A recent article in Real Homes includes expert insight provided by Melanie Clear, Founder and Managing Director of Clear Architects. The feature, ‘How to plan and design a glass extension’ is packed with project inspiration and top tips on how to create your own stunning glazed addition.
Navigating the planning process can be one of the most complex aspects of developing an eye-catching glazed extension, and Melanie’s expert advice provides readers with a valuable insight on how to get this aspect of the project right.
She says: “Planners like glass extensions to bridge connections between architectural styles or to add to a home with a very dominant existing style. Conservation officers also like the visible difference between traditional architecture and modern glass.”
Melanie also provides practical advice when it comes to assessing whether the new glazed structure will work alongside your existing home. She says: “Consider the age of the property and the type of use the glass extension will have. For example, a south-facing glass extension will receive more sun, and so risks becoming very hot inside. A north-facing extension with underfloor heating can be a nice, light addition to a dwelling.”
The article includes an image of Clear Architects’ Coborn House, a stunning conversion scheme that involved the transformation of a dilapidated Victorian warehouse into two stylish homes. As part of the project, a sliding glass roof box was developed to offer occupants access to the outdoor terrace. This striking element forms a private outdoor zone. Plus, clever design ensures the structure doesn’t go against the guidelines stipulated as a result of the building’s position in a Conservation Area. Glazing for the scheme cost approximately £29,700.
Sensitive design and a thorough appreciation of a property’s unique characteristics and setting form an important part of Clear Architects’ ethos. Also situated in a Conservation Area, Woodford Road is another good example of the practice’s carefully considered design approach to homes with additional planning constraints.