Extending your home by building outside can have a significant impact on your property’s curb appeal when it comes time to list your house on the market, with conservatories, patios and other extensions making a more striking statement than interior renovation projects. However, extensions can sometimes be a costly business, so you should consider the decision carefully to make sure extending your home will truly be a cost-effective investment.
Not all properties are equally well suited to extensions, and if you have a smaller garden, extensions could intrude on the available space and end up impairing your home’s value in the eyes of potential buyers. It’s also important to make sure the type of extension you choose is suited to your home’s style and design features, which involves considering the types of materials used. One versatile option is glass extensions, which are highly effective for creating a contemporary appearance and can also be suitable for traditional properties, due to their clear lines.
If you’re planning on using your extension to enjoy fresh air and sunlight without exposing yourself to the elements, glass extensions can be an ideal solution, as well as offering a greater sense of visual space compared to wooden conservatories and patios. Glass extensions can allow you to make the most of natural sunlight in your home, as well as offering unrestricted views of your garden.
If you are considering a glass extension though, it’s imperative to choose high quality glass products to minimise the risk of the panes becoming damaged and requiring glass repairs. There are now many options available for home glass, including toughened glass products for extra durability and to improve security, as well as tinted glass to reduce UV exposure and make your extension a safer environment for sunbathing and relaxation.
If you’re worried about your glass extension overheating in the hot summer months, you could benefit from installing insulated glass to reduce heat transmission and allow your extension to retain more cool air without having to overrun your air conditioner. Insulated glass is created by fixing two similarly sized panes of glass together, with an insulating air pocket in-between that can also reduce noise transmission from outside.
Glass extensions and other outbuildings can be attractive and worthwhile investments in your property’s future, as long as you use quality products and professional installation. It’s also important to pay special attention to how the buildings fit in with the existing style of your home.