Glass box extension on thatched cottageContemporary Kitchen, London
Kitchen Architecture - bulthaup b3 furniture in kaolin laminate with a structured oak bar.
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Are there other ways of regulating light and keeping cool?“Today’s glass can be processed to achieve differing levels of thermal and solar performance,” Roman says. “Modern double-glazed units are comprised of specially coated glass with argon-filled cavities to reduce heat loss and limit solar gain.” However, he warns these coatings can have an effect on the transparency and colour of the glass.He also highlights fritted glass, where an opaque print or similar is applied to the glass to reduce solar gain – or perforated window films that can be applied to glass to create a ‘one-way glass’ effect that doesn’t hugely impact natural light levels.“However, we still find that blinds are often the best and most cost-effective solution,” he says.
Follow flooring throughOne challenge with slim-framed glass extensions is how to make them blend visually with the garden. One option is to use a flooring material that works inside and outside. Here, the flagstones give a seamless effect. Always remember to use a suitable sealant to properly protect your floors.
Work the outside inA great way to make your interior feel as if it’s outside is to choose a material you would typically use on a patio, like these flagstones, and use them for your interior flooring, too. This works particularly well in a glass-box extension.Flagstones are porous, so will always require a sealant. The sealant will help protect the stone from the elements outside, and from stains and other damage in your kitchen or living space. Choose a solvent-based sealant for outdoors – you can use it indoors, too. Take a tour of this kitchen
With the structure built almost entirely of glass, there were numerous implications for fitting the kitchen units and appliances. ‘Some of the initial principle concerns were things like fixings. For example, we didn’t have anything to attach the tall units onto,’ explains Saint.A low-level wall runs around two of the three sides of the extension, so the backs of the base units could be fixed to that. ‘It just meant that we had to be really careful about how we planned the layout of the kitchen, so that in the end we didn’t need to fix anything high up,’ adds Saint. ‘Everything had to be literally millimetre-perfect.’