Tips for planning your conservatory

Considering the aesthetic appeal, quality and impressive levels of versatility offered by a conservatory, you’ll probably be keen to create your new, prized investment! But, before you dive head first into the decision making process, it is always worth spending a few moments planning your new investment and thinking about any issues that might affect its construction and eventual use.


The position – or aspect – of your conservatory should always influence your natural choice of design, layout and furnishings. Conservatories facing south receive more direct sunlight and as such you might want to consider additional ventilation, blinds and even the use of a performance glass such as Celsius. With north facing conservatories, these issues are less pressing. However, the use of glass as a glazing option to prevent heat loss and overheating is increasing in popularity whatever the location of a conservatory. East facing conservatories catch the early morning sun and make ideal morning or breakfast rooms, whereas west facing rooms catch the evening sunset and are a perfect place to relax after a long day.

Size and Shape

When it comes to conservatories, bigger isn’t always better. What really counts is that you opt for a size and shape that will complement your home and garden – not overpower them. Also don’t be content with a mental picture of your conservatory as plans and measurements on paper can be deceptive. Get a feel for the conservatory area, go outside and mark out the planned boundaries, then walk around within them to get an accurate impression of your conservatory’s dimensions. Remember that the walls will take up space so your conservatory’s interior will be smaller than the area marked.

Planning and Building Regulations

Glazing Options

Planning & building regulation requirements can vary across the UK. For more information please visit
In all cases, if you have any doubts at all, check with your local authority.

Think about the type of glazing you’d like to use. Normal glass and polycarbonate will allow solar heat to penetrate into your conservatory, raising the inside temperature on hot summer days. To avoid this, whilst reducing heat loss in winter, opt for Celsius performance glass.



The Georgian conservatory, also known as the Edwardian, is characterised by its square or rectangular footprint. This means they are incredibly space efficient – allowing you to achieve the maximum possible floor area, with increased furnishing options.
The Georgian conservatory isn’t just about function. It is a stylish choice that will suit many contemporary homes with its clear, strong lines. Often at its best with a brick dwarf wall.



A spacious and practical design extension solution, the Victorian is one of the most popular conservatory styles.
These conservatories are generally adorned with the traditional cresting and finials. They are versatile both in terms of size and practicality.
They will complement almost any style of property and can be readily adapted to suit whatever space is available – whether a large garden or a small patio area. Typically Victorian conservatories have a three or four facet bay.


Gable End

This increasingly popular design enjoys an imposing front elevation, delivering a feeling of height and space through its high internal ceiling.


Sunroom / Lean to

Simplistic in its design, A Sunroom or low pitch / lean to conservatory equates to the perfect solution for those that live in a bungalow or properties with low eaves.

Glass Roofs

Global –

A market leading UPVC Global Conservatory roof guarantees both high quality and exceptional performance. The UK’s No 1 Roof system has been designed to be robust, durable, long lasting and takes UPVC conservatory roofing to the next level.

Solid Roofs

Celsius –

An innovative roof system that employs a structural framework of timber components that deliberately avoids the use of aluminium framework to create a truly warm solid roof. Bespoke manufactured to precisely meet your project requirements.


Bespoke Design –

The ultimate in bespoke design, an Orangery encapsulates an open plan living space maximising usage between a conservatory and an extension. Larger in construction with a combination of a solid and glass roof with large windows and sliding or Bi-fold doors an Orangery enables its user to embrace quality all year round living.