How does this sound for futuristic: You push a button and your window becomes a balcony in under a minute. However, this is not something dreamed up by a sci-fi writer. It’s a reality thanks to Amsterdam-based HofmanDujardin, a company specializing in architecture and interior design, and its manufacturing partner, Kawneer France.
This incredible innovation should make lots of people happy, that is, people who inhabit apartments and condos without balconies. Let’s face it, we all want big windows and balconies—sunlight streaming in, a great view, a place to sip coffee or cocktails al fresco… Apartments that come with a balcony tend to be more expensive than those without, but it’s now possible to have one at what is reportedly a palatable price.
How much for that extra space?
HofmanDujardin’s game-changing creation is called the Bloomframe. There’s nothing official on its price as yet, but rumor has it that the installation cost may range between $11,500 and $14,000. If you are interested in this incredible hybrid solution, the best way to obtain an accurate quote would be to get in touch with the company and inquire.
When the structure unfolds, it adds up to three square meters (some 32 square feet) of space to your apartment.
Is it safe?
Don’t worry—the Bloomframe has been certified for safe use in all sorts of buildings. It’s engineered to incorporate easily into both new and existing structures as all its components are fully customizable.
Plus, it is produced from strong, all-weather materials and operated by an advanced electronic system.
OK then, what exactly is it, and how does it work?
At first glance, the Bloomframe looks like a regular (albeit huge) window. It has two glass panels that slide out and morph into a balcony when you push the button. The panels move outward, the bottom one transforming into the balcony floor and top one into the railing.
Think of it as a foldaway balcony that you can just hide when you don’t need it from a button located conveniently in your living room.
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You can get out a chair, sip on your favorite drink, and enjoy the view and fresh air. While you’re at it, maybe send silent thanks to the people who have revolutionized the options for indoor space.
A word of caution: Keep in mind that the Bloomframe doesn’t have a door or a roof. It’s recommended to keep it closed when it rains or when you’re away from home for an extended period.
To wrap up, the Bloomframe window balcony is a revolutionary invention, a new way to create extra space in a small apartment or condo or enjoy the view from a high floor. If you would like to learn more, head over to the company website or watch the video below to see how it works.