“Designing vacation homes is a matter of fulfilling dreams of living in paradise.” –Mark de Reus, Architect
If you have a vacation home, it’s probably different from your family home–a dream destination to transport you to another realm; an escape from the day-to-day world of work and responsibility to a place of rest, relaxation and fun.
Not surprisingly, such a place could vary greatly from person to person. It may be the beach, the mountains, a high-energy city that never sleeps, or a remote cabin with no neighbors for miles. Wherever or whatever is your idea of paradise, you’ll want to be as comfortable there as you are in your everyday home, if not more so…
Budget Blinds has you covered
Budget Blinds® can help you create the perfect environment for indoor/outdoor living in your vacation home. With custom window coverings for every need you can showcase a panoramic view, harness natural light, improve privacy or make your vacation home more energy-efficient. Our comprehensive product lines, including our exclusive Signature Series® and Inspired Drapes® collections, offer custom blinds, shutters, shades, curtains and drapes and decorative drapery hardware to satisfy any design preference and accommodate any budget.
The range of styles and textures available with Budget Blinds encompasses everything from filmy or voluptuous fabrics in custom shades and drapes, to real wood, faux wood, vinyl and aluminum blinds and shutters, to eco-friendly woven wood shades made of 100% organic materials such as reeds, grasses and natural woods. Design possibilities are limitless for adding texture, dimension and personality to your vacation home windows and doors, creating unique designs to harmonize with your vacation environment.
If you require no barrier between you and your view, window coverings that “disappear” are what you need. Cellular shades (and many other shade styles) retract so you’ll have a completely unobscured view until you require privacy. There are even top-down/bottom-up options that allow for partial coverage to block glare or provide privacy while still enjoying a captivating view.
Window film in clear, tinted, or decorative patterns can provide glare reduction and protection from the sun’s harmful UV rays without blocking the view.
Unique windows like skylights and arched windows can be outfitted with shades, blinds or shutters to provide coverage when needed. Motorization will make any hard-to-reach windows completely manageable with the touch of a button.
Outdoor patios, decks and porches can be kept cool and comfortable with Solar Shades and screens that enhance the view while helping to manage sun and weather as well as deterring uninvited pests.
Harnessing natural light
Windows provide natural light which is good for the body and the soul. Whether you have one window or a wall of windows, maintaining the right balance of light at any given time is important. Louvered window treatments like blinds or shutters allow you to control light intensity. Slat sizes range from 1” to 3”, and the louvers can be manipulated to allow in as much or as little light as desired. Blinds can be raised for an unobstructed view, and custom hinged shutters will open out away from the window for a completely open view as well.
Custom window shades such as Pleated shades, Roman shades and Cellular shades range from light-filtering to room-darkening. Combining the characteristics of blinds and shades, Sheer shades are louvered fabric shades that, when open, have light-filtering tendencies and then provide complete privacy when closed.
Whether your own personal paradise is tropical or sub-zero outside, you want to be able to control the inside environment so that it’s as comfortable and energy efficient as possible. Any window covering provides some level of insulation, but certain styles of window coverings significantly improve energy efficiency. Layering or pairing up treatments such as drapery over shades or blinds, and shades over window film can result in even greater energy cost savings.
- Solar shades and screens block up to 99% of the sun’s heat and glare.
- Cellular shades, from light-filtering to blackout, reduce heat loss in winter and heat gain in summer helping to maintain indoor temperatures.
- Window film and tinting provide excellent UV protection and minimize heat and glare.
- Blinds and shutters completely block the sun when closed and reduce heat gain or loss.
- Drapes add color, texture, privacy, noise reduction and insulation.
- Adding lining to any style of fabric shade or drapery panel improves its insulation properties.
Motorization of window coverings is another way to improve energy efficiency. Timers and sensors are available to automatically respond to temperature and time settings so you can pre-program window coverings to close and block the sun during the hottest parts of the day. This reduces dependence on air conditioning systems and gives UV protection for your furnishings. Or, if the weather is cold but the sun is shining brightly, you can open the blinds or shades to take advantage of solar heating. In addition to hand-held or wall-mounted remotes, you can control all your window coverings from a smartphone or tablet with the myLinkTM app from Somfy® while at home, work, or on vacation.
There truly are endless possibilities when it comes to dressing your vacation home windows to maximize beauty, comfort and enjoyment. A call to your local Budget Blinds Style Consultant is the first step to getting the perfect windows for your vacation hideaway. Call 866-879-9730 today or go online to find the Style Consultant near you and schedule your FREE, in-home consultation. Ask about the Hot Summer Trends Sale Event going on now and see how much you can save.