Six of the best glass extensions

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  • If your vision for a sun-filled home is falling short, a glazed structure could be the answer...

    There are so many ways in which you can add space to your home with a glass extension. No longer restricted to the traditional white glass conservatory, there is a wonderful variety of architecture that will increase your space and hugely improve your home life. Here are six of the best ideas…

    Square up

    Interior designer Andrew Dunning of London Contemporary, says that modern glass box structures are favoured by English Heritage for use on listed buildings as they make a clear distinction between old and new. Constructed from structural glass, this version on a Grade II-listed terrace house cost around £42,000.

    Sky’s the limit

    Vast 4m-long panes of structural glass cut a dash in this modern garden room by IQ Glass and HUT Architecture. Walls painted in off-black help draw attention upwards and out. The sliding doors are on a two-track system with one sliding and the other fixed plus minimal framework to maximise views. A similar glazing package would cost around £30,000.

    Period piece

    Used as a light-filled dining room, this stunning orangery by Vale Garden Houses, prices from £40,000, features Georgian style glazing to match the main house, complete with classical columns and a deep entablature. The woodwork is painted in ‘Caribous Coat’ from Vale’s own Period Paint Collection.

    Outside in

    The wide-pane folding sliding doors in this contemporary bespoke orangery by Apropos, from £40,000, can be folded right back so that they practically disappear, effectively turning the interior into an extension of the garden. Solar-control glazing prevents the room from overheating, even when the sun is blazing.

    Kitchen addition

    This large extension accommodates a generous kitchen by Smallbone of Devizes, which was relocated to create more space in the main house. Cooking in a heavily glazed room requires extra attention to ventilation, provided in this design by automatically opening roof vents. With less wall space for cabinetry island units are a savvy choice.

    Full beam

    Painting the ceiling timbers white gives this room an enhanced sense of height and openess and achieves the relaxed feel of a New England beach house. In this impressive vaulted space by Westbury Garden Rooms, Nicholas Anthony has installed a bespoke Shaker-style kitchen painted in Hessian.

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