Pitched roof windows for kitchen extensions

Private Residence, Milton Keynes

The installation of a new Pitchglaze roof window provided the perfect solution for a 20-year-old modern town house in Milton Keynes, delivering enhanced natural daylight and a feeling of airiness in this increased interior space.

Project requirements

In the brief given to the local architect Robin Bradbury of Bradbury Design, the family expressed the following requirements: the need to increase natural daylight at the back of the property, to provide a family room (a snug) which would serve as a “central hub” for the children where they could eat and play, an attractive space for the adults to entertain guests, and critically, the need to extend the property on the ground floor without sacrificing too much of the relatively small garden.

Project challenges

The kitchen at the back of the house, posed a problem, with its’ north-facing aspect created the feeling of a dark and cold galley despite its’ significant size of 3.5 x 6 metres. The small archway separating the dining and the kitchen areas compromised the amount of light flowing through this open plan ground floor. Only when the narrow glass doors were opened onto the back garden was the amount of light in the space noticeably improved.

Project solution

To provide enough light, two roof windows were specified for the pitched roof of the family room to further maximise the natural daylight, whilst the installation of high specification LED spotlights would provide soft lighting during the evening hours. The Pitchglaze roof windows were specified as they offered a sleek, almost “frameless” design in a contemporary finish, which would not only stylishly complement the interior of this room but more importantly they would provide sky-only views, something which is not usually found with traditional roof window products.

Whilst the family room extension at the Golder property actually necessitated a new pitched roof, the Pitchglaze has been designed so that all fixings are accessible from the outside. This means that the roof window can be installed to existing buildings with minimal disruption to internal finishes, an additional advantage for both the homeowner and builder alike.

Home-owner Suzanne Golder comments;

“we are absolutely thrilled with the results. Our architect delivered a vision that I just didn’t think possible with the space we had – it doesn’t feel like the same house. The light into our new family and entertaining space is stunning. It’s really lovely to see the sky through the roof windows, it’s even better when the sky is blue! I can’t wait for the summer to really see how the sun lights up the room.”

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