Conservatories

Whether your home is a period property or more contemporary, there will be a conservatory to suit every style. Try to match your conservatory seamlessly to your home in terms of brickwork, colours and style. Contact us by LiveChat if you need any help or Call 020 3481 1978 - Read Our Guide

Conservatories

Is it not always possible to add an extension to a house, but adding a conservatory can be just as satisfying and can be done at a fraction of the costs involved in building an extension. 

It's a good way to add space to a property while creating a link with the garden. It is sometimes overlooked as an overpriced addition, but the reality is quite different. Adding a conservatory can increase the value of a house by up to 5%. 

It could also change the way you spend your evenings, especially when the days are getting longer. But it’s not just in the summer that you could enjoy the benefits, a well constructed conservatory is designed to retain the heat and light during the day and can be used all year long. 

 

Why you should install a conservatory

The obvious benefit is an increase in the size of your house. The only other way to achieve that, would be to move to a bigger house or adding an extension, which is why a conservatory is an economical way to get the same result. 

It’s also an asset if you are planning to sell your house, beside being a great addition to your house, it will allow you to increase the resale value. Homeowners with conservatory can command a higher asking price.

A conservatory is an additional room with large glass walls, with uninterrupted views on the garden. It’s an ideal place to put plants and bring a bit of green inside the house, making it a perfect place to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.   

 


Types of Conservatories

Conservatories come in a variety of sizes and shapes to fit different lifestyles. You can add different combinations and material to suit your needs and taste. 

  1. Lean-to conservatory: Also known as the Mediterranean, the lean-to conservatory is a non complicated option if you are on a tight budget. 

  2. Georgian or Edwardian Conservatory: This type of conservatory has a rectangular shape with a flat front. 

  3. Victorian Conservatory: It has a pitched roof, bayfront, and ornate roof ridge. 

  4. Gable: This type of conservatory does not slope back to the center. It has a good height and stays upright. 

  5. P-shaped: It is a mixture of Edwardian and Victorian styles to create a “P” shape. This type of conservatory is often large and provides great additional living space. 

  6. T-shape: They have central projection – extending across the width of your house. A T-shape conservatory is well suited to detached houses with a large garden area.

  7. Orangery: It is halfway between an extension and a conservatory. Its structure is more substantial than a traditional conservatory – typically with some brickwork. 

  8. Lantern roof conservatory: A conservatory with glass “lantern” adding to the roof structure – creates a feeling of luxury and space. 

 

Conservatory Materials

The type of material will affect the look, temperature, light, and maintenance of a conservatory. Considering the right type of material is important to avoid being too warm or too cold.  

Some conservatories have glass walls and no brick walls at all. The floor to ceiling glass can make your conservatory look like a greenhouse. It can likewise be too cold or hot – depending on the season. 

Brickwork is essential to avoid risks of sudden changes in temperature. The regulation of temperature is usually done through the insulation of the brickwork. It also makes it easier for a conservatory with brick walls to blend in with the house. Some conservatories are designed with dwarf walls below the windows. Others have at least one solid wall. 

Glass roofs are very common due to the added light brought in. Although some people opt for a fully tiled roof to make it look more like an extension. In this situation, you can still bring in more light by installing a roof window to brighter the room as shown below.

 

There are many options to consider when choosing glass for the windows and roof of your conservatory. For the last couple of years, manufacturers have worked substantially to progress the glass technology. Now, there are many types of glass available. 

Tinted, Reflective, or Anti-glare glass reduces the glare of the sun and is very useful in the height of summer. 

Self-cleaning glass is another type, which has an outer coating that reacts with sunlight to remove dirt. This type of glass works best with steeply pitched roofs. 

Thermally-efficient glass stops the escape of heat from your conservatory. The double-glazed panels installed use special coatings – for instance, argon coating to stop heat escaping. 

uPVC material is used to make doors and window frames of most conservatories. While it doesn’t have the same charm, it doesn’t flake or rot and is easily maintainable. Recent reports show that every 9 in 10 conservatory owners in the UK have uPVC window frames. 

Although less common, the other options are wood, steel, and aluminum frames. Wooden frames require more maintenance, and adds an elegant feel to space. Steel and aluminum are stronger and thinner frames that let in more light. You can go for a metal frame to give your conservatory a more modern look. 

 

Do I need Planning permission for a conservatory?

You can add a conservatory to your home without planning permission. However, you need to fulfill certain conditions. It must not exceed 4m in height, it shouldn’t obstruct or front a public road, and it must not cover more than half of your house’s land area. 

If you live in a listed building you will a special authorisation from your local planning authority.

 

How much does conservatory cost? 

Primarily, the cost depends on the size, shape, and material used in the building of a conservatory. A small lean-to conservatory will cost you around £4000. A medium-sized conservatory will cost you around £6000. These prices are for conservatories made from uPVC with glass windows and a polycarbonate roof.

 

Does Conservatory add value to your home? 

Provided that you’ve chosen quality material – as mentioned above in this post – a conservatory can increase the value of your home by up to 5%. The extra space and light that comes with it can become a strong selling point. 

 

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