We recently installed this impressive large glass roof extension to a detached property in Wokingham. The owners of this family home wanted to renovate their home from front to back, and with young children add a single-storey extension. Their vision included increasing the amount of glazing throughout the property, creating an ample, open-plan living space to the rear of the property.
The Wokingham homeowners were inspired by a visit to our Bracknell double glazing showroom where we have an Orangery with a glass roof lantern and glass doors on display.
The owners met with Thames Valley Windows architect-designer Michael, who discussed the glazing and design options of the Orangery.
The brief was they wanted to create a contemporary, minimalist feel to their home, while seamlessly blending the interior of the property with the garden.
Michael created a 3D visualisation of a dark-coloured Orangery extension with glazed roof and brickwork structure based upon what the extension would look like after installation and construction.
After receiving a free no-obligation quote, the homeowners confirmed that the quotation was within their budget and they were pleased with the recommended glazing solution. They wanted Thames Valley Windows to design and install both the Orangery extension and Upvc Double glazed windows in their Wokingham home.
Our client chose Solarlux SL 60e bi-folding doors and fixed frames with minimal framing in anthracite grey (RAL 7016) with a matt finish inside and out, and colour matched hinges and a fully weathered, rebated threshold.
They also selected a contemporary glass roof lantern that is glazed in modern self-cleaning solar control glass that is thermally efficient. This specialist glass coating ensures a controlled temperature all year round and moderates the glare of the sun in summer months. The roof lantern is finished with matching RAL7016 on the exterior and white on inside with a contemporary cornice finish.
Ultraframe conservatory roofs have a contemporary design providing a more architectural feature and not a complex structural glass solution.
The glazing is a tough, low E glass and despite a large amount of glass, these bifold doors and fixed windows have a low u-value of 1.4w/m²K.
We acted as a one-stop-boutique for both the glazing and the build of the glass roof extension with the help of local tradespeople.
Everyone from local builder, electrician, plumber and local council planning officers, were all brought together and co-ordinated by Thames Valley Windows.
Bracknell Forest planning officers gave full planning approval. Thames Valley Windows have an established long-standing relationship with the local authority planning departments that allows our design consultants to obtain the planning permission required and to ensure any extension will conform to building regulations.
Our client stated:
We did seek ideas and quotes from a few suppliers and chose TVW because of the price which was competitive but mostly because of the final design and various suggestions that had been offered with drawings to visualise the final build (Michael).
The glass roof extension has been utilised as a new dining area and family room with a prefix livin room roof lantern with contemporary cornice detail. The new Orangery extension is predominantly glazed, with four large fixed windows and two three-panel bi-folding door system to help combine outdoor and indoor spaces.
The bi-folding doors give the homeowners the flexibility to open-up the glass box extension and to enjoy easy access to their garden.
The addition of a large glass roof lantern and minimalistic profile glazing throughout the extension makes a bold design statement. It maximises natural light to stream into the Orangery from above and through the full-height fixed windows and bi-fold doors, so it looks bright and spacious. It has transformed the flow of light into the rear of the property.
The result is both a fantastic family home and a truly inspirational space. This project is a beautiful example of why bi-fold and sliding doors with aluminium framing are a popular choice within renovations and new home build projects.
The Wokingham family was delighted with the living space we created and an expansive feeling of openness. Thames Valley Windows always strives to deliver the ‘wow factor’ you need as well as seeking to add significant value to your property.
Our clients have now been enjoying their glass roof extension for some time. They have advised us; We are very happy with the build process and the quality of the construction. We now spend most of our time at the rear of the house, utilising the additional space in the Orangery which opens up off the new kitchen.
We were so pleased with the extension that we have since used TVW to replace our other windows and doors and are equally satisfied.
One of the significant advantages of a glass roof extension is it will allow the maximum amount of natural light to flood the extension, and adjoining rooms, with daylight. An essential benefit in properties in Berkshire, Surrey and Hampshire for an extension on a north-facing area! If you are interested in a modern glass roof extension, contact us online so we can discuss your project.
You may also be interested in reading our blog articles ‘What is the difference between a Conservatory and an Orangery?‘ or ‘Bifold doors Cost and Benefits‘.
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