Expectations from a new build conservatory Colchester
If you are considering the possibility of a new build conservatory Colchester or Essex wide, it’s best to know all the facts first. Here is some helpful advice and tips on different types of conservatories and how best they might suit you.
A conservatory is generally considered a structure that is roughly 50% brickwork 50% glass, with roughly 75% of the roof being glazed. Conservatories became popular with the gentry in the 15th century and were originally used to grow plants and citrus fruits. The orangery also became a fashionable home improvement throughout the 17th century for the wealthy. This was due to its help in encouraging vegetation that perhaps wouldn’t naturally take to our English climate. Nowadays a conservatory has become a space most associated with socializing, or a way to bring the outdoors in.
Here are some pointers to help you choose your preferred styles of conservatory
There are many types of conservatory for whatever shape, size or style suits you best. However, choosing the correct one for you will require some careful consideration. It is important that you consider how it will affect or complement your current space! How will your home transition through to your new conservatory space? Will the style and shape of the conservatory complement your home? These are all things that need to be taken into account. To give you a good starting point we have listed the main types of conservatories and their differences to better help you decide which would suit your needs and space best.
A Victorian-style conservatory has a ridged roof and a multi-faceted end wall creating an elegant rounded effect. The Victorian conservatory is the most popular style of conservatory and it suits all styles of house and home whether it be a period property or a new build.
Edwardian conservatories have a ridged roof combined with a rectangular base, giving the classical feel of the Victorian design, but with greater available space.
The Edwardian Gable Conservatory
This alternate style of Edwardian conservatory is designed with ridges that meet the roof, with a gabled end. Resulting in clean lines to suit many modern homes, the Edwardian conservatory generally has a square or rectangular shape. This also has a pitched roof with an apex (just like the Victorian style). Occasionally the apex of the roof will host a set of crests for decorative effect.
A gable-end conservatory is square or rectangular in style, much like a Georgian conservatory.
When choosing a gable-end conservatory it is important to be aware that the front of the roof doesn’t slope back to the centre. Instead, the front of the conservatory stays upright, like the end of a house. A gable-end conservatory is also square or rectangular in shape.
A lean-to conservatory, sometimes known as Mediterranean or sun-room, is the simplest design. The conservatory is a single-sloped roof with a long wall adjoined to the house. It is also a useful style for fitting into a corner area.
P, L, T or U-shape Conservatory
P-shaped, L-shaped, T-shaped or U-shaped conservatories can combine a mix of the lean-to and Victorian/Edwardian style conservatories. These are an ideal choice if you are looking for a larger conservatory. The different layouts will provide extra scope if you have limited or unique outdoor space. This makes it possible to attach a conservatory onto almost any home.
A lantern conservatory is a style that is often chosen for swimming pools, orangeries or larger conservatories. Lantern conservatories traditionally come in a brick, stone or glass finish, providing the feel of a permanent structure.
Orangery Style Conservatories
The classic orangery uses a parapet wall with solid corner construction. This provides a more traditional design with all the benefits of a modern conservatory. An orangery has a roof with a solid roof perimeter and a glazed ‘lantern’ in the centre. The flush area around the perimeter forms a ceiling that can be fitted with downlights.
Off The Wall Conservatory
Choosing an off the wall conservatory gives you a choice of what material is used for the internal walls. Perhaps you would like to open the space up by having the glass panels from floor to ceiling? Or, an attractive brick wall for a more homely feel? Whatever you choose, the style can be in keeping with the existing style of the house. Also, this style of conservatory can be highly insulated with any ventilation or heating needs you may require.
As well as the options above, you may also consider creating a custom conservatory of your own design. This bespoke option allows for a truly individual design to suit your home and your needs. This option allows you to choose dimension, style and glazing choices.
How to best position your new build conservatory Colchester or Essex Wide
North-facing conservatories generally receive less direct sunlight than south-facing. This means the conservatory will be less likely to overheat in the summer. Because of this a north-facing conservatory will likely require a more simple ventilation system.
The downside of this is that in winter a north-facing conservatory can be much colder. To avoid damp or moisture issues it is important to consider what ventilation and heating systems will be the most effective.
A south-facing conservatory is an ideal option if the space is intended for use all year round.
In the summer, south-facing conservatories will be exposed to sunlight throughout the day. It is important when choosing a south-facing conservatory that ventilation is carefully considered. Solar control glazing is also highly recommended for south-facing conservatories and orangeries.
East-facing conservatories and orangeries get the best of the early morning sun.This makes east-facing conservatories perfect if you plan to make more use of your conservatory in the morning.
West-facing conservatories provide more sunlight in the afternoons, which is perfect if you plan to spend more time in this space later in the day. Depending on the time of year, this choice may require heating in the morning and ventilating later in the day.
Advisable next steps for a new build conservatory Colchester
It is always best to check if you require planning permission, especially if your property is listed.
Planning may be required if your property falls into any of the below criteria:
- Your planned conservatory will cover more than 50% of the land around your house
- It is higher than the highest part of the roof of your home
- You wish to include any of the following: verandas, balconies or raised platforms
1st Homes have years of experience and knowledge in conservatories, are highly respected and happy to assist you throughout the process. Please get in touch to plan your new build conservatory Colchester or Essex wide: https://1sthomes.co.uk/contact/