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We at Britannia appreciate that as a homeowner,
you will probably only undertake one major renovation of this
type at your home, so, let us share some of our knowledge
and expertise with you, answering some of the questions you
might consider during your project
Do I need a Building
Permit, and if so what does this involve?
Yes, all construction work of this type requires a Building
Permit. We oversee and provide all drawings, both Architectural
and Engineered, as part of our package for your glass addition,
and any other part of the construction process. Most municipalities
and towns offer a swift turnaround, once all the paperwork
is submitted and design drawings agreed upon.
I think there is
a problem with zoning or some other issue regarding my property
and the lot?
It is common, especially in an urban situation for there to
be by-laws restricting development. As part of our drawings
package, we may need to submit to the town to ask for relief
from a by-law (lot coverage, set-backs from the property line
etc.). As we do this a great deal, and our projects are sympathetic
to the surroundings and generally 'small' in scale, these
appeals are professionally approached and looked upon favorably.
Most importantly for you we undertake the process on your
What types of foundations
Building code dictates that we go beyond the frost line with
the footings of the foundation (e.g. 4 feet in Southern Ontario
). This can be done in 3 basic ways;
Pier point foundation
Large 'sono-tubes' designed and positioned
by the engineers, with a fully insulated floor deck system
over is the most cost effective foundation.
4 foot crawl-space foundation
Commonly termed a 'full foundation' this
creates a full concrete perimeter to the addition. This foundation
is commonly used when full brick or stone is required to the
outer face of the addition.
Full basement foundation
An extension of the 4 foot foundation, some
homeowners like the extra space a basement foundation can
provide to their home.
Whatever the outcome, our professionals
at Britannia will determine which solution is best for you,
your home, and your budget.
Are other colors
With our manufacturing partners we offer a co lour bonding
process, and offer any co lour match to suit your existing
trims or natural surroundings.
I hear a lot about
the importance of the glass. Does it let a lot of heat through
in winter and summer?
Glass technology has reached an exceptionally high level in
comparison to years gone by. We at Britannia use our best
glass available on all our projects. This means that you,
the homeowner, are kept warm in the winter, cool in the summer,
and most importantly ultra violet light is kept to a minimum,
meaning, your décor, furnishings and your family live
in a safe and healthy environment. Please review our Features
and benefits page to get a clearer picture of our glass options.
How should I heat
Any addition open to the home, without separating doors, requires
calculations submitted to the Building Permit offices to justify
the existing furnace. These are called HVAC calculations and
are part of our turnkey package. If the furnace does not have
enough capacity to tap into the existing ductwork and extend
to the room (preferred option), a separate heat/ cool ductless
conditioning unit can be specified to suit the project. These
are both unobtrusive and highly efficient. Some homeowners
choose to make a feature of a gas/propane stove or fireplace
in their glass addition.
I have patio doors
at the position of the room. Should they be left on, and can
the room be opened up to the home?
Homeowner preference always determines the outcome. A Britannia
room is designed to be open to the rest of the home and adjoining
rooms, and can be spectacular if a large opening is created
- sometimes the full width of the addition. Either way, it
is your choice, and taste. The gallery and before and after
pages will give you a clearer picture
The room is glass
- is it secure and safe? We have an awkward
roof line on our home - will this be a problem?
We use the finest safety glass available in the walls and
the roof. All window openings come with individual locking
mechanisms. The glass door system used by Britannia is a custom
European styled French Door, with '5-way shoot bolts' as a
locking mechanism, making your glass addition a fortress from
At Britannia we have provided solutions for most, if not all,
awkward construction situations. Feel free to email a digital
photo, for our technical team to assess, and help provide a
solution. A site visit to your property can also resolve.
will the project take?
Once Building Permit has been issued and the room delivered,
we will be at your home for approximately 5 weeks. Remember,
we work external of the envelope of your home, so disruption
is kept to a minimum.
I want the room
as part of a larger renovation project, can you assist?
Yes, of course. At Britannia we provide the services of an
architect at a fraction of the cost, leaving room in your
budget for the kitchen renovation of your dreams.
I am at the planning
stage - when should I call you in?
We are ready when you are - Please contact
us by email or telephone to guide and advise you through the
next stage of your project.