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The Victorian Conservatory

The Victorian conservatory is made with modern materials, and designed to reflect the architecture of the period.

If you are planning to build a conservatory, one of your first decisions will be about the style of the conservatory. There are several different styles in use today, each one available with a variety of different frames, bases and glazing; which gives you an almost limitless choice.

The style of conservatory is an important decision, because it will impact on how the finished building is used and enjoyed. The style will have an immediate effect on the aesthetics of the property and can enhance the look of your house if done well. A badly installed conservatory could adversely affect the appearance and even the value of your home.

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The Edwardian Conservatory

The Edwardian conservatory is designed to reflect the architecture of the period, this style has several benefits.

Building a conservatory will bring a host of benefits to your home, it will give you a place to relax and unwind in the sun; it can act as a second lounge or a children’s playroom, or as a nursery for plants. The conservatory will add a new dimension to your lifestyle and at the same time will add value to your property.

The choice of style is a difficult one when you first start to plan your conservatory, but is integral to the overall appearance and feel of the finished room. There are a variety of different styles you can go for, from the traditional Victorian and Edwardian conservatories, to the more modern and contemporary structures.

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The Modern Conservatory

Modern Conservatories are highly versatile, cheaper to buy and install than more complex traditional designs.

When conservatories first became popular in this country, it was thought they would aid the energy efficiency of a property by acting as a heat store and releasing the heat into the home. The principle may work in theory, but it is based upon using the conservatory only during the summer months. In reality, we spend time in our conservatories all year round and they are increasingly considered as an extra room.

Modern conservatories are becoming much more energy efficient to reflect this prolonged use, the designs are becoming more functional to offer usable and practical spaces. Architecture in general has become much less ‘fussy’ in modern times, modern conservatories tend to have clean smooth lines rather than the ornate detail that you would associate with traditional styles.

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The Bespoke Conservatory

A bespoke conservatory may be required for bigger buildings and needs to be larger than a standard conservatory,

If you are planning to build a conservatory you will find that there are a number of different options and different companies offering a variety of products. It may be daunting trying to decide what the best option is for you and your property.

There are different types of frames, different types of base, and different types of glazing to consider; it may be difficult to find the particular specification you require in the right type of style.

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The Lean To Conservatory

Sometimes referred to as a Mediterranean conservatory, the lean-to conservatory is one of the most popular styles in the UK today.

Building a conservatory offers several benefits and is a great addition to any home. Having a conservatory installed will increase the value of your property, and will give you and your family plenty of extra living space.

Cheaper and easier to build than a normal extension, a conservatory can fulfil a variety of uses from a playroom for children, to an extra living room, or a relaxing garden room.

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Permissions & Regulations

What are the Building Regulations for Conservatories?

Conservatories can be subject to building regulations under certain circumstances.

If you are planning to build a conservatory on your house, there are a number of things to think about during the planning stage. You …

Do I need Planning Permission for a Conservatory?

If conditions are met conservatory planning permission may not be required.

If you are planning to add a conservatory to your property, it is your responsibility to find out whether planning permission applies. The vast majority …

Building a Conservatory

Conservatory Insulation

Conservatory roof and windows need insulating to prevent heat loss.

When conservatories were first built it was thought that they may save householders money. The idea was that heat energy gained from the sun would …

uPVC or Wood Conservatory?

Consevatories made of uPVC are cheaper and just as robust as wooden framed ones.

If you are planning a conservatory one of the biggest design decisions you have to make is what type of material you use for the …

How to Choose a Timber Conservatory

Considering the overall look of a property, a wooden conservatrive is often more appropriate.

Timber conservatories are much sought after; and although they tend to be more expensive than uPVC conservatories, they are still a popular choice amongst buyers. …

Conservatory Parts

Conservatory Lighting

The ambience and feel of your conservatory can beenhanced with creative lighting.

When you are planning and designing a conservatory there are so many different things to think about. There are the frames and the style of …

Conservatory Heaters

Carefully consider conservatory heating options, if using the room in winter.

A conservatory can be a great addition to your home giving you much needed extra space. But if you intend to use this space throughout …