Conservatory Design Ideas and Advice

Conservatories are always popular and they can be a fantastic way to add value to your home.

Plan your build well and you’ll benefit from extra living space, that’s ideal for a child’s toy room or for entertaining guests in BBQ season.

To help you create the best conservatory possible, I’ve outlined my top conservatory design tips.

Conservatory design tips

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Check for planning permission

Most conservatories don’t require planning permission unless you’ve already extended your house previously. But, some new build properties have restrictions placed upon them. It’s always worth checking with your local planning and building control department to save you time and money.

Always make sure that the design fits with the style of your house

Hire a builder to mirror the structural detailing of your home and the conservatory will become part of your home, rather than looking like a last minute cut and paste add on. If you own an older period style property, you should avoid the traditional gable conservatory with a pitched roof and opt for the two-tier lantern conservatory instead.

Don’t choose the largest possible size

When you’re looking to create extra space, chances are you want as much as possible. Unless you own a mansion, going supersize will actually devalue your home, if your new build takes over your garden space. As a general rule, you should aim to have no less than 4m by 4m but the limit will depend on the size of your home.

Pay attention to direction

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If you have a certain conservatory function in mind, consider the direction that it will face. A North facing room won’t overheat in the summer but could be chilly in the winter – so extra attention to heating will be needed. A South facing room won’t cause as many heating problems as it will see more sun, but you’ll need to cool the room down with blinds, windows and maybe even a roof vent.

East facing rooms will receive most sun in the morning before it reaches the West in the afternoon, so a West facing room wouldn’t make a very good kitchen diner if you vision happy family breakfasts.

Avoid carpets

While the odd rug and mat is fine, a carpet will get dirty very quickly if your conservatory is backed onto your garden. Engineered hardwood flooring or tiling will be easier to clean and it looks pretty sleek too! Just steer clear of solid hardwood as it tends to warp under high temperatures and might cause you problems when/if we get some summer sun!

Pick your roof wisely

For the roof, you’ve got the option of glass or polycarbonate. Glass isn’t always suitable depending on the style that you opt for, but if so, Pilkington K glass is renowned for controlling temperature and condensation. Polycarbonate is both lighter and less expensive but if you plan on creating a cosy winter reading haven, it might not be for you due to its poor soundproofing quality.

Know what conservatory you want and already checked for planning permission? If so,  find a local conservatory specialist to help you with your conservatory project. 

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