Conservatories are ideal extensions for properties across the western world but there are a number of factors to consider before building your own. Planning your conservatory can take a reasonable amount of time due to the number of decisions that need to be made before a company can complete their design and begin building work.
Before you even dream up a design the first thing to consider for your conservatory is where it is to be placed because the location will have a direct impact on what construction materials you will have to use.
The structural equipment and glass that a conservatory is made from will depend on its location as you will need to use materials that are capable to reduce the impact of the warmth or cold that the extension might be exposed to.
Once you have selected a location, you will need to discover whether your extension requires planning permission and although this is not usually applicable to a country like Britain it is always worth checking just in case.
Now that those first two initial steps are out of the way the fun can begin as you will need to choose a suitable design for your property and there are so many available on the market that it can be time consuming.
You can reduce the amount of time you spend hunting down a design by filtering out a number of choices by applying a strict criterion to ensure that the extension is appropriate for your property's style. The age of your house is an important consideration because some types of conservatory are more suited to homes that were built in either the Victorian or Georgian era.
Conventional conservatories are more appropriate for Victorian homes and Georgian houses suit modern extensions while P-shaped designs can be applied to both types of property. The structural frame of a conservatory is another important consideration because different materials like timber, aluminum and PVCu can have various effects on a house.
If you live in a milder part of the country, then you should put timber materials because they are the best insulator whereas aluminum is better for warmer areas due to its propensity to conduct heat.
Timber is the best material for older homes because the look will fit in with the aesthetics of the house, while aluminum and PVCu can look attractive on new homes if they are designed properly.
Your local conservatory company will be able to explain the benefits and disadvantages of the design process.