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Glazing for garage conversions: exciting solutions

8 July 2022
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Glazing your garage conversion: transform your space

For many of us, a garage conversion is a practical alternative to a more pricey extension project and a lot less impactful on family life. And if you’ve started the process, door and window design will inevitably be at the top of your list. 

Bold, creative glazing for garages

The right glazing for your project will make all the difference to its success and appeal. Wall to wall glass, sliding doors and even a glass roof will transform a low, poorly-lit interior into a light, bright space that connects to the outside. 

If you talk to a specialist glazing designer right at the start of your planning process, you’ll get inspiring examples, expert advice and adventurous design solutions you didn’t think possible! 

Garage conversion and house extension with sliding doors

A garage conversion with the wow factor: doubled in size, full height sliding doors plus an outdoor kitchen!

The ideal glazing: Large Slimline Sliding doors 

Include sliding patio doors, possibly combined with additional fixed glass panels, to create fabulous glass walls for a garage conversion. So if your new space has views over a great slice of the garden,  we suggest you look at a sliding system such as ODC SL700. This system will give you floor to ceiling glass and dramatically alter the interior. The SL700 has minimal aluminium frames, opens effortlessly and can have individual glass panels up to four metres wide and four metres high! If you want a new space with a wow factor, a bespoke sliding system will deliver.

ODC SL800 sliding doors for garage conversion space

Sliding doors transform this space into a contemporary kitchen-diner 

Corner glazing for a garage conversion

Corner glazing is an exciting option for a garage conversion with two outward-facing walls. By installing two sets of sliding glass doors at 90 degrees you’ll in effect have a fabulous wrap-around glass room and a bright, light-filled interior with a strong connection to the outside. It’s a perfect solution for additional dining and living space in use all year round. 

Aluminium corner sliding doors opens up garage conversion for Essex home


Bifold doors perfect for narrow converted garages

Folding doors might work better for your converted garage space – it’s a useful discussion to have early on with your glazing supplier. Getting hands-on at a showroom to appreciate the differences between sliding and folding systems is always a good idea. Bifold doors give you the maximum opening width, which is great for smaller openings typical of a narrow garage conversion. When combined with flush floor fittings, they’re a practical and versatile option for many projects and work well for busy kitchens as well as gyms and offices. Find out more about the versatility and different design features of ODC high-performance bifold doors – there are five models in our range.

Aluminium bifolding doors and rooflights in Chiswick suitable for garage conversion or garden extension



Glass roofs for garage conversions

A bespoke glass roof system will transform any garage conversion design. It’s a great solution if privacy or aspect requires you to restrict the size of doors or windows, and is ideal for a tucked-away home office or business. Slim contemporary aluminium frames can span an entire garage width. Rooflines can be pitched or sloping to transform a low-ceilinged interior. Invisible horizon installations with glass to glass joints will add drama to your design. Glass roofs can be specified with integral rooflights with automated opening panels for controlled ventilation – designs are totally custom built for purpose. Glass roof structures for converted garages can be designed with standard glass panels up to 4000mm x 2000mm, but even larger bespoke sizes are possible!

Glass structure with solar control glass roof suitable for lean-to garage


How to ensure your garage conversion is warm and secure

If you’re wondering if glass walls or floor to ceiling glazing will make your converted space chilly and difficult to heat, be assured that high-performance architectural glazing has the highest thermal insulation, safety and security standards – as well as great aesthetics. ODC systems are typically specified by architects for homes in exposed and coastal locations – and so be reassured, your garage conversion will stay cosy and snug, whatever the weather.  A pitched glass roof structure, rooflights and bi-folding doors will deliver light and comfort. 

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Two Very Different Garage Conversions

Project One: Big and Bold

Extension and converted garage

This project combines a rear extension with an ambitious linked garage conversion – a space designed for family entertainment and relaxation. We love the inspired addition of a garden kitchen and the fixed picture window ensuring the best views.

Project Two: A Total Space Transformed

House renovation with sliding system ODC300, windows and curtain walling in Essex

This is a total home refurbishment which included the conversion of the original dark, unused garage behind the property. Corner glazing, full height sliding doors and it’s now a go-to space that alters the quality of life for this family. Bespoke aluminium windows ensure matched glazing throughout.

Did you know high-quality glazing for garage conversions, glass garden rooms and extensions is manufactured to exacting industry standards – you can read more about Acceptable Glass Standards in our Knowledge Hub. 

If you’d like any guidance on glazing for your garage conversion project, please give us a call on 03300 586 792 or complete our contact form today. We’re happy to help.


Find out more about ODC modular glass extension design featuring fixed glass panels, glass roofs or roof lights, and sliding or bifold door systems