When it comes to planning and designing your new home, it’s fun to think outside the box, literally. You don’t have to be confined by the four walls that surround you, and in fact it’s these aspects that you need to think about, whether you’re considering the roof, windows, doors or adding a whole new extension. For many of us, one of the main reasons we want to renovate or improve is to let more natural light in or add extra living space. This is essentially why glass has become such a key material for architects and it’s interesting to see how significant improvements in glass technology and building techniques have had an effect on the way our homes can be transformed.


Generally, your first port of call will be working with a kitchen designer, and possibly an architect too, to plan your new space, keeping in mind your budget while also seeking expert advice on building regulations, security and energy efficiency. Whether you’re intending on expanding your home up, down or out, if you want a double-height or single-storey extension or side return, roof lantern or, for more modest budgets, full-height folding-sliding doors, there are many ways to improve your living space to cater to the demands of our busy lifestyles.


Kitchens in a glazed extension need to be well-planned and carefully considered to ensure the layout works to its full potential. For example, a fully glazed room will lack wall space so a functional island will be essential to create work surface and storage space. Think about where you’ll want your appliances, particularly an extractor, where the best choice might be an downdraft model which can be fitted within the island.


A top tip, from Elizabeth Webster, architect and director at Fraher Architects, if the work on your building will be taking place over the colder part of the year is to ‘consider how much brickwork you have in your building project. It’s not possible to lay brickwork once the temperature gets too cold and so you should schedule this outside the winter months to avoid delays.’


New heights

Above Part of a bespoke project by Ade Architecture, this house has been extended to create a double height open-plan space. The bespoke handmade Shaker-style kitchen is L- shaped and has a 3.2 metre long island unit with a marble work top which looks out onto the garden.


From above

Below This two-storey Grade II listed terraced house now has a rear and side extension which complements the traditional and restored features such as the panelled fireplaces and architraves, while also adding a contemporary update. This project is by Fraher Architects.




Time to extend

Below An extension project in this house has created a large, light-filled family dining space, with bi-fold doors and rooflights by Chase Window Company. The aluminium bi-fold doors are from £7,000, and the roof windows, £1,500 for all three. The kitchen with Charcoal base cabinets and Almond tall and wall units is from £20,000 at 1909 Kitchens.




Dream of daylight

Below Letting light into a galley style kitchen or a long space where there’s only an exit to the outside at one end of the room is essential if you want to keep it from feeling dark and enclosed. This Häcker Systemat kitchen from Laurence Pidgeon (from £20,000) features gloss lacquer cabinetry and white Corian® worktops which maintain a feeling of lightness. The steel framed patio doors and windows are by The Cotswold Casement Company.




Impressive looks

Below This Surrey new-build enjoys views of over five acres of land. Design and delivery was by IQ Glass, including a Keller minimal windows® system, rooflights, glass balustrades and casement windows. Prices are on request from IQ Glass. A kitchen similar to this costs around £100,000 from Kitchen Architecture




Article by: Emma Foale