Create an extra room you’ll love whatever the season
The versatility of a wintergarden as an extension
Light floods into this kitchen wintergarden
SDL Avant Garde spans two rooms of this home
Why not combine a wintergarden with a brick extension?
With a nod to industrial design, SDL Akzent vision has visible steel cables and gusset plates
Many people looking to extend their homes are drawn to the light-filled openness of a wintergarden as their ideal solution.
Relaxing in a wintergarden gives homeowners a strong connection to the outside whatever the season. From the comfort of your home, the surrounding glass sides and roof deliver the sense that you are in the garden communing with nature, with the associated feelgood factor that engenders.
Not only does this predominantly glass structure offer additional space, but the rooms behind it also benefit from the extra light, too.
Wintergardens are a high-end alternative to traditional house extensions and prices can start from as little as £15,000.
A far cry from a chilly conservatory which has to be closed off in winter, a wintergarden can be open plan with another room or the rest of the house. However, some people do choose to design it as a separate room.
The double-glazed panels and doors, used in conjunction with underfloor heating, mean it’s a useful space throughout the year to complement your lifestyle. It’s important to be aware, though, that the insulation values of double glazing and aluminium frames can never compete with those of a solid wall.
Designs and configurations
We design and build every wintergarden as a bespoke structure to reflect the style and design of your house. Lean-to roofs are a popular option, as are gable or lantern styles.
Our seven distinctive wintergardens cover a wide range of different situations, including SDL Nobiles for corner roofs and SDL Avante Garde with wood interior facings. Akzent Plus, which has slim aluminium sections yet can achieve large format spans, is our best-selling design.
Sides to suit
The sides of the structure are usually a combination of fixed panels and bi-fold doors to increase the versatility of the room. As a result, you can open up one, two or even three sides to the outdoors creating a space that naturally flows – ideal for family gatherings and parties.
Should you wish, one or more sides of the extension can be solid, rather than glass.
Colours and sizes
Whether your space is small, large or something in between, wintergardens are a versatile option for increasing your home’s footprint. One of the smallest we’ve created was just 3m x 1m, bringing added light into a sunken patio area. The largest was a 6m x 6m multi-purpose room used as a key space for family life.
Grey is the most popular choice of colour for our customers’ wintergardens (which is also the case with many of our aluminium windows and sliding doors). Other standard colours are white or black, however, any RAL colour can be ordered.
The orientation of your house in no barrier to whether you can install a wintergarden, although you may need to take steps to ensure it stays at an optimum temperature for maximum usability. So that may mean installing roof vents and or external awnings for ventilation and solar shading in summer. These can be automated to open and close with the internal temperature and weather conditions.
Wintergardens can also be stand-alone buildings in the garden for leisure and entertaining. Our favourite example covers a hot tub. The roof and sides of this novel interpretation are permanently open unless it rains when they automatically close.
Now, doesn’t that sound like a little slice of heaven?
Please contact us for further information on our range of wintergardens.