Victorian Conservatory Prices
A conservatory is the ideal way to enjoy your garden all of the year. Even during those cold winter months.
Or it may be that you are looking to add space to your home without the expense and inconvenience of a move.
Whatever your situation, deciding to improve your home with a conservatory is always a good decision.
Lots of people benefit from adding to their properties with a new conservatory.
Remember, a conservatory is something you will enjoy today and is also an excellent way to add value to your home.
Victorian Conservatory Design
Leading estate agents agree that a house with a conservatory is always a more attractive prospect when selling so it is important that when you consider all aspects of design.
When considering the design of your conservatory you need to be sure of the space you have available and have a good idea of how much you plan to spend.
While there are several popular designs, today lets have a good look at Victorian conservatories.
When you choose a Victorian design you are safe in the knowledge that this elegant design can be adapted to most gardens.
Another benefit of the Victorian is the faceted shape and pitched roof that adds style to any home. The Victorian style is more ornate than its Edwardian or Lean-to counterparts, but it will sit comfortably on a wide range of properties.
Victorian P-Shaped Conservatory
If garden space is not a limiting factor, you must have a look at a Victorian P Shape.
With the P shape you get two conservatories linked to form one building. The larger of the two is usually the Victorian part.
It can be a three facet or a five facet, with five facet creating the greater impression.
To the side and along the wall of the house, we attach a lean-to conservatory or garden room.
This gives you one large area (the Victorian) and a further very useful second area. The two are usually not separated by a wall, but that is certainly an option.
Fully Glazed & Dwarf Wall Victorian Conservatories
There are three main design options; you can have all of it glazed to the ground which gives you unlimited views of the garden, or you may opt for having panelling from ground level to what ever height you like.
The more popular version has a dwarf wall (about 2’ 6” ) high and glazing above that. Add to these choices the option of having three or five sides (facet to the front and you’ve got all you need to make this style fit your home perfectly. All of these can be attached to most houses or bungalows.
Victorian Hipped Conservatory
Its quite easy to imagine a Victorian or a Victorian P shape on the back of a two story house, but less so when the house windows preclude the possibility of a pitched conservatory roof or when the house is single story, such as a bungalow.
So, here’s the clever bit. To attach a Victorian conservatory to a bungalow, we add a HIP. A hip is formed by the addition of a sloping roofing panel at the back of the conservatory.
The sloping part goes down to the level of the house guttering and we join he two with something called a box gutter. Simple. This hip system can be used for a standard Victorian or a P-shape.
Victorian Conservatory Doors
Another important consideration is the type of doors you’d like to have between the house and the conservatory and those from the conservatory to the garden. And here you’re really spoiled for choice.
The interior door is often a French door which opens the house to the conservatory. But why not consider a sliding patio door?
With a patio door, you don’t loose usable floor space that would otherwise be taken up by the opening arc of French doors.
The door to the garden can be a single door, French doors, patio doors or the ever popular bi-folding door (can also be used as the internal door).
You can site these doors where ever you like on the conservatory to take advantage of both the practicalities of access and the views you want to enjoy from inside.
Victorian Conservatory Base
The Victorian design is so eye catching that it is easy to forget the numerous base options available. Lets start with the dwarf wall (assuming that’s what you’ve chosen).
Most people prefer to have the exterior match the house wall. No problem. Bricks can always be matched or coatings such as painted rendering, Tyrolean finishes or pebble dash can easily be achieved.
Then there’s the interior to consider. Exposed brickwork can be very attractive and can be an excellent way to link the inside with the outside. But, if you prefer to create a more interior look, the walls can be plastered and painted.
Whatever you decide to have, don’t forget to have plenty of power points. Should you forget to plan for this, they can be devilishly difficult to add after the build is complete.
Flooring is another area that’s needs to be planned at an early stage. It is important that levels from your house to conservatory and conservatory to garden are exactly what you want them to be.
The base finish can be a simple concrete finish, however it is advisable to put in as much insulation as possible before pouring the base.
An insulated smooth concrete finish is ready to take carpet, linoleum, tiles or block wood flooring. A suspended wood floor is the warmest option, but the timber has to be well seasoned to avoid any movement.
Victorian Conservatory Roof Options
As with the other parts of a Victorian conservatory, you will have lots of choices when it comes to the roof.
It is worth remembering that the roof is the main area where heat is gained and lost, so it pays to treat your choices seriously.
Of course, your budget will come into play here, so lets start with the best price option. And that is polycarbonate.
Polycarbonate is a plastic material which is formed to make glazing sheets (sort of like double glazed glass sealed units).
The sheets are separated to form chambers which act as thermal barriers against the hot summer sun and as a trap to keep heat in during winter. It comes in two thickness’s and you’ve a choice of colours; opal, bronze and bronze/opal.
The main problems with polycarbonate are that is not terribly efficient as an insulator and it can be very noisy when it rains.
The best roof option is glass. And here the choices are many and varied. The time was when the best one could do was a sheet of Low E glass (like Pilkington K). But, technology has finally given us the glass we need to insulate a conservatory almost as well as the rest of the house.
Modern sealed units will help you control the temperature in your conservatory so you’ll be comfortable during the coldest winters and the hottest summers.
You can even opt for a tint which is a real luxury if you’re south facing and there is now a coating that will make your roof self-cleaning.
Conservatory Roof Vents
Another add-on feature that you may find attractive is an opening vent in the roof. These come as mechanically or electrically operated devices. Hey not only help to cool the building but they also help to prevent condensation.
And while we’re on the subject of ventilation, you may find those hot summer days a bit more comfortable with the addition of specially made blinds to the roof and/or panels.
Whilst they are helpful in controlling the temperature, they really do their job in lessening the sun’s glare. They mellow the light and help to filter the sun’s UV rays which should save your furnishings from fading.
The first question that most people ask when thinking about a Victorian conservatory is, “Will I need planning permission?”
There is an excellent government website called The Planning Portal which will answer most questions.
Conservatories usually do not require planning permission as they are considered to be temporary buildings and come under the rules of Permitted Development Rights.
You will need permission if you site the conservatory at the front of the house or if you add plumbing (drainage). Other things to watch out for are proximity to boundaries, foot paths and roads. Any competent conservatory surveyor can advise you on planning requirements.
Victorian Conservatory Cost
Of course the big question is price. As you can easily imagine, with all of the choices you have, the final costs can vary hugely. But the best place to start is the conservatory pricing software on the website. This will give you a good idea of price and enable you to budget accordingly.
Without doubt, the best way to enjoy your garden all year round is by investing in a conservatory and when it comes to style, the ornate elegance of a Victorian Conservatory is a beautiful addition to any property.