Any new housing built in England since 1980 has not been restricted by building regulations when it comes to space standards.
This has seen new homes built in this country among the smallest in Europe… (Did you know the average size of a UK new build is 70% smaller than in France? And only around half the size of those in Denmark?)
New homes tend to be marketed on the number of bedrooms, not the size of the home, meaning you’re likely to be getting a much smaller home for the same, if not a higher price than an older listing.
So if making your budget stretch further and getting more space for your money is high on your agenda, renovating is your best bet.
There are of course some restrictions and permissions needed if you’re wanting to go big with an extension, so the easiest and most efficient way to improve is to use existing indoor space. And that’s where we come in.
It’s no secret that people have been spending long periods at home throughout the pandemic and even beyond as we move towards a more ‘normal’ way of life.
Habits have changed, workplaces are more flexible, and people are looking around their home and finding things they’d like to change much more frequently.
The popularity of sliding wardrobe doors and bi-fold doors continues to rise at a considerable rate. People are looking to maximise the space they have on offer, whether it be in the kitchen, diner, conservatory or bedroom.
Creating ‘multi-functional space’ and bringing the outside into the house in the form of natural light has become the aim - therefore making houses feel exciting, inviting and modern.
But bringing the outside inside in this way comes at the cost of privacy. So what’s the solution?
Switchable glass sliding doors.
By using switchable glass, you can maintain the light and airy space - but with the benefit of privacy on demand.
The sliding doors can switch from frosted to clear at the touch of a button, or even by saying ‘Alexa, turn on my glass!’
Whilst the doors don’t completely block out sunlight (which is definitely a plus), they are ideal for common areas including bathrooms, kitchens and living rooms.
They’ll easily deal with irritating solar glare when frosted, without plunging the room into pure darkness!
Homeowners with smaller floorplans often look to adopt an open plan layout, but again whilst creating the illusion of a larger space it sacrifices any privacy.
Switchable glass can also act as a room divider or as a partition between your bedroom and en suite to fill your home with natural light without the need for an open design.
Or, and this one is very popular, they can be installed in the office to provide meeting room privacy.
Companies like to give a sense of style and occasion for their visitors, so by shutting areas off from wandering eyes, they’re able to give an open plan feel whilst sectioning off areas for privacy.
The switchable glass is often used as a partition, creating a more versatile space for working or living in.
Sold on switchable glass as doors, partitions or room dividers?
The bottom line of switchable glass is that we can flood your home, office or workspace with natural light, whilst helping you maintain your privacy at the same time.
Sliding doors are becoming more popular by the day - and there really is no better way to add style, practicality and efficiency to your home.
Please feel free to get in touch if you have any questions, or want to discuss your ideas for switchable glass and the privacy it can provide for you.