Adding cost effective space to your home

24th May 2016

Conservatory Brand New Glazed Extension

Adding cost effective space to your home


Is your home creaking at the seams? A lifetime of your own ‘stuff’ now vying for space with your kids’ collection of soft toys?


Craig Smith, Owner Copperfield Windows, tells us why a little lateral thought could save you thousands!


With a growing family space can very easily become a premium. And it’s not just the things that we have which can make life become uncomfortably cosy. We’re changing the way that we live our lives.


The kitchen is the heart of the home. We use our kitchens all the time. Not only to prepare meals but to socialise with family and friends, work and often just unwind after a busy day.


That’s why according to a recent survey by market research company Bilendi, of the 14% of UK households that are currently considering home improvements, 36% were planning a new kitchen, while 34% wanted a home extension.


Extensions are expensive. A small extension can start from around £1,500/m2. With the larger extensions ranging higher than £70,000 plus. 


That’s where a little thought can pay off. Glazed extensions bring space and light into your home but do so at the fraction of the cost of a extension.


They’re built around a conservatory frame but feature brick-work pillars and internal boxing to create a much more substantial feel. At the same time they throw more light back into your property, providing a flow and connection between the original house and your new living space.


A good example is the LivinRoom. This adds an internal steel work ladder system to the eaves and glazing bar positions of a classic glazed roof. This is the foundation for a screwed to steel plasterboard framework, which forms the basis of a ‘traditional’ internal plaster ‘soffit’ perimeter ceiling. 


They’re suitable for a wide variety of uses from kitchens, to gyms and playrooms. The addition of bi-folding or inline sliding patio doors, also provides a great flow out to your garden, seamlessly connecting indoor and outdoor spaces. 


Things to think about:


  • Take time to understand how your new extension will work with the rest of your property. Will it make existing rooms dark and uninviting? A glazed extension will throw light back into your property.


  • How do you intend to use the room? Carefully map and plan your space. If you’re intending to use your hybrid conservatory as a kitchen, think carefully about how you’re going to use it and the placement of large features like islands.


  • How is your extension going to connect to the space outside? It’s not just about decking and paving but how your room opens up onto the landscape beyond. Bi-fold and inline sliding doors are a great way of maximising space by opening up your room to the outdoors.  How will this impact on your design?


  • Your supplier – it’s a big investment and one you’re going to have to live not only in but with! Work with an accredited and trusted supplier who will make time to understand your design ideas and help turn them into a reality.


Copperfield offers a complete range of conservatory options and we can support you through the whole process from concept design to delivery.

For more information, please don’t hesitate to email me on or call a member of our team on 02476 452688.

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