Bring the outdoors in with a patio

Patios help us to enjoy our natural surroundings by bringing the outdoors in. Patios are great for entertaining, and family and guests will love the functionality of having an extra ‘room’ in the house.

Match the design of your patio to the current design of your home. If you have a traditional home an ultra modern patio will not give you an extension that blends in. A more modern look could be achieved with the furnishings you choose, if that is what you are after.

Brio offers excellent door hardware. Brio has sliding door gear which enables the opening of the doors to be a part of nature. One terrific option is Brio’s bifold doors.

The location of your patio is vital to ensure it will be well-used. Having adequate sunshine in the patio-area will mean maximum use. If there are views, other than over the garden, a patio can take advantage of these. But adding a self-contained water feature or an exotic garden which is overlooked by the patio is a great idea.

Use Brio’s exterior folding doors to bring the outdoors in. Brio’s exterior folding systems are designed for the wear and tear of opening onto patios and help to create the entire feel of the area.

When deciding where to place your patio, consider such things as the direction of breezes and winds; temperature ranges and humidity and seasonal characteristics – ‘solar’ north should be established to determine how much or how little sun is wanted. Also to be considered are any nearby buildings and existing landscaping, such as large trees, on your site.

Good access to northern sun with limited impact from neighbouring houses can be found on a north to south site. A north-facing slope increases access to northern sun and is best for areas which have many dwellings.

Good timber, such as kiln dried hardwood is necessary to prevent twisting and shortening of the deck, so that the patio won’t change position after it is built. It is recommended you oil the wood at least once a year.

Remember to obtain local council approvals while still in the planning stage. Ensure you aware of planning controls such as height limits and building set backs fromĀ boundaries.


Bifold Doors – Bring the outside in

We in Australia live in land of such varied climates that it may be raining one minute and be scorching sun and wind the next. We live for the most part with better weather than Europe and enjoy a lifestyle that often revolves around the outdoors. The trend in modern architecture of late is to bridge the gap between the outdoors and the inside of a house. Exterior Folding Doors can be a great way to remove the visual barrier between the interior and exterior of new buildings or renovations.

We love open plan! It seems everyone in Australia loves the idea of having the least amount of visual and physical barriers in their house. Certainly, in warmer sub-tropical and tropical climates there is nothing better than opening up some full length Sliding Doors complete with Insect Screen and letting the breeze flow through the house. It opens the house and makes inner city dwellings feel twice as big as they actually are. Having the doors moving on Sliding door tracks with the correct Sliding and Folding Door Hardware makes opening the space so effortless and convenient.

For entertaining outdoors Bifold Doors can be a great solution for smaller dwellings and city apartments as they fold neatly away and open up the backyard or patio as a second living room. There are a range of sophisticated Exterior Folding Systems available to suit every type of architectural style and application. From large doors to smaller window sized options, some incorporating Pleated Insect Screen there is really something for everyone.

Maintaining Bifold Doors is a breeze, provided the correct Door Hardware is always used. Hinges and Bottom Rolling Door Hardware, should be regularly checked and kept lubricated to keep them moving effortlessly for years to come. Be sure to speak with experts and have the doors professionally installed from the beginning to avoid voiding the warranty.

So go on, stop living in the confines of walls, bring the outside in and enjoy the fresh air.

Add Beauty and Style to your Life

A great way to add beauty and style to your life is to build an outdoor area, which is still connected to your main dwelling. This area will add to the value of your home and will add a new and wonderful dimension to your relationships by enabling friends and family to relax together in comfort.

A patio that is able to be connected to your home with quality and good workmanship can easily be achieved as long as you plan it well and use superior products. A company that excels in durable and strong folding and sliding doors is Brio. Brio allows you to bring the outdoors in and can easily give you the functionality of an extra room. Brio’s exterior folding doors and exterior folding systems are designed to be long-lasting and hard-wearing and are able to withstand the toughness required when catering for children, pets or lots of entertaining. Sliding door systems are also utilized by the company to create a feeling of space and to let in extra light and airflow.

Another area of health and well-being to be aware of is the assurance of keeping insects such as mosquitoes out of your home. Brio’s pleated insect screen offers protection for your home and family while still having the capacity to let in that much-welcome fresh and clean air that every home needs.

You will enjoy a place to sit and talk in peaceful surrounds, or entertain on a more grand scale than you have been used to, with a patio. When considering the placement of your patio take into account temperature ranges and humidity and especially take notice of where ‘solar’ north is, so that your patio will offer year-round comfortable use.

Also take into account nearby buildings which may overshadow your patio making it less user-friendly because of the lack of light or lack of privacy. Overhanging trees and other vegetation need to also be considered – planting deciduous trees is a great idea to maintain the beauty and shade of plants in summer and yet having more of that beautiful, warm sunshine in winter. Building your patio on a north-facing slope means you will have increased access to the northern sunshine.

It can be a challenge to ensure that your patio blends in with the current design of your home and an architect can assist you to plan and create an exceptional space for living your life to the fullest. And, after it is built, you can have the enjoyment and fulfillment of decorating and furnishing your patio – just the way you like it.