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Top tips for adding a conservatory

A conservatory can be a great addition to a home. Whether you’re wanting to create a space for

relaxing, an area to work in or somewhere for the kids to play, we’ll explore everything you need to know about adding a conservatory.

Get a few quotes

Try and aim for three quotes from multiple, reputable companies and, if possible, use recommendations from others. Don’t necessarily go with the cheapest or quickest though – it’s important to take into consideration a range of factors when choosing the best company such as whether they’re local or national and how much experience they have.

Orangery style conservatory

Planning permission

Whilst you might not need planning permission for a conservatory, it’s worth checking the guidelines with your local council before you embark on the project. You might need to get permission if it’s over a certain size or is likely to cover a large percentage of your garden.

Use of your conservatory

What you use your conservatory for could affect the build so consider the purpose of the space. For

example, you might need extra lighting or heating, especially if it’s going to be used as a work office or play room for the kids.

Lean-to style conservatory

Estimated build times

Building a conservatory can take a few weeks, depending on the size and style so take this into consideration when you’re planning the work. It’s also worth bearing in mind that factors such as weather or supply delays could impact the time it takes to complete so be prepared for any unforeseen circumstances.

Style and material

There are a range of styles and materials to choose from for a conservatory, especially for the roof and flooring. You might want to consider plastic sheets, glass or hybrid options for the roof, depending on your preferred look, whilst stone, vinyl or tiles are popular choices for flooring. You’ll also need to take into consideration your budget and the purpose of your space when selecting the right materials.

Lean-to style conservatory

Electrics and heating

You’ll need to get a professional and registered electrician to wire the space and add plug sockets. If you’re wanting the option to heat your conservatory, you’ll also need a registered engineer to fit radiators and/or underfloor heating.

Finishing touches

Consider how you’d like to decorate the space and choose appropriate colour schemes and lighting features, depending on the purpose of your conservatory. You’ll also want to think about furnishings such as sofas, chairs, tables or maybe a desk.

By following these tips, your conservatory will hopefully provide you and your family with a great new space that will last for years to come.



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