Whilst the current cold weather might not make us feel like it, Spring is actually not that far away. With thoughts turning to our gardens and preparing for the change of season, we’re still very much thinking of the connection between our homes and gardens, particularly so during this continued period of Lockdown.
If last year taught us one thing, from the perspective of our homes, it highlighted the importance of our living space. So here are 6 inspirational home extension ideas, to help provide a feeling of better days ahead.
Modern orangeries are a mixture of style, comfort, functionality and year round enjoyment. Typically designed as a single storey rear extension, a contemporary orangery can open up the back of your home to your garden, with bi-fold or sliding doors blurring the lines between indoor and out.
Open plan areas can be formed which are the type of multi-functional living spaces that remain both on trend and in demand.
Re-thinking an Oak Framed Extension
Oak is such a wonderfully evocative and rustic material for creating eye-catching extensions. An oak framed garden room can provide a natural and traditional looking extension to your property.
Why not give it a contemporary twist, by adding painted timber doors and windows? This chic and stylish orangery design, shown above, successfully mixes a feeling of old and new, with the beautiful tones of the oak offset by the grey painted joinery.
Two Storey Townhouse Extension
Urban properties can often present a challenge when it comes to extending to create more space. The more compact nature of these homes and their gardens mean an experienced and creative design brief is required.
This double storey orangery extension helps connect the basement and ground floor, of this London townhouse, with the garden area. It simultaneously creates additional living space on both floors by re-locating the stairs.
Whilst this type of glazed extension has become less popular in recent years, as the versatility of an orangery or garden room has tended to dominate, there is something about the visual elegance and ambience created by a classically designed conservatory (shown above right).
Imagine sitting back on your favourite sofa and watching the sun go down.
Freestanding Garden Room
If your home does not lend itself to an extension but you are fortunate enough to have plenty of garden space, how about a freestanding orangery or garden room?
A relaxing space to get away from it all or the ideal environment for a home office: what’s not to like?
Minimalist Garden Room
Finally, bespoke designs can be tailored to suit almost requirement and complement the surrounding environment, whether city centre or period rural home.
This modern interpretation of a garden room (above right) really cuts a dash, with full height glazing and bi-fold doors the defining features.
So that’s 6 inspirational ideas to extend your home, from contemporary orangeries to classic conservatories.
Which one’s your favourite?