Why I Love the Look of Glass BalustradesOctober 7, 2018
Well, to get to know a bit about me and my love for glass balustrades, we have to go back to my childhood upbringing, of living in wide open spaces. I grew up on a massive farm in the middle of the outback. I used to have to catch the bus 1 hour each way to get to school. Hell, my driveway was 1km long and I used to have to walk down it every morning to catch the bus! It may not sound that far but with the eyes of a kid and the flatness of the earth it made it seem forever. The closest neighbour was 10 kilometres away.
There was wide open land for as far as the eyes could see. We used to have a big balcony in those days. It spanned all the way around the house and there were panoramic views in all directions. There wasn’t an obstacle in view and as a family, we would sit back and watch the rains come in. There was no need for safety railings in those days, and the open spaces were deep, rich and vivid. They are some of my fondest memories as a child, those times with my family, not a sound to be heard, but the soothing tones of heavy rain hitting the tin.
Now I’m all grown up and have a family of my own. We live on a small acreage just outside of Byron Bay. It’s by far not as big and as isolated as my childhood home but’s it’s our home nonetheless. The kids love the open spaces and the pool and they’re never short on things to do. But unlike the old days, safety is a thing now. So we had to succumb and install balustrades along the balcony for the safety of the children. At first, we were a bit upset to be burdened with the task and didn’t want to sacrifice our unfettered panoramic views of the beautiful Australian countryside.
There were decisions to be made and we had to make them fast. We had to fence our balcony and pool in a hurry. We could have gone with traditional wooden balustrades to go with the old wooden house. This would look great, but I was afraid that it would make me feel boxed in and a little bit claustrophobic.
We finally decided to go with the glass balustrades and I haven’t looked back. They offer the perfect protection for around the pool and the balcony without obstructing the view. The family cat Spazzle is always bumping into them because he thinks there’s nothing there. The whole family gets a kick out of watching him try to run through the glass and he just keeps doing it over and over again.
They serve more function than just entertainment though, they give me peace of mind that when my children are out of sight they are safe and you can’t put a price on the safety of your children even if it did require you install glass balustrades. It was worth every penny.
The glass really makes a space look and feel open and it’s especially good around the pool if you have young ones. They give you more visibility and I can clearly see the kids when they in the pool.
We love open plan living, and I try to keep our house and our lifestyle in such a manner. So glass balustrades were the only option to keep to this aesthetic and provide the kind of safety I needed for my family. So if you’re in the market for balustrades and want to keep a sweeping open plan space, go for glass balustrades – you won’t be disappointed.