Creating a “Top-Billing” Home with Glass and Aluminium

We’ve all watched (with no small amount of envy) the incredibly beautiful properties showcased on the popular television program, Top Billing. The effortless grace and beauty of these fantastical luxury homes are truly inspiring for homeowners, interior designers, and architects alike.  While we all love the look and feel of a cosy, period homes, most of us are more enthralled with the airy, soaring features of a luxury home which makes ingenious use glass and aluminium. Perhaps it is the “South...

The Role of Glass and Aluminium in Eco-Friendly Homes

We’re all well-versed in the reduce, reuse, recycle mantra and it’s heartwarming to see so many people doing their bit, even in a small way for this worthy cause. Many individuals are taking the next step in the fight against climate change when renovating or building as they look into creating eco-friendly homes.  Eco-friendly homes, or green homes as they’re also known, take many forms and really are an exciting project to undertake.  Defining Eco-Friendly Homes “An Eco-house (or Eco-home) is an environmentally low-impact...

Wrap Your Wine Cellar in a Seamless Glass Facade

Custom wine cellars are fast becoming one of the hottest trends of the 20s. No, we’re not referring to a dark little room hidden beneath the outside shed with the perfect temperature, but which smells like dust and mould.  Rather, we’re looking at the inspiring move towards a sleek and contemporary wine cellar with a frameless glass facade which exudes light and luxury. Whether you’re building a new home, or you’ve got some renovations planned, stop for a moment and consider...

The Importance of a Good Locking System in Securing Your Home

No doubt, you spend a fair sum of money on security; in South Africa, it’s just something we do. From gates and fencing to burglar bars and alarms, it tends to add up, doesn’t it? However, there are some excellent ways of securing your home without shelling out on a state-of-the-art security system or a 24-hour guard, and many of these simple solutions come down to a good locking system. The Role of a Great Locking System Let’s work through the various...

Architectural Aspects to Help With Improving Your Property Valuation

The property market came to a grinding halt in the abysmal first quarter of 2020, but with the slow lifting of lockdown regulations, we are starting to see some movement as the beast awakens. Many homeowners who were considering selling their home can now gratefully pick up the reins.  While the market may be a little sluggish for a few more months, many are interested in how to improve their property valuation. We obviously want to maximise the return on...

The Types of Glass Available for Building and Renovations and Their Uses

How many of you have wandered into a Starbucks and asked for a coffee, only to be met with the blank stares of Millennial baristas? We simply don’t order ‘coffee’ any more without answering the barrage of questions: Short, tall, vente, skinny, chai, vanilla, soy, coconut, flat, oat milk, honey…?  In much the same way, if you are involved in home or office renovations, then you won’t simply ask for glass. Understanding the types of glass available will assist us...

Draft-Proof Windows and Doors For the Cosiest Winter Home

April is arguably one of the best months of the year in South Africa. Warm sunny days give way to fresh, cool evenings, and there are a bunch of holidays for us to enjoy a little time off to boot. Chances are, we’re not thinking about how to draft-proof our windows and doors in preparation for the icy fingers of winter.  But those chilly days will come along with equally frosty nights and preparing now just makes sense.  What can we...

Why Every Office Needs Interior Glass Partitions

Interior glass partitions modernize workspaces in surprisingly beneficial ways. Think of what a difference large office windows played when they were first introduced into high-rise buildings. That was step one in the ‘let’s think out the box’ for office spaces. Clients and employees alike benefit from the ‘big picture’ views they facilitate. Now add glass partitions for the interior spaces and you’ll have modernized and created a whole new set of circumstances that benefit your business. For one thing, glass...

10 Things to do in the Bathroom During Load-shedding

Load-shedding happens whether we like it or not. We can either choose to moan or we can proactively set about doing something we neglect while we wait. The bathroom is one of the most used rooms in any home and paying it regular attention benefits everyone. Here are our top ten tips on making the best use of load-shedding for a beautiful bathroom. Load-shedding Tasks   Put Shaving Cream on the Mirrors Get the kids in on this one!  Small bathrooms may only have...

How Frameless Glass Has Changed The Way We Build

Committed to being the ‘wind beneath the wings’ for the frameless glass industry, are those who make it all possible with the matching architectural hardware. Staying at the forefront these days takes a company with its eye on quality, efficient service, and competitive pricing. That is a big ask but GHI Architectural Solutions for one, are confident they are ready and waiting for the way of the future. The 2018 UN World Urbanization Prospects Report expects that by 2050, an...

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