Ideas for expanding your home using rooflights and structural glass extensions

When we outgrow our homes and need additional space, more and more homeowners are opting to extend rather than move house.

This recent report from Hiscox Insurance shows trends in UK home extensions and highlights that bedroom, kitchen & loft extensions are the three extensions most likely to add value to a property.

Whether to increase the kitchen or living area; flat roof extensions are a popular choice, lending themselves perfectly to the inclusion of rooflights and/or structural glazing, meaning homeowners can easily combine the practical need for natural light and ventilation with their creative vision. 

However, building an extension on the back of your home, will cast a dark shadow over the rooms adjacent to it, as the previous external windows are made redundant. With natural light of the upmost importance to our mental health and well being, as well as our practical safety, it is imperative the extension incorporates plenty of glazing to bring floods of natural light back to the areas beyond the extension, as well as the extension itself. In fact an article from Ideal Home highlighted that natural light is what homeowners valued most. 

Ideas for flat roof extensions

Whether large or small, flat roof extensions will benefit from the clever use of well proportioned rooflights.

The versatile Fixed Skylight is a cost effective way of adding natural light to the new space below or opt for an Opening Rooflight for extra ventilation.

For larger or more bespoke requirements, shaped or multi-panel rooflights are not only practical but can elevate the over look of the finished room.

Why not make use of your flat roof area as a Roof Terrace/Garden? Gain easy access to this oasis by installing an Access Hatch or a state-of-the-art Sliding Rooflight

Combining Glass Beams with the Multi-Panel Skylight deflects beams of light around the room creating a calming ambience for you to enjoy.

Why not take a look at our Case Studies or Gallery which have real life examples of our rooflights and other glazing solutions.

Lantern Rooflights provide daylight from all angles
Sliding Rooflights give greater access to roof terraces
Rooflights with Glass Beams provide uninterrupted light
Lantern Rooflights provide daylight from all angles Sliding Rooflights give greater access to roof terraces Rooflights with Glass Beams provide uninterrupted light

In line with an increased appreciation for the outdoors and the benefits we reap from it, we also see a rise in the requirement for Glass Box Extensions.

Glass Box Extensions

A Structural Glass Box Extension
Structural Glass Box Extensions

Seamlessly integrating indoor life with the outdoor world, Structural Glass Box Extensions are a modern way of allowing an abundance of light to fill any home or workspace.

Installing Glass Beam Supports is not only functional but visually impressive.

If you’re looking to maximise the natural light even further allowing light that would normally be obstructed by traditional construction methods to shine through. Why not take a look at our case studies or gallery which have real life examples of our rooflights and other glazing solutions.

Frameless structural glazing combined with large glass sliding doors
Frameless Structural Glazing

Using frameless structural glazing combined with large glass sliding doors can create a stunning abundance of natural light to a home’s ground floor living or dining spaces.

Which is why using frameless structural glazing can help make a real difference.

Frameless structural glazing is just one of the many ways in which Vision AGI products can help you to maximise natural light that’s normally obstructed by traditional construction methods. You can see more solutions in our case studies or gallery which which have real life examples.

Kitchen and Dining Room Inspiration

Kitchens and dining rooms are often the social hub of a home, whether you are eating with the family around the kitchen island or socialising with friends, it’s much more enjoyable with plenty of natural light and ventilation.

Many Homeowners opt to enhance, say a dining area, with Folding Sliding Doors or add a Multi-Panel Skylight, split to marry perfectly with the doors beneath. If you are building a kitchen/diner extension that will be frequently used for cooking and eating, Opening Rooflights are great for increased ventilation, especially during the colder months, when leaving the doors open is not an option.

Electric Opening Rooflights
Electric Opening Rooflights

Opening Rooflights are a great way to achieve both light and fresh air.

With Electric Opening Rooflights over a cooking area of a kitchen, you not only shed more light on the work surfaces, make it safer to create culinary feasts but you could also increase ventilation at the flick of a switch (or on a remote control), so cooking smells and steam can be easily extracted. The Opening Vent Rooflights are also available in manual operation


Frameless Lantern Rooflight
Frameless Lantern Rooflights

Would you like to eat under the stars at your dining table with your friends & family, and not worry about the weather?

With our innovative Frameless Lantern Rooflights you can!

A Frameless Lantern Rooflight or Pyramid Rooflight above the dining table can add the WOW! factor that sets meals at your home above the rest.

They are not only eye-catching, but create the illusion of spaciousness, reflecting light all around the room during lunch time catch ups. Installing LED lights around the base of the Roof Lantern or Pyramid Rooflight will make it a talking point at any dinner party or social evening occasions. You can see more solutions in our case studies or gallery which which have real life examples.

Living Room Inspiration

Often this room will have the best view from the property, so including structural glazing and rooflight solutions provides the freedom of the outside, with the comfort and security of the inside

Shaped or Fixed Skylights

Fixed Skylights are a versatile and useful solution for living spaces, where ventilation or access is not so important.

Fixed Skylights can be fitted in either orientation, to suit the room beneath and will open up and revitalise any space in your home or workplace, replacing the darkness of ceilings with natural light, improving wellness and productivity

A Shaped Skylight is the perfect choice, when you want to add light whether for an existing roof or part of a new design that needs a bespoke fit or even just to show off your creative flare


Bespoke Multi-panel rooflight with fixed and opening sections
Bespoke Multi-Panel Rooflights

Ideal for Living Room areas, which is often the biggest room of the house Bespoke Multi-Panel Rooflights can be infinitely long and even travel around corners! 

The modular system is ideal for glass links between building or as a ‘Lean To Style’ glazed roof. 

Ideal for covering large areas, without exponentially affecting the cost, Bespoke Multi-Panel Rooflights are sure to be an impressive and budget friendly design feature in any home.


Bathroom Inspiration

Often with small windows due to concerns of being overlooked, bathrooms are often dull and stuffy rooms but a bathroom is a place you should be able to relax. It needs to be clean, light and airy, whilst keeping your privates, private.

Bathroom benefitting from extra natural light woth opening rooflights
Opening Rooflights

The bathroom is a room that really benefits from extra natural light and fresh air. This hot and steamy (and sometimes smelly) space lends itself well to an Opening Rooflight providing that much needed source of ventilation. Or if shower/bath time is your ‘you’ time, maybe splash out a little on a Sliding Rooflight for the ultimate indoor/outdoor bathing experience

Opaque glass

If being overlooked is a concern, you can use opaque glass in the the rooflight. With different levels of opacity, it is easy to strike the perfect balance between light transmittance and privacy.

Graphic with different levels of glass opacity


Roof Terrace/Garden Inspiration

Roof Terraces or Roof Gardens are popular in cities, where land is a premium,  providing a calm oasis away from the hustle and bustle of city life.

A Access Hatch Window unlocking a roof space potential

Roof terraces and gardens 

Looking for stylish yet convenient roof terrace or garden access?

By adding a Sliding Rooflight or Access Hatches, you can easily unlock roof space, adding both a new dimension and value to a property.

Intended for less regular use and smaller sizes the Access Hatch is a cost effective access solution available as both an Electric or Manual Access Hatch.

For regular access and larger areas our SMART Sliding Rooflights offer state-of- the-art technology and premium performance. The Sliding Rooflight is certain to be a talking point in any home.