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A Guide to Kitchen Extensions with Skylights

Whether due to building restrictions, the design of your house, or privacy concerns, it’s not always possible to use windows to bring natural light into your space. That’s where skylights and roof lights are so effective, opening your room up to the sky for plenty of natural light through the seasons. Here’s a guide to the benefits of having an extension with skylights added to your home, from London’s leading custom home design and construction company.

The Benefits of High-quality Skylights in a Kitchen or Living Room Extension

  • Energy efficiency – By bringing in natural sunlight, skylights and rooflights decrease your reliance on artificial lighting. Because you don’t have to keep lighting on in your home throughout the day, your energy bills will naturally decrease.
  • Permissions – You don’t need any planning permission to install skylights and rooflights. Simply follow the permitted development rights for your property and your project can go ahead.
  • Spaciousness – Like a window or glazed door, skylights naturally make your space feel bigger and more open. Even in smaller spaces, a few well-placed skylights can transform it from cramped – to comfortable.
  • Cost-effective – Skylights are much more affordable than many people realise, especially if you are choosing standard sizes. The impact on the spaciousness and lighting of the space makes these a more than worthwhile investment.
  • Visually appealing – Skylights and rooflights can add considerable impact to the overall design of your extension, becoming a high-impact feature as well as a functional addition.
  • Versatile – Your skylights can be installed on flat or pitched roofs with ease, can be standard or custom-made, and can be placed in almost any area of your extension’s roof.

Of course, when it comes to skylights and roof lights, quality is everything. The best skylights have thick, high insulation glazing to keep your home warm, are fully waterproof against the rain, and exceptionally durable to cope with wind, hail, and snow. A good-quality skylight, like the ones installed by the Plus Rooms team, last a lifetime, are maintenance-free, and weathertight.

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Extension with Skylight in Surrey, London

Flat Roof Kitchen Extension with Eye-catching Skylights

Flat roofs like the one in this Surrey home kitchen extension are ideal for skylights, creating a modern, bold ceiling design that brings the art deco property to life. With so much natural light, you can experiment with deep, rich colours without making the space feel small. The symmetry of the three skylights echoes the design of the three doors into the garden and the three beams across the ceiling, showing how skylights can enhance a home’s design and become a true feature.

Extension with Skylight in Camberwell, London

A Glazed Delight of Natural Light

This Camberwell side return kitchen extension uses glazing to create a modern yet homey industrial aesthetic, with the design of the skylights enhancing the black-frame doors and windows. To maximise light into this narrow terrace property and make it feel as spacious as possible, almost the entire pitched roof of the side return is a skylight – one large, bold skylight and a custom-designed triangular skylight to complete the extension and enhance what would’ve been an awkward corner.

Extension with Skylight in Tooting, London

Wraparound Skylights Bring in the Sun, Moon, and Stars

In this Tooting home, skylights are again used as a design feature as well as a means of bringing in natural light and warmth. By using them along both sides of the pitched roof wraparound extension, it creates a feeling of elegance, simplicity, and openness. With so much glazing, enhanced by the full rear wall of bifold doors and glazing in the apex of the roof’s pitch, the vaulted room has volume and light as well as a strong connection with the garden.

Extension with Skylight in Wandsworth, London

Function, Flow, and Light

This Wandsworth home shows just how essential skylights and the right design is to make a smaller home reach its full and most comfortable potential. The pitched roof side return includes three large skylights that ensure the long ground floor is flooded with natural light, creating spaciousness, and bringing warmth into the home. In this project, you can truly see the impact that a cost-effective investment in skylights can have on a small property.

Extension with Skylight in Sydenham, London

Light and Warmth in Keeping with Character

Skylights also work well with character homes when they are installed as part of a thoughtful kitchen extension. This Sydenham home’s L-shaped kitchen extension looks like a natural addition to the property yet features four large skylights to flood the new space with warmth and light. From outside, the skylights are invisible, but indoors they form a modern feature that balances and harmonises with the exposed brick, parquet flooring, and supporting beam.

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Bespoke Kitchen Extension Design and Construction for Your Home

Plus Rooms is a leading design and construction firm in London that specialises in custom kitchen extensions, including kitchen extensions with skylights and rooflights. Our talented team will lead you through the process from start to finish, helping you get the best floorplan, features, and quality for your budget. Whether you want a home for entertaining, for family living, or your own enjoyment and investment purposes, we’re here to make that dream come true. In over 17 years we’ve helped over 1,400 homeowners transform their houses – contact us today, let’s see what we can do for you.

A Guide to Velux Windows in Kitchen Extensions

After space, the most important design consideration for a new kitchen is natural light! In the UK, a great design needs to balance light with good insulation and energy efficiency, ensuring that spaces are airy and bright while still staying warm during cooler months without causing a surge in electricity costs. And that’s why our bespoke extension design and construction team makes using Velux windows in kitchen extensions a priority.

The Benefits of Having a Kitchen Extension with Velux Windows

  • Security – No matter where you live, good home security is essential for your peace of mind. Velux windows are burglary resistant and have reinforced construction and integrated locks, keeping your home secure without the need for unsightly window bars and security gates.
  • Noise reducing – Due to their innovative, durable design and seals, these windows reduce noise from the street and surrounds, as well as weather-related noise. This keeps your kitchen and family living space peaceful and relaxing and makes them ideal for roof windows and skylights.
  • Maintenance-free – Maintenance is one of the biggest expenses that homeowners have to deal with, so it’s great to have products like Velux windows that are maintenance-free and waterproof. All they need is a simple wipe clean with a soft cloth.
  • Energy-efficient – The last thing you want is to make a compromise between natural light and heating expenses, which is why Velux windows are a great choice for roof windows and large-scale glazing. They are built with ThermoTechnology™, making them airtight and highly insulating while still allowing plenty of warmth and light into your space.
  • Smart capabilities – If you love tech and want to create a smart home, there are some interesting options from Velux to explore. This includes wireless control for windows and blinds, and rain sensors to alert you when windows need to be closed.

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Kitchen extension with Velux windows in Peckham, London.

Family Space Flooded with Natural Light

This Peckham kitchen extension involved a complete redesign of the ground floor to transform a cramped terrace into a free-flowing and light-filled family home. Here, large sliding doors at the rear and skylights along the side return ensure light flows from two sides of the space, bringing natural warmth and light into a dining, living and kitchen extension.

Kitchen extension with Velux windows in Mortlake, London.

Inside-outside Living in Mortlake
Our Mortlake home extension design project is all about expanding living space out from the terrace home into the garden, creating a space that is ideal for family life and entertaining. Volume and space are maximised with the addition of fully folding doors across the rear wall and watertight Velux windows across the side return, bringing light into the internal kitchen space.

Kitchen extension with Velux windows in Lime Grove, London.

Integrated Family Living in Lime Grove

In this design and construction project, this semi-detached Lime Grove home is able to realise its full potential for family living through its crown roof kitchen extension. With water and airtight Velux skylights and dual secure folding doors, the area has become a free-flowing and multifunctional space for living, dining, and entertaining, maximising beautiful views onto the garden.

Kitchen extension with Velux windows in Wimbledon, London.

Light-filled Kitchen in Wimbledon

With large-scale Velux windows running along the roof of a new side return, this Wimbledon kitchen extension gets plenty of natural light through all seasons. This love of natural light is expanded onto the rear of the extension, where folding doors open out into an enclosed patio, providing a space for indoor-outdoor entertaining in all weather without impacting the natural light inside the kitchen extension itself.

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Bespoke Design, Expertly Crafted Kitchen Extensions for London Homes

Our end-to-end design and construction team can show you how to transform your home and make it a warm, light-filled space your entire family can enjoy. Over the last 17 years, we have completed more than 1,400 bespoke construction projects in the London area, managing every project from the first designs, through construction, to the handover of the final result. Get in touch with our team today to see how we can transform your home.