People In Glass Houses…!!!!!

The trend for glass extensions, attached to almost any era of building, continues to rise. A glass atrium brings a massive wow factor to any home, whether it be a modern or period style building. The juxtaposition of old stone built walls contrasted with the modernity of floor to ceiling glass never ceases to impress.

Architects have been integrating glass into their designs for years and more recently the public have learned to love it too. Be careful not to commit a serious faux pas, a glass extension should never be described as a conservatory. Conservatories are for wicker loving, tea trolley wheeling, crossword puzzling has beens. A glass extension is a sociable zone, an integrated living space, a place where the inside and outside come together.


People In Glass Houses…!!!!!

Instructing the services of a reputable architect and builder will ensure your extension adds value to your home. Take care that your extension does not take over too much of the garden space as this could have the opposite effect. Buyers are looking to purchase bright and airy spaces. A glass extension for a typical Victorian terrace starts at a price of £25,000 but can soon creep up past £50,000. If the extension goes over more than one floor, prices will rise sharply as heavy machinery is brought in to help reinforce the foundations. Many companies will offer a finance scheme and this can help your dream become a reality.

Most people opting for a glass extension want to have a seamless flow between kitchen and garden, therefore bi-folding doors which peel away are very popular. Of course this is Britain, known for it’s unpredictable climate and the amount of balmy summer evenings is usually minimal. Therefore opting for underfloor heating will make the space cosy, even in winter.

Of course the main structure of your extension is glass, but there are still some other considerations. The glass needs to sit in some sort of frame. Traditionally this has been steel but it can create a rather austere appearance. Alternatives include a faded wood frame which offers a more rustic appearance.

In most situations you will not require planning permission for your glass extension. However listed buildings or buildings in a conservation area will need consent. All extensions will be expected to comply with the latest building regulations, for example glass that meets the latest heat emission guidelines.

Glass houses are an added attraction for most homes but homeowners need to consider how the space is going to be used. It is obvious that south facing extensions will get more sunlight and this could make the room very hot during summer months. An informed architect will discuss ventilation from the outset. And whilst most extensions are used as living areas some people use the space for more creative purposes including study spaces, workshops or yoga studios.

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