Planning Your Glass Garden Room Extension

Glass garden room extensions, also known as glass boxes, are an ultra-modern way of opening your home up to the great outdoors. Large frameless glass panels will give you stunning panoramic views, supported by sympathetic aluminium frames. By adding sliding or bifold doors, you can easily step out onto a patio or into the garden.

Striking to look at but also eminently practical, a glass garden room extension can add real value to a property. Having a sheltered living space is ideal for evening dining when you might want some additional warmth or shelter without losing the sensation of being outside. Equally, it could provide protection from the sun on a hot summer’s day.

How is a glass garden room different from a conservatory?

The primary difference between a garden room and conservatory is how substantial it is. A conservatory is built in a similar manner to a standard extension as the intention is that it will be used year round, just like any other room of the house. You might use it in the same way as a living room. A conservatory will require foundations, damp proofing and double glazing. In addition, there is a high ongoing cost due to the expense of heating a conservatory.

In contrast, a glass garden extension is considered to be more of an enclosed section of garden, rather than another room. It feels as much part of the garden as it does the home, particularly when the doors are fully open. There is no requirement here for a percentage of the structure to be made of brick. Instead, you can use floor to ceiling glass with minimal supporting framework to open up your views as much as possible.

Unless the glass garden room is of an unusual height or close to a boundary, you shouldn’t require planning permission. Furthermore, it can typically be erected in a couple of days.  

What are the benefits of a glass garden room extension?

The most obvious advantage of a glass box extension is that you receive the maximum amount of light possible. Aside from the slight frame and any blinds that you choose to install, there is nothing to block the light. Sat inside, you could truly forget that you’re not outside.

Whatever the weather, a glass garden room can offer protection. If you’re finding the hot summer sun to be overwhelming or are concerned about burning, such a structure will provide you with a measure of relief, particularly if you add retractable blinds for added shade. Equally, a sudden downpour shouldn’t keep you from enjoying your garden.

From a design perspective, aluminium frames are available in a range of colours to match the architecture of your home. A powder coating will ensure a stunning and even finish.

At Glass and Stainless, we design and build glass garden rooms in line with your specification and preferred design. If you have any questions about what is possible, do please get in touch.

What sort of glass should you use?

Whilst you can just use standard safety glass for a garden room extension, there are optional extras for you to consider. For example, if overlooking neighbours make you feel uncomfortable, you could choose to use privacy glass. At the flick of a switch, the transparent glass will turn opaque and shield you from view whilst still allowing a degree of light through. Self-cleaning glass is commonly used in this situation thanks to its ability to use UV rays to break down any dirt present on the panels.

Glass and Stainless can design, install and advise on any glass garden room extension. Contact us today to discuss your requirements.