Conservatories Styling: Picking a look.

When it comes to conservatories, having so much choice can sometimes be more of a hindrance than a help. Deciding on how your new conservatory should look is one of the first things to do, even before you start getting price quotes.

Will your home look better with a contemporary design or a more ornate period style?

Conservatory roofing

It’s fair to say that a lot of conservatories in the UK still feature translucent or clear roofing. A fair number of these will also be using polycarbonate as the roof material.

This is probably due to the old guidelines for conservatories where it had to be about 70% clear glazed (translucent) to qualify to be built without planning permission.

However, of late a greater number of conservatory owners are opting for a solid roof Рeither using regular roof tiles, synthetic tiles or composite panels Рif you need more info, go here: Conservatory Roof Prices 2020.

Conservatory foundations

Traditional foundations mean that you need to dig trenches, put concrete bases in them and then construct solid walls up to ground level. It’s a very solid base, but heavy on cost & labour.

An alternative can be to use a steel reinforced concrete slab (raft) or even a prefabricated steel framed base set on top of concrete plinths. Both of these methods cost less than trench foundations, but not all ground is totally suitable.

Conservatory Design

Modern conservatories
A UPVC conservatory with open bifold doors

Fancy detailed or ornate designs such as Victorian or Georgian may not suit your taste or work with the style of your home. Less fussy designs such as the Lean-to or Edwardian may suit you if you like things clean & simple.

However, there are variations on each such as:

  • Pavilion
  • Gable
  • T-shape
  • P-shape
  • Regency
  • Mediterranean
  • Loggia
  • Glass box conservatories

As you can see, there is plenty to keep you thinking when it comes to how should your conservatory look.

Conservatories: Choosing the Look of Your New Conservatory