There are several ways to add value to your home including building an extension, fitting a new kitchen or having a loft conversion.  But probably one of the most profitable ways of improving and adding value and space to your home is to build a conservatory.

The addition of a conservatory enables you to make the most of the garden, whether it’s raining or not.  It also allows you to fully appreciate the summer months whilst indoors.  They also look and feel incredibly comfortable and inviting, so it’s easy to understand their popularity.

Best of all this is an extension that is quicker and cheaper, from order to completion in only a matter of weeks. The other benefit is also that most conservatories are exempt from planning permission and building regulations.

In recent years there has been a change in conservatory buyer habits.  Consumers want to use their conservatory all year round – through the hottest summer or the coldest winter, and want a room to fit in with their lifestyle needs – whether it be full walls, a shaded roof, an extension to the kitchen, a new family room or somewhere to just sit and watch TV, eat or even study.

With developments in energy efficient solar reflective glass technology, double and triple glazing, improved profiles and beading to reduce condensation and noise as well as improved wall insulation a whole new generation of conservatory options are now available.

There are six classic conservatory styles that are still the most popular choices for conservatory buyers:

Victorian – a popular style distinguished by a faceted front, giving a curved appearance.  A particular favourite with period properties.


Georgian – a flat-fronted style that offers excellent use of floor space due to the square or rectangular internal shape.  Its sloping roof and contemporary style is suited to the majority of property styles.

Gable – a gable fronted conservatory adds a sense of grandeur to any home.  Feature the same rectangular floor space as a Georgian, a gable offers excellent use of internal space.

Lean-to – for properties with little room under the eaves or for those homeowners that prefer a clean simple look, a lean-to conservatory is the ideal choice.  The roof pitch can be varied offering versatility and flexibility.

Lantern – the ‘original’ conservatory style offering a feel of drama and grandeur.  Distinguished by the two-tiered feature roof, the height within a Lantern adds an extra dimension to the feeling of light and space.

Orangery – High, ornate glazed roofs and full height walls create renaissance grandeur which for centuries has been seen as the ultimate conservatory structure for the home.

Whether you want real wood, uPVC or low maintenance timber alternatives there is a range and style to suit every home and every use, from a spectacular home office to a stylish dining area, or just somewhere to relax.

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