27 Sep 2016

Take in stunning vistas from a luxury balcony feature


Wanting to make the most of breathtaking views over the Devon coast for their client, the team at 100% Stainless Ltd called on the advantages of the TAPER-LOC system to ensure the perfect fit.

Part of a complete redevelopment project with an extension, a feature of the private residence is the creation of a beautiful balustrade to the rear of the property, perfect for relaxing and simply enjoying the stunning scenery.

“Uninterrupted views of the sea on a secure balustrade were the ultimate aim of this project”, explains 100% Stainless Manager James Lethbridge. “However, the installation needed to fulfil a number of other practical requirements. Ultimately, the customer wanted a secure balustrade that would not obscure their view, but be strong enough to withstand the wind rolling in from the sea and create shelter from the wind.”

The solution was to use the innovative TAPER-LOC System from CRL, the leading supplier to the glazing, railing, architectural and construction sectors. “To provide our client with the ideal solution we used a 15mm top mount heavy duty base shoe, with TAPER-LOC tapers, and a 48mm diameter slotted stainless steel handrail which sits on top of the 15mm glass with a rubber gasket,” explains James. “Installation was straight-forward thanks to the in-house training of our installers and the specialist tooling from CRL.”


50% faster to install than traditional alternatives, TAPER-LOC is a dry glaze system with no need for cement, suitable for laminated toughened glass from 12 to 21.52mm thick. Tested to meet the strictest building code requirements such as BS6180:2011, CEBTP and AbZ, the system uses a horizontal design, which allows it to be adjusted, dismantled and re-set. The base shoe can be surface or side-mounted, and provided drilled or undrilled. It is available in 3m lengths and made from aluminium.

“Taper-Loc is a strong and calculated product that has been heavily tested and proved to work well, and ultimately for our client keeps the view of the coastline perfectly visible. The specialist tooling and tapers enable the glass to be perfectly in line and the result is fantastic,” concludes James.



Metal balconies

British Spirals & Castings, an expert balcony manufacturer, sheds light on the different steel and aluminium balcony styles available.

Adding new refinement to any property, British Spirals & Castings designs and custom builds all manner of highly attractive, hardwearing balconies. You can feel the quality and the durability. The traditional Victorian balconies not only provide a practical solution for additional space but do so in a way that truly benefits the visual appearance of the property.

Modern Art Deco
Art Deco began to appear in Europe around 1908. It became a popular choice and was the leading style for interior design until the end of World War II and in the last five years has been a popular choice with clients.

LCC Cast Aluminium
The traditional London range of balconies and treads can be found all over south-east England. However, the popularity of their striking uniform looks has spread to many regions, as well as to other countries.

Diamond Metal
For those that find the LCC design a little too uniform and want a more elegant twist to the traditional Georgian look, we have developed the Diamond design which has become as much of a favourite with British Spirals & Castings’ clients as the traditional Victorian range.

Straight & Curved Juliet
Juliet balconies, sometimes known as false balconies, are named after the famous scene in Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’. Common in Mediterranean countries, designs by British Spirals & Castings have made them increasingly popular across the UK.



Decorating your balcony

Made.com’s Head of Design, Ruth Wasserman, gives some top tips for accessorising your balcony.

1. Great balcony furniture. Space saving furniture is key to making a smaller balcony work. We keep this in mind when designing, and this can be seen in some of our outdoor collections.

2. If you are lucky enough to have more space, an aperitif set in bright colours makes your balcony into a great summer spot to relax.


3. BBQ hot pot from Black and Blum is a balcony must have! We’re seeing the need for more multi-functional items that fit with small-space urban living, and this BBQ does exactly that.

4. Use relaxed and moveable outdoor seating – keep a few ready for those unexpected summer drinks.

5. Outdoor lighting, from fairy lights to candles. So that you can be prepared for when the sun starts to set, but you’re not ready to head in.

6. Make use of colourful textiles and prints on your outdoor furniture. Use summery colours to really make the most of your balcony.


7. To get that summer buzz, ensure there are plants on your balcony. From big palms to smaller pots which hang over the balcony, plants add colour and make the balcony feel more summery.

8. Add a homely touch to your balcony with an outdoor rug. Ours are made with 100% recycled bottles, so they’re very eco-friendly.


9. No balcony can be complete without a tipple. We love a gin and tonic with a little orange peel.

10. When it’s hot, it’s hot; but once the sun goes down, it can get a bit chilly. Last but not least, blankets for when the sun goes down.


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