Deciding on the design of your conservatory is an important part of the process and you will want to give careful thought to the size and design and the impact it will have on your property and garden. Conservatories add value and living space and you will also need to consider the intended main use. You may simply want to extend your lounge living area into the garden or you may be looking to add a dining room or children’s playroom or home based office. Once you have decided on the main purpose of this additional living space you will have a clearer idea of the style.
A DIY conservatory is the most cost effective and easiest solution to adding more living space to your home and because you have chosen the self build route the cost is likely to be reflected in the value of your property much faster because of the savings you will make.
It is important to remember that the style or shape of conservatory should be in keeping with the design and age of your home. Edwardian and Lean to styles suit most modern homes but if your home is an older property, a Victorian or Gable End style would probably be your choice.
If you house is in a terraced or semi-detached property you may want to consider full height side walls for privacy and this offers an ideal background to position furniture against. A popular choice for most conservatories is to incorporate a dwarf wall rather than full height glazing, which provides window boards at seating level.
Be it a dwarf wall or full height glazing, most traditional conservatories feature a transom line around the conservatory with a combination of fixed lights or opening vents above. It is also possible to specify opening sashes below the transom line although due to height restrictions this will usually require a higher dwarf wall or a deeper transom line. Opening sashes below the transom line do however represent a health and safety issue, especially for young children, so this option does need careful consideration.
Most styles will normally include a pair of French doors to the front or one side to allow easy access to the garden or patio. These can normally be positioned where you require them and are supplied complete with restrictors to prevent the door leaf blowing back against the conservatory wall. Alternatively, a sliding patio door or bi folding door can be specified if preferred.