Planning a Glass Extension

Extensions are a fantastic way to increase the living space in your house whilst also adding immense value to your property’s market value. They provide:

  • An abundance of natural light.
  • A seamless transition between your house and the outdoors.
  • A luxurious feel to your home.
  • Planning requires some thought and consideration to ensure it is designed and constructed correctly.

Design and Planning 

It is crucial to assess your house’s current architecture and focus on how it will enhance it. Some questions to consider include: What is the purpose? Will it be an extension to an existing living area, a new dining room, or a home office? How will it be used? Will the extension block any natural light over neighbouring properties? How will ventilation be incorporated, and how will the space be used in all seasons? Answering these questions will help ensure that the design meets your specific needs.

Regulations and Permissions

Strict regulations and permissions are involved, including building regulations, planning permission, and party wall agreements. It is necessary to obtain consent for your extension before commencing work. Failing to get permission could result in legal action from neighbours, damage to your property, or a significant risk to your health and safety. It is always best to seek advice from a professional when navigating your way through the regulations and permissions process.

Glazing and Materials

The type of glazing and materials used are an essential aspect to consider. Choosing high-quality, durable materials and making optimal use of natural light is necessary. Different types of glass, including solar-controlled, self-cleaning and double or triple-glazed, have varying properties and benefits. Choosing the right glass type and material will suit your extension’s purpose, creating a comfortable living space all year round while also being energy-efficient.

Lighting and Energy Efficiency

An extension should be designed to look good and be functional, energy-efficient and, most importantly, comfortable to use. Lighting is vital and should be well-thought-out to ensure that the space can adapt to changing seasons and light conditions. Consider the extension’s position, the house’s orientation, and how light changes throughout the day. The inclusion of efficient heating and ventilation can improve energy efficiency.

Choosing the Right Contractor

This is a long-term investment and must be designed and constructed to the highest standards to handle your needs efficiently. Working with a reputable contractor with a good track record of delivering high-quality work is essential. It would help if you researched, checked their qualifications and experience, and asked for references from previous projects. It is always worth getting multiple quotes to assess the market.

In conclusion, creating one can be an exciting project that significantly benefits your home and quality of life. Homeowners who invest in a well-designed and constructed extension will reap the rewards personally and in property value. From carefully choosing a design that enhances the existing architecture to selecting the best glazing materials and finding a reputable contractor, it is imperative to get it right. Take the time to do the research and consider all aspects involved, and once done well, it will be a valuable addition to your home for years to come.

Our commitment to professionalism and quality ensures that our product is of the highest standard. Your project will be expertly handled from start to finish. Consider investing today and enjoy the elegance of these quality products. 

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