In­no­va­tive screens abound

South Waikato News - - Property - COLLEEN HAWKES DEC­O­RA­TIVE SCREENS FLOAT­ING EL­E­MENTS

Where to start? This trend is enor­mous and shows no sign of slow­ing. Screens may be sim­ple tim­ber slats along the ex­te­rior of a house or a floor-to-ceil­ing balustrad­ing, or they may be del­i­cate metal fil­i­gree pan­els over doors and win­dows.

Screens can trans­form the ‘‘or­di­nary’’. They bring an artis­tic, hand­made el­e­ment to the mix – of­ten they are made from metal with a punched pat­tern that al­lows the light to cre­ate pat­terns on a wall. They also pro­vide pri­vacy and se­cu­rity while al­low­ing nat­u­ral ven­ti­la­tion. No mat­ter whether it’s metal, steel or tim­ber, a screen is a win-win de­vice.

2016 has also a year when we have rev­elled in con­trast­ing heavy with light. Heavy tim­ber ceil­ings ap­pear to float above ex­pan­sive, open-plan liv­ing ar­eas, thanks to bands of high glaz­ing and clever struc­tural steel. Tech­no­log­i­cal ad­vances mean can­tilevered el­e­ments are heav­ier and all the more dra­matic.

On the in­side, free­stand­ing walls leave huge ceil­ing planes un­in­ter­rupted. Cab­i­netry doesn’t go all the way up to the ceil­ing, and the only rooms that are com­pletely closed off are the bed­rooms. And even then, the mas­ter bed­room is likely to be open to the bath­room, with free­stand­ing walls pro­vid­ing the only pri­vacy.

We ex­pect even more in­no­va­tive screen­ing next year.

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