This Window Converts to a Balcony in Seconds

published Jun 10, 2019
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Sometimes staring out of a window isn’t enough to soothe the senses and clear the mind, which is explains why there’s a sitting on the roof trope we often see played out in our favorite TV shows and films. It appears to be quite peaceful up there, but unfortunately not all homes are equipped with such easy rooftop access.

However, window manufacturer Velux has made it so that your skylights can do double duty. The company has applied its expertise in roof windows and skylights to develop an ingenious system that converts a roof window into a balcony.

Dubbed the Velux Cabrio balcony, the seemingly normal looking window transforms to the ultimate rooftop lookout spot within seconds. The top window pane functions like an ordinary roof window that opens outward and lies flush when closed. A push of the bottom pane and the window expands outwards, forming the balcony portion, which is outfitted with protective railing.

Customers have the option of choosing between various frame colors for the window’s exterior; meanwhile the interior frame bears a clear coated pine finish. Also, if you’re considering replacing your sklylight with the Cabrio terrace roof window, keep in mind that the system only comes in one size: 39-3/8” x 101” for the opening with the finished frame and 37-1/16” x 99-1/4” for the exterior frame.

For anywhere between $4,450-$4,850, Velux will swap out an existing skylight with the Cabrio.  For those looking to start fresh, the estimated cost for a new installation ranges from $5,350 to $5,950, which, depending on your location, is still probably less (not to mention less hassle) than building a roof deck from scratch.

Check out the Velux website to see the skylight installation in action.