What will the home of tomorrow look like? Ask the people building and renovating today.
Wideline work closely with builders, architects and renovators and see the best ideas before they are even built! We’ve been keeping an eye on the direction home designs are heading, so here’s the forecast for what will be popular in 2017.
During 2016 we’ve seen indoor-outdoor living become the centre of the Australian household and this will continue into 2017. Homes are opening even larger areas - think 4,6,8 and even 10 panel glass sliding stacker doors. People are getting smarter about creating living spaces that appear vast while using a smaller footprint. Wideline has recently released a new aluminium sliding door in the Paragon range. It’s a cavity sliding stacking door that disappears into the wall cavity to open-up the entire area. This ingenious door sits flush with the wall opening, to close off the cavity when the door is open and closed. Want to see this new door in action? It’s now on display in our Sydney showrooms, Rosebery and Liverpool.
Entertaining spaces also work well with large bifold doors. To solve the problem of screening large openings, Wideline’s newly designed bifold doors with screen adaptability are perfect for creating the seamless flow from indoors to outdoors, whilst keeping insects out in summer. This new retractable screening option makes bi-fold doors an enticing option for those that would otherwise not opt for a bi-fold door. The easy to slide, retractable screen operates with just the touch of a fingertip and it gives a streamlined look as there are no panels or horizontal bars like with standard screens. Our Rosebery showroom has seen several people come in to buy a stacking door and fall in love with the new screen and buy a bifold door instead!
Kitchen and living spaces are blending and in 2017, kitchens designs will merge the inside and outside spaces. Outdoor kitchens are a popular addition to new builds and renovations. These new living areas provide opportunities and challenges. If you are enticed by the idea of an outdoor kitchen just ensure you plan appropriately with consideration given to sheltering it from the elements. A good way to extend use of your outdoor area is to open it up with bifold doors or sliding stacking doors, allowing control over how much of the area is exposed, and from which direction.
Opening your indoor kitchen to the outdoors is a simple and cost effective way homeowners are connecting their cooking and entertaining areas. Bifold windows are an elegant and effective way to access the kitchen and open the entertaining and dining areas, without the costs of installing a second kitchen.
With our coastal lifestyle, Hamptons style is a perfect fit for Australian homes. Hamptons home exteriors are proving popular in the suburbs as well as coastal areas. This timeless decorating style seems to never go out of fashion. The look is especially popular with home renovations. It seems that everything from an older fibro shack, to a red brick house can be transformed into the Hamptons look with a coat of paint and white windows, as you can see with Kyal and Kara’s beachside home renovation. The thick frames of Paragon windows, French doors and bifold doors are the perfect choice if you are wanting to achieve this look.
In contrast to the Hamptons look, a minimalist style with lots of glass is proving popular in modern home builds and apartments. This architectural style uses raw materials like concrete, timber and glass. Our semi-commercial range and Paragon architectural range allow larger glass window panels to achieve this modern look in your own home. The easy care and low-maintenance of glass sliding doors has always made them popular, and their streamlined frames work well with the lots-of-glass and minimal frame look that is used in these high-end homes and apartments.
Cladding is going to remain a strong façade feature this coming year. With Australia’s love for coastal and industrial looks, combined with advancements in building materials, cladding is being used both inside and outside the home. Current architectural trends use cladding for feature walls and textural facades. Cladding compliments many architectural styles - a quaint cottage, a federation home, a beach-side setting or industrial style. High end builds are using cladding in inner city suburbs and beach-side suburbs alike.
Wideline has created an award-winning product designed specifically for lightweight construction to allow for faster and neater installation. Halo Aquashield ™ removes the risk of window leakage with an integrated window flashing system. If you have cladding in your home and are replacing windows or are building with cladding, take a closer look at the benefits Halo Aquashield™ windows and doors offer and how easy it is to install.