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Adding privacy to large windows

Discussion in 'Styling & Decorating' started by ExcuseMyFrench, 11th Jun, 2016.

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  1. ExcuseMyFrench

    ExcuseMyFrench Active Member

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    Hi

    Has anyone used window tinting successfully?

    We're looking at a place that has very large windows facing a communal garden.
    Other people living in the development walk pass said windows.

    The view is very nice (trees, gardens, water feature) so would like to try and keep it while blocking people from looking in.
    It's a daytime issue, at night we are happy to put down blinds or block-out curtains.

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  2. Joynz

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    Venetion blinds.

    Or do what I did and put up mesh sunshade type blinds on the inside or outside of the Windows.

    Or sheer curtains.
     
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    I would do reflective tint if possible. They may have some body corporate rules not allowing it though :(
     
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    Sheer white curtains over the blinds? Can still see out during the day but fairly restricted view from outside in.
     
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    I recently saw a house where the blinds are fixed at the floor so you put the blinds up for privacy.
     
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  6. Joynz

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    You can get cellular blinds like this.
     
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    You can get some professionals to come and give you a quote.
    You can get some temporary film to do it yourself too.
     
  8. bashworth

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    We used a reflective film very successfully for privacy,and kept the western sun out as well.
    Just remember to shut the curtains at night as it doesn't provide the same degree of privacy if its brighter inside than outside.
     
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    Yes I'm thinking that BC might have rules against it... Better check them carefully!!
     
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    Who do you ring?
     
  11. Joynz

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    Hmmm, I saw them in a house I visited for Sustainable House day. However, I believe companies like Vista Blinds, Victory Blinds or similar big companies do them.

    Also try searching cellular blinds, or honeycomb blinds. Not sure if all companies do the ones that pull up from the bottom though.

    You can get them from overseas too, I heard. I think they are called 'thermal blinds' or similar in the US?
     
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    Thanks @Joynz I checked them out and I like the look of them.

    Option 1 would be tinting windows if allowed by BC + blinds/curtains for night time
    Option 2 if BC won't let us tint the window would be the sheer cellular blinds + roller blinds at night. :)
     
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    Couldnt agree more. Just add, if getting quotes, look at those who do cars and houses. Mate had Tint a Car who did houses and the reflective film was great. Sorry, cant remember the pricing.
     
  14. Azazel

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    If they don't let you, you can use the temporary film.
    Easy enough to remove.