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August 2020

How to use glass about the home

Glass has long been applauded in the design world for its many attractive and beneficial qualities. From its ability to extend the look and feel of living space and maximise natural light, to creating unusual decorative features. Often the material of choice for contemporary (and expensive!) properties, glass can be regarded as the ‘designer’ option. But this is a common misconception. Anyone can make use of glass and, more excitingly, use it to effortlessly transform the look and feel of… Read More...

5 reasons why you need a glass canopy

Chances are you’ve stood under a glass canopy many times – waiting to be let into your favourite shop, enjoying a drink outside your favourite restaurant. But we’ll guess you didn’t you look up and appreciate the feature protecting you from the elements, or spend time contemplating just how useful a glass canopy could be at home. No, of course you didn’t. But you could be missing out! Glass canopies are a fantastic way to extend space, create shelter AND… Read More...

July 2020

Simple ways to extend your living space

Lockdown. It’s been a strange old time hasn’t it? Never before have we all spent quite so much time at home, staring at the same four walls. No longer just our retreat after a long day, homes have become the office, gym, even the classroom. Not surprising then that many of us have started to get a touch of cabin fever. Becoming a little disgruntled with your property is understandable – and so too is wishing there were ways you… Read More...

Easy glass maintenance – wipe away your doubts

Has being stuck at home during lockdown left you very aware of sticky finger marks and smudges on your glass windows and doors? Have you been considering using more glass in your home but are put off at the thought of having to try and keep it clean? Here at Square 1 Balustrades we love glass – we can’t sing its praises highly enough – and we wouldn’t want a little thing like cleaning to put you off using… Read More...

April 2020

How to choose the right type of balustrade system for your home

Is making the final decision on a balustrade system proving difficult? We get it. With so many balustrade types available, settling on the perfect one for you can be easier said than done. Whether you’re looking to improve the look of your commercial building or want to change-up the aesthetic of your home, at Square 1 Balustrades, we can help you make that difficult decision. There could be a multitude of reasons for why you’ve not quite decided on a… Read More...

Upgrading your garden during lockdown

Much like the rest of the world, the UK is currently going through a period of national lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic. These are unprecedented circumstances that we find ourselves in, and whether working from home or going through furlough, everyone is struggling to find meaningful ways to spend this extra free time. The good news is, now is the perfect time to give your garden that long-awaited TLC you have been putting off for months (or even years!)…. Read More...

How to clean glass balustrades

So, you’ve decided to add glass balustrades around your home? Great choice! Glass balustrades such as those we sell at Square 1 can not only add value to your home, but are visually appealing and create the illusion of additional space. However, these benefits can quickly be lost if your glass balustrades aren’t well maintained, so what do you need to know? With many years under our belt, the team here at Square 1 are perfectly placed to offer customers… Read More...

How much do glass balustrades cost

Although balustrades have been key features of architecture for as long as we can remember, glass balustrades are a much more contemporary addition. Despite this however, the glass balustrade has quickly sky-rocketed in popularity, seeing the traditional balustrade slowly be phased out for its more modern counterpart. But how can you benefit from glass balustrades, and how much can you expect to pay? At Square 1 Balustrades, there isn’t much we can’t tell you about balustrades! As the go-to suppliers for… Read More...

March 2020

Why your home needs a Juliet balcony

Balcony installation isn’t just reserved for large homes and extravagant budgets. In fact, Juliet balconies are a fantastic way of boosting the value of your property whilst also offering homeowners a plethora of additional benefits that can’t be had with other balcony types. If you’re considering a Juliet balcony, you’ve come to the right place as today we’re looking at the benefits of fitting a Juliet balcony to your home, and why it’s much easier than you thought! Read on… Read More...

January 2020

Get your decking spring ready with a brand-new balustrade

With spring right around the corner, there’s no better time than the present to start preparing your home and garden for the warmer months. The chances are that your garden decking has taken a beating over the winter, but don’t fear – we know just the thing to help! A decking balustrade not only looks great but can add security and value to your outdoor space. At Square 1 Balustrades, we specialise in offering high-quality, bespoke balustrades and balconies for… Read More...

Revamp your boring staircase for 2020 with these five simple upgrades

Have you become complacent with your home décor? You may not realise it but your staircase could be the key to transforming your home in 2020. Despite being one of the biggest features of any multi-storey home, stairs are often overlooked as a means of adding design and flare and are left to age whilst the rest of the house is upgraded. If this all sounds familiar, then you’ve come to the right place! At Square 1 Balustrades, we’re experts in… Read More...

October 2019

Four Stair handrail ideas for your home

A recent study revealed that a person’s home accounts for around 15% of their total happiness – so it makes sense that regularly updating and improving the fixtures and fittings of our space is something we’re all guilty of. However, when the budget is tight, what can you do to make changes that will still leave a big impression? One great place to start is with your stairs – and stair handrails are both an affordable and effortless way… Read More...

Three great examples of innovative balustrade systems

When it comes to interior design, most people consider paint colours, unique worktop materials and feature walls. What people very rarely think about, however, are balustrades. If you’re amongst the many who overlook the potential of a balustrade system, then you’ve come to the right place! Square 1 Balustrades have a team of in-house specialists who have designed and fitted a range of innovative balustrade systems ideal for both external and internal use. So when you go to them for… Read More...

April 2019

Why You Should Use Stainless Steel in The Home

Depending on what style of interior design you are attracted to for your home, there will be a number of types of materials to choose for different rooms. If you’re going for something rustic, you might want to use plenty of wood and stone. However, if you want a contemporary feel for your home, steel and glass are some of the best options available. Here we describe why you should choose stainless steel. It’s Durable and Resistant to Corrosion Stainless steel… Read More...

The Benefits of Installing a Balcony

If you live in a second floor flat in a city or large town, one area you might be lacking is the option of outside space. Although living in a flat in a city affords you a number of benefits like being close to work opportunities, being able to take part in an active social life and being in a prime location without spending huge amounts of money, there are also some restrictions. To inject some sunshine into your… Read More...

Some of The Most Impressive Glass Buildings in The World

Glass has been utilised for windows since the times of the Romans, dating back as far as 100 AD. However, since then, the material has been used for much more than just windows. Now, we’re in an age when entire structures are fashioned from glass and are at the forefront of the increasing futurism of our cities’ skylines. Here are some of the most impressive glass structures in the world. The Shard Starting close to home and standing at 309.7 meters,… Read More...

March 2019

Why We Love Glass

Here at Square 1 Balustrades, we’re passionate about glass. Without even realising it, people across the planet interact with glass every day, and because of this, we think that glass has come to be a hugely underappreciated material. Humans’ relationship with glass stretches back almost 5000 years, with the earliest glass artefacts found in Egypt in 3100 BC, to modern day applications of glass in smash-resistant smartphones and innovative contemporary architecture. Below, we explain exactly why we think glass is… Read More...

Incorporating Glass into Your Balcony Design

Are you planning a balcony for your home or business? There are a number of benefits to a glass balustrade – which is precisely why they’re used in a number of home renovations. If you’re considering adding glass to your home, we’ve complied a number of core benefits you can leverage: Increased architectural beauty: No matter what the style of the building, glass can add a certain elegance. Read More...

Incorporating Glass into Garden Design

With British summers seemingly getting sunnier and warmer year by year, it’s a great time for us to make sure we’re making the most of our outside spaces. Whiling away the hours of a long, hot summer’s day in a beautifully designed garden is the stuff of dreams, so whether you’re redesigning the entire space or just adding a summery feature like a pond or planting area, why not incorporate glass for the perfect finishing touch? Read More...

A Short Guide To Calculating Wind Load Parameters

Installing a stunning glass balustrade to create garden boundaries or square off a balcony adds a touch of elegance to any home, however, before you go ahead with the investment, you need to consider the location of your property and the weather conditions that the glass may be subject too. Read More...

A Brief History of Balustrades

Balustrades have been around for a very long time, were used in ancient architecture – and are still popular today. The name originally came from the Italian word ‘balaustra’, which refers to the pomegranate flower. Read More...

Three Benefits of Glass Balustrades

Frameless glass balustrades are an increasingly popular choice when considering supports in the home for staircases and areas where there is a drop in floor level. With minimalistic design trends becoming more and more popular, this choice of balustrade is enjoying an ascendency. However, there are far more benefits to installing a glass balustrade than just their style and elegance.   Glass Gives The Room The Impression of Having More Space One of the key benefits of using glass anywhere in the home… Read More...

Interior Design Trends for 2019

As we usher in the new year, there’s plenty to be excited and enthused about. Now is the time to challenge yourself, try things you didn’t think you could do and make some changes in your life. One of those changes might be to give your home a modern flourish with an update of the interior design. If you’re stuck for ideas then don’t worry, we’re on hand to help. Here are just a few of the interior design trends… Read More...

How To Transform Your Home or Office With Glass

Glass is becoming a more and more popular material to work with, in both commercial and residential properties. It’s elegant, functional, strong and safe. There are plenty of innovative ways that you can transform your home or office with the use of glass. Here are just some of them.   Glass Balustrades The installation of glass balustrades for the home or office is what we do best. Toughened or laminated glass is strong and durable, whilst also improving the flow of natural… Read More...

A Brief Guide to Balustrade Regulations

Glass balustrades are a very popular choice when it comes to staircases, balconies and terraces. Minimalist interior design is a consistent favourite for homeowners and glass works excellently apart of this design ecosystem. Read More...
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