Whether you have seen them on Grand designs, been to the top of Blackpool Tower or even visited the Grand Canyon in Arizona you will have seen glass floors used to give that wow factor to a situation or building that already was incredible. Now more than ever you can bring this effect into your home, letting sunlight into dark rooms, or making the most of elevated views and perspectives, or even introduce the changing light effects of the Sun’s rays throughout the day into rooms where it would be impossible to provide daylight without the benefit of glass floors.
More and more designers are using glass as an alternative to wood and concrete products as it can offer equal or even greater strength properties with the use of both toughened glass and laminates. Laminated glass was originally marketed as Safety glass and today is used on all car windscreens. It is made by sandwiching layers of glass with Polyvinyl Butyl (PVB) or Ethylene Vinyl Acetate (EVA), or even high strength SGP interlayers. This makes a shatter resistant product that has incredible strength, allowing its use in a myriad of structural situations – For instance laminated windows are used in geographical areas requiring hurricane-resistant construction. The prime benefit of laminated glass is that in the event of a layer or ply breaking, the glass panel still retains a percentage of its inherent strength, and the broken glass is restrained in place by the interlayer.
Naturally bright rooms and areas give the effect of size and space, and increasingly it becomes harder with planning constrictions for architects to introduce extra light to a building, especially a conversion, renovation or even a new build. This is where they have to be clever and “borrow” or maximise available light, using open plan rooms, glazed doors, open tread stairs or even glass stairs. This is where Elysion can help with the design, manufacture and installation of glass floor panels, or even glass walkways and bridges. These enable light to be transmitted from one floor to another, maximising the light and illuminating the floors below. The added benefits of natural light is that feel good feeling of the sunlight streaming through the building on a summers morning, and the obvious energy saving of not having to constantly use electric lights.
Various levels of privacy can be introduced to the Glass flooring – from total or partial obscurity using sand blasting to tinting in various tones, and even incorporating panels of switchable magic glass. Floor Glass can be used for a large area or combined into tiled, wooden or even concrete floors and can be walked over exactly the same as any other flooring in the building. Where a property has a basement that extends beyond the boundaries of the main building an external glass floor panel can be incorporated into the patio or decking area in the garden, providing natural light into the subterranean room whilst not encroaching on the entertaining area above.
The team at Elysion will be more than happy to discuss your Glass floor, bridge or even staircase with you, so call us now on or contact us via our web form, and together we hope we can introduce more light into your project.
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Gone 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?
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.