safely secure inside (without missing out on the show) by sliding and securing your doors closed. You won’t miss anything while comfortably inside as you view the entire pool area through your frameless glass doors.
Cool convenience when it’s time to call everyone inside
When it’s time to come on in and change for a meal, you can call everyone in through wide open glass doors. With each panel slid completely out of the way and stacked neatly to one side, a whole hoard of wet swimmers can rush through and change; no lines outside the front door or awkward pile-ups here!
If our sliding glass doors have been incorporated into your deck area, you’ll be able to pull them shut to keep your wet guests toasty warm while they enjoy a meal. After everyone’s had a bite, slide the doors aside and send them out for round two!
It’s beginning to look a lot like…you’ll be playing host or hostess this Christmas! It’s that magical time of year where we cram our friends and fam together for food and festivities. If you’ve already set a date for your Christmas party, then it’s time to get stuck into some cool concepts and ideas to make this merry gathering the best one yet. In today’s blog, we’ve put together a few of our top tips for putting on a cracking Christmas party in Australia.
Give your guests plenty of room to party
A close-quarters Christmas party on a hot Australian summer’s day is as far from jolly and jovial as it gets. Cramming guests into one sectioned space is going to make it hard for them to mix and mingle; folks will be too busy trying to keep out of each other’s way! It’s an easy fix thanks to the wonderful, party-perfecting technology that is the Clear Edge Glass slide and stack system! Installing a wall of Clear Edge Glass doors between your living room and deck or garden will give you the freedom to slide an entire wall aside, creating a wide-open entrance!
The uninterrupted access way between the indoor and outdoor spaces creates one wide open home-made party venue in an instant!
Do yourself a favor: make the setup and cleanup faster
Once it’s time to clean up and usher everyone indoors for a cozy movie, you (and your little helpers) will be able to clear away the fray in mere seconds. A couple of plate-clearing trips ought to do the trick, and with no doors to hold open or frames to trip over you’ll wonder why you never invested in Clear Edge Glass Doors sooner than this!
When things cool down; pull your doors closed
When the kids have all headed off to bed, and the remaining grown-ups are sharing a few late-night drinks together in the living room, you can pull your Clear Edge Glass doors closed in one smooth, easy motion. Your guests can enjoy the comfort of the closed room, without compromising the beautiful view of your garden and deck area. This is extra-appreciated if you’ve put effort into your garden Christmas lights!
This blog comes to you on a cloudless afternoon sitting at a sublime 29 degrees in Melbourne! It’s safe to say that summer is on its merry way, so we better get ready to welcome it. What’s the best way to maximise a summer’s day? Simple: a bright, beautifully-decorated sunroom!
Today we’re taking you through a few features we believe the perfect sunroom simply cannot be without:
A dreamy theme
We visit our sunrooms to ‘escape reality’, so it’s actually quite important that this space is made to feel as far from ‘office vibes’ as one can possibly get! To achieve this, we recommend opting for a theme; a consistent style of decorating and decor that transports you away from the ‘every day’. A few of our favorite sunroom themes are:
- Japanese Spa
Which theme would you like to try? For further theme inspiration, feel free to check out our Pinterest Page.
Natural elements are essential
A few touches of the outdoors go a very long way in your sunroom, as they assert that ‘indoor/outdoor’ flow beautifully. Natural elements such as plants, stones, and woody or weaved furnishings add texture and charm.
You can keep it simple with:
- Potted plants
- Paintings or photos of animals, plants or landscapes
- Nature prints (banana leaf pillows etc)
Or get crafty with:
- Driftwood (sculptures, carvings or just beautiful pieces of driftwood on display)
- Seashells (display them in a basket, bowl or behind a glass frame)
- Colour palette paintings (grab a blank canvas and a few test pots of paint and go nuts with your colours; blending them on the canvas to create a beautiful piece for the wall of your sunroom)
We’ve found an instagram page dedicated to beautiful colour palettes you might like to check out here.
A balmy breeze and uninterrupted views
While we can fuss endlessly about a beautiful interior, a successful sunroom really ‘happens’ when you connect the space seamlessly with the sunny outdoors…something that can’t be achieved with regular walls. You can totally open your sunroom to the outdoors by transforming your walls with Clear Edge Glass retractable glass doors!
Our sleek glass sliding doors are yours to use in any way that suits: slide them completely to one side to instantly invite the outdoors in, slip a select few panels apart to allow a balmy breeze to work its way through your sunroom and ventilate the air, or keep your doors closed as you sit in your sunroom soaking up uninterrupted views in cool comfort.
Everyone has a house fantasy…
There are plenty of options when it comes to a sunroom, but what’s important above all is that it should suit you and your family’s needs. This is key!
Before we go into detail, let’s just take a moment to bust a myth: sunrooms are not green houses. You aren’t going to bake in a large glass oven…trust us. If you’re really concerned about brightness and heat, then opt for your roof to extend out over the glass walls of your sunroom – providing you with shelter from the light and rays while you relax in your special sunny space.
The temperature is rising higher, the sun is shining brighter, and your phone is ringing off the hook with pals pining for an afternoon ‘catch up at yours’!
Before you know it, every weekend is busy and booked to the brim with mates and relatives ‘popping in’ one after the other! While we try to enjoy their company and the banter, the crowd that inevitably develops in your kitchen can drive you utterly nuts.
No homeowner feels comfortable ushering their loved ones out of the kitchen: we get that. That’s why we’ve created a wonderful, stylish solution for this age old issue that will keep everyone sane and entertained this summer!
It’s called ‘retractable glass windows’…and it’s a concept that you’ll wish you’d heard about sooner!
Winter is slinking away and spring has settled in, with summer hot on its tails! The time for huddling in front of a roaring fireplace has come and gone, finally you can slide open the glass doors and let in the fresh air.
What better way to enjoy the long hot afternoons then out on a glass veranda? What once kept you safe from the cold can now let you bask in the sun. Elegant and practical, Clear Edge Glass systems are perfect for letting you get the most out of the longer days, while our Australian made Low-E glass keeps you safe from damaging UV rays.
Prepare the shrimp
Imagine sliding open the doors to the smell of a sizzling barbecue, fresh cut grass, and a cold beer. A table tennis match on the patio, laughter ringing out from the pool, and ice cream dripping down your hand onto the backyard.
Mind the little ones
A glass veranda is ideal for letting the kids run around outside where they can enjoy the sun, and letting you keep a careful eye on them. Not just fun for you and your family, Clear Edge Glass systems are well suited for entertaining.
Party time at last
Plan a large party with confidence, knowing guests can spill comfortably out onto the patio, whether it be hot and sunny, or wet and windy. On a hot afternoon, your house will feel open and airy, with a great sense of flow through to the outdoors. And when weather packs in? Simply close the doors, and let the rain tap against the glass.
When the guests are gone, the kids are happily asleep, you can curl up comfortably on your outdoor furniture, safe inside the glass walls. Watch the sun set through the elegant windows, a glass of wine and a good book at hand. That is what Clear Edge Glass is, laughter in the sun, sweet sighs under the night sky, and comfort all throughout the year.
Blog post by Leticia Philip
When it comes to designing your house, safety is just as important as style. Clear Edge Glass Systems look spectacular, letting in natural light, and making any room feel open and free flowing. Last time, we took a look at the strength of our sliding door tracks and found that they can withstand any wind Australia can throw at them. That’s not all an exterior wall has to withstand, though, and Clear Edge Glass has a lot more to say for itself. We’ve done everything necessary to ensure our frameless glass doors are the best option for both your safety and comfort.