Architects at 4D Studio are currently working in London NW6 on the design proposals for a minimalist two storey glass extension to maximise views and light.
The upper floor is set 1m away from the adjoining boundary in order to safeguard rights of light of the neighbouring ground floor window whilst the lower ground floor extends much further , providing space for the bedroom as well as an outside balcony area to the upper floor.
Stairs from the upper level lead to a paved seating area, set at a mid-level between the lower ground floor level and the existing garden level.
This two storey glass extension uses reinforced panes of glass. Panes of up to six by three metres can be used as building blocks held together using tough silicon resin to create frameless structures with unbroken views of the garden.
The success of a glass extension relies entirely on using the best possible glass with high-performance coatings to help the rooms stay cool in summer.
Using the best possible glass is essential for both safety and efficiency, reinforced gas-filled double glazing with heat- reflective coatings will make the difference between a baking hot glass box and an enjoyable living space.
Building solely with large glass panes is expensive so , but to keep control of the budget we propose using smaller panes and ultra-thin, low-profile frames.
The glass extension will not only increase useable space but it will bringing the garden into the living areas, flood the ground and first floors with natural light and giving this home an extra-special selling point.