Enclosed Terraces: Essential for Winter

Your terrace can serve as a useful and functional resource that can provide greater spatial breadth. Keep reading as we explain simple terrace enclosures that you can install that'll extend your interior space.
Enclosed Terraces: Essential for Winter

Last update: 12 October, 2021

During the cold winter months, it’s important to retain the heat in your home efficiently and safely. To this end, enclosed terraces are essential for winter and they also create an interesting way to increase your interior space.

You’re probably thinking that this may require complex and laborious works–but this isn’t the case. It must be borne in mind that this type of facility doesn’t represent major works or costly renovations. Nowadays there are simple infrastructures that you can install that’ll extend your interior space and offer you quality.

We usually associate the terrace with summer and, therefore in winter, it falls into disuse. However, enjoying this part of your home throughout the year should be a given. It’s time to find an alternative and change the trend.

Types of enclosed terraces and how to choose the one we need

The enclosure of the terrace, essential for winter

There are different types of enclosed terraces and the one you choose will depend on the size of your terrace. Enclosures usually adapt better to smaller terraces, such as that of the kitchen. Either way, it’s a way to take advantage of this space for everyday use. And whether you use it for storage or entertaining, the possibilities are endless.

But first of all, before we begin to plan our enclosed terraces, we must answer the following question: what type of terrace enclosures are there? Enclosed terraces are made from a metallic structure, with a polygonal format and right angles. Often comprising simple windows that face the outside, light and ventilation are also achieved.

When we analyze its functionality, it’s actually an interesting option for any terrace. Although not so common, it can also be adapted to the terraces attached to your living room or bedroom too.

Enclosed terraces: structure, format, and shape

To know more about the specific type of enclosed terraces we need, we should pay attention to certain aspects, including the design, the ultimate function, and the capacity to adapt this space. At a structural level, it’s important to emphasize the resistance and durability it offers in the face of adverse weather conditions. Let’s look at some of the other considerations:

  • In the event that you have a city apartment, your kitchen terrace is likely to be quite small. But perhaps, you also have a larger one that connects with your living room. In this case, you can install a standard format with glass windows and metal structures that allow for an effective enclosure.
  • If you have a garden, then there’s the possibility of building an orangery-type structure that’s completely glazed–both on the roof and on the walls. It’s a way of gaining transparency and thus forming a transparent room.
  • Another example is the type of terrace that has a roof belonging to the building’s own infrastructure. In this situation, a row of windows can be installed to help close the space properly. In this sense, you’ll get a decent enclosure for everyday use, full of light and charm.

An additional room for your home

The enclosure of the terrace, essential for winter

As we’ve mentioned before, enclosed terraces provide us with multiple benefits. One of them is providing more space and an extra room in your home.

Instead of leaving the terrace unused during the winter, you can continue to use it, but in a different way. In fact, by enclosing this area, no heat is lost and it doesn’t generate any weather-related problems, even on rainy days, something that can be somewhat unusual.

More space and amplitude are gained, and your terrace is confirmed as available space for what you really want to achieve. Its purpose may even be spending time with family and receiving guests.

Enclosed terraces: redefine your space

Now we’ve exposed the characteristics of the types of enclosed terraces, it’s necessary to extract their purpose and uses. On the one hand, we can turn it into a place of rest and disconnection, and use it as a chill-out area.

On the other hand, we can also furnish it in such a way that we can turn it into an extension of the living room or create a reading corner. And if we want to do a more laborious job, it can be converted into a small dining room with tables and chairs.

In short, there are multiple possibilities that can be given to creating the enclosed terrace of your dreams. Everything is a matter of having clear ideas and making the most out of this space.

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