November 10, 2014

Create a Roof Terrace

Written by Rebecca Clayton

a rear view of a double height glass side infill extension in London
Ashley_Road_Walton_on_Thames_3a Glass balustrades above a single storey extension in Walton on Thames

Whether you want to create an external space above a single storey extension or revamp a high-level roof terrace, glazing always plays an important part in the design and feasibility of such outside renovations.

On many occasions, planning officials will not want the addition of this external balcony or terrace area to compromise the appearance of the building, in these cases, the use of frameless glass balustrades is a perfect way to appease the requirements of the planning department.

These frameless glass installations are invisible, creating a clear, unobtrusive safety barrier that doesn’t affect the appearance of the building or extension design.

Sliding_Roof_Box Automatically sliding roof access box in Grove Park

On a recent single storey extension project in Walton on Thames IQ Glass designed a full installation of low iron glass balustrades to sit above the new extension. These structural glass barriers helped create an attractive external roof terrace and balcony for the first-floor master bedrooms but did not change the overall appearance of the new addition.

On higher, more compact city buildings roof terraces are becoming more popular. External gardens or patio areas, no matter how small, are a lucrative addition to homes in cities such as London where external space is scarce.

The roof terrace at IQ Glass showroom The roof terrace at IQ Glass showroom

Here, as well as the use of invisible glass balustrades, roof access is usually the main issue. Automated roof glazing is a compact and visually unobtrusive way to provide access to these roof terraces without compromising natural light to the below stairwell or rooms. In Grove Park IQ Glass designed and installed this automatic sliding roof box, providing access to the new roof terrace whilst maintaining light to the central staircase.

When extending upwards to create a roof terrace or balcony there are various ways in which you can minimise the impact on the building and maintain the comfort of below living areas. See our online Pinterest board ‘Create a Roof Terrace’ to get more inspiration.

Contact IQ Glass today to find out more information regarding creating your own invisible roof terrace

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Or arrange an appointment to visit us at our interactive architectural glass showroom

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