Glass can add contemporary feel to traditional home

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The addition of more glass to a traditional house can give the property a contemporary twist, according to one interior designer.

Miranda Fountaine wrote in the Northampton Chronicle & Echo that many families may be considering an extension to their home as their family grows.

She suggested that the construction of a conservatory-style space is one that can suit different styles of houses, with conservatory blinds allowing people to block out natural light if they choose.

“If you do not want to encroach on your garden, there are other possibilities. For instance, if you live in a terraced property the side return is an ideal place to extend, giving you extra space inside which would have been wasted outside,” said Ms Fountaine.

In her opinion, the slow housing market is causing an increasing number of people to consider building extensions on their homes, rather than moving house.

According to, a popular choice for consumers carrying out amendments to their property is to make rooms more open plan, with Edinburgh architect David Blaikie suggesting it is down to a change in lifestyles – people want more inclusive and social homes.

A study by Lloyds TSB Home Insurance showed that 21 per cent of home-owners have removed walls in their house in the past decade and the same number are planning to do so in the future.