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Adding an Ultraframe Conservatory to My 150-Year Old Home

5th January 2018

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System: Conservatory

Mr. Leigh added his conservatory in the process of renovating his 150-year-old detached home. He chose a spectacular and unusual lean-to style from Ultraframe, with a glass roof that bridged the gap between his home and garden - a row of roof vents provided excellent ventilation and added to the overall effect of his conservatory.

Mr Leigh said: "It's not just a conservatory - it's a major feature of our home. We designed it to fit in with the other works we were undertaking. By extending the conservatory into the garden, the home and garden become one space. The conservatory provides access to the garden that would otherwise be separate from the house."

One reason that Mr. Leigh wanted a conservatory was so that he would have space and light to paint - his favourite hobby. The light provided by the conservatory allowed Mr Leigh to paint from the comfort of his home, even when it's raining outside! His new room became a space he could use all year round, whatever the weather.

The use of heated floors – combined with high-performing Ultraframe Conservaglass – meant that the conservatory could be enjoyed throughout the year. Conservaglass kept the conservatory cool in Summer and warm in Winter; while the heated floors provided much-needed extra comfort during the colder winter months.

Interested in a Lean-to Conservatory?

If you like the design of Mr Leigh’s lean-to conservatory, you may be interested in finding out how you can achieve the same effect. That’s why we thought we’d step through some of the benefits mentioned in this short case study – so you know what questions to ask your preferred Ultra Installer when you talk to them.

What is a Lean-to Conservatory?

Although there are plenty of Ultraframe conservatory designs available to choose from, the lean-to especially suits smaller or one-storey buildings. That’s because it can fit neatly under the eaves, due to the angle of its roof.

Does this mean a lean-to conservatory is unsuitable for larger buildings? Its minimum pitch is 2.5° and can be increased to 30°. Using the correct structural upgrades, its possible to increase the angle to meet the demands of the property.

A lean-to conservatory is square or rectangular. This means homeowners can optimise available space and use their new room as a dining area, lounge, study or even a play area – it comes down to a matter of personal preference.


Ventilating a Lean-to Conservatory

You’ll be spending lots of time in your new room. That’s why it’s important to keep it comfortable. Whichever design of Ultraframe roof system you use, it will include trickle vents to allow warm moist air to escape outside.

To further improve ventilation in your brand-new room, add bi-folding doors that can be opened to invite in cool air and tilt and turn windows that will catch side breezes other designs of window might otherwise fail to capture.

Roof vents can be installed in your Ultraframe roof system. A manual option that’s spindle-operated is possible, but you could also opt for an automatic version that reacts to rain and temperature fluctuations.

Your Underfloor Heating Options

Two options will be available to you if you want underfloor heating for your new extension: electric or water-based. Underfloor heating will keep your new room warm throughout, instead of targeting an isolated area.

Electric heating is cheaper to install than a wet-system but can more expensive to run in the long-term. However, it is extremely easy to fit – so much so, that homeowners are often able to complete the work themselves.

Wet underfloor heating is effective, but you need to have sufficient room to install the pipework. If you are retrofitting, then the floor of your conservatory might need to be raised to accommodate the new system. 

Illuminating Your Lean-To Conservatory

Keeping your conservatory light and bright is important, even more so if space is limited, as you’ll want to prevent your new room from feeling claustrophobic. Fortunately, our range of products will help you achieve your aims.

Ultraframe’s Livinroof and Ultraroof are both solid Ultraframe roof systems that can accommodate glazing panels. The latter of these is also compatible with Velux windows, so you’ll be able to choose your preferred glazing.

Installing an Ultraframe roof system in addition to bi-folding doors and floor-to-ceiling glass will provide further illumination and create a wide entry point that will come into its own when you’re entertaining visitors.

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Use our free search tool to find approved and fully-qualified Ultra Installers in your area quickly. They’ll be able to tell you more about Ultraframe’s range of conservatories, orangeries, replacement conservatory roofs and much more. You can also request a call from Ultraframe, in which case we’ll get in contact with more information.

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