Stairs are an obvious structural centrepiece of any home, so the way they look is vital. An untidy, tired and old fashioned staircase will make an instant negative first impression on visitors, and can even lower the value of your home should it be on the market.
Whether you have a home with a hallway that the stairs lead from, or the type of home where the stairs begin just inside the front door, you just cannot hide it if they look old and out of date. Replacing the old wooden spindles with glass ballusters and stainless steel fittings can change the entire feel of even the oldest properties.
Although glass balustrades will lift the feel and look of any property, they are not just used for domestic settings. Many schools, colleges and offices have decided to opt for glass instead of wood or solid painted partition walls. This is because glass will allow any natural light to flood any given area and even help where artificial light is relied upon. The entire area will benefit from a light and airy feel, while looking thoroughly modern at the same time.
Leaving the appearances to one side, many older stairs are actually quite unsafe, as they would have been designed and constructed when building regulations were less stringent than they are today. Giving your staircase a makeover will not necessarily cost you a fortune either if you shop around for the best deal. Splashbacks of Distinction have helped many of our customers to realise their dreams of the perfect interior and exterior by advising them what type and style of toughened glass balustrade would best suit their property, be it domestic or commercial.
Getting rid of those old fashioned balusters or ranch style timber railings for a more up to the minute equivalent can completely change the look of your stairs. Best of all, this can be achieved without the eye watering expense and disruption of installing a whole new staircase. Ultimately, if you can achieve a fantastic look and feel on a reasonable budget, why would you want to pay a kings ransom for it?
Replacing the newel caps, handrail and baserail will complete the transformation at a fraction of the cost of a complete new stair construction. If you want to go for a contemporary look, try using glass panels in place of wooden balusters, as this will create a really stylish and minimalist and as mentioned above, glass is great at increasing the amount of light flow within any property.
When you have work done on your stairs, this is an ideal time to ensure that any gaps, such as the space between the balusters or between risers and treads, comply with current safety standards. In the United Kingdom building regulations stipulate that no area anywhere on a staircase should be large enough for a 100mm sphere to pass through.In short, a gap of 99mm would be the maximum permitted by building regulations.
These measurements are not made to make your life difficult, they really are there for the safety and well being of children and it also makes sense if you have pets too.
Far too many children have ended up with their heads caught between the old wooden spindles on stair cases and this can be a very frightening and dangerous experience for them. Small dogs that are able to fit through any gaps run the risk of falling and injuring themselves, an upsetting and very costly experience as vets are not known for giving away their services freely. A larger dog can get its head trapped and cause serious harm when they panic trying to free themselves, so keeping the gaps to a munimum it vital for the well being of all concerned.
The balustrade should also be designed to ensure that children are discouraged from climbimg on it. Many older stair banisters, including the ranch style ones with wooden horizontal railings that we all loved to climb on and over as kids back in the sixties and seventies, do not comply with current building regulations. Many a child has found a short cut downstairs when they are called for dinner by climbing over these railings and although many never came to any real harm, this is clearly not a safe or sensible method of beating their siblings to the crispiest roast potatoes offered at dinner time. Installing new stair spindles at the correct distance apart and riser bars where there are open treads, will ensure that your staircase is up to date in terms of safety as well as style.
The glass balustrades we supply and fit are exceptionally strong. The durability of these balustrades is second to none. Your new installation will last for many years to come, and will require little or no maintenance.
Many people think that glass is delicate, but our glass is toughened and is actually an extremely durable construction material. You will never be bothered with treating it to prevent rot or damage from insects as you do with wood. Remember that exterior wood has a general 10 year life span, our glass balustrades will last for many years. This is because glass ages very slowly, so the changes over time are not really noticeable to the naked eye. The excellent durability of glass makes it a great investment, since glass balustrades have the ability to last for many decades.
Glass balustrades are so versatile and are the perfect companion to any other materials which are included in your home. The risers, handrails and banisters can be made from wood, metal and stone. There is also the option to use opaque or patterned glass or maybe a host of many colours and textures too.
Because Splashbacks of Distinction only use toughened glass in our balustrade construction, the glass is very strong and safe. Thick, tempered glass, that we use to make our glass balustrades, rarely breaks. It can take serious structural pressure to break these strong balustrades since they can be as strong as steel. Even if the tempered glass did break, the glass fragments will not be sharp, which means that glass is a great choice for any area, even in homes where children live.
We all get to a point when we suddenly become aware that our home or garden are looking quite dated. This often happens after we have been to a friends house who have opted for the light airy look and feel that glass furnishings can deliver. We then start to compare our property with theirs and yearn for a change for the better.
The kitchen is the heart of any home. It is a place that creativity can flourish and more and more people are spending more time in the kitchen and money in revamping this part of the house than ever before.
Nothing quite beats the beauty of glass. Whether clear, coloured, smooth or textured. Glass has held our fascination for many years, with ornate stained glass windows and Tiffany lamps becoming iconic in some circles. But what is it about glass that makes it fit so well in a modern home?
A debate we hear all too often is the tiles, panels and other wall coverings versus splashbacks argument! Which is best? Which is more hygienic? and which of the choices are easier to maintain?
The world as we know it has changed! Gone are the days when we could go about our daily business without really thinking too much about picking up a nasty virus from the things we touch.
Bacteria can spread anywhere in the kitchen. So it really is important to wash your hands and kitchen surfaces before and after making food. Bacteria can spread from one surface to another without you knowing it. If the bacteria get into food, they can cause foodborne illnesses.
When we think of the ideal colour for a new glass kitchen splashback, the chances are we will be thinking about a light or vibrant colour to brighten our homes. Black is quite possibly the very last colour that springs to mind, but why?
Put simply, a glass splashback is very smooth and hygienic, making them a far superior alternative to traditional tiles. Even though the majority of tiles are glazed to a glass like finish, the grout lines are a major pain to keep clean and will discolour badly in a relatively short period of time.
Take a look at the picture on the right and imagine what it would be like to let that dog into your house, this is every dog owners nightmare!
The summer is now over and we are into the early autumn months, so we have many months of potentially wet and muddy pets coming in and out of our houses. Even during the summer months dogs will frequently roll around on the dry ground, picking up dust in their coat. When it rains, this dust turns back to mud ready to be shaken all over your walls and furniture.
We all know what it's like to come home after a hard days graft, only to be faced with a wall full of filthy tiles that need cleaning. It's a tough job at the best of times, but when the grime has found its way into the grout, it can rapidly become a nightmare.
So you've watched loads of cooking programmes and have looked through endless brochures, but how are you going to achieve that extra special, unique finishing touch to your decor? The answer is clear!
Are you looking for something just that little bit different for your new kitchen? To have something that will really put the top hat on your kitchen design will need to be a bit more than some fancy ceramic tiles!
Glass splashbacks have a number of advantages over the alternatives when it comes to covering and protecting the walls of your kitchen or bathroom. Installing glass splashbacks in the home is a reasonably new development, but already they are fast proving to be the preferred choice by many people. The glass splashback is a very attractive alternative to wooden cladding or ceramic tiles and the people who are discovering it are ralising how glass can become such a beautiful medium for covering a wall.
Should you be thinking seriously about having a new kitchen fitted, you will need to consider what wall coverings are going to compliment the units. So many people will try to copy what the kitchen showroom had done with the display kitchen, only to wish they had excercised a little more imagination when the job was finished.
We all need a splash of colour to brighten up our lives and what better way to achieve this than having a beautiful coloured glass splashback fitted professionally by Splashbacks of Distinction.
A clear glass splashback can look pretty amazing but a coloured one just seems to have a certain je ne sais quoi about it. There are so many different colours to choose from and we can supply swatches to help our clients make up their mind before they commit to a definite choice.
Glass splashbacks are by far the best way to really modernise and brighten up your kitchen or bathroom. Years ago you had the bewildering array of tiles of different sizes, shapes, colours and textures. The one thing that all tiles have in common is that they all need to be grouted onto the wall. This grout can look untidy unless you have the tiles fitted by a professional and they are a magnet for harmful bacteria.
Every so often we all need to think about a spot of decorating around the house. It may be that all that's required is a lick of paint, a sheet or two of new wallpaper or a new floor covering. On the other hand it may be the long overdue task of replacing a kitchen, bathroom or totally revamping your living space. But where do you start?
With so many people wanting to upgrade their kitchens from the traditional ceramic tiled splashbacks to a more durable and attractive alternative, Splashbacks of Distinction are now available in and around the Cambridge area to answer their call.
We have all heard people say that you could eat your dinner off the floor as it is so clean, but did you realise that the kitchen can be one of the dirtiest rooms in the house. Quite frightening considering all the family meals are prepared there.
We would all like a new fitted kitchen! It's that time of year when we start to take stock and notice all those little jobs that need doing around the home. The kitchen is the one room in any home that is used on a regular basis and the one that probably takes the most punishment. Heat, grease and grime build up without even the cleanest of cooks noticing. The worktops, walls and ceilings start to lose there clean look and become dull and dirty. It's not until you thoroughly clean an area that you really notice just how grimy your kitchen has become. Now could be the perfect time to consider doing something about it.
One of the things that many homeowners dream about is having a new fitted kitchen installed. The kitchen has frequently been described as the heart of any house and so many seem to spend an awful lot of time in them. Some may like to potter about testing out new dishes to tempt their friends and families taste buds, whereas others see the kitchen as a sanctuary to get away from the kids.
When you visit the various DIY stores and see how much they charge for their glass shower enclosures and screens, it is hardly surprising why so many of us go home and continue to use an assortment of suspended shower curtains.
If you have you have been trying to decide whether to make the change from a shower curtain to a shower door or shower enclosure made from toughened glass, Splashbacks of Distinction are here to help.
If you have ever had to fix new tiles, repair, replace or even clean the grouting in the existing tiles in a shower enclosure, you will know just what a pain it can be! Having a sparkling new toughened glass shower enclosure is certainly a great investment to make, but why not go all out and have the walls of the enclosure covered in glass too?
Have you ever looked through home design magazines or watched some television makeover shows and envied the beautiful results they achieve? There is one room in a house that is often overlooked for a makeover and it happens to be the smallest room in the house, the bathroom!
Glass is a wonderful medium to use in the home and can look particularly stunning in the bathroom as well as the kitchen. Like Splashbacks of Distinctions coloured kitchen splashbacks, we can also provide you with the same superior quality toughened safety glass for bathrooms and showers. Glass shower splashbacks are so easy to clean using glass cleaner, they will not have the mould issues you get with tiles that have been grouted. Glass splashbacks are not limited to the shower either, depending on your budget they can be used to create stunning glass feature walls.
As a business owner you will know that in the commercial sector, style, cost and low maintenance are all important. You want your premises to look inviting not only for your visiting clients, but your work force too. Working in a drab space does nothing for productivity and our toughened glass commercial balustrades will allow the light to flood into your office or warehouse space. No more dark and dreary stairwells to contend with.
Glass balustrades will look fantastic in your home or office space, allowing every ray of natural light to flood in, lifting your mood and bringing the other health benefits that only natural light can. However, have you considered just how amazing a glass balustrade would look outside?
When the time is right to make improvements to our homes, the list of jobs to do seems endless. That drab paintwork needs brightening, the worn or chipped laminate flooring needes replacing or the carpet has no life or spring left in it. It may even be the kitchen units that have seen better days, but of all the jobs that can be tackled, one seems to be missed out for some strange reason, the balustrades!
Juliet balconies were named after the famous balcony scene from Shakespeares Romeo and Juliet. The shallow balcony is designed to provide a decorative safety barrier in front of French windows.
Glass balustrades are a very popular architectural glazing design feature on so many projects around the home. Glass balustrades create a clear, clean and modern yet strong safety barrier to keep you and yours safe from harm, whilst improving and updating your home.
Balustrades have been used in buildings for many years. Internal and external balustrades support staircases, balconies, and provide much needed safety and security. We have developed a wide range of glass balustrades to enhance your property. As a result, our glass balustrades have become extremely popular with our clients, maybe because they have so many benefits.
There is an exciting new look available for your staircase! Toughened glass balustrades look absolutely fabulous and lift a home into a new dimension.
The mirror is a staple in most houses. They are traditionally found above the fireplace in the front room and in the bathroom and toilet, occasionally they may be found in the bedroom too. This article will demonstrate just some of the clever ways that you can use mirrors around your home to great effect.
Locating a mirror in the correct place in a room allows you to maximise and make the most of the natural light. Placing the mirror close to a window will catch the angle of light and bounce it throughout the room.
When it comes to choosing the right mirror to fit in with your home or office decor, Splashbacks of distinction are confident that we could manufacture and fit the mirror to suit your own individual requirements.
It could be argued that we are all more obsessed with our appearance than we would like to admit. But is this really an indication of vanity? A vain person is meant to be conceited and have excessive pride in their appearance. There is nothing wrong with being concerned about ones appearance, as this is quite normal and understandable. In fact, studies have shown that attractive people have distinct advantages over less attractive people in our society.
We all take them for granted! We brush our teeth, comb our hair, shave and check out how we look in them every day, but we rarely think about the impact a mirror actually has on our lives.
Toughened glass partitions can have a major impact on your business and possibly, even in the home environment too. They allow natural light to flood into any space, avoiding dark dead spots that require artificial lighting.
We all have shelves! Some are to display the odd ornament or curiosity, whereas others have a more specific use for must have or regularly used appliances around the home. Whatever they are for, shelves are a commonplace part of any home or office space. Shelves help us to organise our belongings by providing spaces for functional or decorative use and they prevent work surfaces from becoming cluttered with everyday stuff.
We all have certain items that we want to put on display. It may be an assortment of nic nacs that we have collected over the years, our favourite books or an heirloom that was passed down from a previous generation. Whatever the display item is, the chances are that we will be displaying them on a shelf of some kind. The question is, what type of shelf do we choose to compliment not just the display item, but the rest of the interior of our home?
Shelves are an integral part of virtually every home and office up and down the country. They are a very functional way of making use of walls for storage when one may not want, or be able to use the floor.
Today experts will agree that exposure to natural light during the day is strongly linked to energy, mood, sleep and an overall hightened quality of life. If we deprive ourselves of natural light, we often become down and moody, sometimes even starting to suffer from insomnia.
Glass is bright, clean, creates a light and airy space and although it has been around for centuries, it can make your living and working space look thoroughly modern.
Here at Splashbacks of Distinction we make the most out of glass by crafting it into so much more. We have all manner of shelves, kitchen and bathroom splashbacks, shower enclosures and screens and we even have glass balustrades to take the place of those traditional wooden spindles should the mood take you. But what else can glass really be used for?
People have always had an intense interest in glass. Glass for the table, glass for the windows and even glass for some ornaments, but glass for a wider range of uses around the home or office, surely not!
The marked increase in interest of glass around the home seems to have started back in 1949, when the 'The Glass House' or 'Johnson house' was built in Connecticut, USA. It was designed by Philip Johnson as his own weekend residence and was made predominantly of toughened glass. It has been said that in a house of glass, the views of the landscape are its wallpaper.
We all want our homes to have a unique appearance, because nobody wants their living space to be exactly the same as their friends and neighbours. Sadly this is easier said than done! Think about it, the majority of your friends and neighbours will buy their furniture from the local furniture store and the wallpaper, lamps and flooring are likely to be sourced from the same local DIY shop that you use. This is not to say they will choose exactly the same decor as you, but the chances of it happening are pretty good. So if you want something really different, think glass!
Glass has held a fascination for so many people over the centuries. No other material allows such a wide variety of products to be made that actually appear to change depending on the intensity of the light that shines upon it.
Glass really is an eyecatching medium, and at the same time it is a very functional material to be used as a splashback in the kitchen, bathroom or to highlight a display somewhere else in the home or office. Glass is naturally a very hygenic material as it is not porous so no bacteria can be left on its surface once properly cleaned. But why stop in the kitchen though, the bathroom is another part of the home that can easily be enhanced, come to think of it, anywhere you want colour, design and an easy clean surface can benefit from a toughened glass splashback.
Toughened glass, as its name would suggest, is glass material that has been made much tougher than ordinary glass. Toughened glass are much stronger varieties and are used in various constructions, these can be residential or commercial constructions. The actual strength of toughened glass is up to five times more than that of annealed glass, (see below for an explanation of the annealing process). Toughened glass is not only used for kitchen and bathroom splashbacks, it is also used to manufacture lots of glassware and these products are comparatively safer and offer far more durability.
Some people mistakenly believe that toughened glass is unbreakable, it may be very tough, but it can still be broken. Remember though, if products made of toughened glass are handled in the correct way, there is no reason why they shouldn't last for a lifetime.
If you wanted to eat your dinner from a clean surface, you might want to eat it in your bathroom. This may sound like a ridiculous thing to say when you consider what the smallest room in the house is used for, but read on!
Not all that long ago, people seemed to be going out of their way to get away from wood in and around their home, but instead of going the whole hog, they seemed to opt for wood effect materials, from worktops to flooring. Even shelves and furniture was either veneered or printed to make it look like wood.
Do you want the modern touch that glass brings. Splashbacks of Distinction can advise you what glass additions to your home will not only be functional, look amazing, but what could actually compliment and even enhance your existing traditional furniture.
Glass splashbacks are the product that Splashbacks of Distinction know all about. We have transformed so many homes with our glass splashbacks and seem to get most of our new customers from referrals. All too often we see that people have bought one of the 'off the shelf' glass splashbacks and have never been happy with the quality or fit, that's where we come in.
Having a glass splashback fitted is a fantastic way of brightening up your kitchen, bathroom or living area. They are hygienically clean and come in a wonderfully varied range of textures and colour finishes. To add to the versatility of this product, Splashbacks of Distinction are now able to offer a fantastic new service to our customers, the incorporation of high resolution images into any glass splashback!
We generally take glass for granted. We look out through it every day and unless there is a greasy fingerprint that sticks out like a sore thumb, we don't even seem to notice it. Glass is transparent and can be rather boring when it comes to your run of the mill windows.
The Ral colour system, is a series of systems used to match certain colours in paint. The system is designed to help when you need to choose paint colours, it's effectively a swatch system.
If you would like to know more or are interested in a quote we would be happy to help. Phone us on 01920 830 084, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or fill in our enquiry form and we will be in touch as soon as possible.
Splashbacks of Distinction is the trading name of RDC Glass Ltd