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Jaw-dropping glass extensions

Alissa Ugolini—homify UK Alissa Ugolini—homify UK
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Glass extensions are one of the hottest home renovation trends for 2015 and it's not hard to see why. The problem with living in older homes is that they can often be dark and compartmentalised with little or no relationship with the outside space. Glass extensions are the answer to all your home renovation prayers, providing access to new, light filled spaces with an undeniable wow-factor. Traditional homes that were in once dire need of updating can benefit tremendously from glass extensions, as we will show you in the following ideabook. Take a look..

London city glass extension—exterior

Barnes, London: Culmax Glass Box Extension:  Conservatory by Maxlight

Barnes, London: Culmax Glass Box Extension


Even in big cities like London where space is at a premium, it is possible to see some of the most formidable examples of glass extensions. Blending seamlessly with the existing home, the almost frameless extension creates a new relationship between the garden and home, opening up a world of relaxation or entertaining possibilities for the occupants. Glass extensions come in all shapes and sizes, with this example being of the larger scale, proving that old and new elements can work together to great effect.

London city glass extension—interior

Barnes, London; Culmax Glass Box Extension and Maxlight Doors:  Windows  by Maxlight

Barnes, London; Culmax Glass Box Extension and Maxlight Doors


As mentioned in the introduction, glass extensions provide occupants with unparalleled views of their gardens that wouldn't have existed had the new extension not been built. In this example, the owners have access to almost 360 degree views of their garden that encompasses an uninterrupted line of sight. Despite adding additional living space to a home, most traditional extensions do not have this fluid, open nature and what appears to be an endless line of sight.

Victorian home glass extension—exterior

In this example of glass extensions, we see a more compact, yet nonetheless beautiful extension project. The highly reflective, translucent nature of the extension helps to blend the two distinctly different architectural eras together to great effect—the form of the new section appears to float in the landscape. Glass extensions do not need to span the entire length of a property to make an impact, and as you will see when we look inside, the relationship with the garden is just as spectacular. 

Victorian home glass extension—interior

From inside, we feel as though we are the midst of a truly contemporary home despite it's Victorian appearance. Glass extensions allow for this effect, merging two different styles and eras together, providing the homeowners with a new experience inside their own homes. Sleek and modern, cooking and entertaining is now an absolute pleasure, as you can just imagine both your family and guests spilling out from the kitchen into the garden to enjoy the short, but spectacular summer months.

Modern kitchen glass extension—exterior

Large external doors to blur the boundaries between outside and inside:  Living room by Fraher Architects Ltd
Fraher Architects Ltd

Large external doors to blur the boundaries between outside and inside

Fraher Architects Ltd

As mentioned, glass extensions come in a myriad of different shapes, styles and sizes, and in this instance, we have an example that mixes glass and wooden textures together. Despite the fact the designers had far less space to work with than their counterparts above, the team have managed to put together a new kitchen and living space that is truly magical. Glass extensions need not be big to have impact, and this example goes to show that even those who thought they hadn't enough space to extend their homes, should think twice.

Modern kitchen glass extension—interior

Inside, we see a beautiful neutral colour palette mixed with an ultra cool retro theme. Glass extensions help to bathe properties in natural light, illuminating all the darkest nooks and crannies. The exposed ceiling rafters add a little rustic charm to the space, making the area feel comfy and inviting despite its contemporary appearance. As with the other examples of glass extensions above, the occupants can now entertain and cook in a totally new light, looking out onto their garden and appreciating nature even in a built up city environment.

Notting Hill glass extension—exterior

Pivot door and Side Return Glass Box Extrensin:  Windows  by Maxlight

Pivot door and Side Return Glass Box Extrensin


The area of Notting Hill is known for its prized brick terrace houses, but sometimes, despite their beauty, these homes, like many others in the district, do not provide access to this notion of open plan living that we've become quite fond of. Glass extensions are never compartmentalised and dark, and are in essence, a true embodiment of open plan living. Partially made of brick, this extension gives the occupants a newfound access to their courtyard as well as additional living space to enjoy. We absolutely love the pivoting glass door, which stays open at 90 a cool degrees, ventilating and illuminating the space in a truly magical way.

Notting Hill glass extension—interior

Side Return Glass Box Extension:  Windows  by Maxlight

Side Return Glass Box Extension


Inside is a mix of old and new, with the existing ornate ceiling detail coming together with the sleek, modern design of the new ceiling line and bulk head. We like that there is an obvious divide between the old home and the newly renovated section—that is part of the intrigue of glass extensions, after all. 

West Yorkshire glass extension—exterior

Rear Extension profile:  Houses by Wildblood Macdonald
Wildblood Macdonald

Rear Extension profile

Wildblood Macdonald

Lastly, but definitely not least, we are looking at a supreme example of glass extensions in West Yorkshire. Spanning the entire length of the rear of the property, the bold modern design is in total contrast to the front of this home, which boasts a timeless country charm. Striking and impressive, the highly reflective nature of the glass helps to blend the new build into its surroundings, making it virtually disappear into the landscape.

West Yorkshire glass extension—interior

Contemporary Extension Interior:  Media room by Wildblood Macdonald
Wildblood Macdonald

Contemporary Extension Interior

Wildblood Macdonald

As we've mentioned already in this article, glass extensions give the occupants a newfound relationship with their outdoor space. You can just imagine spending hours in this stellar snooker room, perhaps not even taking part in the game, as you gaze off into the luscious, manicured surroundings. You can't be blamed after all, given that such a stunning view is right at your fingertips. Glass extensions have truly made their mark in the architecture and design world, and it's not hard to understand why so many people have opened their eyes and homes and allowed such a beautiful element to become part of their every day lives.

If you liked this ideabook on glass extensions, we recommend you take a look at the following: How to: Side return extensions

What is your favourite example in this ideabook about glass extensions? Let us know in the comments section below.
Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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