Modern flat roof for family home

A family from Cheshire decided to stay put and renovate their home at an idyllic and convenient rural location instead of moving house to find more open plan family space.
The family has lived at the 1930s semi-detached home in Sandbach for 17 years and wanted to build a single storey extension to the rear of the property. The architect, Chris Ralphs, was briefed to design a light, airy, modern kitchen/diner and family room, with views out to the large garden.
They were advised against an angled roof for the extension because of its intrusion on the bedroom windows above, and a modern flat roof would be constructed instead.
“This by no means felt like a substitute replacement for our original pitched roof once we understood the vastly improved quality of flat roofs,” the customer said. “They are built better with innovative materials. And budget being a key factor for most renovators, we were pleasantly surprised how cost-effective a flat roof could be.
“Considering these factors, we decided to press ahead with the plans for a flat roof extension to the rear of the property.”
The extension would include various glazed areas, including bifold doors and a bespoke corner window. There were no other windows to the side, so the rear extension was designed to include two rooflights to draw through maximum natural light, create the desired contemporary style.
The family wanted to minimise the frame width and depth of the roof lights to create a streamline look, with the glass flush to the roof. They compared many roof lights, and chose the aluminium KATLite product from KAT.
The roof lights are different sizes, one being 1.5m x 1.5m and the second 1.5m x 1.0m. They came with laminated glass as standard and toughened glass on the outside.
“From an aesthetic point of view, we particularly liked the KATLite frame, an anthracite grey aluminium frame, which matched the rubber proof liner perfectly,” the customer said. “Internally, the upstand could be plastered right up to the glass, achieving a sleek finish, flush to the ceiling.”
KAT made the roof lights within three weeks, delivered direct by one of KAT’s vans. With only five simple steps to install, the roof lights were fitted by the project builder.
The contemporary look of the roof lights has encouraged the family to continue to replace existing first floor windows with KAT aluminium casement windows.
“The roof lights alone have drafted more light into the room than we expected – they’ve transformed our living space in style and function, which was more than we could have hoped for,” the customer said. “This is before we’ve even installed the bifold doors.”
KAT also supplied a three-pane, slim-frame bifold door that will provide access to the rear garden and outdoor dining area. While the rear of the property is completely modern aesthetically, the front of the property will retain its 1930s charm and will be fitted with new aluminium casement windows in the near future.
The family has chosen to fit a KAT K-100 aluminium entrance door to complete the contemporary aluminium style. With a five-point locking Sobinco hook lock and a 3-Star diamond security cylinder with Kitemark, the door also offered the security desired by the family. And a unique frameless corner window will feature on the rear extension.

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