From aesthetics to planning and practicality, a glass room can often be a better choice than a traditional conservatory.
When considering a beautiful glass room, one of the most common questions people ask is how they differ from a standard conservatory. Certainly, there are plenty of similarities; both provide a bridge between indoor and outdoor living, allowing you plenty of natural light while protecting you from the elements. They both act as an extension to your home; a place where you can relax and enjoy the garden view. Apart from that, there are some very notable differences…
Unlike a conservatory, a glass room aims to create a smooth transition to the outside with full glazing, providing unobstructed views. Where conservatories have large clunky frames, a glass room is made of frameless glass panels, giving it a clean minimal look with more light and visibility. Depending on the design, some glass extensions have sliding glass doors or bi folding doors that open completely, transforming home extending the living area.
A conservatory or a glass room is an extension to the house, meaning it requires a building permit and must comply with statutory regulations regarding air-tightness and insulation to ensure it complies with energy efficiency values. However, you can build various single storey extensions without planning permission, providing the extension accords with the following:
- The extension does not sit forward of the principal elevation.
- Where it is within 2m of any boundary, the eaves cannot be higher than 3m, and no more than 4m in height otherwise.
- Rear extensions — no more than 4m in depth (detached house) or 3m in depth (semi-detached or terrace).
- Side extensions — the width of the extension must not be greater than half the width of the original dwelling.
Glass rooms are generally more expensive than a conservatory to construct. However, the quality and durability of the aluminium construction versus uPVC conservatories quite clearly account for the higher price.
Glass Box Extensions are all designed and made to measure by the millimetre before the frames are constructed and the glazing is cut with laser precision. This means installation is quick and efficient with few errors. Issues commonly faced by conservatory builds, such as tightness gaps and condensed water, are not common issues with glass extensions and glass room installations.
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