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How to design your perfect conservatory

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If you are considering a conservatory extension for your home, you may be wondering where to start. Here at DG Solutions our conservatories are designed to specification in order to create the perfect addition to your home. However, there are a number of design factors that you should take into consideration. Here are six design stages that you might want to consider when you begin planning your conservatory with DG Solutions.

Use

Before you start, you should list the ways in which you would like to use your new conservatory. All of these factors will affect the way the final design turns out. If you are hoping to entertain in your conservatory, or simply just relax – this can all be incorporated into the design and construction. The layout and proportions of your conservatory will especially make a big difference to the way you use it.

Design

Building a conservatory will naturally mean sacrificing a part of your garden or outdoor space. Your aim should always be to build a structure that will provide a seamless link between indoor and outdoor. You should consider all of the smaller details, such as the size of furniture you want and how you would like to design the layout of your conservatory. These important dimensions will help to determine final proportions and floor layouts that will help guarantee the best views and natural light. You should also contemplate which style of conservatory will best match your home. Victorian, Edwardian and Gable End are all fantastic options.

Aspect

If you want to ensure year-round sun, you may feel the logical choice is a south-facing aspect. However, it is crucial to consider that the sun’s rays may become magnified and could burn through your glass. The air in your conservatory may also become hot and dry, which may make your conservatory feel stuffy. If you opt for a south-facing conservatory, blinds are likely to be an essential addition. However, it’s important to remember that north-facing conservatories can still offer huge natural light gains whilst keeping a breathable atmosphere.

Glazing

Every conservatory relies on high quality glazing in order to control the temperature of the room and minimise glare. Depending on the structure and aspect of your conservatory, you may need to opt for low-emissivity glass in order to reduce heat loss. You may be tempted to add fussy effects to your conservatory. However, it is often recommended to keep things simple. Neutral glass will allow a clear view without creating contrasting reflections on your furniture and create a wonderful link to the landscape beyond.

Ventilation

Having a comfortable atmosphere in your conservatory is crucial, which is why you need a well-designed ventilation system. In the UK, it’s unlikely that there will be a huge need for an air conditioning system. However, a high quality ventilation system is of huge importance. Roof vents are essential in order to effectively release the build-up of hot air. There are manual and automatic ventilation systems available, both of which are an important consideration when designing your new conservatory.

Heating

Unfortunately, constructing a conservatory in the UK will mean installing a heating system. The last thing you want is to design your perfect conservatory and not be able to use it in the long winter months. There are a whole host of methods to heat a conservatory such as fan, convection and even water. Underfloor heating is often a popular favourite, but will rule out the ability to use wood, rubber or vinyl flooring. These are important considerations for the construction of your conservatory.

Creating your dream conservatory shouldn’t have to be a challenge. At DG Solutions, we can help you build a wide range of stunning PVCu conservatries that match all your needs and specifications. No matter what the style of your home, we are guaranteed to offer a beautiful conservatory to suit. Talk to us about your tastes and budget and we will walk you through the stages of conservatory creation. If you would like to find out more, feel free to contact a member of our team today.

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