What Type Of Conservatory Do I Need?

Conservatories can be a great addition to any home. Additional light to your home, extra space, or somewhere to be outdoors all year round are just some of the benefits a conservatory can give, but which is right for you? This will all depend on your reasons for wanting a conservatory in the first place. Here we outline the types of conservatories available and some of the common reasons people have one installed.

Why Do You Want A Conservatory

One of the first questions you want to ask yourself if what is the purpose of the conservatory? Is it going to be used as what is called a “garden room”? A place for growing plants or a room for your pets? Then a basic conservatory which can be accessed through an existing door would be appropriate.

When do you want to use it? Will it be all year round or just as a summer retreat? If you want to use it just for summer, then a basic constructed conservatory would be the best solution but bear in mind it’s going to get cold in the winter months and it could affect the temperature of the rest of the house.

Neil from Don Valley Windows Ltd in Sheffield Said “If you are looking to extend your living space all year round, then you’re going to have seriously thinking about the style, size, interior features and the construction of your conservatory. You may want to consider making it open plan with the rest of your house by knocking down an interior wall, bear in mind though if you are changing the grade of existing external doors you will need to comply with part L of the Building Regs and if you make it open plan with no doors then you will need a full Building Regulation application and the whole conservatory will have to comply not just the doors.”

Types Of Conservatory

So what types of conservatories are there? Here we list a few with their benefits and features

Edwardian Conservatories

Whether it’s square or rectangular shape the Edwardian conservatory can be a great addition to any home. Edwardian conservatories are seeing a comeback in popularity like the Victorian conservatory and can often be distinguished by its pointed roof, and square or rectangular shape. The main benefit is this can help maximise floor space. These types of properties are usually suited to properties with medium to larger size gardens otherwise the conservatory will end up dwarfing your property.

P-Shape Conservatories

This conservatory is a mixture of a lean-to and Victorian or Edwardian conservatory.  It’s P-shape, means in larger conservatories you can either split this into two rooms or one big living space. This type of conservatory can really add an extra dimension to any home due to its flexibility.

Victorian Conservatories

Best suited to a house of the same era, the Victorian conservatory can be a great addition to your house, however it can dwarf some properties. The Victorian conservatory tends to be me ornate then it’s Edwardian counterpart and it’s design is based on the orangeries of the 17th century which were popular amongst the gentry. Traditionally these properties are made of wood, however modern designs feature Uvpc which still can make a stunning addition to your home.

Lean To

Lean to or Mediterranean conservatories are the best option for those who want to extend the space of their home where budget is an option.

We hope you have enjoyed our article on the things to consider when buying a conservatory and types of options available. Happy shopping!

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Matthew Okafor