Our Guide to Choosing the Right Glass Extension

Published on 15th March 2017
When it comes to making home improvements, we all face an array of choices even when it’s been decided that a glass extension is just the thing.

No longer is the only option available an ‘off the shelf’, white, uPVC conservatory bolted on to their property. Today, thanks to technological and thermal advances, bespoke extensions are affordable and highly desirable. Apropos presents a low-down on some of the options available today:

Lean-to conservatory


Lean-to, or mono pitch, conservatories are the most popular style of glass extension in the market today, but bespoke designs still provide individualism for clients. Contemporary lean-to conservatories still retain all the classical elements: steep roof angles; tall, elegant gables; and higher than normal front elevations; which all add to the dramatic and spacious feel of the structures.

Reverse lean-to conservatory

Reverse Lean To (2)

Reverse lean-to conservatories are designed to maximise the feeling of space and light. This style of structure is an ideal and creative addition when having to extend from a bungalow or similar single storey building with low eaves.

Link conservatory

Whereas this period property has been injected with a hint of modernity thanks to the addition of Apropos signature architecture in glass.

Link conservatories are perfect for connecting disparate properties – such as farmhouses or converted barns – and creating new, harmonious lay-outs. Furthermore, they are ideal for making use of external ‘dead’ space, such as unused patio areas surrounded on three sides by its adjoining property. An imaginative contemporary solution is ideal in these situations; where function and style has to be designed to bring together different architectural content. The link should make its own design statement – contemporary, light and evolutionary. There is nothing worse than an add-on or link that has a faux look and diminishes the host property.


Atrium 1

Atriums are two or more storeys high, and consist of sweeping glass roofs, large elements of glazed walls, and a narrow but spacious living spaces. They provide properties with a majestic feel, combining architectural statements with practical living spaces.

Contemporary Orangery

Apropos Bespoke Orangery

Orangeries are popular extensions for period or listed properties. Orangeries can be designed to lend a sense of continuity to the host property with matching stone, brickwork or render to any walls. An orangery is an ideal solution for a client wanting to balance a need for light and space whilst trying to retain the feel of a more conventional room; with a greater or lesser use of glass according to which direction the property faces. The size of the central glass section, or rooflight, set into a solid warm deck roof can also vary.

Bespoke Glazed Extension

Orangery Style Glass and Aluminium Extension by Apropos.

Bespoke extensions can be created to house ‘wow’ factor kitchens, dining rooms, living rooms, or home ‘hubs’ that merge a combination of uses. Bespoke extensions provide light and space into and around previously dark and unworkable spaces. Bespoke extension create an elegant investment for homeowners’ living or work space, and their quality of life is enhanced by a system that has no design limitations, and allows Apropos to provide an original, unique purpose build addition to a home or office.

Folding sliding doors/bi-folding doors and rooflights/skylights

Orangery Kitchen Extension by Apropos

Although neither folding sliding doors (bi-folding doors) nor rooflights (skylights) constitute an extension, the addition of either one or both in existing properties can be a creative and cheaper way to bring cutting-edge glazing style to a property. These both provide a simple and elegant solution that add light and value to homes. Sliding folding doors can be installed in a wide variety of sizes. Whilst having the slim line look of a full length window, can open up a whole section of the house onto the garden or patio. The pleasure of eating or preparing a meal, or just enjoying a drink, whilst having everything open into your garden, is fabulous.

To find out more about the options provided by Apropos download our buying guide today.

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