Glazing is one of the most exciting elements that make up a space, particularly when it is in the roof. This feature demonstrates how we have creatively found solutions to accommodate our clients’ budgets and aesthetic preferences.
On this particular property in Fulham, SW6 we have created a ‘fine stitched’ modern glass roof. It is predominantly frameless with the exception of structural silicone joints that connect the large glass panels. The slick clean lines of the roof work really well to compliment the traditional hand built kitchen and textured wooden floor. As the house is north facing, it was agreed right from the start that we would be using as much glass as possible in order to transfer the maximum amount of light into what was a dark kitchen space.
This large glass sky light uses a similar system to the previous glass roof example however as the glass is inset within a sky light the installation and co-ordination is much simpler and therefore makes this a much more cost effective alternative.
For smaller openings we can use single panels of glass creating internally frameless sky lights. These can span up to 3m in length before needing to be split, in which case we revert to stitching the glass together with structural silicone joints as demonstrated in the previous example. Whilst this solution looks fantastic during the day, at night it can become a large dark spot. In this example we have come up with a creative strip lighting solution which illuminates the whole area at night. It draws attention and enhances it as a real feature within the room.
When the width of the roof opening exceeds 1.20m then additional supporting framework will be required. A cost effective way for structurally supporting the glass is to use aluminium framework as shown in this extension. Aesthetically this framework is distinctive and offers a more industrial look.
Here in this glass roof we have glazed panels fitted in traditional hard wooden frame. They offer a much more traditional style of extension than structural glazed alternatives.
This looks great and is a much more delicate looking roof however equally this structural glazing is an expensive option. In this example we have used clever lighting detail to help enhance the beautiful glass roof as a feature.