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Do you ever feel that your home could do with being just that little bit bigger? If so, it may be worth your time and money to set about creating a glass extension.

On top of increasing your available living space, a glass extension can add style to your home and simultaneously increase its market value, while giving you a pleasant place in which to spend your leisure time.

This is all excellent but, before you get that glass extension, just what do you need to know?

1. What is a Glass Extension?

It’s exactly what it sounds like. It’s an extension to your home that is made mostly of glazing.

2. Where Can I Add One?

That’s entirely up to you. One can be added to any part of your home that you may wish to enlarge. They do, however, work especially well as kitchens and living rooms. With the use of bi-fold doors, you can even link indoor living to outdoor life by connecting your garden to your living space, in a way that means you can step straight from one into the other.

3. Will I Need Planning Permission?

Not if you stick to the following guidelines.

Your extension should not cover more than half the area around your house.

Your extension must not be more than four metres in height, or be taller than your home’s uppermost roof.

If your house is an attached one, the extension should not extend by more than three metres beyond your house’s original rear wall. If it is a detached house, four metres is the top limit.

Such structures are usually classified as permitted developments, though, thanks to every project being a unique undertaking, it may be best to check before proceeding.

4. Is a Glass Extension Better Than a Brick Extension?

Brick extensions can be made to match the look of the rest of your house and therefore fit seamlessly in with it. However, glass extensions allow more light to enter than brick extensions do. They also take less time to construct and can be used to add a completely new feel to your home.

5. What about the Temperature?

Whether you choose timber, uPVC or aluminium frames, solar control double glazing means that the modern glass extension can offer excellent thermal efficiency. This means that, in the summer, it will keep out excessive heat from the sun, while, in winter, it will prevent heat escaping, meaning that you’ll feel comfortable at any time of year and no matter what the weather decides to throw at you.

6. Will it Actually Suit My Home?

Whatever the style of your home, it is possible to create an extension that is just right for it. For instance, for that modern look, aluminium frames can be used. Such frames are strong and allow for a sleeker appearance.

On the other hand, an Edwardian or Victorian aesthetic can be achieved by using timber frames.

It also shouldn’t be overlooked that uPVC frames with a wooden finish can also be used to create that more traditional appearance.

7. What about the Roof?

There are two main options available.

A glass roof can really maximise the amount of light getting in and, with the aforementioned heat efficiency, it can make sure the temperature stays at exactly the level you want it to be at.

Then again, if you want your extension to blend in perfectly with your existing architecture, you could go for a tiled or solid roof. This also has the advantage that it helps provide more privacy if the extension is overlooked by your neighbours’ property.