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The modern conservatory and orangery

Written by   |  Published September 19, 2014  |  Posted in: Advice  |  Tags: , ,

If you want to add more space to your home quickly and easily, then your best bet is to consider a conservatory.

Orangeries are also popular although they tend to be a little more expensive.

There are so many designs and styles out there for you to think about that it’s easy to get the perfect style for your home.

With the latest technology and uPVC frames, conservatories won’t cost you the Earth and can be pretty simple to maintain. You won’t have to worry about energy bills going through the roof either.

The problems with a standard conservatory

Although your wallet will certainly feel slightly better if you go for a cheaper option, the biggest problem is you probably won’t have a unique appeal. On top of this, the conservatory isn’t likely to match up well with the rest of your home.

Many cheaper conservatories tend to be of the lean-to design, rather than some of the popular Victorian, Edwardian and bespoke styles. So if you live in a period property you could have a problem finding something to complement your home.

For those homeowners, sometimes spending more money and creating a bespoke design is certainly worthwhile.

Bespoke conservatories pros and cons

If you don’t want a cheap conservatory and instead want to create your own unique appeal, then there’s only one thing for it; invest in a bespoke conservatory. With a bespoke conservatory you can ensure everything meets your own needs, including the style, materials, shape, size and budget.

With this you’ll be able to perfectly complement your home and ensure the conservatory suits both you and your property. This has huge benefits to you in both the short and long term. Of course, you’ll have a brilliant extension which can be enjoyed throughout the year, whilst in the future your home will be more attractive to potential buyers.

Of course, the major drawback to a bespoke conservatory is the amount it’ll cost. It’s considerably more expensive to invest in a bespoke design, but with the advantages that come with it, it’s no surprise homeowners are ignoring the price tag.

How about orangeries?

With more and more bespoke designs being created by homeowners, particularly in the case of period properties, it’s no surprise that orangeries have seen resurgence. Many people believe an orangery to just be a fancy name, but there are actually significant differences between an orangery and a conservatory.

Conservatories must have 75% of their structure glazed, which is typically the roof and most of the walls. The base of the walls will tend to be bricked (a dwarf wall).

Orangeries though are predominantly bricked, whilst they’ll still have large glass panes and a transparent rooftop. You may think this similar to a normal house extension, but actually it’s separated from the main building.

Five questions to ask about your conservatory

Written by   |  Published September 10, 2014  |  Posted in: Essential Tips & Advice  |  Tags: ,

Want to add space and value to your home? Then look no further than a conservatory.

In today’s housing market it’s important to find ways to improve your property and if you can add this valued space you’ll have extra room throughout the year.

Conservatories range in size and price though, with basic installations or expensive designs possible. What’s important is to make sure you’re investing for all the right reasons, so always ask these questions first:

What purpose does your conservatory have?

Before you even think about getting quotes for a conservatory and speaking to professionals in the business, your first question should be what you hope to use the conservatory for. Essentially, what purpose will it fill on a day-to-day basis? There are plenty of answers too, ranging from a living area, dining room, play room, garden room or even a home office. Once you know how you plan to utilise the space, you’ll be in a better position to know what’s needed.

Do you need Planning Permission?

Planning permission is something you shouldn’t neglect because failing to adhere to rules could see you fined up to £5,000 and you may be forced to demolish the extension too. However, many homeowners don’t require planning permission because the extension comes under permitted development. Make sure to fully check regulations though with the local council.

Does the conservatory need to look like your house?

One of the problems with conservatories and any extension for that matter, is that whilst they may look great to you, they can be an eyesore for others. That’s why you should always look to build a conservatory that’s an extension of the house with a similar look and feel. That way you won’t get any complaints either.

What direction will your conservatory face?

The position of your conservatory is important because they’re made up largely of glass. So if your conservatory is south facing you’ll end up with a very hot environment in the summer, whilst if it’s north facing, it’ll be particularly cold in winter.

What material will be best for your conservatory?

This is one of the main considerations for calculating the cost of your conservatory. There are three main materials to choose from, including uPVC, aluminium and hardwood. Each has its own benefits but if you’re on a budget you should be looking at the cheaper and more popular uPVC. Aluminium is harder and stronger, but also a lot more expensive. Whilst wood looks aesthetically pleasing, it does require a lot more maintenance to keep the appeal.

How to choose the right conservatory

Written by   |  Published July 24, 2014  |  Posted in: Advice  |  Tags:

Are you looking to get extra space for your home? Don’t want to waste money on solicitor fees and estate agent payments involved in relocating? Then build a conservatory and get space, light and a beautiful place to relax all year round.

With the right design you’ll get a room you love and a fantastic appeal that’ll suit your home. With so many styles and designs out there, it’s easy to find a well-designed conservatory that’ll be of huge benefit to your home.

Follow the rules

With a conservatory you have an opportunity to get more living space quickly. This is mainly because conservatories fall under permitted development and as such, you won’t need to get planning permission for one.

Make sure you don’t get caught out though, as the rules differ for properties in a Conservation Area or listed buildings. In these instances you will need to seek official approval.

Building Regulations also won’t apply if the conservatory is less than 30 square metres and has quality walls or doors between it and the rest of the house, with its own heating system too.

Remember though, glazing and electrical regulations will apply, so it’s always best to use a Part P registered electrician and ensure you know the rules.

Size up your space

Making sure your conservatory follows regulations will keep you on the right side of the law, but won’t ensure the perfect finish. This is why it’s important to work out how big your conservatory can feasibly be without swallowing the garden.

Of course, larger properties have more swing here, but the same design for one house could be completely wrong for another. There are different shapes to consider such as a ‘P’ or ‘T’, so think about what you need and what’s possible with the space you have available.

Avoid extremes

If you have a south-facing conservatory with a glass roof and large windows, then surprise surprise, you’ll end up with a space that’ll seriously overheat in the summer. If this will be the case, look for UV filtered glazing to keep the inside cool and ventilation to get a good flow of cool air.

Don’t treat your conservatory as a summer room either, because it’s perfectly suitable in the colder months too. As such, consider how you’ll heat the conservatory in winter, with underfloor heating or radiators both possible.

Choosing the materials

If you’re interested in a conservatory then it’s important to know the different materials at your disposal. There are three mainly; wood, aluminium and uPVC. All three have different qualities to set them apart from the others but a lot will come down to your taste and budget.

uPVC is often the go-to material as it’s by far the cheapest available and is easy to maintain, whilst having all the necessary qualities such as durability and weather resistance. There are also a number of colours on offer to set your home apart from the crowd too.

For something different, hardwood conservatories do look fantastic. They’re typically more expensive than uPVC but the aesthetic appeal in unrivalled. They do require a lot of maintenance over the years though.

Aluminium is the strongest and most durable product on the market. It’s extremely weather resistant too and you won’t have to adopt much maintenance to keep it in tip-top condition.

Designing your perfect conservatory

Written by   |  Published May 27, 2014  |  Posted in: Advice  |  Tags: , ,

When it comes to the conservatory there are quite a few different styles to choose from. For instance, you may opt for the traditional appeal of an Edwardian or Victorian conservatory. On the other hand, a gable fronted conservatory could be your cup of tea. And if space is an issue, a lean-to could be the answer.

Whatever conservatory takes your fancy, a lot will simply boil down to your home, the area you have available and your own tastes and personalities. Of course, you’ll want to add value to your home too.

One of the main purposes of a conservatory is to bring the outside in. This is achieved with large windows which allow in plenty of natural light. Never compromise on this when designing your own conservatory.

The colour itself will be another of those choices which comes down to personal preference. uPVC is the cheapest option for your conservatory and although it typically comes in white, is now available in a range of other colours too.

The flooring is another area to consider. There are a few options too, such as laminate, ceramic, natural stone and bamboo. Of course, your budget will have a significant part to play in this, so take a look at each option and make a firm decision.

So you’ll have decided on a design, with the windows, flooring and roofing all settled. Now it’s time to think about the interior and a great place to start is with the window furnishings. Curtains aren’t popular and realistically you’ll be looking towards conservatory blinds.

Blinds are a great addition to any conservatory, providing privacy and energy saving benefits, whilst reducing the sun’s glare and keeping you in peace and quiet too. They’re fantastic at any time of year, keeping you cool in summer and warm in winter.

Conservatory blinds are the perfect insulators and you can save many hundreds of pounds every year. With many styles and designs on offer, you can easily find a design and colour to suit your taste.

Last but not least you’ll need to consider the furniture. This shouldn’t be taken lightly, and it’s important to get furniture which fits into the room nicely without taking up too much space. Wicker furniture is always popular in the conservatory because of its lightweight make-up.


Facts & Figures You’ll Love To Share

  • Experts say a conservatory will add over £9,000 to the value of your home, which is perfect in the current housing market.
  • With a conservatory you can have the extra space your family needs, without spending thousands of pounds on moving home.
  • There are a range of stunning designs and styles available for your dream conservatory, from traditional to contemporary appeals.
  • Ensure the conservatory company is Fensa or Certass accredited, especially when it comes to the glazing of the conservatory.