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As far as the range of different conservatories is concerned, the P-shaped conservatory isn’t regularly seen when you look at the types of conservatories homeowners tend to go for. However this doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of good reasons for choosing one.

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What is a P-shaped conservatory?

A P-shaped conservatory is so-called because it is shaped like a P. One end is smaller than the other, while the larger end typically has several facets, i.e. five, to make it look like the rounded end of a P.

You may not realise this, but the P-shaped conservatory design is achieved by putting together a combination of the Victorian design with the lean-to design. Another variation on this design is to combine the Edwardian conservatory design with a lean-to conservatory. This creates a slightly different effect but still falls within the realm of a P-shaped conservatory.

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The main thing to remember with a P-shaped conservatory is the many benefits it has to offer you. For example the design comes with two clear areas to enjoy. There is the smaller area (the thinner part of the P, if you will) and the larger, more rounded section that comprises the head of the P. This means you can divide this conservatory into two separate spaces. Indeed, some people use the larger section to accommodate a dining table or perhaps a seating area. The second, smaller area might be used for a home office or a playroom for families with children.

When considering the actual design of your conservatory, you should think about whether you want to have a dwarf wall (a common choice) or whether you would prefer to have floor-to-ceiling glass. Another option if you are going to choose a uPVC conservatory is to have infill panels also made from uPVC around the lower section of the conservatory.

When making these types of decisions you should think about the appearance of the main property too. For example if your home is built from brick you could seek out a brick that very closely matches what you already have. This will ensure the conservatory blends in with your home. If you want a more traditional look and your home has wooden-framed windows, you may want to choose wooden frames for your conservatory too.

How much does a P-shaped conservatory cost?

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One of the most important things that will be on your mind as you consider the benefits of having a P-shaped conservatory will no doubt be the price. This is a bigger conservatory than some of the others available today, so you will pay more than you would for a simple lean-to design, for example. You need a certain size to enjoy the benefits of a P-shaped design, otherwise it will simply be far too cramped to make the most of.

A lot will be dependent on the size of the conservatory and the materials you choose to have it made from. For example a basic uPVC conservatory with uPVC infill panels will be cheaper than a bespoke design with a dwarf brick wall and wood-framed windows. Different companies will also charge different prices, while your quotes will also depend on whether you want a kit only or a company to come in and handle the entire build for you as well from start to finish.

A basic price might start at around £5,000, but you should note this doesn’t include air conditioning, blinds or any other features you may want. Some companies quote prices way beyond this, going up to around £20,000-£25,000. You can see it depends largely on what standard of finish you want and which company you elect to use. It might also depend on where you live, since some areas are usually more expensive than others in terms of services like these.

If you think of your conservatory as an investment, you may consider it worth spending a little more on additional features. For example higher-spec windows that reflect the sun and make your conservatory cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter might be worth investing in. You can also get a solar coating for the roof to have the same effect. These will cost more but they could make all the difference in terms of how comfortable and usable your P-shaped conservatory is throughout the year.

Choosing a company

It is a good idea to get some referrals from friends and family members who have already had a conservatory installed that they were happy with. This holds true regardless of whether you want a company to supply and fit your conservatory or whether you are simply looking for an installer. If you have the skills to build the base and erect your own conservatory, it is still worth getting recommendations for a supplier. Remember to get several quotations in each case and then consider them side-by-side.

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Planning permission

Generally speaking a conservatory counts as a permitted development. However in every case you should still check your proposed plans to ensure they fall within the permitted development rules and regulations. If you install a conservatory only to find afterwards you have flouted these rules in some way (even if only by a centimetre or two) you could be asked to take it down. Better safe than sorry means checking in advance that your P-shaped conservatory meets all the requirements expected.

Install time

Each conservatory is built according to a basic three-stage process. Firstly the base will be constructed. Once dry, the second stage of erecting the conservatory will be undertaken. This could include building a dwarf wall, and if this is the case you’ll need to allow time in between stages for this to fully dry as well. Thirdly the finishing touches will be added, such as the guttering, the door handles and so on. Once the conservatory is finished you still have the interior decorating to do, so do allow time for this as well if you have a deadline in mind.