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What conservatory style is best for limited space

15th April 2013

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What conservatory style is best for limited space

Even if your property has limited outdoor space available, you may still be able to create an additional room in the form of a conservatory to enjoy the outdoors without needing to worry about the weather. And what's more, you may well be able to do so without the need to apply for planning permission.

The number one choice for properties with limited garden space is the lean-to conservatory - also known as the Sunroom or Mediterranean Conservatory. A very simple style of conservatory, the ability to build a lean-to that is compact in size is perfect for those with smaller gardens. This type of conservatory is also ideal for those in bungalows and other properties that have low ceilings and a restricted amount of space under the eaves, due to the ability to change the pitch of the roof depending on the space available.

Alternatively, consider a gable conservatory to maximise the amount of living space available to you. Versatile and simple, the design of the gable gives an element of grandeur to your property. Its steep pitched roof can be modified for bungalows and other properties with low eaves, but will provide more natural light than other alternatives. The front of a gable conservatory's roof stays upright rather than sloping back to the centre, as with many other conservatory types.

When adding a conservatory to a property with limited space, be sure to check permitted development rights before doing so. "Permitted development rights" refer to minor changes that can be made to your home without the need for planning permission - and can often include the addition of a conservatory.

Adding a conservatory to your property is generally considered permitted development, providing the building falls within certain guidelines that cover the size and shape of the conservatory. Those with a small garden in particular should be warned that a conservatory is only permitted development if it covers less than half of the land around the original house. Maximum height and depth of the conservatory must also be taken into consideration - but chances are that a lean-to or gable conservatory is the perfect solution to your need for additional space.

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