Choosing the Right Type of Conservatory
PUTTING ON THE STYLE – CHOOSING THE RIGHT TYPE OF CONSERVATORY
Let’s be honest. Conservatories aren’t cheap, no matter which way you cut it. That means buying or building one is a big decision, and one that shouldn’t be taken lightly for most people. Before considering which style of conservatory you might want to price, there are a couple of things to consider.
- Will you need planning permission? There’s no point putting up a conservatory just to have to rip it down again because of this oversight. Of course, if you use Cost2Build, we’ll handle all this for you.
- What kind of space do you have available? This will limit the type and size of conservatory you can consider. Unfortunately, a spacious, Victorian style conservatory is off the menu if you live in a terraced house with a tiny garden.
- What’s your budget? Again, this will limit what kind of conservatory you can have. Don’t just consider the materials, remember there’s labour and decorating to factor in too.
With that said, let’s take a look at the types of conservatories commonly available to buy –
LEAN-TO – These are more affordable and less elaborate than others, and are named because they appear to ‘lean-to’ the house. Rectangular in shape and with a sloped roof, they can be attached to most properties, even bungalows.
VICTORIAN – One of the more common conservatories erected in the UK, Victorian style features a rounded wall at one end, and are far more spacious than lean-to. Naturally, they are also a little more expensive.
EDWARDIAN – Similar to Victorian style, the Edwardian conservatory yields greater space inside. The differences are mainly in shape, with the Edwardian being rectangular with a pitched roof.
P-SHAPED – As the name suggests, this conservatory is in the shape of the letter P. Think of it as a combination of Victorian and Edwardian. Again, this allows for greater versatility in use, as the floor can be partitioned into two separate areas.