The Ridgeway

A contemporary rear extension to modernise the detached property.

This Hertfordshire-based home expanded its useable space and modernised the property when it constructed a glass box extension. The contemporary rear extension allows indoor and outdoor areas to be merged, whilst other slim framed glazing elements allow floods of natural light to flow into the home.

The glass box extension utilised slim framed sliding door systems in an opening corner configuration, creating a floating corner effect. The sliding glass doors have exceptionally slim sightlines from just 19mm, granting uninterrupted views of the manicured lawn from inside the new space.

Within the extension, sliding window systems have been specified in the same sliding design as the oversized glass doors for a uniform finish. The panoramah! minimal sliding window systems are perfect for implementing a cohesive finish throughout the highly glazed living room.

In the same RAL colour as the sliding windows and doors, slim framed casement windows can be seen on both floors of the expansive home. Frameless rooflights allow even more natural light to bounce through the dining and living areas, offering clear sky views at night. As well as frameless rooflights, an automated rooflight has been specified to add ventilation whilst maintaining the most minimal design.

To the left of the glass box extension, a home gym and pool area use slim framed bifolding doors from the Sieger range to create an indoor-outdoor style of living. The bi-folding doors, when slid open, reveal a completely open aperture which is perfect for enjoying an indoor-outdoor swimming experience when the weather permits.

Another set of slim framed sliding doors link the internal living space to the pool area, allowing the light and views to remain clear and unobstructed. The sliding glass doors from the Sieger range are perfect for separating different climates, thanks to the thermally broken profiles. All glazing within the pool area was specified with a marine-grade finish, to ensure the longevity of the aluminium systems in these harsher conditions.

Where the house has been extended into the garden, the ceiling height differs and clerestory windows have been used to fill the space. The addition of these slim framed windows helps merge old and new elements, enhancing the natural light flow further. On the first floor, another set of sliding doors grant access to a balcony area. Finished in the same colour, the sliding glass door works in harmony with the window systems used across the rear elevation.

The traditional architecture has been greatly enhanced by the addition of modern glazing systems, whilst the original character of the home remains undisturbed. All glazing systems, from bifolding doors to sliding windows, are fully thermally broken to achieve comfortable living temperatures all year round. ­­