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Solarglaze - Garage Conversion

13th May 2016

Solarglaze Rooflight Garage Conversion into Kitchen & Family Room

The Project

To enhance the existing living space in a four bedroom detached property in Surrey, homeowner Mr. Newman decided to convert the rear of the property’s double length garage into a large kitchen and family room, to create a desirable open-plan living area.

The Requirements

Mr. Newman purchased the property with the intention of a complete renovation, including a revamp of the bathrooms and the creation of a new kitchen and family room within the existing footprint of the building. This area would make better use of the ground floor area of the property and be more in-keeping with today’s open-plan style of living.

However, light, bright and airy spaces are also really important for modern lifestyles and despite large windows and a glazed door already existing in the kitchen, creating such a vast living space demanded additional lighting for the converted area.

The Solution

Mr. Newman turned to the National Domelight Company for advice, with potentially suitable rooflight products considered for their various benefits. Due to planning restrictions related to the height above the flat roof area of the proposed extension, a roof lantern or pyramid rooflight would not have been an appropriate choice. This was something NDC was able to advise on before planning permission was requested, saving the client both time and money.

Not only was the height a consideration but the thermal properties of the rooflight were also very important to Mr. Newman. NDC was able to take this all into consideration and suggest a Solarglaze Eco fixed glass rooflight.

The Solarglaze Eco fixed rooflight has a low profile to suit the project’s height requirements and is available in a variety of standard sizes and can be ordered in non-standard sizes, all offering a stylish finish.

Mr. Newman opted for the standard triple glazed Low-E insulated glass plane with a thickness of 32.8mm, filled with Krypton for its thermal boosting properties. Offering a class-leading overall U value of 0.87 W/m2K, the Solarglaze Eco fixed rooflight is supplied with an insulated timber kerb to ensure accurate and consistent thermal properties. Double compression gaskets mean that it’s one of the most energy efficient units on the market while also offering excellent acoustic properties. It is also a strong product for when environmental aspects are a top priority.

The Conclusion

The dining area of the conversion is now flooded with natural light, which spills into the rest of the large open-plan kitchen and family area to make it an uplifting and enjoyable place to cook, eat and spend time. The Solarglaze Eco fixed rooflight from NDC has provided three times more light than a vertical window could have in the space.

Mr. Newman says: “I’m delighted with the result of the rooflight addition to the property. It really has made a huge difference to the look and feel of the space, making it a much more pleasant area to be in. The team at NDC was extremely helpful during the entire process, saving me a lot of time and hassle by helping me select the right rooflight for the project straight away rather than needing additional planning permission. I’m very happy with the result and with the smooth process that got us to this stage.”

Actual Products

1 x Solarglaze Eco flat fixed triple glazed rooflight, 150mm Rockwool insulated timber kerb, painted white on internal visible surfaces to suit a finished internal size of 1200mm x 800mm.

Glass specification: 32.8mm three-layer extra Low E as standard. Outer glass 6mm clear toughened, 6mm Krypton TPS spacer, 4mm clear toughened premium, 8mm Krypton TPS spacer, inner glass 8.8mm clear laminated premium Low E.


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