Architectural glazing inspiration for your rear extension

We are blown away every day by the stunning extension's we see with the most amazing architectural glazing. Over the past decade, large sliding and bifold doors have become a must for many rear extension. We are now seeing some amazing glazing that sit alongside these doors, or as an alternative, to make an extension even more striking.

We have rounded up some of our very favourite architectural glazing features in rear extensions, giving you some fabulous inspiration.


Stunning glazed wall and roof

Extension by Ask My Architect

You may not want a full glass extension but there are so many ways to bring an abundance of light into your kitchen extension. This extension has a stunning glazed wall and ceiling which works so well with the bifold doors. 

Windows in the roof can bring in up to 3 times the amount of light than a standard vertical window, so this is a great way to brighten up your space whilst creating a striking feature.


Slim floor to ceiling windows

Beautiful extension by backtobrick on Instagram

The style of this extension is in-keeping with this period home but with a modern twist, thanks to the fabulous glazing. 

The bifold doors are smart but what we love the most are the slim floor to ceiling windows in the lounge area of the open plan kitchen. The glazing cleverly defines the separate zones of the open plan space, with the bifold doors at the eating area and the tall windows at the lounge. The windows look so smart from the outside whilst also allowing so much light inside the open plan living space too.

This is one of our favourite accounts on Instagram, so check it out for renovation inspiration!


Double pitched roof with feature glazing

Extension by TW10 Architects

This rear extension is so wonderful in this home. The double pitched roof allows so much height in the kitchen and the architectural glazing used really makes it stand out. 

We love the triangle window above the bifold doors which is framed by the chunky steel. The slim floor to ceiling door is also very practical and looks fantastic in the kitchen area. 

Inside, there are the most amazing frameless skylights which maximise the light in the kitchen and give this extension the wow factor. 


Slim frame casement window and door

Windows by IQ Glass

It might be that you don't have the space for bifold doors, or you simply want something a bit different. The slim frame casement door and window works perfectly in the rear extension of this period property. 

The floor to ceiling height makes them a real feature and we love how the door and window each define a different part of the kitchen. 

What's also fabulous about these doors is the colour which works so well with the period property and isn't too imposing.


Fabulous Crittall style doors with a sky light

Extension by Zulufish

Crittall style doors are such a popular trend and look great on both period and modern properties. We adore these doors and windows in this extension, letting so much light in whilst being such a feature in this dining area. 

The frameless skylight works so well with the doors and the size lets so much light in too.


Glazed side return and large sliding windows

Stunning extension by this_e17_life on Instagram

We love these huge sliding windows which have the fabulous window seat, perfect for connecting the inside with the garden in the summer months. But we also would like to sit here in the winter looking out to the garden!

Side returns are perfect in period properties and give just a little more width to the kitchen that can make a huge difference. The glazed roof and the door leading to the garden works so well and makes the space feel so much bigger.

This is another fabulous account, so check it out if you are on Instagram!


Gable windows above bifold doors


Windows and doors by the Home Hub Group

If you are fortunate enough to have a high ceiling, then gable windows look fabulous above bifold doors. This extension is perfect and we love the large windows on either side of the extension too.

If you don't have quite so much height, then you can choose smaller windows above the bifold doors - they just look so interesting and add a bit of character too.

Published: September 11, 2019

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