Planning a Conservatory

Adding a conservatory to your property can be an excellent way of improving your home. It can give you much needed extra space if your family is starting to outgrow your house; it can give the property an extra dimension and a touch of luxury and might even increase the …

Conservatory 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 you want, there’s the glazing and the roof to consider and of course, once built, the conservatory must be furnished. The lighting is an …

The Lean To Conservatory

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 …

Conservatory Furniture

When you are building a new conservatory, much of the focus is on the style and finish of the exterior, the type of materials and glazing, and the actual build process. But once the extension is complete and you are ready to use the conservatory, your thoughts will turn to …

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Rattan Conservatory Furniture

Various items of conservatory and outdoor furniture can be made from rattan.

Furnishing a conservatory can be a liberating experience; it gives you the chance to experiment with a variety of different styles and materials to create the perfect garden room. Rattan, cane and wicker furniture is often used in conservatories, and some items can also be used as outdoor furniture for the garden.

Rattan is a particularly durable material and can be used to create several different items of furniture, including chairs, tables, sun loungers, sofas and dining suites. Synthetic rattan is also now widely available and can be used to create tougher, weather-proof furniture which can be used outdoors.

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Wicker Conservatory Furniture

Conservatory chairs in wicker.

When you are building a new conservatory, there are many design factors to consider; including the interior and the furnishings. When you are planning the conservatory, it helps to have an idea of how it will look when it is completed, and what it will be used for.

If you know what style you intend to achieve, it will aid you in the design of both the exterior and the interior.

The furniture is an integral part of the conservatory design; it should reflect the style of the conservatory as a whole, as well as providing a link from the house to the garden.

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Conservatory Cleaning

The roof can suffer with a build up of dirt, green algae, leaves and debris. If left it can lead to a build up of water which can damage the roof

For many people the main reason to have a conservatory is to have a place to relax in; a place to sit and enjoy the sun and the garden. However, to keep the conservatory in good condition and it to keep it looking pristine, it will require regular cleaning.

Conservatories are slightly different to the rest of the house, and require their own cleaning regime. As well as cleaning inside, the conservatory should be cleaned outside, the roof, the glass and the frames all need attention. The information below gives a rough guide to what needs to be done, and how to go about it.

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Conservatory Repairs

Good maintenance of each part of the conservatory will help to reduce any problems.

When you build a conservatory it becomes part of your property, and just like any other part of the house, it can suffer damage and wear and tear. Good maintenance of each part of the conservatory will help to reduce any problems, but there may be a time in the future when you have to carry out conservatory repairs.

You can carry out much of the maintenance in a conservatory yourself, but some of the more technical repairs, such as door or window replacements, may have to be carried out by a professional.

Some general maintenance tips are listed below, which should help you to keep your conservatory in good condition. Some of the more common problems encountered with conservatories are also listed, along with some of the solutions.

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Conservatory Roof Blinds

To block out direct sunlight or ecscessive heat in the conservatory use roof blinds

Blinds can be considered as integral to the design of a conservatory as the frames and the glazing. Building a conservatory will add a host of benefits to your property, giving you extra space and increasing the value of your house.

The style of the conservatory and the choice of frame will affect the aesthetics of the finished room, while the blinds will affect the ambience and the feeling of comfort in the room.

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Conservatory Doors

French doors can be constructed to varying widths and heights to suit your conservatory and can be fitted with any type of glazing.

If you are planning and designing a conservatory, there are several different parts of the building to think about to achieve the final style you are aiming for. Even if you have chosen a standard design from a conservatory company, or are having a bespoke conservatory designed for you, there are likely to be many decisions to make on the types of material and the finish.

The types of door you choose, both for internal and external doors, will have a major impact on the usability of your conservatory, the look of it and practical issues such as furniture placement.

It is also worth remembering that building regulations state that any doors to the house should be of the same insulating standards as an external house door. For external conservatory doors, there are a number of different styles you can go for, some of the most common are listed below.

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Conservatory Windows

uPVC or wood frames are suitable for glazed units

One of the key parts of the planning stage when you are building a conservatory is selecting the windows. Much of the ‘wall’ space in a conservatory will consist of glazing and it is important to choose the right materials as the windows will affect the look of the finished building, they will affect the feeling of comfort within the conservatory and they will affect energy efficiency.

Double glazing is now more or less standard throughout the industry, while single glazing or polycarbonate windows are generally only used in exceptional circumstances. It is essential to make sure the windows are supplied and installed by a FENSA registered company to ensure the materials meet building regulations.

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Choosing the Right Conservatory Roof

The style of the conservatory will affect the type of construction for the roofing system.

There are several reasons to add a conservatory to your property; it can give you much-needed extra space, it can open up the house to the garden, it can act as a pleasant sunroom or a playroom for children and it should increase the value of your house.

To achieve the best possible building however and one that meets your expectations, it is important to select the right materials to suit your requirements.

The conservatory roof may be the single most important part of the construction. A cheap roofing system or a poorly installed roof can cause a variety of problems and could result in a room, which is not pleasant to use.

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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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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 structure and the frames of the conservatory. Both hardwood and uPVC are strong durable materials for conservatories, and both come with advantages and disadvantages.

If you have an older property it may benefit most from a traditional conservatory, there are several different types you can buy in Victorian, Edwardian and Georgian styles, depending which best suits the property.

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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 …