Add a sense of space and light with sliding glass doors

Whether you’re extending, self-building or improving, discover how sliding glass doors can create a sense of space and flood your home with natural light

By Jennifer Turner | 8 March 2021

Discover the benefits of installing sliding glass doors in your home.


When Huw Thomas and Enid Rowand’s grown-up children flew the nest of their converted barn in North Wales, the couple decided to renovate the next-door derelict engine shed into a contemporary house for two. With the help of award winning architect Jeremy Young, they designed a light filled home and kitchen extension using sliding glass doors. Read on to discover more…

view of extension from garden showing Shüco sliding glass doors and pitched roofs

Image: Brotherton Lock

Max out on light

To meet the brief of adding more living space while making the most of the breathtaking views, architect Jeremy from Featherstone Young worked with sliding doors specialist Schüco systems. Its durable aluminium sliding doors would be the best way to maximise the natural light while connecting the living space with the outdoors. ‘The back of the house has a fantastic southern view over hills and the idea was to open up the building to enable Huw and Enid to live with that lovely backdrop,’ says Jeremy.

view of extension from garden showing Shüco sliding glass doors and pitched roofs copy

Image: Brotherton Lock

The design comprises two main elements. First, the roofs are pitched at an angle to accommodate large walls of glazing. Second, an open plan extension over two levels gives each area a separate sense of space.

The upper level connects to the dining room and kitchen, while the sunken lower section links the living room to the garden. Generous Schüco sliding glass doors with single panels of glass above them blur the boundaries between the interior and garden, allowing light to flood into the home.