This 1930s home saw the addition of a large steel-glazed rear extension. The family was fast outgrowing the limited space available to them and was looking to open up additional space for the children to use. The extension took the shape of a light-filled glass box, with an indoor balcony looking out over the garden and a spacious, modern kitchen space below.
Structural steel glazing was used to create the walls of the new extension, with two steel-framed structural glass doors integrated within the structure to allow access to the garden outside. On the upper floor, a large frameless glass rooflight floods the new children’s play area with more light from above, helping to create a positive space to relax and spend time.
The extension respected the style and form of the original 1930s building. Artisan steel glazing was chosen as the main material for the extension in order to tie into the historic, industrial-style feel of the home, while simultaneously creating a dramatic contrast between the dark metal frames and the warmer tones of the original brick walls. Throughout the interior, the industrial theme continued in the form of the aged steel-framed staircase and the smooth concrete style flooring.
The tall garden wall running the perimeter of the house was integrated into the extension to create a clear link between the two sections of the property. The exposed bricks of the original wall were preserved as one of the double-height walls making up the glass extension, seamlessly blending the modern and the old together.
Using double-height structural walls and an open plan interior allowed the homeowners to create a dramatic, light-filled living space. Vertical and horizontal steel glazing bars were applied to the glass walls, creating a traditional crosshatched art deco aesthetic, while still leaving large glazed elevations that allowed the natural light to flow uninterrupted into the new, modern living spaces.
Using applied glazing bars also ensures the highest level of thermal insulation possible, as they don’t interfere with the thermally broken steel outer frames. The full thermal break is a particularly important aspect of the chosen glazing, as it prevents any condensation building up on the internal face of the glass, as well as helping to regulate the internal temperature of the extended living spaces throughout the year.