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Planning Your Conservatory

This project lies somewhere between property development and DIY, although building a conservatory won’t need the services of architects unless you’re being really extravagant. With all that glazing, you might need to do a little painting and decorating, but there’ll be precious little plastering. Provided you’re not planning to cover half your garden or build one higher than your existing roof, you won’t need planning permission to build a superb new conservatory. If your planned construction is (a) at ground level, (b) under 30sqm, (c) mostly glazed and (d) with an external door between it and the house, there are no building regulations to comply with. Try to be balanced; the conservatory needs to be in proportion with the house. A massive glassy atrium stuck on the end of a small terraced house will look a trifle odd and don’t squeeze the garden into oblivion.Try to picture what you use the extra space for before building, a breakfast room, home office, dining room, play room? Each will have different requirements.Check the building regulations for the thermal quality of the glazing, the ‘U’ value determines how much heat it will let in or out. Also consider the direction the conservatory will be facing, this will inevitably influence internal temperature. South-facing conservatories should be glazed with solar glass, it really keeps the interior cool, but north-facing ones need ‘low emissivity’ or ‘Low E’ glass, to keep the heat in. Finally, don’t forget about good quality blinds, they’ll reduce both heat and glare.

Choosing the right floor heating for your conservatory

Since underfloor heating is cost effective, you may wish to opt for this when it comes to designing your conservatory.  Underfloor heating also gives you more freedom in designing your conservatory.  This freedom is due to the invisible nature of the technology. Underfloor heating will allow your conservatory to have a more comfortable air temperature.  It is particularly suitable for conservatories as it reduces condensation.  It is also easy to install and offers more space, allowing your conservatory to look tidier. There are underfloor heating packs available which are specifically designed for conservatories.  These are easy to install and usually come with a temperature controller.  These will need to be built into the wall, but are easy to install.  The controllers take little space so they can be installed such that they do not distract from your design.  The pack includes a heating pipe, which will not be visible after installation.  Covering the heating pipe provides more space and prevents it from being damaged. Another easy option is an underfloor heating conservatory kit, which is pre-wired and designed to fit onto a radiator heating system.  A thermostat is also provided, which allows you to control the temperature and set a time for your heating to be in use. If you decide to select hot water underfloor heating for your conservatory it may be more expensive as it may require a new boiler or extra plumbing. Electric underfloor heating may be the best option, as it is much easier to install and you do not have to worry about spending money on a new boiler or any extra plumbing.

Build your own Conservatory Base

Step by step guide on how to build a Victorian Conservatory base

Using the Victorian conservatory cill as a template dig the conservatory foundation down to solid ground a min 2′-6″ down removing most of the waste soil and clay into a skip and level the remaining earth to give a working area in which you can store your bricks and mortar boards. It also allows you to square any corners using a string line or tape measure

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