Open Up Your Interior with Glass Doors

Open Up Your Interior with Glass Doors

Glass Door & ScreenGlass has gradually become the go-to material and resource for fabricators and installers alike, as well as one which has inspired homeowners all over the world.  Glass is an absolute marvel to work with and to introduce as part of any contemporary home design. Its main appeal lies in the very fact that it is effortlessly luxurious, and that it is incredibly flexible and versatile.  Versatility should be at the forefront of any modern home design, and therefore, we at Elysion Ltd are always keen to show our clients the best ways in which you can really make use of the resource.  Glass doors, for one, are particularly useful as part of modern home installations for a variety of reasons.

Glass In Any Interior

While many homes across the UK still make use of traditional wood and panel door installations, many more are taking advantage of the benefits of introducing glass into their properties – beyond traditional window systems.  Frameless glass doors are not only simple to use and to maintain, but are also wonderful to introduce as part of any contemporary home space.  Those looking for luxury need consider no other material nor resource – particularly as glass doors can be designed and installed for a variety of reasons and purposes.  While glass doors can often be seen as part of kitchen or bathroom designs, it is becoming more and more commonplace to see sliding units and traditional glass doors introduced as part of dining room and lounge spaces.

Get More Natural Light with Glass

Bracket fixed toughened glass bathroom divider screenIf privacy is a major concern, glass doors can also be frosted to ensure that things are kept out of sight.  One of the main benefits to glass door installations, and glass in general within contemporary design, is that natural light is encouraged to travel further than ever before.  Crisp, clear, transparent glass solutions allow sunlight to flow through your home where you need it the most – meaning that you no longer have to hide your rooms behind stuffy wooden doors or solid walls.  Glass doors work perfectly in tandem with walls and units making use of the same material – and you may choose to either completely convert a room or space into glass, or to merely use it in touches here and there.  As bespoke designers, fabricators and installers, we understand that no two home designs are ever going to be quite the same.

Toughened glass is extremely resilient and makes for the perfect door installation.  Doors, of course, are regularly used and are therefore expected to see considerable traffic on a daily basis.  Glass doors therefore need to be designed not only with aesthetics and style in mind, but also with durability and ease of use.  Rest assured, we will always work closely with you to achieve exactly what you want and need.

Elysion Ltd are renowned home designers and installers – we work closely with homes and businesses to create unique spaces which are both stunning and effortlessly practical in equal measure.  For more information on glass doors and how we can help to re-imagine your contemporary space, call our team today on 01629 820030– or email us with any queries you may have at your convenience.

Elysion’s Stairwell Spiral Chandelier with Curiousa & Curiousa

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Elysion’s Stairwell Spiral Chandelier with Curiousa & Curiousa

Elysion Ltd have a long established relationship with Curiousa & Curiousa, having provided the company with bespoke metalwork for their stylish lights since their foundation. We were approached by Esther, the company owner and principal designer to survey, design and install the spiral chandelier support early last year, for a prestigious new house being built overlooking the Solent in Lymington.

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Following a site visit with Esther and her client Rachel Beckett Interiors in early summer we had to arrive at a solution for a rather challenging brief – the chandelier support had to all be as minimal as possible to transmit the maximum amount of light. They asked us whether we could actually make the suspension into a spiral shape, allowing the light through but also allowing the shades to cascade into the stairwell in a spiral formation.

After surveying the site we worked with Esther to come up with a solution that she was happy looked good but we knew would work with the site location and weight of all the 23 hand-blown glass shades that would hang from the suspension piece.

This piece had to be finished to an extremely high standard, both to compliment the exquisite jewel-like shades, and the particularly high standard of finishes on the house itself. The build also had to be structurally adequate to support the weight of the shades in the desired pattern and location. Lastly it had to allow access through the top in many positions to allow the extensive wiring to be completed and cables to be run to the incoming cable position.

The Challenges

The choice of means to suspend the chandelier itself was relatively simple – we decided to use slender stainless steel cables with yacht rigging screws – this would allow the suspension points themselves to be as visually inconspicuous as possible, provide us with a degree of tolerance and adjustment, whilst also being in keeping with the maritime nature of the properties location.

The chandelier spiral itself was more of a challenge, as we not only had to be able to manufacture it accurately to quite a complex shape, we also required access to all surfaces in order to polish and re-finish all the visible surfaces on completion of the fabrication.

Creation Time

It was decided that we would fabricate the spiral as a box section, from 3mm thick stainless steel to provide the necessary strength. Using our extensive 2D and 3D CAD skills, we proceeded to model the spiral itself, as a basic box section – from this basic model we were able to then determine the best way forward both to allow manufacture and minimise the refinishing required.Construct Process

Following this, it was to be that both the top and bottom spirals would each be laser cuts, cut directly from our CAD model – this would give us the necessary level of accuracy required to ensure that all the holes for the lights themselves were not only in the correct locations, but also the threaded spacers between top and bottom faces located and registered with each other with a very high level of accuracy. This ensured that the access sections of the top plate could be easily removed and replaced as necessary.

To accompany this, the sides of the box would be formed from flat bars – rolled as required to suit the many different radii of curves on the job, and butt welded together at the ends to provide a continuous side, before re-polishing. Close examination and tweaking of the model also allowed us to adjust the sides so that they projected past the bottom plate to give a slight lip. This allowed a little more tolerance to the fabrication, but more importantly allowed all the welding connecting the sides to the base to be completed to the inside of the tube, with no visible weld to the outside, thus making the refinishing process considerably easier.

Fabrication Process

Laser cuts and appropriate flat bars were ordered, and fabrication was commenced in the manner envisaged. Both during and on completion of the fabrication, all the welds and visible surfaces were re-finished as required, after which a trial assembly and disassembly were carried out to ensure that no distortion had occurred. Following very careful visual inspection, the completed unit was delivered to Curiousa for the installation of the light flexes and connecting cables.

Several weeks afterwards we collected the completed light ready for the installation on site following a very early start the following morning. Access to the roof-light was provided by a three storey birdcage scaffold within the stairwell, allowing safe access to all areas of the ceiling void to allow the suspension cables to be positioned easily and accurately, before the spiral chandelier itself was hung from them.

Finishing Touches

Once hung on the suspension cables, the chandelier required minimal adjustment to ensure that it was flat and level, before we dropped the light flexes for the shades and lamps to be fitted by Esther at a later date after the scaffold had been removed. Installation was completed on target by mid-morning and we set off on a four-hour return trip to our Derbyshire base.

If you found this post interesting and would like to contact Elysion Ltd regarding a project, call us today on 01629 820030

The effects of a glass staircase in your business

The effects of a glass staircase in your business

glass staircase for your businessGone are the days of staircases having to be made from wood or timber – while high-quality wood product can still offer a spectacular look at home and in the office if used correctly, there has been a significant shift to more contemporary material in staircase design in recent years, particularly on the commercial side.  Offices and public buildings in 2016 will now largely be adorned with stainless steel and glass staircases, benefiting from glass balustrades and the occasional wooden railing – but why is this, and why should you be considering the merits of a glass staircase for your business?

Why they are so effective

Businesses opt for glass staircases not only for their professional sheen and clean, crisp look, but also for the amount of space they create.  Glass and mirror affectations can create the illusion of an incredible amount of extra space where it may not necessarily reside – and the aim of a business is, of course, to impress and to help customers, potential clients feel comfortable in their surroundings.  The thought of a wooden staircase in the office seems a little odd in today’s climate – and while they may work particularly well in certain homes and buildings, there is genuine appeal to installing a glass staircase in your office establishment, and much of its benefits work on a psychological level.

Glass staircases not only create the illusion of space, but also inspire trust – transparency in your fittings and fixtures inspires transparency in your business and dealings.  Similarly with open plan office installations and glass walls, if everything can be seen, you have nothing to hide from your potential clients and customers.  Glass fittings and fixtures can appear clinical if used in a certain way, but this is by no means a bad thing – as a clinical look can also inspire trust.  Many offices opt to ape the look of hospitals and doctors’ surgeries in order to create an assurance of dependability.  You will be surprised just how important making an impression with your internal fittings can be, particularly when you are trying to engage with a new client or potential business partner.  As with all walks of life, creating that big first impression is essential – and an effective glass staircase made to a bespoke design can really leave a positive and memorable imprint on your clients and customers alike – it is not just a connection between floors in your building!

Where to get commercial staircasesFully framed glass helical stair treads

Elysion’s talented team of designers and craftsmen have years of experience in providing bespoke home and office solutions to a wide range of clients, from staircases and balustrades to balconies and office fittings.  For more information on the services we provide and how we can help transform your business’ appearance to the public, please call us today on 01629 820030, or for more detailed queries please do not hesitate to put any concerns you have to our team via our web form.  We aim to respond to you as soon as we possibly can.

Glass staircases – the perfect centerpiece for your home

Glass staircases – the perfect centerpiece for your home

There are no two ways to help make a home look more contemporary, as there are a whole host of designs and styles available for fixtures and fittings that could all be considered ‘modern’ – but contemporary design has consciously moved away from the overly ornate or flowery looks of old, instead focusing on simplicity and visibility. Staircases and other internal fittings of old may be considered too stuffy or over the top for many homeowners who are keen to opt for a clean, visually striking but essentially simple look – and the staircase is often the best place to start when considering a redesign.

What a powerful staircase can do for youhome glass staircase centrepiece

Your staircase is one of the most commanding features of your home, as it’s available for all to see when guests visit – meaning that the style, shape and construction you choose will highly impact upon your home’s atmosphere. It should never be underestimated! While some homeowners opt for spiral staircases with ornate flourishes in dark, treated wood, others may go for a staircase that’s barely there – pale, simple wooden steps with stainless steel balustrades – offering an entirely different look and contributing to an entirely different atmosphere. An option that many may not have considered when picking out a staircase is glass – in that the entire fitting can be built from reinforced material to offer a truly unique and transparent look.

The idea of installing a glass staircase may seem like a luxury beyond your wildest dreams – but it is completely achievable with the right manufacturers, the right material and effective processes. Elysion have worked closely with glass and steel manufacture over several years with many different homeowners, each looking for a different style or atmosphere to be cultivated – and we feel that the addition of a glass staircase is one that can really transform your existing home into a contemporary focal point for guests, family members and friends alike.

Will a glass staircase go with my home?

A glass staircase will work well in minimal surroundings and with a plethora of different styles and colours, and will provide your home with a visually stunning centrepiece that will act as more than purely a connection between floors. Our team are able to design and create bespoke staircases and fittings of all shapes, sizes and materials, meaning that if you are keen to try a glass staircase that spirals, we will be more than happy to help incorporate it for you into your final home design.

If you’re intrigued about the premise of a glass staircase and would like to know more about how Elysion can help make such changes to your home, call us today on 01629 820030 or email via our web form – and we will happily discuss any concerns, ideas or queries you may have – allow us to take as much of the reins from your home design project as you possibly need, and we will ensure to keep you involved at the heart of proceedings from beginning to end. In no time at all, you could have a stunning glass staircase that flatters and inspires in equal measure.

The benefits of a glass balustrade

The benefits of a glass balustrade

Cantilever Oak and Glass Staircase South Yorkshire 17Homes and businesses alike have made a number of strides in contemporary design over the years in an effort to inspire, delight and to make the best of the space that they have to offer, and when it comes to entertaining guests, meeting clients or providing services to customers, spectacular interior – and exterior – design is absolutely everything.  One of the more popular trends in home and commercial design in recent years is the use of glass – particularly when it comes to balustrades.

But why use glass?  There are a whole host of reasons.  A glass balustrade provides greater transparency, increased light and the illusion of a grander space – after all, the bigger the space, the grander the feel.  Glass balustrades can be used in a variety of locations both internally and externally, and can open up even the tightest of spaces – used in tandem with glass or steel staircases or balconies, they can be designed and used to create unique, sophisticated looks that will really offer the first impression that your home or business is looking for.

Modern, contemporary look

Glass balustrades needn’t provide a privacy issue, either – when installing them as part of a balcony or rooftop pool solution, they can be designed and crafted with frosted or tinted glass so that you can retain the sophistication and class that you are looking to bring to your property without fear of opening yourself up entirely to the world – and coloured or frosted glass can look particularly unique, too, when designed and produced for a bespoke interior balustrade or external balcony.  Essentially, it is a modern and contemporary look that is becoming increasingly popular the world over – and it is one that can be incredibly versatile.

Having a Glass balustrade

Working hand in hand with stainless steel and in framed or frameless designs, no two glass balustrades are the same – and they can also provide fantastic support as a wind break in a balcony or decking installations.  Modern glass used in interior and exterior construction is incredibly resilient and is also remarkably low maintenance, making it a look that may seem luxurious and difficult to uphold, but is in fact a style choice that is incredibly easy to install and to keep looking fantastic all year round.  Glass balustrades make a popular choice for public health providers and private businesses as they offer a sleek, clinical and uncluttered look that can help any operation appear more refined and ready to offer high quality services and support to all their clients.  Essentially, it is a look that suggests transparency, offers a greater expanse of space and can provide unique sophistication to any home or business – and glass balustrades are easier to arrange and implement than you may think.

For expert knowledge, design and support in bringing glass balustrades to your home or business, Elysion can help.  Call us today on 01629 820030 or email via our web form for more information or to arrange a consultation at your convenience – and our team will be happy to hear from you!