Will a glass extension suit my lifestyle?

First of all, be realistic. A futuristic or contemporary looking glass structure straight out of Grand Designs will give your home extra light and space as well as an undeniable wow factor. Glass Extensions manufacture double and triple glazed roofs and facades that use the latest in glass technology which will keep your extension cool in the summer and warm in the winter giving you a year round living space.

What glass options are available?

Depending on your budget, there are many ways you can introduce glass into your kitchen. Advances in glazing technology have resulted in larger, stronger panes so that whole sections of ceiling can now be replaced with glass. Adding skylights is a relatively cost-effective way of introducing light into an extension.

What about glass sliding doors?

You can swap ordinary French patio doors for the latest sliding fineline options. Infiniti fineline sliding doors from Glass Extensions are the ultimate in style and function. Typically, a set of sliding glazed panels across an 18ft opening will cost around £10,000, but this can really bring the outside into your home as well as providing extra ventilation on hot days.

Can I create a glass side return?

If you have a Victorian terraced house you can certainly turn the wasted space at the side of the house into a side return extension. With glazed panels in the roof and sliding doors at the end we bring the outside in, as an added bonus you won’t have to sacrifice any of your garden.

What options are available for glass extensions?

All extensions will involve a degree of upheaval and mess. If the thought of having builders in for months fills you with horror, how about a hassle-free contemporary glass extension? Designs can be produced using brick/steel and glass or entirely glazed. Opening areas with Infiniti fineline sliding doors or simple frameless pivot doors are all delivered and can be installed in weeks. The beauty of a Glass Extensions structure is its ability to create a statement.

Who should I get to build my glass extension?

Don’t be tempted to cut costs by employing your friendly local builder who may not have any experience with glazed structures. Constructing a glass extension is a specialised job, Glass Extensions will work with you from the ground up to the point your ideas and dreams become a reality.

Will I need planning permission?

Not for smaller projects as they fall within your existing permitted development rights but you may need permission for larger jobs. Find out whether you need planning permission at the Government’s Planning Portal.

How can an architect help?

A good architect is worth his weight in gold. Glass Extensions will work closely with your architect or you can work with our designers and project managers if you want to take control of the project. If you just want ideas and advice, Glass Extensions can help you realise your dreams.

Expert advice on glass extensions:

Think carefully about where to position a roof light in a kitchen extension. Above the cooking or dining area is usually good to add the extra light.

Frameless glass box structures can be pricey, but it’s worth investing in top quality glass with high performance coatings, otherwise the room can get unbearably hot. A modern glass structure adds value to your home as it is calculated as extra floor area by building surveyor’s representing mortgage companies.

Call your local planning department to find out if your property is a listed building, in a conservation area or an area of outstanding natural beauty. Glass Extensions are looked at as timelines that leave the fabric of the existing building unchanged so are looked at by planning and building authorities as the best option when extending a property.