Glass rooms are inherently unique, make sure they converted greenhouses or the end result of sleek, contemporary curtain walls, high up in the skies or low on the ground. We have seen some enviable greenhouse-to-room conversions, but if you don’t have the capability (or a spare greenhouse) to fully enclose a room in glass, panic not! Strategically placed glazing is at your saving: a wall here; a ceiling there — you don’t have to really go all out to make a large effect.

JP&CO and Optima Homes

Friends of my family had a very small brownstone apartment in New York having somewhat greenhouse-ish”bonus room” which became their infant’s quarters for a couple years. It was minuscule (possibly 4’x8′) however bewitching.

My favourite element was the glazed ceiling. We once visited when it was snowing and, I swear, I nearly moved in; my parents fought to pull me out of that area, and I have been dreaming about it ever since. The sight of snowflakes slowly dropping directly overhead was magic. This chamber, by Samantha Grose in JP&Co., brought back a rush of memories to me. As you’re safely tucked away few things beat watching a storm overhead.

Countless companies can assist homeowners convert an open deck or porch into a modest glassed-in haven, free of pollen, rain and dust. High-efficiency will keep heating and cooling bills .

Yaniv Schwartz – Photographer

Give the exterior of your home added dimension, gain more lighting and radically raise your views by replacing a flat pane with a bay window, which reaches out to capture views and light from three angles.

This contemporary spin on a bay window also increases the exterior landscape by creating a layered vista through the windows. That little bump-out isn’t a doubt among the most special spaces in the full home, providing a comfy perch from which to gaze, ponder or read.

Traditional covered porches are wonderful, but one with the added plus of a glass pergola is truly special. Open, but nevertheless protected, a glass roof (especially one having a trellis effect) may mitigate the heat while allowing users to enjoy the full advantages of a sunny day. If glass is out of the price range, corrugated plastic is a good alternate.

Jeffrey Gordon Smith Landscape Architecture

On the other end of the spectrum, glass walls minus the ceiling will obstruct breeze without blocking all air leak, which is very helpful should you wish to enjoy a open fire pit! Frosted glass, as seen here, will provide you a little more privacy, as well as the slivers of air between the glass inserts and the mullions permit for even more airflow.

Sutton Suzuki Architects

In case you have just two edifices to connect, say a studio or garage and your primary home (lucky you!) , benefit from the chance to make that walkway an adventure.

A wall of windows will produce a very clear differentiation between the spaces. I enjoy the subtle selection of lighting, which works well with the serene materials and landscape.

John Maniscalco Architecture

Take an ultra-traditional strategy and carve out a central courtyard within your property. Interior courtyards, or atriums, have been used for centuries. Such a treatment brings in light and nature, not to mention architectural interest and measurement. As many in-home atriums feel minimal and bright, I appreciate this design applies a hot, Arts and Crafts feel.

Searl Lamaster Howe Architects

As soon as we see all-white, glass-encased bedrooms, they are usually perched high up within an urban skies, but the timber trusses and thick mullions provide this white design a softness — and allows nature supply the colour with shifting seasons. Imagine waking up every morning to that view.

This is a good example of a great use of space at a potentially wasted space. The low/pitched ceilings present a challenge, but which makes them giant skylights brings in tremendous light. (Adding low bookshelves and comfortable chairs promotes NOT standing too tall here).

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