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.

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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.

10 Breathtaking Conservatory Designs

10 Breathtaking Conservatory Designs

At Joinery For All Seasons we strive to make your conservatory dreams a reality.

How far does your imagination stretch?

What type of conservatory do you have in mind for your home?

In this blog post we share some of the very best conservatory designs in the world.

1. Sheffield Winter Gardens

The Sheffield Winter Gardens is one of the largest glass houses in the UK. This beautiful glass house was opened by Queen Elizabeth II  on 22 May 2003.

This garden has 2,000 plants from all over the world featuring the most eye catching the Eucalyptus trees and Norfolk Island pines which grew over 150 feet.

 

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Sheffield Winter Gardens – source: http://www.conwyvalleywindows.co.uk/the-uks-top-10-conservatories-and-orangeries-you-can-visit/

 

2. Eden Project

The largest greenhouse conservatory in the world based in Cornwall, UK. It has two main biomes, Rainforest and Mediterranean. It also has an outdoor garden which holds over 3,000 different plants including Chile, the Himalayas, Asia and Australia.

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Eden Project – Source: http://www.conwyvalleywindows.co.uk/the-uks-top-10-conservatories-and-orangeries-you-can-visit/

 

3. Garfield Park

Garfield Park is the largest and most beautiful conservatory in Chicago, USA. Also known as “landscape art under glass”. The conservatory was created by William LeBaron Jenney in 1908, and has become the oldest of three great original Chicago West Side parks.

Inside there are two acres displaying thousands of plants throughout eight rooms. One of the top destinations to experience a tropical scenery in USA.

Garfield Park Conservatory design

Garfield Park Conservatory – Source: http://www.fabsystemsltd.co.uk/blog/?p=179

 

4. Bicentennial Conservatory 

The Bicentennial Conservatory was designed by Australian architect Guy Marron as part of the celebration of Australia’s Bicentenary, in 1987 and opened in late 1989. It is considered as the largest single span conservatory in the Southern Hemisphere. 

Bicentennial Conservatory design

Bicentennial Conservatory – Source: http://www.fabsystemsltd.co.uk/blog/?p=179

 

5. Princess Augusta Conservatory

This conservatory was also known as ‘The Princess of Wales, based in Kew Gardens – London. It was officially opened by Princess Diana in 1987. The conservatory was designed by Gordon Wilson and part of the construction was built underground in order to make the place more energy efficient and easy to support.

Princess Augusta Conservatory

Princess Augusta Conservatory – Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kew_Gardens

 

6. Botanical Garden of Curitiba

The garden was opened in 1991 and was created in the style of French Gardens. It became one of the most popular tourist attraction in Southern Brazil and was voted as the top “Seven Wonders of Brazil” in 2007.

Botanical Garden of Curitiba

Botanical Garden of Curitiba – Source: https://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/Botanical_Garden_of_Curitiba

 

7. Wentworth Castle Gardens – The Victorian Conservatory

This garden was opened in 2007 and listed as Grade 1 landscape, located in South Yorkshire. The garden was originally known as Cutler House, owned by Sir Gervase Cutler in 1670. He later sold the place to Thomas Wentworth. 

Wentworth Castle Gardens – The Victorian Conservatory design

Wentworth Castle Gardens – The Victorian Conservatory – Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wentworth_Castle

 

8. Belle Isle Conservatory, Michigan

Belle Isle is the oldest conservatory in USA and also known as The Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory. This was built and opened since 1904. During its early years of opening, the conservatory became the top tourist attraction, with approximately 1.5 million visitors annually! 

 

Belle Isle Conservatory

Belle Isle Conservatory – Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belle_Isle_Conservatory

 

9. Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

 This was discovered by Henry Phipps in 1893 as a gift to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The conservatory is known as the greenest facilities in the world as it is the first greenhouse that received a Platinum certification. 

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens – Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phipps_Conservatory_and_Botanical_Gardens

 

10.  Isla Gladstone Conservatory

Isla Gladstone was constructed in 1870, located in North Liverpool, UK. The place was originally known as the home to Everton Football Club in 1879 before the club moved Anfield Road. During its first year of opening it attracted 30,000 visitors and was noted in the Illustrated London News. 

Isla Gladstone Conservatory

Isla Gladstone Conservatory – Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stanley_Park,_Liverpool

The Worlds Greatest Window Designs

At Joinery For All Seasons we ensure that every detail in our windows are taken care of, from the design through to the build. Our expert craftsmen have over 30 years experience manufacturing and supplying high quality bespoke timber windows, traditional casement windows, and box sash hardwood windows.

We take great pride in our work and often look at historic window designs for inspiration when starting new projects.

In this blog post we share some of the very best windows designs in the world.

1. Cathedral of Brasília, Brazil

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Cathedral of Brasília – Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cathedral_of_Bras%C3%ADlia

The stained glass window at this cathedral was designed by artist Marianne Peretti in 1990. Using various tone of blue, green, white, and brown glass on the wave pattern gives a nice calm feeling when you enter the cathedral and stress free from your mind.

 

2. York Minster Chapter House, York, England

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York Minster – Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/York_Minster

York Minster is one of the largest Gothic cathedral in Europe. It was also known as Cathedral and Metropolitical Church of Saint Peter in York. The cathedral contains a wide collection of medieval stained glass windows, including Five Sisters window.

 

3. Peacock Window, Bhaktapur – Nepal 

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Peacock Window – Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Newar_window

This window was built in the 15th century. It was also known as Mona Lisa of Nepal, one of the most precious artwork.

 

4. La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona

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Sagrada Familia – Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sagrada_Fam%C3%ADlia

One of the most stunning window design in Barcelona by Francisco Paula de Villar in 1882. During 1883, Villar partnered with Antoni Gaudí in the design. It’s been said that the construction is incomplete at present and will be finalized in 2026 to mark a century of Gaudi’s death.

 

 

The 5 Most Famous Doors in the World

At Joinery For All Seasons we take great pride in producing exceptional quality doors. Unfortunately, none of our doors are famous, yet…

Below we have listed what we think are the 5 most famous doors in the world.

1. 10 Downing Street

Britain’s most important political building, where huge decisions have been made to change and create the Britain we are today, also has a very nice front door!

The Number 10 building was constructed from three buildings and have become the home for politicians and led to the Prime Minister since the 18th century.  The very first resident who lived at Number 10 was Thomas Knevett,  known as the one who arrested Guy Fawke. Following other famous politicians that have lived and worked at Number 10 includes Robert Walpole,William Gladstone, David Lloyd George, Pitt the YoungerWinston Churchill, Benjamin Disraeli, and Margaret Thatcher.

As well as the politicians who lived at Number 10, another unexpected little resident also lived there. This was Larry, Chief Mouser. He is the first cat at Number 10 from 15 Feb 2011 – present. 

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By Photo: Sergeant Tom Robinson RLC/MOD, OGL, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=28014902

2. Entryway to the Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey was originally known as Collegiate Church of St. Peter at Westminster and it is one the most religious building in the United Kingdom.

This building is mainly used for special events in coronations and burials of English/British Monarchs. It has also been used for weddings including the most recent Royal Wedding with William the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton which took place on Apr 29 in 2011. 

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By Telemaque MySon – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=13358724

3. Holy Door of St. Peter’s Basilica

One of the holiest and largest churches in the world, located in Vatican City, Rome.

The main entrance, which is known as the Holy Door only opens every 25 years by the Pope. According to the tradition, when the Holy Door is finally opened after 25 years, it represents the passing of life into the presence of God.

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St. Peter’s Basilica – Photo credit: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Peter’s_Basilica

4. Entryway to Coral Castle

The castle is located in Leisure City, Florida. This castle is created by Edward Leedskalnin who spent around 28 years to build on his own! Many have questioned how Edward have built this alone (each stones weighed around 14 tons)? The answer is, not many people knew and remains as a mystery until now because, Edward blocked himself away from others to view his work progress.

Many believed that it’s hard to open the gate to the castle, but the answer is that you can open the gate with a gentle touch of one finger! Despite the door weighing 9 tons!  Weird right? But no one was able to find out about the truth in the end. 

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Coral Castle – Photo credit: http://www.improvenet.com/a/10-world-famous-doors

5. Doors to the Palmer House Hotel in Chicago

Palmer House Hotel is one of the grandest hotel in world which was built as a wedding gift for Potter Palmer’s wife, Bertha Honoré in September 26, 1871.

But unfortunately the hotel was burned down 13 days later in the Great Chicago Fire. Palmer built a second Palmer House Hotel in 1875 and it’s been know as ‘The World’s Only Fire Proof Hotel’.

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Palmer House Hotel – Photo credit: http://chicago-outdoor-sculptures.blogspot.co.uk/2010/06/peacock-door-at-palmer-house-hotel.html

And that concludes our list of famous doors! I hope you enjoyed the read, and if you feel we have missed an important door do let us know in the comments below!