6 key Influences On Glass Extension Design

Published on 1st February 2017

Gone are the days when glass extensions were whatever homeowners desired – so long as they came in white uPVC. With today’s bespoke designs, homeowners have almost unlimited scope for their aspirations. Apropos’ Peter Holland provides a low down on the six key influences for glass extension design:

1.            What is the style of the original building?

Orangeries enhance listed and period properties.

“Some period or listed properties suit more subtle bespoke extensions that adhere to orangery designs,” says Peter. “In comparison, newer properties can carry the contrast a new bespoke, full-on glazing extension will bring to them.”

2.            What flow’s to go?

Conservatories can 'flow' from their original properties to offer impressive complementary living spaces.

“What type of ‘flow’ does a client want for their property?” asks Peter. “An orangery will provide a seamless transition between the original building and the new extension. In comparison, a conservatory will provide a complementary style of living space, ideal as a ‘wow’ factor room.”

3.            What will the extension be used for?

Glass extensions are no longer simply places to sit in during the summer.

“Conservatories and glass extensions are no longer places simply to sit during the summer,” Peter states. “They are now versatile and practical living spaces, and with excellent thermal and energy efficiency ratings they can be used all-year-round. As such, many clients come to Apropos with a very specific use for their extension.

Some want to house ultra-modern kitchens, some free standing traditional kitchens. Others, living rooms or dining rooms. Some want a combination of uses to create a new home hub. The required use will greatly influence the style of the glass extension.”

4.            Is privacy an issue?

Clever design can retain privacy and provide gorgeous living space.

“If privacy is an issue, then clients will need to decide what level of privacy they wish to maintain,” suggests Peter. “Orangeries will provide greater privacy, whilst still allowing exceptional amounts of light into the property with the inclusion of folding sliding doors and rooflights. On the other hand, if clients want a conservatory-style extension, privacy can be created with clever design and the use of tailor-made blinds, privacy glass or a partial or full wall.”

5.            Where will the conservatory be located?

Glass extensions can be built wherever they suit a property best.

“Conservatories are no longer merely bolted on to the dining room, with access via a property’s former patio doors,” states Peter.

“Modern day bespoke designs are highly thermally efficient, allowing both property and conservatory to flow into each other via elegant archways, without the need for dividing doors. As such, they can be built either to the side or to the rear of properties, wherever the feeling of flow can be maximised.”

6.            Budget

Even the smallest budgets can be accommodated with bespoke designs.

Peter says, “The client’s budget dictates everything. However, the beauty of choosing a bespoke design is that it can be tailored to fit the client’s budget.”

Get in touch today to discuss things further with your local Apropos designer or download your copy of our inspirational brochure today. 

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