Design and planning your conservatory

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A conservatory should be carefully designed to enhance the look of your home. A wide range of styles, finishes and internal features ensure that this type of home improvement can be perfect for your family’s needs.

In terms of visual appearance and shape, there are a number of styles available. The more complex designs should only be undertaken by specialist companies.

Styles include: The simple lean-to, the Victorian with ridged roof and three or five facet rounded end, the Edwardian and the more complex P-Shaped, T-Shaped or Lantern top designs.
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With the growing popularity of a Bi Folding door or patio door in place of the traditional French door you can let the outside in.

Why choose a uPVC-u conservatory?

Technically advanced uPVC-U products are virtually indistinguishable from timber, but without the many drawbacks. The constant maintenance cycle of protecting and repainting your conservatory is something that busy families can do without. Add to this the exceptional quality, energy efficiency, security and acoustic insulation performance of uPVC-U windows and conservatories and you have a compelling argument for a high technology uPVC-U solution.
Pvc is ideal for homeowners with a ‘green conscience’ as each uPVC-U frame can be recycled up to ten times.

Asking the Right Questions


The secret to a successful uPVC-u conservatory is ask the right questions from the outset.
What do you want to use your conservatory for?
Which direction does it face?
What do you want from the view?
What kind of energy efficient glazing do you need?
Do you want tinted or self-cleaning glass?
An experienced surveyor will ensure that you get the best out of your project without any costly mistakes.

Built on solid foundations

Like all building extensions the process starts from a solid foundation. These days, there are conventionally excavated and poured concrete bases or the quick base type alternatives.
Whatever type of base you choose, it still has to be level, have a damp proof membrane and be well insulated.

Size matters

The size of your proposed new conservatory will be governed by the location and size of your plot. In our experience it is possible to underestimate how much space you can use with furniture, particularly in a Victorian design with inward opening doors.

Do you need planning permission?

Before you embark on your conservatory project you must establish if planning permission is required. Building Regulations will also be needed to cover areas such as structural and electrical work.
In the Building Regulations, for England and Wales conservatories are exempt if they are:

  • Built onto a domestic dwelling.
  • Under 30m² in floor area.
  • Built at ground floor level.
  • Glazed in compliance with safety glazing requirements of approved Document N of the Building Regulations and BS 6262 Part 4 2005.
  • Separated from the rest of the house by a door – or French window.
  • Roofs must be 75% glazed and the walls 50%.
  • Heating can be operated separately from the house.

Sterling Windows take great care in producing high grade, professional conservatory designs to meet the demands and requirements of each and every one of their customers. As one of Weston’s leading uPVC door, conservatory and window installers, we have a complex understanding of the required criteria necessary to produce amazing results for your home.

Bespoke conservatories add a professional touch to any home and can increase your property’s value significantly. In addition, one of the main benefits to having a safe and secure conservatory is the valuable extra living space that can be easily created.
With any conservatory design, Sterling Windows will undertake a full site analysis before creating the perfect conservatory. We will discuss your individual requirements and colour choices, the fixtures and fittings that you wish to have and the overall look and feel that you want for your conservatory.

From quality lean to conservatories to orangeries, Edwardian to Victorian style conservatories, there is no design too difficult for our experts to incorporate into your home.

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