Bring the outdoors in with a conservatory

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If you need more space at home a conservatory is a great way to extend – provided you plan carefully.   There’s a huge range of different styles of conservatory available, ranging from simple modern lean-to styles, through elegant Victorian style orangeries and garden rooms.

Conservatory design falls into two broad categories: traditional and contemporary.  Traditional conservatories are designed with a nod to the architecture of period buildings with a huge range of styles on offer, from Victorian through to Georgian.  A note of caution: ‘traditional’ design is a very broad term which can be subject to different interpretation so if you decide to opt for a traditional conservatory, make sure your supplier is thinking along the same lines as you are!

Although the Georgian and Edwardian eras are completely different periods in history, when it comes to conservatory design, these styles are applied to symmetrical conservatories with pitched roofs.  Conservatories in this style category have a flat front which means that they tend to a larger useable floor space than Victorian styles.

Contemporary conservatories on the other hand tend to be designed with clean, simple lines and unfussy frames.  Available in a wide range of roof styles from flat through to pitch and lean-to, contemporary conservatories are normally very simple rectangular or square structures.

Gable fronted conservatories have a vertical front with a steeply pitched roof and the beauty of conservatories from this style category is that, depending on the decorative detail used, can be designed to look contemporary or traditional.

Don’t forget that conservatories can also be built in a variety of shapes such as t-shaped or in the shape of a p and either option can be a great and relatively economical way, to add useful additional space to your home.

Conservatories can be made from a range of different materials from timber through to metal with some of the latest styles designed to look virtually frameless.  uPVC framed conservatories are a low-cost option and because they require very little maintenance, are easy to look after.  Timber framed conservatories need to be periodically painted or varnished to maintain their good looks.  It is important to make sure that the conservatory ties in well with your existing roof and advice from a specialist roofing contractor Skipton or UK based is a good idea.

When it comes to choosing a conservatory, the size, shape and style of your home should all influence your decision.  This means that buying a conservatory to match a Victorian or Georgian home is relatively simple but if your home is from a different era or you’d like to go for a contemporary design, things can get a little more complicated!  For example, bear in mind that imposing styles such as Georgian, lantern-roofed conservatories can dwarf smaller properties can look stunning on larger houses, and p or t-shaped designs can be useful if you plan to use your conservatory as a dining and living space because the angled shape will create a natural division.

If you’d like to extend your home with a conservatory, there a number of options available when it comes to the design and build.  National conservatory companies tend to be more expensive than local firms but they do offer a range of benefits such as great-value seasonal offers and extended guarantees.  Bear in mind that a local builder should, provided the design is relatively simple, also be able to build a conservatory for you.  As with any major building project, it’s important to get several quotes and word-of-mouth can be a very useful way to get recommendations!

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