How to hide an ugly view by making it beautiful
When our house was built I imagine the back of it looked over gardens, or at least fields, but since then progress has left its mark and behind our house is an office block. It is very bland, well maintained, not very inspiring and some would even describe it as ugly. This is only an issue because our main bedroom window is at the back of the house and therefore looks straight out at the office, and more importantly their car park (it’s the only window in the house with this view). Whilst the office workers are sat at their desks we are walking round the bedroom half dressed, it is not very private or pretty.
We had a few options to:
- Destroy the view – get the building behind us demolished? or block up the window (impractical and stupid)
- Screen the view – grow an enormous tree? investigate architectural screening, costly and we are quite high up
- Ignore the view – close the curtains? put up net curtains or blinds
- Transform the view – by making the windows show a different view? – BINGO!
In our previous house we had transformed the view by using window film (Brume have a great selection we used the Whitby design in our kitchen in the last house). This is a great product and you can get loads of different designs. However, our windows were leaded so we would have had to cut the film into lots of tiny squares which I didn’t fancy. Also this was the master bedroom we wanted something beautiful.
Our leaded glass obscured the view a little, but we decided to transform the view by changing the window for a full stained glass window. Thankfully we knew a man for the job. Gerry has been busy re leading and encapsulating our other windows. Taking the stained glass window downstairs as inspiration, we used cathedral glass to create a new window.
Part way through the process you can see the stained glass and the leaded glass, plus clear glass at the end, the difference is dramatic. (the blankets are there as the windows were missing some of the beading so there were draughty holes)
It is very hard to photograph the stained glass, but believe me not only does it hide the view, it has made the room even more beautiful. It has enabled us to hide an ugly view whilst creating a beautiful feature that never existed before. Oh and we have kept the original windows so they will be re-used somewhere else in the house (probably the garden room!)