System: Classic Conservatory
"The conservatory has provided us with a calm and relaxing garden room for all the family to enjoy"
Mr & Mrs Green live in Lancashire with their two children aged 11 and 14. In 2003 they decided to add a conservatory to their detached home as they wanted to enjoy their garden late into the summer nights and throughout the winter.
The Ultraframe conservatory they chose is white, gable-fronted and has a combination of dwarf walls and full glass frames that give a stunning contemporary effect. The glass roof floods the conservatory and adjoining dining room with lots of light, and the high gable roof and large floor area add a feeling of space to the home.
Mrs Green said "The conservatory has provided us with a calm and relaxing garden room for all the family to enjoy and the extra seating we now have is especially useful when we are entertaining guests. There's nothing we would change about our conservatory - we are all so glad that we added it to our home!"
Designing a Conservatory: Your Choices
Letting in the Light
Although of traditional design, the conservatory we built for Mr & Mrs Green optimised the amount of light allowed into their new room. Providing sufficient illumination for a conservatory is important – else the space in question can feel claustrophobic and may not increase the value of the customer’s home.
Many options will be available to you if you want to extend your home by adding a conservatory. In fact, you may want to explore other designs that might be equally suitable. For example, a house extension – which can be designed to look like a garden room – utilises a higher glass-to-frame ratio and will let in lots of light.
Install a Glass Conservatory Roof
If your existing conservatory roof is of polycarbonate design, it won’t be letting in as much light as an equivalent glass-based system. Whether work on your new extension has yet to begin – or you’re thinking about remodelling an existing design – a glass conservatory roof will optimise light entry and open your space.
To maximise the amount of light that enters your new room, you may want to think about extending your budget to include aluminium in the design. This is because aluminium is light in weight but also very strong. In fact, less of it is needed to provide structural strength, which means your design can include more glass.
Light and comfort will work in tandem when you choose a glass conservatory roof from Ultraframe. The glass used to form your double glazing will be high-performing and capable of blocking out most solar rays, which might otherwise penetrate your conservatory during summer and make your new room too hot.
House Extensions: The Logical Alternative to a Conservatory
A conservatory can be built using floor-to-ceiling glass to allow in plenty of natural light. But, if lots of glazing is your priority, you’ll want to take a closer look at our stunning house extension collection, which will ensure you achieve your design aims.
Here are just a few of your options when building your house extension:
Full glazed panels are used to great effect in this stunningly designed extension, which also incorporates super insulated columns that’ll keep you warm during colder months. Its internally vaulted ceiling will create a sense of space – and, because it's plastered, help make your extension feel more like a room.
The hybridised design of this roofing system means it’s ideal for a conservatory or house extension. Livinroof is compatible with almost all roofs, as it can conform to a range of shapes and sizes. Although a solid roof, it can accept the insertion of glazed panels anywhere – so you’ll be able to focus the light wherever it's needed.
Planning Your Home Extension
If you choose an extension instead of a conservatory, your Ultra Installer will:
- visit your home to conduct a preliminary survey and make recommendations
talk you through the design options available, so that you make the right choice
- agree on a schedule of work with you that’ll minimise disruption within your home
- deliver the products in pre-fabricated form to speed up the installation process
fit your new Ultraframe products on time and in line with Building Regulations
Find an Ultra Installer Near You Today
To get help designing your new conservatory or house extension, use our free search tool. You can also request more information about our products – including replacement roofs, orangeries and much more – by completing the enquiry form presented at the end of your search. An Ultraframe team member will then call you with further information and, if required, even arrange a site visit to find out more about your requirements.