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Is Planning Permission Required to Build a Conservatory?

For anyone thinking about building a conservatory today, you sure do have a lot of things to consider. A conservatory is a fine example of bridging the divide between being outside and inside. It allows you to enjoy nature more whilst making sure you are still protected and indoors to an extent. However, the problem with going ahead with such a build is the need for planning permission can be needlessly confusing.

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Despite adding immense value and extra space to your home, conservatories can be hard to get started on due to the complexity of planning permission laws. Thankfully, this appears to be changing quite drastically after new 2019 legislation made the whole process so much simpler to understand.

So, the general rule is that if you wish to go ahead and build on your property and make use of any land or buildings then you will need planning permission. This means that you need to take into account the impact that your investment would have on the local area and other properties in the area. However, not EVERY property needs to have planning permission to be adjusted and built.

We have what is known as ‘permitted development rights’, and many single-storey property extensions, like a conservatory, can fall within this particular agreement. However, the best thing that you can do is check with your local council, or the team building your conservatory, to go ahead and find out whether or not your personal project needs to have planning permission.

When do I not need planning permission to build a conservatory?

Since May 2019, it’s now much easier to build a conservatory without having to go through planning permission. Planning permission is needed depending on how extensive you intend to make the new build. Today, homeowners across England can go ahead and build a conservatory without having planning permission if you can meet some strict criteria.

For a home that is detached, you can make an addition as large as 8m in size without having to get planning permission. For semi-detached or terraced homes, though, you can go as far as a 6m conservatory without needing to go and get any kind of planning permission.

It also has to be within a 3 to 4m height range. It also cannot cover more than half of your garden, and the roof ridge of the top of your conservatory must not be taller than the eaves of your properties roof. Also, any side conservatory builds must also not extend around half the width of your home. So, you have quite a few regulations that you need to try and make sure you follow closely.

That can be tough to do, which is why we always recommend reaching out for professional advice as soon as you can. There is no real benefit to not looking for advice before building. As they say, it’s better to be safe than sorry!

So long as you try and build within the confines listed above, though, you should have no problem in building a planning-permission free conservatory.

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Conservatories & Lock Down

For anyone dealing with the lockdown of COVID-19, it can be quite hard to enjoy your day. Often, we’re stuck in our own premises outside of a short period of exercise per day. Not only can this be quite hard to deal with mentally, but it can take a toll on us physically. However, if you want to enjoy your days stuck indoors, what better way to do so than by investing in a conservatory?

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The conservatory is a brilliant half-way house between letting you enjoy the outdoors and still staying safe indoors. Having the extra space that you desire to just rest and relax is a great feeling. When you find that another day spent in the study or living room is dragging you down, having access to a conservatory can soon turn your mood around entirely.

In fact, it’s one of the main reasons why we recommend you look to get one fitted as soon as you can. If you don’t already have a conservatory but you have the space for one, now would be the best possible time to push on with the project!

Indeed, we can also enjoy the high quality weather that we are enjoying at this present moment in time. Increasing our natural Vitamin D intake is going to be very important if you want to make the most of our (too) short British summertime weather. So, with a conservatory, you can enjoy the benefits of being indoors yet still close to nature. You can also enjoy being able to relax and take in some more of that stunning sun during the day. Lockdown won’t be so bad then, trust us!

You can still enquire about a conservatory

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While just about any non-essential building project is coming to an end for now, it’s not the time to shelve those conservatory plans. Many people will come out the other side of this lockdown and want to invest in one. Contacting local conservatory experts will make sure that you get the help that you need to arrange everything ahead of time.

With the help of a conservatory already arranged ahead of time, you can make sure that the project can begin as soon as lockdown is eased. This will make sure that you can enjoy the art of owning a conservatory, giving you access to:

  • A greater natural connection between you and the garden in your home.
  • Extra room for socialising (after lockdown), storage, and seating.
  • A cheap, affordable alternative to going for a full home extension.
  • An increase in the long-term value of your home, making a future sale easier.

An investment in a conservatory is definitely something that we would recommend you invest your time and money into building. It’s a smart, wise decision; something that gives you all the help that you need to change your property. With the right kind of conservatory, this could be the adjustment and change that you need at home to make your property feel truly your own once again.

So, once lockdown ends, why not consider making the most of your home with a conservatory?

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orangery by joinery for all seasons

Spring into the New Season with a Conservatory

Spring is the season of change. The weather becomes warmer, the flowers begin to bud and the animals come out of hibernation. This spring is the perfect time to consider a conservatory as a new addition to your home. Conservatories are a splendid idea for those of us looking for more space to entertain and to relax over the coming months. With conservatories becoming more popular, especially with young people and families, it is easy to see the benefits of adding this space to your home.

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A modern alternative…

No longer are conservatories considered to be ‘old fashioned’. Modern conservatories and orangeries are an ideal way to bring the outdoors into the comfort of the indoors. With current trends in 2020 leaning towards rustic, timber furnishing and solid oak floors, it is easy to create a modern, yet comfortable feeling. For an added touch of contemporary style, the addition of plants in mismatched pots can add a nice element. If you’re not greenfingered, do not fear, false plants will create the same aesthetic.

Summer nights and winter’s evenings…

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Conservatories are not only for warm summer days lazing around with family and friends, they are perfect for all-weathers and seasons. Spending those cold, dark winter nights, wrapped up in your conservatory, listening to the rain falling on the roof makes for a wonderful evening. Or, if you’re not a night owl, eating your breakfast while watching the sun rise through the autumn and winter might be more your cup of tea. No matter what you’re into, a conservatory can be a hub of relaxation.

Endless possibilities!

With many different styles and designs to choose from, finding a conservatory to suit your needs has never been easier. If you are a cosy person, who loves overstuffed furniture and tonnes of blankets and pillows, opting for a conservatory with warmer timbers and plenty of space for seating might be an option for you. If you are more contemporary, bringing ‘outdoor’ bistro sets indoors can be a great stylistic feature and focus piece to accompany modern fixtures and fittings. There are endless possibilities for ways you can utilise your conservatory to make it a useful, relaxing and stylish addition to your home. 

Dining room, play room, office, or sitting room!

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If you love your home, but need more space, then a conservatory is a practical option to consider. No matter what you need the space for, maybe a dining room, play room, office or sitting room, your conservatory can provide for this. A conservatory is a blank canvas for you to place your stamp upon. Whether you are looking for year round relaxation, or somewhere to host parties, a conservatory is the perfect choice for you. 

5 Ways To Keep Your Conservatory Cool During Summer

5 Ways To Keep Your Conservatory Cool During Summer

At Joinery For All Seasons, it is our pleasure to provide breath-taking conservatories to suit your home.

Here in this blog post, we would like to share the top 5 ways to keep your conservatory cool during the summer.

1. Solar roof 

Having a solar roof installed to your property is beneficial as it helps not only keep your conservatory cool in the peak of summer, but also helps prevent furniture fading from the sun’s strong UV rays. This will make your conservatory more relaxing and avoid damage to your skin from the extreme UV rays.

2. Blinds

Using blinds is also a great way to block the heat and offer you more privacy in a room. It also adds more style to your room and absorbs the heat during the winter, which saves you from using heaters. Blinds also cost less which is suitable for those who are on a tight budget.

3. Cooling Film

Apart from the solar roof, you could consider using cooling film instead. This film also does similar jobs as the solar roof, reducing glare and protecting you and your furniture from extreme UV rays.

4. Good Ventilation

It’s important to make sure the air flows smoothly through a room, especially during the hot summer as this will help to keep your conservatory cool. Therefore, you should include enough windows that can be opened.

5. Air Conditioning

This is the most effective way to keep your conservatory cool when it’s hot. This may be costly to install in your property. If you use the conservatory often it will benefit you in the long run because, many air conditioner can be used for heating as well as cooling, which will save time and space to purchase a heating separately.

5 Common Mistakes Seen In Conservatories

5 Common Mistakes Seen In Conservatories

At Joinery For All Seasons, we aim to make sure our customers are fully satisfied with their conservatories without an issue.

In this blog post, we would like to share the top 5 common mistakes seen in conservatories.

1. Choosing the wrong style

It’s important to have a clear idea of the style you want for your conservatory which suits the house. If you select the wrong style, this could affect the mood and the atmosphere in the house. For example, if you are using the conservatory as a children play area, you would choose a colourful design to style the room which will give a positive, energetic and happy environment for children.

2. The size of your furnishings 

You must make sure to have an accurate measurements of your furnishings to place in the conservatory. This will avoid hassle and time to change the sizes of your furnishings.

3. Restricting the view

The main benefit of adding a conservatory is bringing a great view and scenery to brighten up the house. Therefore, it is important to have a thorough plan of how and where the windows and doors should be positioned in order to make the most of having a nice view during the summer season.

4. The location of your conservatory

You should be aware of where to build a conservatory on your house. The reason for this is because, part of your house may be cooler during the day which is suitable to lay a conservatory. Ideally, you should avoid placing your conservatory in a spot where it is hit by direct sunlight all day as this will cause stuffiness during a heated summer.

5. Flooring

The type of flooring you choose is important as a conservatory is completely different than the flooring you used in your living room etc. For example, using a carpet for the conservatory is not appropriate as it gets dirty easily and non water resistant, which will be time consuming to clean. Therefore, the better choice will be ceramic tiles as it’s stronger which last for a longer period, water resistant and easier to clean.

5 Factors Affecting Conservatory Prices

5 Factors Affecting Conservatory Prices

At Joinery For All Seasons, we aim to provide breath-taking and fully customised hardwood conservatories that will blend in with your home perfectly.

In this blog post, we would like to share the top 5 factors affecting conservatory prices.

1. Design

With so many designs to select from, each one varies in pricing. The more complex the design, the higher the pricing.

2. Size

The size is the main factor that will affect the cost. The bigger your conservatory, more materials are needed and increase in pricing.

You must take into consideration of whether your property has enough extra space for a conservatory.

3. Type Of Glass

Depending on your budget, the type of glass you choose varies in pricing based on the functionality of the glass. Here are a few to consider:

Thermally efficient glass – Helps to prevent the heat from escaping the room. You can consider installing double-glazed panels filled with an energy efficient gas, such as argon.

Self cleaning glass – A special outer coating that reacts with sunlight to break down dirt, which will save time from cleaning the windows often.

Anti-glare, reflective or tinted glass – Helps to reduce the sun’s glare. This will be useful during the summer, especially if your conservatory will be facing the sun for the majority of the day.

4. Material

Frames – Most people choose aluminium or PVC as it has longer maintenance, which equals to higher cost. Whereas if you’re on a lower budget, you could choose wood, however it’ll need to be repainted over time.

Walls – There are a few types of walls you can consider – fully glazed, full height and dwarf walls. The bigger the size of the walls, the more costly it’ll be.

Roof – Glass or solid or a combination of both?  You will need to consider what to use your conservatory for, i.e. indoor gardening – choosing glass roof will be ideal to allow plenty of natural sunlight coming through.

5. Installer

It’s important to get a good quality installer for your conservatory in order to guarantee everything are functioning properly. Make sure you thoroughly research online, recommendation and reviews before selecting an installer.

 

5 Incredible Window Designs That Will Blow Your Mind

5 Incredible Window Designs That Will Blow Your Mind

At Joinery For All Seasons, we aim to create high quality windows for your home. 

In this blog post, we would like to share the top 5 window designs that will blow your mind.

1. Sainte-Chapelle – France 

Sainte-Chapelle was also known as Holy Chapel. It is a royal chapel in the Gothic style, located at Île de la Cité in the heart of Paris, France. The chapel was built by  King Louis IX between 1241 and 1248 in order to house the Holy Relics of the Passion. 

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Sainte-Chapelle – France
Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sainte-Chapelle

 

2. Grossmünster – Zurich, Switzerland

The Grossmünster symblolize the Romanesque style Protestant church in Zurich. It is well known as one of the four major churches in the city. The window is designed by Sigmar Polke in 2009. 

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Grossmünst – Zurich, Switzerland
Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grossm%C3%BCnster

 

3. St. Vitus Cathedral – Prague, Czech Republic 

St. Vitus Cathedral is the largest cathedral in Prague, also known as Katedrála Svatého Víta. 

The stained glass window was designed by Mucha during the early 1930s. It portrays a boy named St. Wenceslas with his grandmother, St. Ludmila in the centre and surrounded by the lives of Saints Cyril and Methodius who spread Christianity among the Slavs.

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St Vitus Cathedral

4. Skylight at the Palau de la Música Catalana – Barcelona, Spain

The skylight of the Palau de la Música Catalana features the stained-glass windows built in arches that line both sides of the main concert hall. It represents the sun and sky.

Palau Vitrall platea

Palau Vitrall platea
Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palau_de_la_M%C3%BAsica_Catalana

 

5. Church of Notre-Dame Au Sablon Stained Glass

The church is located in the Sablon district in the historic centre of Brussels. It has been said the church was seen as inferior by the wealthy citizens of Brussels. It is characterized by its late Brabantine Gothic exterior and rich interior decoration including two Baroque chapels

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Church of Notre-Dame Au Sablon Stained Glass
Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/05/03/stained-glass-windows-photos_n_5256052.html

5 Things To Keep In Mind Before You Build A Conservatory

5 Things To Keep In Mind Before You Build A Conservatory

At Joinery For All Seasons, we aim to create the conservatory of your dreams.

In this blog post, we would like to share the top 5 things to keep in mind before you build a conservatory.

 1. Design

It’s important to have a design idea for a new conservatory so it suits with the house.  This will depend on what you want to use it for, i.e. play room, study, dining. Also consider how often the conservatory will be used, especially during winter season. 

2. Ventilation and Heating

It’s important to consider the ventilation and heating in a conservatory, especially if it’s used as a green house as plants are very sensitive with the slight change of temperature. 
 
Therefore, you could consider installing under floor heating, which can either be an electric system or plumbed into your existing central heating. The system will be fully covered under the surface and best yet it will make walking in the conservatory bare-footed much more pleasant, especially for elderly people.
 

3. The Roof 

It’s important to have a strong and stable roof that is resistant to the inconsistent British weather. You could consider a transparent roof  so it can attract plenty of natural sunlight into the house. 
 
To make it easier to clean the roof, you should install a tilted roof so that less rubbish and dirt are left on the roof, especially during stormy weather. 
 

4. Planning Permission 

The main points to consider before you start your conservatory project: 

  • No more than 50% of the original land around your property can be covered with additions.
  • You cannot add an extension if your property is facing a highway.
  • Your conservatory should not be any bigger than 3 metres for a semi-detached house, and 4 metres for a detached house. 

5. Conservatory Base type

Concrete base 

  •  Ideal for installing under floor heating
  •  Easy to build  
  •  Good for long term use 

Steel Base

  •  Ideal for areas that has restricted access i.e. sloping areas 
  •  No need to remove drains or soils 
  •  Cost effective 
  •  Quicker to install

 

We hope you enjoyed reading about these 5 things to keep in mind before you build a conservatory. If you have any questions or ideas for a conservatory you’d like to ask us about please do get in contact.

 

What Is the Difference Between a Conservatory and an Orangery?

What Is the Difference Between a Conservatory and an Orangery?

At Joinery For All Seasons, we love to create a breath taking and perfect extensions for your home.

In this blog post, we share some differences between a conservatory and an orangery .

 

Conservatory

A conservatory is a room made with a glass roof and walls.  Conservatories are mainly used as a glasshouse to tender plants that weren’t native to the UK throughout the winter.

A conservatory tends to have 75% or more glazing on the roof, whilst it is the opposite for orangeries.

A conservatory tends to:

  • Be mainly made of glass in structure
  • Have dwarf walls or one solid wall
  • Have a full glass roof
  • Reflect the design and features of the property, making it more like an extension of a home rather than a separate building

conservatory walls

 

Orangery

An orangery is made up from solid brick pillars, large glazed windows, brick or stone bases, a lantern roof and a corbel gutter, creating a parapet inside the orangery. It was built to protect citrus trees and other plants from the harsh, winter weather. It is considered a symbol for wealthy families. Many orangeries had stoves, underfloor heating or shutters to ensure they were warm all year round.

An orangery tends to:

  • Have a parapet
  • Have brick built pillars
  • Be built with less glass
  • Compliment the house in tone and colour of materials used

orangery walls

 

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The Benefits Of Having A Conservatory

At Joinery For All Seasons we love conservatories. And there are numerous reasons why!

In this blog post, we share some benefits of adding a conservatory to your home.

1. It Adds Value To Your Property

Conservatories are an affordable way to increase the value of your property, especially if it’s facing a garden for a nice view in the summer. This makes your home more luxurious and enjoyable with family and friends.

2. It Gives You More Space

Adding some extra space in the house allows you to do a lot of things, for example, entertain guests and family more easily. It could also be used as an extra breathing space for you to relax and chill with your loved ones.

3. Adding Natural Light 

Most of the time we don’t receive enough natural sunlight. Adding a conservatory to your home will bring you a great deal of natural light. This will help you to save energy and electricity during the day. Additionally, we all know having lots of natural light makes you feel more positive and will also you to absorb more vitamin D – keeping you nice and healthy!

4. Enjoy Your Garden Throughout The Year

Most conservatories are built next to a garden and are normally made of glass. This allows you to admire the scenery of your garden during sunnier days and be able to relax and stress free from insects or mosquitos crawling into your house. Having this view helps to lift up your mood from negative to positive all year round.

We hope you enjoyed reading about these 4 benefits of having a conservatory. If you have any questions or ideas for a conservatory you’d like to ask us about please do get in contact.