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:
Conservatory design aspects
☐ Sympathetic design to existing property exterior
☐ Specialist advice on suitable conservatory styles
☐ 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
☐ Structurally sound
☐ Meets energy efficiency standards
☐ Allows a comfortable temperature all year round
☐ Low-emissivity glass
☐ Solar control glass
☐ Self-cleaning glass
☐ Noise-control glass
☐ Dwarf wall
☐ Orangery with semi-solid lantern roof
Frames in focus
Heating and cooling
☐ 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
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?…
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
- myglazing.com provides advice on glazing and approved installers.
- ggf.org.uk has a database of vetted conservatory companies.
- stormclad.co.uk is a one-stop-shop for uPVC and aluminium conservatories.
- Find user-friendly guides on different types of glass at pilkington.com/en/global/residential-applications