10 Ideas for Glass Extensions
Glass is such a versatile material, it lends itself to both modern and period building work. Take inspiration from these glazed structures
It’s worth having a chat with your local planning authority before submitting details, but planners can sometimes be more sympathetic to glass-box extensions on period-style properties than they would be to a traditional brick extension. The large glazed panels used in this extension to a 17th century vicarage allow you to see the original building beyond.
Tour another glass-box extension on an old property
The side return may seem like a redundant waste of space, but there was a reason behind its design, and that was to bring light into the middle room of a terraced house. Extending into the side return can make that middle room gloomy, but you can avoid this by using glass as your main building material, as here.
If you’re planning on extending, but don’t want to go for an ultra-modern glass-box effect, opt, as the owners of this pale and interesting kitchen have done, for a large glazed ceiling panel instead.
Not only does this make a lovely feature, it also helps to bring a lot more natural light into a room, which should reduce your electricity bill. It makes a flat roof a lot more attractive to look down on from a room above, too.
Taking it a step further, the owners of this London home have used the latest technology to allow their glass roof to completely disappear into another section of the ceiling at the touch of a button. This giant skylight can be retracted to create an open-air courtyard garden on the top floor of the house.
If you’re doing an above-ground extension and a basement, or simply building over a naturally dark room, consider adding a glazed floor area to the scheme. Here, what would previously have been a gloomy basement below this glass extension is now flooded with natural light.
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You don’t have to stick to a single storey when working in glass. This huge, double-height glazed wall provides this awe-inspiring bedroom with ever-changing, sky-high, natural wallpaper.
For something dramatic, combine a double-height glazed door with a mezzanine floor. A vast door has been created for this house to quite spectacularly open the ground and first floors out onto the garden.
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If a contemporary glass box is not your style, traditional-style conservatories and orangeries can be beautiful and are often the best fit for a period property. You don’t even need a large country pile to make it work; this traditional little glazed addition looks perfectly lovely and gently links this Victorian terrace to the garden beyond.
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