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Renowned for providing expert home improvement advice to East Midlands communities for over 20 years, we’re very pleased to reveal the Stormclad team have recently received national recognition for first-class workmanship and expertise.

Bring the outdoors in with a conservatory

Delivering hundreds of great-value ideas for every room, lifestyle ideas and home improvement advice each month, this month’s ‘Your Home’ feature focused on maximising light and space with an all-glass addition; the quintessential British conservatory.

With overseas holiday’s off the cards this year, many homeowners across Nottingham, Derby and Leicester are looking for worthwhile alternatives to spend their hard-earned cash on. Coupled with the emphasis on staying safe by staying home, an increasing amount of people are realising the advantages of a ‘staycation’ in a new (or updated) conservatory, orangery, or glazed extension space.

Planning checklist for a new conservatory

The piece also provides a handy checklist for planning a new conservatory:

  1. Conservatory design aspects

Sympathetic design to existing property exterior

Outside a green full glass conservatory.

Specialist advice on suitable conservatory styles

  1. Access arrangements

Traditional side or rear position

Remove dividing wall e.g. extend kitchen

Retain or replace single or double door entrance

One or more sets of French doors for classic access

Run bifold doors across full width for modern access

  1. Glazing options


Structurally sound

Meets energy efficiency standards

Allows a comfortable temperature all year round

A black conservatory.

Low-emissivity glass

Solar control glass

Self-cleaning glass

Noise-control glass

Dwarf wall

Orangery with semi-solid lantern roof

  1. Frames in focus




  1. Heating and cooling

A black solid roof with a solar panels

Radiators on dwarf or solid wall

Wood-burning stove

Underfloor heating system

Manual or electronic opening roof vents with rain sensors

Roof and window blinds

  1. Source a supplier

Bespoke conservatory

Research company recommendations

Research similar completed work

Ask for at least 3 quotes, detailing every aspect

Ask how long delivery & installation will take
(Average is 6 weeks)

How large can a conservatory be without planning permission?…

Expert advice on conservatory planning permission.

John Evans, Managing Director at Stormclad explained:

‘To be exempt from planning permission, a conservatory can’t take up more than half the area around the original house. The maximum height is four metres, but the maximum length depends on the property: four metres for detached houses; three for semi-detached or terraced. Building regulations approval is required if fixed electricity points, a toilet or a sink are installed.’

Useful contacts for quality conservatory installations in the East Midlands

For those contemplating a new conservatory, orangery or glazed extension this summer, the article included some incredibly helpful sources of information:

List of conservatory contacts.

Get the most out of your home for many enjoyable years to come, with a charming conservatory installation. For absolute peace of mind, contact the Stormclad team today

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