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Buying a Conservatory

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Conservatories continue to be a popular home improvement choice in the UK and as we enjoy some Spring sunshine, it’s often the time of year that people take the plunge and place an order. However, before you decide, it’s important to think about how you’ll use the new space, how you want it to look as the finished room and what style of conservatory would best suit your needs.

How will you use the space?

One of the very first things to consider is how you will use the new room. Do you plan on it being a garden or pet room? Is it somewhere peaceful to escape on a sunny day? Or will it be a more integral extension to your existing living space? Each of these potential uses will suit a different kind of conservatory style and design.

For example, one used for plants and pets can probably be added onto the house and entered through an existing doorway. For a room that will only be used on warm sunny days, you only need a simple build, but you will need to think about the impact on the temperature of your whole home. As for a conservatory being a genuine extension of an existing living or dining room for example, this will require more thought and will be a slightly more complex project.

Conservatory Styles

There are so many different types of conservatories to choose from, and that’s before you even start to think about orangeries. So here are some of the most popular types on the market as well as a little bit of information about each.
The Victorian and Edwardian conservatories are very similar in style. The Victorian has a bay front with a pitched roof, as well as an ornately designed roof ridge. The Edwardian is very similar but features a flat front and rectangular shape.
The Lantern conservatory features a stunning glass ‘lantern’ roof and is supported by firm and solid structures. They offer a more modern look and offer great appeal aesthetically.
The Gable conservatory differs from most in terms of its roof design. Unlike most, the roof does not take a slow slope back to the centre. Instead, it remains upright for a greater sense of height and overall size.
Shaped conservatories also exist, usually in a T or P shape, but increasingly in all sorts of shapes to fit around unusual house shapes and garden spaces.
Research. Order. Enjoy!

Adding a conservatory to your home is an exciting project to undertake and a great way to add space to your house. Whether you plan to enjoy it by yourself or with friends and family as a more social space, they can add a whole new dimension to the way you live in your house and use the space. It’s important to do your research before you buy, as with any big-ticket item, but once you have decided on its use and the best style to suit your needs, in no time at all you can sit back and enjoy the result.

If you need any help or advice on the best conservatory for you, our friendly team are always here to help.

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