Are conservatories a good idea?
In a word - NO! (but with qualification)
They all overheat in the summer and are too cold in the winter. They cannot be used throughout the year as a
dedicated room unless you fill it full of blinds & heating systems (which is not allowed).
Many home owners wanting a quick fix bolt on extension to an existing roof often consider a conservatory. Most
are demolished or replaced for a more substantial proper habitable room extension within 15 years so why
If you have already lived with a conservatory you will already either love them or hate them. The ones that seem
to work often face north, are of a size that allows for good use of space (larger than 3M x 3M) & have an
illegal heating system installed.
Many homeowners open up the conservatory into the existing home which is not allowed under Building Regulations
due to the excessive loss of heat & additional CO2 into the air for the extra heating demand.
The newer and more useful form of a conservatory design is the highly glazed extension that still retains about
50% of the walls and roof for up-rating of insulation values as compensation for the extra glazed areas beyond the
25% floor area limit under Building Regulations. Many traditional styles have now re-emerged such as the orangry
glazed roof within a flat roof for example. New contemporary fenestration such as long runs of glazed high
efficiency bi-fold doors have taken the place of sliding patio door sets.
This is a much better and more sustainable solution to a highly glazed room area rather than
a plastic framed bolt on conservatory serving little functional use to the home owner.