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How to Open Up Your Space At Home

26th June 2020

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How To Open Up Your Space At Home 

If you have been spending more time at home with those that you love, you may find that you’ve been wishing you had a bigger house. If this is the case, you are not alone! 

When everyone is getting under each other’s feet and making more mess and noise than usual, trying to find peace a quiet can be a challenge.

That is why we’ve seen a huge increase in enquiries for conservatories, orangeries and extensions. More and more people are turning to Ultraframe to find a local installer to discuss their home extension requirements with. All Ultra Installers are inspected by Ultraframe, use high quality Ultraframe products, and have high standards of design and workmanship. 

Open Plan Conservatories

Ways to Add More Space

There are many ways to add space to your home that you can discuss with your local Ultra Installer.


Building a conservatory is a great way to add bright, light filled room to the back or side of your house. Glass technology has improved significantly, and modern conservatories no longer have issues with temperature fluctuations. 

With the right specification of glass in the roof, windows and doors your conservatory can be thermally efficient, and with modern conservatory enhancements like super-insulated columns, insulated pelmets and maybe a boundary wall a conservatory today can have the cosiness of a living room but retain the light and garden views of a traditional conservatory.

Glazed Extensions

A glazed extension is very similar to a conservatory with plenty of high-performance glass usually with a simpler roof shape vs the fancier Victorian and T-shapes glass conservatory roof of the past. 

Typically, a glazed extension will have a large set of bi-folding or sliding doors and a rectangular footprint. The roof may be totally glass or have large lanterns in a flat roof. Glazed extensions are the conservatories of today but have a much modern ‘grand designs’ appearance.


The word orangery dates back to large buildings built from stone pillars with plenty of light where orange trees were grown, often on large country houses. Orangeries today are much more popular on normal sized homes and a great way to add space. 

Orangeries have plenty of glass and natural light flooding through the roof, combined with columns and a ceiling perimeter pelmet for extra insulation. Traditional orangeries tend to have quite a lot of brick, maybe even a dwarf wall, whereas more contemporary orangery designs tend to have more full height glass and sliding or bi-fold doors.


An extension is usually built with a large amount of brick or solid materials in the walls and the roof, meaning there is often less natural light than a conservatory or orangery but often more wall space for cupboards, shelving or maybe a TV. Extension roofs are usually pitched with tiles that match the house or flat and lanterns or skylights are added to add an element of natural light. 

Solid Roof Conservatory Extension

Going Open Plan

No matter what type of space you are adding to your home, you will need to decide if you wish your new room to be opened up to the rest of the house, or whether you want there to be a door between the room and the rest of the house.

A key consideration when making the decision on whether to go open plan is how you are going to use the room. If you are looking for a larger shared space such as a kitchen diner then it would be practical to have an open plan room, however if you’re going to use the room as a study or as a relaxing getaway a door might be better. 

You also need to consider the thermal efficiency of your new room before you make the decision. If you open the room to the house your new space must be able to maintain the same temperature as the rest of the house and share a heating system.  

Although glass is more thermally efficient than ever it is not as energy efficient as a wall, so the amount of glass must be considered. If you do want a lot of natural light in your room, prioritise glass or rooflights in the roof over the sides. Three times more sunlight will enter through the roof than the windows or glass doors in the sides. 

You could also choose triple glazing for the windows or doors or use a super-insulated component instead of brick walls. For example, Ultraframe’s super-insulated columns are five times more thermally efficient than brick - a few of these columns when combined with glass could be as energy efficient as a brick wall, but give you much better views of the garden. The Ultraframe insulated pelmet is similar, providing super-insulation around the eaves making a glass structure energy efficient. 

Flat Roof Extension

Building Regulations

Conservatories, Orangeries and Extensions can all be opened up to your home but will need Building Regulation approval to do so. Put simply this means that the room design must be energy efficient enough to be used as living space and the components used will be a part of this. Your Ultra Installer will take care of the Building Regulations and you may be able create the open plan room you want depending on the design and also by making thermal improvements in the rest of the house too.  

Whatever you choose, an open plan space can quickly become the hub of the home, the favourite room in the house. Contact your nearest Ultra Installer today to start your next home improvement project. 


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