Glass house: Liska family
“It’s so nice here, we don’t even need to go on holiday anymore!“
Owner Stefan Liska

On holiday in their own home

It’s a tale as old as time: For the Liskas, like many families before them, finding their dream home with the perfect property in the right location was like looking for a needle in a haystack. “When we got the opportunity to build an extension for our family in my husband’s grandma’s garden, it didn’t take us long to make up our minds,” Kerstin Liska recalls. The modern extension created plenty of space for the family of four – but it was the cubic SDL Acubis glass canopy that really enabled them to make the most of their wooden patio. “It’s really rounded the whole thing off – metaphorically speaking,” the mother said.

Kerstin und Stefan Liska
Kerstin und Stefan Liska

The perfect shelter

The flat roof construction is everything the family have always wanted. Stefan Liska has always had an eye for architecture – and this was the only design for him. “We were really happy with the house. The garden and the adjoining fields were great, too – but all that open space actually turned out to be a bit of a problem. There are no neighbouring buildings on any side of the house, so our patio was exposed to the wind from all directions.” Kerstin Liska chimes in: “Even when the weather was great, we would often find ourselves sitting in the living room and eating breakfast indoors. It could be 23 degrees and sunny, but that didn’t stop the wind blowing the toast off our plates! “We kept coming back to the idea of finding some kind of way to permanently shelter us from the wind and weather.” 

Yet it wasn’t easy to find a solution that met all the family’s needs, at least not at first.  They wanted the shape of the patio canopy to match the aesthetic of the house and be made completely of glass, so that it didn’t block the light from getting into the living room.  They also wanted it to be a space they could use all year round and that could shelter them from the wind. Good roof drainage was particularly important – often a big problem for flat roofs. 

Familie Liska
Familie Liska

A holiday at home

“When we can across the SDL Acubis at Solarlux, we were impressed right away with the aesthetics, the functionality and – in my husband’s case – the engineering,” Kerstin Liska tells us. The cubic glass canopy has an almost imperceptible roof pitch that is nevertheless essential for drainage purposes. “We were won over by every aspect: the shape, the use of durable aluminium, the glass sliding elements with versatile opening options, and the matching awning.” Once all the planning was done, it was finally time to get to work – the family did a complete redesign of the garden, and soon the glass house they had dreamed of for so long became a reality.

The glass house provided a whole new room that made life outside more than just comfortable for the family. “We can finally make proper use of our patio,” says a delighted Kerstin Liska. “We love spending time out in the garden and the glass house now. My husband has even said, ‘It’s so nice here, we don’t even need to go on holiday anymore!’ The boys don’t quite agree though – they love the sun, beach and seaside too much!” she laughs.

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