Friday 11th October, 2013
If you are considering having a conservatory built on your garden, you will need to carefully weigh up the pros and cons of such a project. If you have a sloped garden, you may believe that a conservatory installation will be out of the question. However, contrary to popular belief, a conservatory could actually help you to give your garden a whole new lease of life.
A raised base conservatory will provide you with an effective way in which to add light and space to your property, despite your sloped landscape. A raised base will ensure that your walls are able to withstand the weight of your conservatory, and will render your ground type unimportant. If your land comprises loose and unstable earth that is prone to erosion, a raised base will be essential, as without it, you would not be able to build your dream conservatory.
While a raised base conservatory is associated with a wide range of benefits, it will be more difficult to install than a standard concrete base conservatory. However, if you are certain that a conservatory will improve both the interior and exterior of your property, the installation will be worth the expense, and may even add to the value of your property in the long run. Since a raised base conservatory will be more challenging to install, we advise the use of a reputable Ultra Installer.
If you plan to install a raised base conservatory, you will not usually require planning permission unless you intend to exceed the permitted development limit for your property, which currently stands at 70 cubic metres in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. If, however, you own a listed building or live in a conservation area, the permitted development limit is 50 cubic metres. Your need for planning permission will depend on whether or not your property has been extended in the past. If you have used up some or all of your permitted development limit, you may require planning permission for your conservatory. Your local authority should be able to confirm whether or not you require planning permission. However, you may have to pay a small fee to benefit from their consultancy service.