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Advantages of terrace enclosures

Let’s start by taking a look at what terrace enclosures are and what the best application can be for your home and garden. A terrace is normally described as a flat open space joined to an existing building. Normally constructed with slabs on a solid base they provide additional living space that can be enjoyed when the weather allows. I think this is the key point when we start to look at enclosed terraces, we get that extra layer of protection from the elements. This essentially creates a space which becomes an extension to the home, a comfortable area in which to enjoy the sunshine whatever the weather.

So what are the advantages of a terrace enclosure?

Terrace enclosures are a great way to create a comfortable outdoor space inside your home. They can be used for various purposes like gardening, dining, entertainment and can even incorporate retractable roof systems that let you adapt your living space, whatever the weather. There are many advantages of terrace enclosures that provide adaptable living spaces whatever the climate.

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The first advantage is that it increases the living space of your home. You can use this indoor space to host guests or for other purposes like dining, leisure pursuits and even gardening. It also provides protection from the sun and rain for those who want to spend time outdoors but don’t want to get wet or sunburnt. Buying the right enclosed terrace will ensure great thermal properties for your home, with very little heat loss during the winter and providing protection from the sun in summer.

A terrace is also the best way to soften the transition between the outside and inside. Not only does it provide an extension to the home, but also and extension the the garden. It helps bring the two together in a more functional space that can be enjoyed by all.

Enclosed terrace ideas

Being a big fan of the TV program and magazine, Grand Designs, I see so many examples of where these systems can be used. A good architect can apply these structural elements to a host of different building sizes and styles to create the most bright a beautiful interiors.

One of my favourite enclosed terrace ideas incorporated a courtyard garden in the middle of the house. This courtyard was surrounded by an enclosed terrace structure, allowing the garden to be admired and accessed from every angle. It provided a walkway from one end of the house to the other, the perfect transition through a naturally formed space.

glass courtyard garden area

Swimming pools are another feature we can surround with an enclosed terrace. Further more, a retractable roof can be added to open up to the elements. These can be very popular designs in modern houses which can be used all year round. It allows you to adapt and enjoy the space depending on the weather.

indoor swimming pool enclosure

Not just suitable for home and garden application

Terrace enclosures can also be used on commercial buildings, out buildings, new and old buildings. There really isn’t a limitation on the structure type. They can be applied to existing buildings to open up and flood the interiors with light. Office and show spaces can benefit greatly from these structure giving the sense of being outside but with the comfort and warmth of an inside space. Product show spaces become flooded with natural light, dining halls become a space to take in the surroundings and meeting rooms are transformed from the boring and mundane into a happy vibrant place.

new house design glass corridor

Everyone can benefit from more natural light in their lives, after all we need the vitamin D from the sun to survive. It provides the essential nutrients our bodies need to stay healthy and therefore happy. I believe that more architectural design should incorporate more glass and spread more natural light into our homes, offices and commercial spaces.

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