At Sussex Conservatories we provide impartial advice and access to a number of recommended conservatory, veranda, orangery and extension suppliers in the Chichester and surrounding area of West Sussex
Conservatories have long been a popular addition to modern home and conservatories are used in many forms throughout year
Conservatory styles usually fall into distinct groups and are based on the look from different periods of history. The main conservatory styles are Edwardian, Georgian and Victorian Conservatories
There is also the lean-to conservatory, although this style is more likely to be used as an attached greenhouse or garden room than a fully functional living space
Nowadays there is a trend towards the erection of orangeries with roof lanterns and also glass extensions with a solid roof like slate or tiles to block some of the sun and maintain a more even environment suitable for year round living
Glass extensions and verandas are now becoming more popular and prices fall and technology improves. These incorporate wide expanses of glass doors, bifolding doors and other sliding doors to give wonderful views of the outside together with coloured aluminium frames to ensure the structure blends with the surroundings.
Design considerations for conservatories, organgeries and glass extensions include:-
Construction - Aluminium, PVCu (often called plastic or PVC) or timber (hardwood). Each one of these have their relative advantages with PVCu offering the cheapest option, aluminium offering strength and durability, whilst timber (hardwood) conservatories give a more natural and traditional look but require more maintenance. Glass or non glass roof depending on accepted rain noise level and views through roof
Location - In full sun could be too hot. In full shade could be too cold. A downward view could beg for low retaining wall. With an uphill view could beg for a higher roof line (so roof line does not interfere too much with the view)
Architectural sympathy with your property / surroundings - How best to design the conservatory to blend in with the surroundings
Building regulations - How to meet these requirements
Maintenance issues - What after care attention are you prepared to give your conservatory
Your space requirements - Often one regrets not installing a bigger conservatory!
Climate control and use of conservatory - Is the conservatory to be used throughout the year. Will you be growing plants in it? Will you be looking at a computer screen in it?
Designs in the glass - Beautiful designs in stained glass overlay is a modern combination of lead and colour which gives your conservatory the look of stained glass so favoured by the Victorians. Sand-blasting gives a delicate frosted appearance. Bevelled glass demonstrates the stunning technique of cut class. These are all available and to be considered as options
Interior finish - will the white glare of a white conservatory interior in full sunlight bother you?
Security - What security issues are there to be considered? ... both in structure and with suitable access prevention devices such a security locks
Guarantees - What guarantees do you get?
Quality of windows and doors - Check these out as there is nothing worse a lovely conservatory ruined by poor quailty windows / doorsl
Quality of installation team - How is the conservatory site surround left after building new conservatory? What provision is there for managing the rain water off the conservatory?
Let us at help you with all these issues