How glass can transform a home

Whether you’re thinking of adding an extra dimension to your existing property or you’re in the process of planning that exciting new-build development that could transform your lives, there are many ways that glass can help you push the boundaries of design conventions, way beyond the basic structure of the building.

You might immediately think windows when we say glazing, but there are so many different types of glazing options that can give your property a unique identity in a genuinely cost-effective manner.

Stunning glazing systems are not just restricted to homes you see on Grand Designs, at Urban & Grey we’ve been helping homeowners across London and the Home Counties make their dreams a reality using the following types of structures:

Walk-on glass floorlights

If your family requires additional space at home but you don’t have the space to extend outwards, basement renovations are proving particularly popular for urban residents in major cities such as London. It’s a space that you may have simply used in the past for storage, but it could actually become a new bedroom or living space with the right design features to support it.

We specify walk-on glass floorlights suitable for flooring above basements, encouraging natural light to flow into the room below whilst being exceptionally pleasing to the eye and able to withstand the weight and pressure of being regularly stood on.

Aluminium sliding glass doors

If you have a perfectly placed living room or area to benefit from stunning external views of your garden or countryside, aluminium sliding doors can provide the perfect bridge between your beautiful interiors and exteriors.

The benefit of using aluminium sliding doors is that the framework is strong and durable enough to hold glass panes of heights approaching three metres – providing living space with an abundance of natural daylight, making even modest-sized rooms feel more spacious.

Curtain walling

We’re more than capable of taking glazed structures to the next level – quite literally – with our spectacular aluminium curtain wall systems, suitable for small and large multi-storey buildings. Imagine a wall that’s literally all glass – it provides almost limitless design freedom, with unique shapes and structures possible to create bespoke glass living spaces that surpass Building Regulations with ease.

You don’t need to worry about curtain walling creating a greenhouse effect internally either: our systems can be glazed with solar control glass and also feature excellent thermal efficiency in the colder months.

Fixed and opening rooflights

If you’ve always fancied turning one of your flat rooftops into a more useful, habitable space, we can specify electronically-operated opening rooflights that can have a dual purpose of providing direct roof access and ventilation into interiors below. There’s also the added bonus that, if you want a roof access skylight to create a rooftop balcony area, your interiors below will also benefit from increased natural light.

This type of design feature can transform previously out of reach areas, adding immediate value to properties and increased floor space to enjoy without the need for an extension.

Glass box structures

Forget a dated conservatory, why not go the whole hog and build a glass box extension for your home? With all four walls of uninterrupted glass you’ll allow natural light to flood into the space and also create a striking architectural statement for your property that really sets it apart from the rest of the neighbourhood.

A glass box structure can be equally as subtle if necessary; it could sit in the corner of a room or above connecting walkway areas, the choice really is yours.

And remember: if you have a desire to use aluminium glazing to create a structure that’s entirely unique to your property that you’ve not seen on our website, please don’t hesitate to contact our friendly and experienced sales team who will be able to discuss your needs in greater detail and provide an accurate quote for your home’s next exciting glazing project.