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Contemporary glazing

Glass is often the defining feature of a modern property. Emily Brooks explores some of the ways it is used to create striking architecture

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Freeman Brear Architects turned a 19th-century windmill into an eco-friendly home, with windows from Velfac. Triple-glazed composite units were chosen for their energy efficiency

Everyone knows the spectacular impact that lots of glass can make to an interior. And, if you favour a modern style of home, glazing will play a major part in establishing the right look.

But what makes windows appear contemporary? It may well relate to the sheer amount of glass in a property compared to solid walls, and the size of the panes; generally speaking, the more glass, the more modern a property will look. Technology has advanced (and become cheaper) so it can now also be used as a load-bearing material, giving rise to features such as glass link buildings. This is an approach that can work well in extensions to older properties, providing contrast to characterful old materials.

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Make 2018 your year to self-build with Build It's latest advice and inspiration-packed edition! This month's issue includes: - 32 must-read tips for your project - Expert guide to planning success - The secret to a characterful renovation - How to buy the right bricks - Design ideas: windows & glazing - Reinstating an old fireplace ...and more!