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What You Need to Consider Before Building a Conservatory


Wanting more living space in your home or make it lighter? A conservatory will be the best way to achieve this! You can transform your home with glass and make either a living or dining area, a playroom or just a room where you can enjoy your garden, there are a variety of conservatories that can make your property extra special.

What are Conservatories?

Conservatories were originally built for hot houses and exotic plants. They were separated from the rest of the house by an external set of doors and the classic ‘bolt on’ conservatory keeps changing.

Conservatories are available in a classic Victorian inspired design, or more of a modern design which fits on the side or rear of the house or wraps around a corner to make the most of the available space.

There are 3 different types of a conservatory, so a conservatory is made of glass, including the roof, an orangery which is brickwork with a flat roofed extension and large glass windows and a garden room with has a solid roof and walls with large windows.

What Materials can I Use?

If you want an affordable and low maintenance option, PVC will work best. For an environmentally-friendly conservatory use timber, which is also available in different finishes. If you are looking for a minimalistic style, choose aluminium.

How do you Plan the Build?

Some conservatories or single-story extensions might be considered as a ‘permitted development, which means you need to apply for planning permission. If you’re unsure if permission is required then use the ‘rule of thumb’ guide, if your extension is going to be more than 3m from the rear of the wall of property, or more than 4m if it’s a detached house then your property is probably listed and you need permissions

What Else to Consider

  • If you are thinking of adding a south-facing extension it might make the room too hot or bright for comfort, you need to consider the aspect.

  • Add some blinds, as it reduces the glare and control temperature. It also helps to use some coatings that reflects the heat and glare in the summer and then retains it in winter.

  • Ventilation is really important, automatic opening roof lights will help so your room never gets too hot.

  • Underfloor heating will help your conservatory stay warm in winter.

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