Connecting Your Home to the Outdoors

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Connecting Your Home to the Outdoors

Instead of the usual brick-and-mortar extensions, homeowners are opting for light and modern glass extensions. We look at the new design trend and how KBSA member, EKCO Lifestyle, is excelling in demonstrating this luxurious home addition.

These extensions are typically made of high-quality glass panels that are reinforced with steel or aluminium frames for added strength and durability. Floor-to-ceiling windows, bi-fold doors, skylights, and orangeries can also achieve some of the benefits that glass extensions have to offer. Whether you want a bright and airy living room, a spacious dining room or a stunning kitchen, having a glass extension will create a more open and inviting living space.

Advances in glass technology offer excellent insulation properties, making it possible for larger expanses of glass and well-insulting frames to keep your new living space at a comfortable temperature all year round, without the worry of higher energy bills. Thermal heated glass and solar control glazing can be installed to achieve the temperature balance when there are variations in outdoor temperatures.

Often rear extensions can leave the centre of the house feeling dark, but with a glass extension, you can enjoy an abundance of natural light. Opening up your living space to build a greater connection to your outdoor spaces will not only leave your home feeling bigger and brighter, but uninterrupted views of the outdoors also help to improve your mood and well-being.

Further ways to transform your living space is to continue flagstones from your patio to your glass extension to create a seamless transition between the interior and exterior which works particularly well with glass-box kitchens. For properties wanting an outdoor kitchen, using similar materials to your indoor kitchen and installing the same height worktops indoors as well as outdoors make create an indoor-outdoor continuity.

EKCO Livingston have been designing and installing luxury kitchens, bathrooms, doors, windows, extensions and garden rooms for more than 20 years. They’ve also been successful in winning some of KBSA’s Awards including Best Kitchen Designer (under £25k), Young Designer of the Year and Bathroom Design, showcasing that they know what’s best in home designs.

Some of the glass extension work they have completed has given homeowners additional dining space as well as garden rooms, a stylish alternative to a summer house or conservatory. Some of their other projects include installing floor-to-ceiling bi-folding doors in kitchens, living rooms and bedrooms to achieve a greater connection to the outdoors.

EKCO believe that your home should be a reflection of your personality, so our team of experts will work with you every step of the way to create a space you’ll love. You can rest assured that quality is evident in everything they do, to deliver a project that will give your home the wow factor.

With summer coming up, a glass extension living space would become a popular place to spend time in to soak up all the sun. But you’ll also be able to enjoy your new extension all year round, from watching the first signs of spring starting to bud to watching flowers bloom to summer. You’ll be able to watch your garden transform from shades to greens to golds in autumn and stargaze on a clear winter’s night, with the added benefit of being able to watch the stars in the warmth.

If you’re considering getting a glass extension, here are some points to discuss with your architect:

  • Will I need planning permission? Check with your local planning authority before starting any work
  • Talk about how your privacy could be affected
  • What do you want to achieve from your new living space?
  • What drainage system will need to be installed?

Find out more about our Glass Extensions, Canopies and Rooms here, or visit our sister company SpaceKube.

If you would like to visit our showroom, you can find us here. Contact EKCO on 01506 857007 and our team will help you create your dream glass structure.


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How to utilise your glass extension

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Utilising your glass extension

Got your eye on a sleek glass extension but unsure how to make the most of it? With our 20 years+ expertise, EKCO can help you unlock the full potential of your new space.

Glass extensions offer endless possibilities. Whether it’s a space for unwinding after a long day at work or planning a lively gathering with friends and family, a glass extension is the perfect setting for unforgettable moments.

  1. Indoor Garden:  Do you enjoy gardening but seem to be blessed with the rainy Scottish weather majority of the year? Transform your glass extension into an indoor garden with vibrant plants and flowers, allowing you to you can enjoy the feeling no matter the weather. Not only will you love it, but your plant will love it too!
  2. Dining Area:  Set up a charming dining space where you and your family can enjoy a lovely meal together. Or are you the someone who loves to host? Utilise this space to host brunches or dinners while you all bathe in the warm glow of natural sunlight.
  3. Cosy Reading Nook: Do you enjoy reading? A glass extension is a perfect area of the home to create a comfy corner with plush chairs and soft blankets where you can curl up with a good book and soak in the views of the changing seasons.
  4. Entertainment Hub: Big on watching TV, movies, or gaming? Treat yourself to a big screen and surround sound for the ultimate movie nights or game days, all while feeling connected to the outdoors.
  5. Art Studio: Are you an artist? If so, a glass extension is the perfect space to create an inspiring studio where you can paint or craft while surrounded by the beauty of nature.
  6. Home Office: Tired of feeling uninspired in a dull, enclosed workspace? It’s time to break free from those four walls and embrace a brighter, more energising environment! Working in a bright and airy space will keep you motivated and energised throughout the day, with plenty of natural light to boost your productivity.
  7. Home Gym: The light and spacious feel offered by a fully glazed extension works perfectly for a home gym. Look out across views of your garden or the countryside beyond while you’re pounding the treadmill and you’ll almost feel like you’re going for an outdoor run. Using your glass extension as a home gym will add a wellbeing dimension to your workout that means you’re looking after both body and mind

With EKCOs guidance, you’ll effortlessly transform your garden space into a versatile space that suits your lifestyle and enhances the look of your home. Say goodbye to dull interiors and hello to a bright and inviting space that you’ll never want to leave!

Reach out to us today on 01506 857007 or visit us at our showroom in Uphall, West Lothian to see our Solarlux glass extensions for yourself. Let’s bring your vision to life!


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