Modern Outdoor living

18th January 2017

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Inspired To Give Your Home That Modern Outdoor Living Feel ?

Hard Brexit it is then. Well it certainly looks that way, so while we wait to see what impact this will have on our little Island, uncertainty will likely continue.

All this considered there is still a healthy appetite for carrying out home improvements especially creating modern open plan living spaces. This is understandable really as providing a better environment for the family is always an incentive and spending money on the home is still viewed as a good investment.

The likes of Grand Designs magazine are full of projects that will give you plenty of design ideas and inspiration. The case studies have details of the materials used and give cost guides normally £’s per M2, so this might help give you an idea of what to expect or may just scare the life out of you!


Things To Consider When Thinking About Your Project

There are many aspects to think of when embarking on a building project and you can be forgiven for fast forwarding to the interesting bits such as which lighting to go for, the flooring type and where to put the L shaped sofa.

A well designed extension or conversion means that the brief has been adhered to, so start off by finding out what you really want and then let the designers get to work. You will begin to see what is possible and then in most cases what the budget will allow! is a great resource for design ideas with projects being posted by architects, contractors and homeowners, so worth taking a look.

Many extensions and conversions can be carried out under permitted development but that does depend on the house type, intended location and garden size.

Planning permission may be needed and a designer who is experienced in submitting plans for properties in your area will be best placed to help with this.

Building regulations will need to be conformed to and topics such as party wall agreement may come up even if the property is detached, depending on the boundary and proximity to neighbouring properties.

Do your research and make contact with the Architects and contractors that you like the look of and start getting quotes for the work. You are relying on these professionals to help guide you through the various hoops involved when embarking on a project such as this, so take your time before engaging their services.

Lots of things to consider but if a structure is well designed and soundly constructed, then it will provide you with the increased living and entertaining space that will almost certainly add value to your home, and who wouldn’t want that! Now where is that L shaped sofa going to go…

Installation of Black Aluminium Bi Fold Doors in Leigh On Sea

Below is a recently completed extension that has been a fantastic addition to a large detached character property in Leigh-on-Sea in Essex. The modern and traditional aspects of the house fit together perfectly and the new structure is quite minimalist but with some Cedar cladding to the flat roof that adds some warmth and detail. The main contractor Matt Meakin builders asked us to liaise with the client to source a suitable glazing solution to provide the look and function that was required. The client wanted large door openings and slim frames that would provide maximum glass areas but with a ‘Deco’ period style.




The profile that we used was a Steel replacement system in Black aluminium by Smart systems. The horizontal astragal bars divide the glazing to give the effect specified by the client with slim outer frames. The double doors are energy efficient and high security locking and we specified rebated low threshold allowing a seamless transition between inside and out. The doors open out directly out on to the polished concrete patio that leads down to the seating and entertaining space.

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Modern Extension Using Aluminium Bifold Doors in Chalkwell, Essex


bifolds kitchen extension


This is an open plan kitchen and living space and in this situation we were asked to provide Bi-folding doors and windows in a sleek aluminium finish along with a roof lantern to capture additional natural light into the dining area.

The doors fold back to create a large open area where the lounge and outside terrace merge providing a wonderful area to socialise and enjoy.

Aluminium products in Anthracite grey finish from

The roof lantern is an Ultra-sky model from Ultra-frame.


If you would like more information or any advice with regards to glazing and extensions please do not hesitate to get in contact with us.

Thanks for reading.


Rayleigh Glass Double Glazing Director Matthew Evans

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