Traditional Conservatories are cruel!
We have completely transformed the conservatory into what we call a garden room. To us this means a room looking out on the garden that can be used all the year round. It involves putting a proper roof over the glazed area. We can often retain the glass perimeter and floor too, although sometimes some changes to these elements are needed. Our technique does not involve any light weight insulation layer as sold by some companies who have, like us, realized that there is a general dissatisfaction with conservatory owners. We advocate an independent structural system and a traditional roof. If done correctly, it shades the space in the summer, keeps the heat in during winter and gets rid on the nasty, dirty looking, creaking, badly insulated security risk that is the polycarbonate roof.
Ok, you would have been well advised to do it properly first time around, but nonetheless we may be able to help so that this space can truly be regarded as part of the house and yet create that all year around connection with the garden.
It may be too late to save all your conservatory plants but stop this cruelty now! Put them out in the garden and promise yourself that you will get the situation resolved before the poor little things have to suffer the biting cold of the mid winter conservatory freeze.
Written by Tony Keller – Building Tectonics Ltd.
If you have seen the Building Tectonics blogs or the Facebook page, you may know that Tony is not exactly a massive fan of conservatories, so when he brought his house a few years ago (which happened to include a conservatory!) he decided that this would have to go.
The previous owners had probably spent a fair amount of money on this, and had tried to make it a more appealing area by removing the windows and doors between the kitchen and conservatory. This made the first two winters at his home horribly cold, so as soon as he had the funding for it, the project to change this space was underway.
One of the main differences he made to this area was the fact that he put a ‘proper’ roof on it. The team of builders Tony brought in formed a foundation outside the conservatory, constructed the necessary steel-work and when the right moment presented itself (a dry day), the old plastic roof came off and a new traditional roof went on. Making this weather tight took mere hours, and the interior of it was finished within a few days. The outside of this conservatory could be worked on at a more leisurely rate. The glass sides and the floor were left as they were, but now that he has a super insulated roof installed, there are no more worries about cold winters. Planning and Building Regulation approvals will often be necessary for this type of work and so you need to know what you are doing but it is worth the effort.
Written by Jade Turney – Building Tectonics Ltd.