Practical Advice: Glazed Extension Styles
There are several different types of glazed extension. Here we look at the key differences between the three main types and what to consider for different uses.
When people think of a glazed extension, many will picture the uPVC conservatory models which are often too hot in summer, too cold in winter and can look at odds with the rest of the house. However, there’s much more to an extension than that. The three main types available, conservatories, orangeries and garden rooms, all have slightly different – but important – design elements which make them apart from each other, as this guide illustrates:
Designed not only to add space, but also to add light, space and often designed to open up the home with an plan living area so that families and friends can enjoy space together, a glazed extension can really enhance the home. However, before you decide what type of extension you’d like, consider what the space will be used for, as some lend themselves to some uses more than others.
If you want to relocate the kitchen into the extension, then a garden room might be more suitable than an orangery or conservatory, thanks to the solid or mostly solid roof. A carefully positioned roof lantern will let in plenty of light yet won’t dazzle guests whilst they’re eating. Another thing to consider is access; you’ll need multiple entrances so that people can get to the space easily from different areas of the house.
Conservatories are perfect for budding gardeners; they enable delicate plants to get direct sunlight for the majority of the day, whilst sheltering from inclement weather. With the largest amount of glazing of all three kinds of glazed extension, the conservatory is perfect for bringing the outside in and providing an almost seamless transition from the home to the garden – the addition of plants inside really emphasises this. Likewise, orangeries, as the name states, are perfect for housing citrus plants. They also have a much more consistent temperature than a conservatory, so ideal for entertaining.
Garden rooms, as well as being perfect for kitchen location, are great for opening up the home and enabling an open plan living area. The partially glazed roof and brickwork around the base of the building provides a seamless connection to the rest of the house.
Whatever your preference might be, make sure you carefully consider what you want to use your new space for. That way you will be able to choose what type of extension is best suited to your needs. If you’re unsure or would like some ideas, please get in touch.