We’re bringing the bush and stream into our home by incorporating as many windows and doors as possible.
Our Big Ideas
We hope to pull off some big ideas that will make a lot of our house feel transparent, creating the illusion of actually living in the bush. And that comes down entirely to the windows and doors Fletchers are going to make and install for us.
We’ve decided to use the Atlantic Suite because of its great looks and high performance. Throughout the house we’re using full scale, floor-to-ceiling windows to showcase our bush and stream surroundings. At the rear of our living area we’re installing a giant, full-height Eurostacker, meaning we’ll be able to slide the entire wall away into a cavity. Then combined with Fletchers’ brand new LevelStep Sill (pictured to the left), we’re going to be able to achieve a perfectly flush transition into the bush. Mmmm.
Over in our master bedroom we’re almost fully enclosed in glass so we can lie in bed amongst the trees and watch the birds fly by. While in the ensuite, we want to feel like we’re showering outside, so we’re constructing a full height window at the end of the shower. Lucky it’s a super private section. Then of course there’s our centrepiece, the glass bridge over the stream.
With over a quarter of a home’s warmth escaping through its windows and doors, it’s actually the glass that is the most important element in optimising the energy efficiency of these openings. We certainly picked up our ears when we were told this information, realising we could loose all of the energy efficiency we’re creating by building our house with Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs), if we didn’t choose the right glass option.
To illustrate it’s efficiency, we experimented with a showroom display where two types of glass were set up over the top of identical light bulbs. One was Planitherm and one wasn’t. We placed our hands on top of the glass and the difference was immediately obvious. The Planitherm glass was cold, while the other one was particularly warm, indicating significant heat loss. After feeling that first hand, our decision was a no brainer.
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