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Choosing the right type of conservatory design for your requirements can be challenging. You must consider the amount of room you have, which design appeals more and will suit your home, and of course bear in mind the cost – not to mention how practical the space will be.

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One of the most popular conservatory styles seen today is the Edwardian conservatory. It could be said to be a classic design, and as you will see, it comes with plenty of advantages.

What is an Edwardian conservatory?

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The Edwardian conservatory is typified by its square or rectangular design. Unlike the Victorian design, which has a 3- or 5-faceted design at the front, the Edwardian makes the most of every inch of its space. You will see a couple of common roof designs on the Edwardian. One is the gable end design, which means the end wall is completely flat, and the other is the double-hipped roof. This provides a sloping roof on all sides, including the end that slopes into the house. A box gutter provides ample drainage in this situation.

Some Edwardian conservatories have tiled roofs, but you can go for the uPVC or wood-framed roof complete with either glass or polycarbonate panels if you wish.

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When you choose to have an Edwardian conservatory you need to consider exactly how you want yours to look. While the basic footprint will be that of a square or a rectangle you still need to consider size. Understanding what you will use the room for is a good place to start. You should also consider the amount of space you will lose from your garden in order to strike the right balance.

This style of conservatory usually has a dwarf brick wall included to match the bricks used in the main property. The height of this wall can vary; in some less-common cases, especially where one side of the conservatory is close to a boundary, the owner may choose to have one solid wall on one side.

Another consideration will be the materials you use. The most popular (and cheapest) option is uPVC, which also means no upkeep for you except for the odd wash-down. For a richer finish you can opt for a wood frame, which can still benefit from double-glazed windows and doors. This requires staining or painting regularly to protect the wood. Aluminium is also an option but this is rarer.

Whatever style of roof you choose you should consider how it will help keep the new room cool in the summer. Consider air vents to assist this. Polycarbonate is also better than glass for keeping out the heat in the summer yet warming the room in winter.

How much does an Edwardian conservatory cost?

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The cost depends on whether you buy a kit to install yourself with the help of friends, or whether you hire a company. The latter is the best option if you have little to no building experience. A kit can be bought for under £3,000 and it might prove cheaper than doing the whole thing through a company. All you need to do is hire someone to fit it for you.

Size also has a distinct role to play in terms of cost. Assuming you hire an experienced company to supply and fit the conservatory, you’re looking at upwards of £5,000 for a relatively modest 2.5m square conservatory. A much bigger 6m by 3m conservatory in this style would probably set you back more than twice that amount. Again, remember the individual choices you make with regard to the bricks used for the dwarf wall, the materials used (i.e. wood or uPVC) and the type of panels used in the roof will all make a difference.

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You also have to bear in mind the base that will be required. Everything should meet current building regulations too. Remember, quality will always cost more but is arguably well worth paying for.

Choosing a company

Be sure to get recommendations before deciding where to go to get your conservatory. If you are going down the DIY route you must still be sure you choose a manufacturer known for creating solid and well-built kits.

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If you want a company to do everything for you, from constructing the base to putting the finishing touches on the roof once complete, look for a company with experience. You should obtain a series of quotes and then ideally choose something in the middle, but use your instincts too when making a choice.

Planning permission

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There are specific rules and regulations that apply to the construction of an addition such as a conservatory. For the most part you shouldn’t have to get permission to install a conservatory since this is a permitted development. However you should check the rules and regulations prior to planning anything, since you must ensure you comply with these.

Install time

This depends on a variety of factors. The first stage is to complete the base, which can take a few days on its own. Once this is done you need to wait for it to fully dry before the conservatory itself can be built on top of it. The dwarf wall will also need to be built and allowed to dry.

The next stage is to build the conservatory. This will also take a few days, depending on how many people are involved in construction and how big the conservatory is. It should arrive in kit form, thus making construction pretty easy – think of it as a large construction kit and you’ll get the idea.

Then there are the finishing touches – the final details on the roof and so on. You also then need to allow time to get the interior of the conservatory finished in terms of decoration. This is easy to forget when you are so focused on the actual construction process. Most people say, however, that the end result of having a brand new Edwardian conservatory is well worth the effort of making it all happen in the first place.