Wooden conservatories have been used as garden ornaments for many decades. They are becoming increasingly popular as people realise the benefits they provide by filtering natural light, regulating temperature and creating additional space in the home. Whether it is an extension to your existing property, a completely new building or a building renovation, wooden conservatories are an excellent solution to achieving all of these goals. There are many types of conservatory, each with its own benefits and drawbacks.
Conservatories can be made from different materials such as solid hardwood wooden conservatories, aluminium and glazed masonry. Each type of material provides different levels of glazing and insulation, as well as various design features such as doors and skylights. You may want to consider conservatory glazing options before making a purchase to ensure you get the best value for money. There are three main types of glazing available to buyers – bifold, framed and single glass panel.
Bifold conservatories require planning permission as they consist of two doors which open onto the same continuous wall. This means that you will need planning permission for the construction of the conservatory, but if it is to be part of a listed building it will not require planning permission. framed conservatories do require planning permission and use double glass panels to make them more aesthetically appealing. They also use single glass panels and come with slightly more maintenance costs. Single glass panels are more suited to domestic conservatories, but they are not suitable for commercial uses due to the increased risk of accidents and vandals. It is not unusual for conservatories to use solid hardwood or stone for the framing of their conservatory walls, but more expensive woods such as cedar may not be suitable as they are more liable to rot.
Wooden conservatories are very popular as they require the least amount of maintenance and cleaning and are highly versatile. In order to suit your requirements there are many different styles of wooden conservatory available to suite your needs and budget. There are fully bespoke designs and there are also many companies who will create bespoke conservatories to your exact specifications. For those who prefer to build their own conservatory there are many guides available to help you along the way and there are even DIY kits available to build your conservatory. Wooden shutters and windows can also be adding to completely bespoke conservatories if you would like to add extra features.
For those wishing to use their wooden conservatory as an extension to their home, there are a variety of different options. The most common is an extension to use the space as a bathroom or wardrobe, although this option can be available for all sizes and types of wood conservatory. For those living in small studio apartments, adding a bedroom to your conservatory is simple by using wooden conservatories with internal partitioned doors and/or French doors. To maximise your room size, you can use wooden panels across the ceiling to provide additional space and you can often use this extra space for storage. Another great idea for small conservatories is to install a window that will allow you to gain access from the outside, either by a glass door or through a French door.
Many people are under the impression that wooden conservatories are very expensive and it’s not true. The cost of timber conservatories varies depending on the type and size of conservatory you wish to buy. A bespoke design may be more expensive but it can also be tailored to fit your budget. If you want a more standard style timber conservatory you will usually have to pay more per frame or module but you will get more versatility in design and the ability to change your doors and windows to match the style of your home. Whether you’re looking for a conservatory to decorate your garden or to turn your living room into an extension of your house, there are wooden conservatories to suit you.