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Situated within the Derbyshire Dales, and taking advantage of some spectacular views, this new build property installed three Glazing Vision rooflights to create a contemporary property with an open plan feel, brimming with natural daylight.

Planning & Design Practice Ltd were asked to create a bespoke new build dwelling which achieved private open plan living and a contemporary feel. The site had already been granted planning permission for a generic stone dwelling when the clients bought the site in early 2017, but the wish of the clients was to build a more contemporary dwelling. Working closely with the local planning authority, Planning & Design Practice Ltd were able to create an individual design that took precedent from the street’s alternating profiles of gables.

The use of materials was an important consideration to assimilate with the surroundings and comply with local planning authority but also to read as a modern building. The use of blue zinc cladding to the first floor brings harmony with the roofs of the neighbouring properties and the choice of buff brick at ground floor, ties in with the brick and stone of the street.

With unbelievable views spanning across the valley to Riber Castle in the east and across Darley Dale to the North, it was imperative to include plenty of glazing within the property. Not only to provide enviable views but also to help produce a home filled with natural daylight, but also helping to create an open plan feeling throughout.

The clients wished for a contemporary dwelling and they had a strong desire for private open plan living, this was achieved by having the living areas positioned at the rear of the house, enabling the occupants to open the sliding doors and have direct access to their private south easterly facing split level garden.

The project was limited by covenants imposed on the development site which meant that no windows could be side facing towards the south west. This meant that the use of fixed flat roof lights was necessary and would allow for natural daylight into the sides of the building without overlooking neighbours and allow for a deeper floor plan with a bright and light filled central core.

Initially, a generously sized Glazing Vision flat glass Flushglaze roof light, measuring 980mm x 2680mm, was specified to be installed over the entrance hall. This provided the clean lines and prevented any impact on the aesthetic when viewed from outside the front elevation. The frameless interval views create the perfect effect, allowing a multitude of natural daylight to shine through into the entrance hall and emphasize the impact within the home.

However, as the development grew, the ability to add fixed pitched roof windows gained considerate appeal from the homeowners. The Contractors, JPD properties, worked with Glazing Vision to come up with a solution for the pitched glazing which was proposed on the two-storey element of the house. The two large CE marked roof windows, measuring 1900mm x 2080mm, fitted flush within the roof line, and flooded the building with day light.

The Pitchglaze roof window adopts pioneering ‘frameless’ design ethos, so that when installed, building occupants can enjoy sky only views, something not usually found with traditional roof window products.

Lindsay Cruddas, Architect at Planning & Design Practice Ltd added “The finished result looks great. The clients love the space created and the light which enters their home.”

For more information on Glazing Vision’s fixed Flushglaze flat glass rooflights, or the Pitchglaze roof window range, contact us on 01379 658 300 or request a CPD.

Technical experts in the design, manufacture and supply of engineered, architectural glass rooflights for residential and commercial buildings. Glazing Vision are a UK manufacturer and invest heavily in new technologies, equipment and expertise, manufacturing all our rooflight products at our 65,000 sq ft factory in the heart of rural England. Since 2009, Glazing Vision has expanded internationally, and now services mainland Europe and the USA.

Glazing Vision provide a comprehensive range of rooflights to help bring light, air and space into the home, from simple fixed rooflights to more complex sliding rooflights and access configurations. As well as stock products, we custom-build rooflights to order to ensure the perfect fit to any architectural design.

These state-of-the-art rooflights are manufactured with a sleek, minimal framework to meet building regulations. We have developed a series of technical whitepapers to help you understand specifically how approved documents may affect the specification of rooflights and how building design considerations can improve compliance with the Building Regulations.

We also offer a bespoke in-house rooflight design service, employing the industry’s most talented designers and mechanical engineers to create contemporary and technologically advanced rooflights for virtually any space. We work closely with leading architectural practices across the world, using the latest CAD and 3D software to design and build unique and intelligent skylight solutions for award-winning buildings.

Glazing Vision have worked closely with the architectural community for many years, providing them with useful RIBA Approved CPD’s and helping them understand what is possible using modern design and manufacturing techniques but also to ensure that they are fully aware of the latest Building Regulations and standards that affect our industry.

Glazing Visions Secured by Design rooflight range are the first to be tested against the new standard LPS2081 Issue 1:2015. Secured by Design was established in 1989 and is the UK Police flagship security initiative which combines the principals of ‘designing out crime’ through physical security and layout across all realms of the built environment.