Conservatory 101: Choosing Right, Constructing Right

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Choosing the right conservatory is one thing, but having it constructed the correct way with the right materials is another. All this requires accurate information to avoid any regrets in the future. You want to get value for your money here, and this guide will help make that possible.

So, first off, there are various types of conservatories to choose from when planning for luxury garden rooms. But finding the option that will suit you best will depend on the following factors:

Factors to consider

The ability to choose a conservatory structure that fits your needs can be confusing and exciting at the same time. You need to conduct proper evaluation and research. Some of the factors to put into consideration here include its budget, size and shape, change of season, and, finally, the aesthetics.


The temperature, in this case, is the primary factor. You want to cover for the extreme high or low temperatures in the summer and winter, respectively. So, use the right materials to eliminate any chances of your plants suffering from these extreme temperatures.


Conservatories and orangeries differ in construction costs. But as time goes by people are moving from the former to the later, although orangeries are costlier than conservatories. Ideally, that is because orangeries are quite permanent and you can have them as part of the house. They also are more secure and advantageous than their counterparts, conservatories.

Size & Shape

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The size factor here is mainly on creating create more room for your plants and pets. Choose a structure that allows in enough light that your pets and plants need. Further details on the shape are to add aesthetic value to the structure.

Types of conservatories

They vary from one to another depending on the material combination, sizes, and shapes. Some of the types are the Victorian types whose roof you pitch with an ornate ridge and has bayfront. The lean-to (Mediterranean) conservatory is a common one, too, and has the simplest form and is very cheap to construct. Quite similar to the Victorian is the Edwardian (Georgian) conservatory, but has a flat form and is rectangular. Other types include gables, lantern roof, tiled roof, and P- and T-shape conservatories.

Types of materials

Carefully select the materials required to construct the walls floor and roof should. Using of a little brickwork and glass will make the walls more comfortable regardless of the season. Glass roofs are a conventional design, but for tiled conservatories, you can fit a roof light to eliminate the idea of making it look like an extension. It is best you use UPVC for the windows and doors because it is easy to maintain.

Conclusion: The Glass Issue

Choosing the type of glass is very crucial when planning for your luxury garden rooms. The choices here range from anti-glare or reflective to thermally-efficient glass solutions. These aid in controlling the temperatures. You can opt for self-cleaning glass, too, but these are a little pricier than other glasses. Your conservatory builder can, however, help you find the right glass specification that will best fit the purpose of the garden room.

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