How to choose the right conservatory

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.

Tom Crosswell

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