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zimzam Fri 10-Feb-12 13:48:00

Has anyone had a glass extension done e.g. a 'glass box/cube' or similar? I'm trying to decide between a modern orangery with a roof lantern etc. (safe option) or a completely glazed roof and wall (we only have one wall to glaze i.e. it would only be 2 sides of the 'cube' (cool modern option!).
Any tips, recommendations or points to make for or against??

Rhubarbgarden Fri 10-Feb-12 13:59:26

I'd go for a glass box. I love them. We were going to do one but the costs of the rest of the renovation escalated so it got sacrificed, sadly.

minipie Fri 10-Feb-12 16:08:55

How much do your neighbours overlook you? I think glass cubes look great but our neighbours behind us have one and it's like a goldfish bowl, we can see everything they are doing (not that we watch them, honest grin). An orangery type design would give them a lot more privacy.

londonlottie Fri 10-Feb-12 16:24:09

We have neighbours with one too and they have complained constantly about it being like a greenhouse all year round - it is south facing and just too hot to be inside. I don't know if theirs was done particularly badly but they also get standing water on it. I had an architect come and visit yesterday and she told me she'd been round to their place recently as they were desperate for her to help Do Something about the glass box. Looks pretty but...

ogredownstairs Fri 10-Feb-12 17:48:09

We have one - our kitchen's in it. DH's idea, designed by an architect etc. Not sure I'd do it again. It looks lovely and is amazingly light but DH won't allow me to have blinds as it would 'compromise the architectural integrity' or something! Pros: light, great views of the garden. Looks amazing. You can see the stars! Cons: despite Swedish triple glazing and e-thingummy glass it is definitely colder in winter and hotter in summer than I am happy with. Not very private, especially without blinds. Have to get the roof cleaned at least twice a year. Underfloor heating and sliding doors which open all the way in summer help some way with temperature issues. If I was doing it again I'd tell DH where to put his trendy ideas and go for a more conventional orangery design with French windows and roof lights.

ogredownstairs Fri 10-Feb-12 17:49:47

Oh and the kids' paintings etc fade very quickly in the sunlight. We don't dare keep any books in there.

Jacaqueen Fri 10-Feb-12 21:26:41

I think they look stunning but they are definately a case of style over substance.

I also imagine it would be hard to live a normal family life in one. You would always want it to look tidy and pristine.

greyvix Sat 11-Feb-12 00:57:22

We have an orangery, with roof lantern, and love it. It is the warmest part of the house in this cold weather. It is a good temperature in the Summer, but the roof lantern does attract flies.....I don't know if glass cubes have the same effect.

zimzam Tue 14-Feb-12 12:55:11

greyvix, did you have an architect & builders or have a company who specialises in orangeries design & make it?

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sleepwhenidie Fri 19-Jun-15 11:39:36

We have one and absolutely love it, it is probably my favourite feature in our house. Our kitchen is in it too. No blinds and we aren't really overlooked (I guess neighbours above could lean out look down but tbh, kitchen activities not v exciting to watch anyway!)

sleepwhenidie Fri 19-Jun-15 11:41:20

Ours on a rainy day

sleepwhenidie Fri 19-Jun-15 11:44:15

Oh - and we compromised on a 'pure' glass box with architectural glass because it was horrendously expensive. The frame and French doors at the end, with glass roof (and our extravagance, the glass beams) were the compromise.

prepperpig Fri 19-Jun-15 11:46:19

We have a large glass roof. Its lovely but be prepared for lots of regular (and expensive) cleaning.

sleepwhenidie Fri 19-Jun-15 11:59:41

agreed prepper smile

SqueezyCheeseWeasel Fri 19-Jun-15 12:03:14

This is a 3 year old thread originally bumped by spammers. I suspect the OP has made their decision by now wink

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