Whether it is to add some much-needed living space onto your beloved home, or you’re looking for ways to improve your property ready for putting onto the market, a conservatory can add exceptional benefits and style to your home. However, it is important to consider the different types of conservatories and the options you have before diving in and picking something that doesn’t quite match your vision or criteria. Luckily, there are an abundance of different conservatory styles and designs, making it easier than ever to add some character onto any type of property, whether it be a small Tudor style cottage or a modern new build. So, to give you a helping hand, we have come up with a comprehensive guide on how to choose a conservatory to match your style and property type.

How To Choose A Conservatory Based On Your Needs And Property Style

Conservatories have become one of the most popular home renovations for many homeowners across the UK, seamlessly adding space and personality to any home. Not only this, but homes with conservatories are likely to a 5-15% increase in their property value depending on the type and quality of the conservatory installed. This is an exceptional amount of money that you could see back in your pocket, so it is well worth the investment and careful consideration.

Before falling head over heels with a conservatory that you see on home improvement blogs such as Ideal Home, it is important to make sure that you are asking the right questions and taking your properties architecture into consideration. To make things a little easier, we will go through the following:

interior of conservatory

Questions To Ask Yourself

As you can image, there are many questions that you will need to answer before knowing what type of conservatory will be best for you. These questions are likely going to be asked by the Crown Conservatories, Windows & Doors team when enquiring about conservatories in Milton Keynes. Answering these questions will help to give a better understanding of your needs and requirements, ensuring that the conservatory matches your family life. Be sure to think about the following:

How Will You Use The Conservatory?

One of the many benefits of a conservatory is that it can be used for multiple purposes, such as a dining area, playroom or an extension of the kitchen and living area. The use of the conservatory is an important factor in the design process, as it will ultimately determine whether you have a wall separating the conservatory from the room it is attached to, or incorporate an open plan layout. Both of these interior design ideas are beautiful and offer different benefits. Luckily, due to interior design not affecting the exterior of the home or conservatory, it means that you can incorporate either of these designs into your home regardless of its style.

Another reason to consider the conservatories use is because it may impact the materials used. For example, many of our clients having an open plan interior tend to opt for a tiled roof conservatory, as it creates a seamless transition from one room to another. Some clients will even choose to have Velux windows installed to the roof of their conservatory to reap the benefits of both a tiled and glass roof. Whereas, those that wish to use their conservatory as a dining room, for example, prefer a glass roof to add natural lighting into the room, making it feel brighter and bigger.

conservatory dining room

Will You Need Planning Permission?

You may not be aware of this, but not all conservatories require planning permission, and it is one of the reasons why many homeowners choose conservatories over a full house extension. Whether a property will need planning permission or not will depend on a number of factors, such as the following:

  • Are you in a conservation area?
  • Will it obstruct your neighbours view?
  • Will you be able to see into your neighbour’s property?
  • How high will the conservatory be?
  • How big will the conservatory be?

Your answer to these questions may impact not only whether you will need planning permission, but whether it will be accepted. Your local authority will have the right to decline your request if they feel that your conservatory will disturb a landscape or affect your neighbour’s privacy. However, when working with Crown Conservatories, Windows & Doors, the team will find ways to improve your chances of gaining planning permission, going through any hurdles that you may have to overcome to increase the success rate.

The reason not all conservatories will require planning permission is because as a homeowner, you have permitted development rights. Permitted development rights are your right to extend or alter your property to an extent without needing planning permission. Generally, most homes are able to build a single story rear extension of up to 8 metres in length provided that you meet the criteria. You can read more about permitted development rights and whether your property allows you to extend without planning permission on Homebuilding & Renovating.

planning permission for conservatory

What Is Your Budget?

Depending on the budget that you have, you may find that materials will need to be adjusted to ensure that it can fit in with your price range. However, this does not mean that you have to compromise on style and quality. With the new and improved materials that are available, you can reap the benefits of a stunning conservatory while keeping the costs low. For example, uPVC is a durable, reliable and long-lasting material, that is most commonly used for domestic properties to provide sophisticated and clean window frames. While there are many beneficial features that come alongside uPVC windows, their cost remains low, making them an extremely affordable option. Luckily, uPVC windows also come in a range of styles and colours, making it easier than ever to ensure that your conservatory matches the style of your property. You can find out more about how to choose the perfect windows in Milton Keynes by taking a look at our previous article. If you are unsure about how to budget for your conservatory, then take a look at Budget Dumpster’s handy guide on budgeting for a home renovation.

Choosing Your Conservatory Design, Style & Material

As mentioned previously, there are an abundance of conservatory designs and styles that make it easy to find one that perfectly fits in with the exterior design of your home. This is feasible through the many materials that are available, helping you to choose colours and finishes that provide you with that beautiful final touch. Here is everything you need to know about the different types of conservatories that can help to enhance your property:

Conservatory Types

As conservatories have become more and more popular over the years, there have been many advancements in the range of styles you can choose from. Gone are the days where all you had to pick from was a slightly peaked glass roof with the possible chance of mosaic windows. Now, clients are able to choose from around six different styles of conservatory, some of which are best suited to the more traditional taste, and others to the modern, but all providing character and elegance. Let’s take a closer look into the six different types of conservatories available here at Crown Conservatories, Windows & Doors:

  • Victorian Conservatory – Perfect for introducing a touch of diversity into your home, the Victorian conservatory is ideal for those looking for a unique style with a rounded appearance. The roof is usually compiled of multiple glass triangles to add definition. While it gives off a more traditional look, it is beautiful against any period or modern home.
  • Sun Room Conservatory – If you’re looking for a room that offers an abundance of natural sunlight that you can enjoy in both the winter and summer months, then a sunroom conservatory is the perfect design. This style is inspired by Mediterranean architecture and has more of a sharp structure.
  • Gable Conservatory – For some added drama and class, the gable conservatory is a stunning addition to your home. You can opt to have as little or as much design on the roof, which is peaked to mimic the shape of most domestic roofs.
  • Georgian Conservatory – As one of the most traditional designed conservatories, the Georgian style conservatory is ideal for period homes. The design was first created in the 18th century and still holds an outstanding and flawless style through its Romanesque features.
  • Combined Conservatory – a combined conservatory is in the name; it combines two different types of conservatory to offer exceptional space and character. Most homeowners use this style of conservatory when building a rear and side extension.
  • Tiled Roof Conservatory – When looking for something that matches seamlessly into your homes existing features, a tiled roof conservatory provides a single story extensions feel. This is a conservatory most commonly used for homes that wish to have a large extension on the rear of the property.

conservatory with tiled roof

Conservatory Materials

As mentioned previously, there are a range of materials that can be used for conservatories, making it exceptionally easy for you to choose a style as well as a colour that matches the budget you have in mind. There are some pros and cons to each material, so it is important to consider them all before going ahead with your project. The most common materials that are used for conservatories are as follows:

  • uPVC – Mostly commonly known as plastic windows, uPVC provides you with exceptional quality at a low price. The material is extremely durable and offers you the platform to create an aesthetically pleasing conservatory. You can choose from an array of colours to make your new additional stand out and make a statement.
  • Timber – Being one of the most environmentally friendly materials of them all, a timber conservatory is ideal for those looking to maintain aesthetics while also improve their homes sustainability. The frame can be stained to your preference, making it a good material for traditional style homes, as it often looks stunning against stone or light brickwork.
  • Aluminium – An aluminium window frame is very popular with new builds and more modern properties. Aluminium is usually used for higher and more complex structures, and can give a modern and chic appearance.

Designing Your Conservatory

If you and your family are finding space a little tricky to work with, and the addition of another room could be beneficial, then it might be time to think about the many benefits a conservatory can offer. Not only does it bring you space that you’re longing for, but it can also improve aesthetics and increase your properties value! So, if a conservatory is the way forward, then please do not hesitate to contact the team about designing a conservatory in Milton Keynes.