Glass link extensions: Structural and design advice for getting them right

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Glass link extensions can add a wow factor as well as providing practicality (Image credit: IQ Glass)

Glass link extensions can be a seamless way of adding a striking design feature to your home that also serves a practical purpose. Suitable for all types of house styles from contemporary homes to period properties, they differ from most glass extension ideas in that their main purpose is to provide connection between two different buildings.

However, whether you're linking a detached garage, an outbuilding or a barn conversion to an existing property, designing a link that seamlessly stitches two structures together, is no easy task. So what do you need to know to get it right? 

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Michelle Martin

Senior marketing executive at IQ Glass, Michelle possesses a strong passion for delivering great customer service, and her knowledge on windows and doors ensures she delivers the right product experiences to suit the client's needs.

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Dave Heeley

Dave Heeley is a chartered structural engineer with over 17 years of experience in structural engineering consultancy. He has delivered schemes of various scales and complexity in the UK and abroad, many of which have won RIBA Conservation and Material awards.

Sarah Harley
Assistant Editor

Sarah is Homebuilding & Renovating’s Assistant Editor and joined the team in 2024. An established homes and interiors writer, Sarah has renovated and extended a number of properties, including a listing building and renovation project that featured on Grand Designs. Although she said she would never buy a listed property again, she has recently purchased a Grade II listed apartment. As it had already been professionally renovated, she has instead set her sights on tackling some changes to improve the building’s energy efficiency, as well as adding some personal touches to the interior.

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