10 Jul 2018

Choosing the right glass extension for you

When it comes to extending your home, you’ll face an array of choices. Brickwork? Glass? A bit of both? What should you avoid doing? The questions can become overwhelming. So, Apropos has put together a guide to choosing the right extension, to make things a little easier.


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Here, Apropos runs through the options with you, and takes a look at the pros and cons for each.

Lean-to conservatories

Lean-to conservatories are the most popular style of glass extension on the market today. With bespoke designs providing individualism for all. Contemporary lean-to conservatories retain all of their classical elements. Boasting steep roof angles; tall, elegant gables; and a higher-than-normal front elevation. All of which adds to the dramatic and spacious feel of the structures.

If the industrial-chic look appeals to you, a lean-to conservatory makes a bold statement all on its own. The illusion of even more space than you, in reality, have is also a bonus, created by the high roof and striking angles of this design. Bungalows, though, won’t work well with a lean-to extension. Alternatively, if you’re likely to extend further one day – either up or out – a lean-to conservatory is probably not your best bet.

Reverse lean-to conservatories

The solution for a bungalow is the reverse lean-to conservatory – designed to maximise the feeling of space and light gained from your new extension. 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.

Glazed link extensions

Link conservatories are perfect for connecting disparate buildings, to create one free-flowing space. A glazed link works beautifully when connecting farmhouses or converted barns with their respective outbuildings. A link extension also brings the added benefit of creating new, harmonious layouts.

Furthermore, they are ideal for making use of external ‘dead’ space, such as unused patio surrounded on three sides by its adjoining property. However, these have a very obvious use and if you have no need of linking together separate sections of your home, or making use of an enclosed courtyard, this won’t be the right option for you.

Domestic atria

Atria are two or more storeys high. They most often feature a sweeping glass roof and are fully glazed structures. Domestic atria provide properties with a majestic feel, combining architectural statements with practical living spaces. If you’re looking to add some serious wow factor to your humble abode, then this is the extension for you.

With an aluminium-framed atrium, you get not one, but two storeys of light-filled rooms – meaning the entire property will benefit. You also get to add a little architectural interest to your home. On the other hand, atria provide a lot of additional space. So, if it’s just a bit more breathing room you’re after, you may be happy to settle for a similarly designed single-storey structure.

Contemporary orangeries

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. Alternatively, a modern orangery can add a unique contrast to a period home, or blend brilliantly with one that’s more modern.

An orangery is an ideal solution for anyone wanting to balance a need for light and space with privacy. Orangeries also provide the feel of a more conventional room. Go for an orangery-style extension if you want the best of both worlds. This way you get all the benefits of a glass extension, without losing the comfort brick-built walls can bring.

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