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Why Are Conservatory Foundations Important?

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When considering a new conservatory, it is extremely important to speak to your chosen installer about conservatory foundations and the process included with this. Unlike windows, doors and other home improvement solutions, conservatories cannot be installed to your home from the ground up. Careful planning around structural stability is essential. This is because conservatories are an extension of your home and require the same structural stability. Not having the right base under your conservatory can lead to serious problems developing over time. This can be dangerous and extremely expensive to rectify.

Conservatory foundations work by supporting the weight of the build. This is extremely important, as, without them, your new conservatory could face deformation if there are any changes in the land around your home. This land is usually soil and varies in strength depending on where you live and many other factors. If this soil is wet, building straight on it without conservatory foundations can cause problems later on. Without foundations, your conservatory will lack stability, suffer from deformation, and fall victim to water damage including rot and decay.

Getting conservatory foundations right can be a tricky process. This is why it is so important to work with the right installer. Working with an inexperienced installer may mean they lay the footings too shallow or that they use the wrong foundation type for your situation. As mentioned, problems relating to foundations can be extremely expensive to fix and detrimental to the structural stability of your conservatory. Do it once and do it properly with an experienced installer.

Types of Foundations

There are many different types of conservatory foundations. An installer such as ourselves will choose with type of foundation is best suited to your home and the land being built on. An expert installer will be able to make this decision after assessing the building site and seeing the results of a technical survey. A technical survey provides detailed blueprints of the land around and under your home. This is particularly useful as it makes us aware of any unseen piping that we should avoid when digging footings.

Traditional footings are the most common type of conservatory foundation. Footings are strong support beams that lodge deep into the ground underneath your build. They work to provide resistance against extreme weather conditions and last for decades. This makes them extremely reliable.

Many traditional conservatories also feature a dwarf wall. A dwarf wall is a small brickwork base that supports a build from underneath. Brickwork is extremely durable thanks to its weatherproof qualities, stopping any water from seeping beneath the build. This wall also raises your space higher off the ground for added structural stability and strength.

Both of these foundation solutions have been trialled and tested for years, making them both viable options. However, like anything, they also have their setbacks. If you are an avid gardener or live in a highly vegetated area, it may be hard to dig up the ground without causing damage to any plants or trees. This is where more modern conservatory foundation solutions come in handy.

Modern bases use concrete and steel pads instead of traditional footings. They do not require any digging at all, leaving any vegetation roots or piping undisturbed. Strip foundations are another alternative, lodging in at a thickness of only 150mm.

At Abbey, our expert team will assess your situation and find a foundation solution that works best for your home and the build area.

Local Authority Rules

If you are looking to have a new conservatory added to your property, there are strict local authority rules that need to be met. This includes specific requirements on foundations. In order to have your new build approved, you will need to meet these requirements.

Local authority requirements depend on where you live and change from council to council. Make sure that you check what rules and regulations apply to you and your local area before you start the installation process. If the land you are hoping to build your new conservatory on has any weak patches that could lead to a future issue or failure, your build will not be permitted. There can also not be any imported soil or ‘made ground’ in the area.

Luckily for you, an experienced installer can make meeting local authority rules a lot easier. They understand what local regulations are in place, and how to meet them.

Conservatory Foundations With Abbey

If you are looking to expand your home and would like a brand new conservatory, we here at Abbey can help. With over 30 years of experience within the home improvements industry, we have managed to build and install many conservatories to homes across the Berkshire area. With this, we have the expertise to install conservatory foundations carefully and correctly. With meticulous planning, we always make sure to build conservatories with the right foundations for each customer’s situation.

By working with Abbey, you will benefit from shorter wait times and low travel costs. This is because as your local trusted installer, we are only a short distance away from your home. This being said, with such quick and efficient service does not come a lack of quality. We promise our customers durable conservatory foundations that will operate with ease for a lifetime, as well as bespoke conservatories to meet your needs.

While our foundations are designed to perform to the highest standards, so are our conservatories. By working with market leading manufacturers we are able to provide our valued customers with high functioning conservatories that add value to any property they are installed to. Our designs are extremely energy efficient, highly secure, weather resistant and sound insulating. Enhance your home in every way, adding value. With such durable foundations, these superior levels of performance are sure to be experienced for an entire lifetime.

By working with a trusted local installer such as Abbey, you will benefit from a stress and hassle free build. We will deal with all the with the bits that you don’t need to, such as local authorities and technical surveys, so that you can focus on the fun design aspects with help from our team. Feel reassured knowing that we are members of the regulatory body, FENSA. With this you will receive proof that your new installation including our windows and doors complies with building regulations, is registered with the local council and is backed by guarantee insurance. You only get this type of reassurance with a FENSA Approved Installer, such as ourselves.

why are conservatory foundations importantConservatory Prices

If you are looking to have a new conservatory installed to your home, do it properly and do it once with correct conservatory foundations with Abbey.

By using our online design tool you can follow the step by step process, creating your dream installation. At the end of the easy to follow process you will receive a price tailored to your needs. It couldn’t be simpler!

If you would like more information about our conservatories or foundations, please do not hesitate to get in touch. By filling out our online form or calling us directly on 01189 582 829, a friendly member of our team can answer any questions you may have.

Can You Turn A Conservatory Into An Extension?

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Whether you have just moved into a home with an existing conservatory, or you have an outdated conservatory, you may want to convert it into an extension. This is completely possible, however there are a few steps you must consider first!

can you turn a conservatory into an extension

While a conservatory is an expansion of your home creating extra living space, it often stands out and is clearly a separate addition. A house extension is seen as a true expansion of your property. It can be either single or double-storey and is often the solution for outgrowing your home.

Both conservatories and extensions have their benefits and are selected by homeowners for many different reasons. While conservatories are more affordable, house extensions often perform to higher standards and seamlessly blend with your home. They can be tailored to meet your every need, where conservatory designs may be more restricted.

A renown issue with conservatories is poor performance related to age. As a conservatory gets older, you may start to experience heat extremes. In the summer your conservatory may be too hot to use, and in the winter, it is too cold. While a new roof is usually the solution to this issue, you may want to turn your conservatory into an extension. By doing this you can create additional space that is designed to meet your family’s needs. As an extension is built to exist in harmony with your existing home, they are much more thermally efficient, secure and weather resistant than conservatories.

Benefits of a House Extension

As mentioned, a house extension does not face the issues that are regularly experienced with a conservatory. They operate as part of your home, retaining heat and keep what matters most protected. Although more expensive than a conservatory, they are much more durable and offer a hoard of benefits to your living space.

A house extension adds far more value to your property than a conservatory. Whether you are adding a new kitchen, dining room, living room, home office or playroom, your house is sure to be worth far more than what you bought it for should you ever choose to move to a new home and sell. Adding any square footage to a home is guaranteed to boost its value!

As an extension is created using true building materials, including higher proportions of brickwork, they are extremely thermally efficient. With this, you will experience warmer temperatures all year round, no matter how cold it gets. The inclusion of robust double glazing adds a further layer of insulation. By benefiting from a naturally warmer home, you will find yourself using less central heating. Experience cheaper heating bills, saving you money for years to come.

Where a conservatory is usually separated from the rest of your home via internal doors, a house extension flows naturally from the rest of your living space. As you benefit from extra living space you will find yourself enjoying being at home more. What’s more, an extension can be two storeys, adding to your upstairs space. If you are a growing family this means the chance of adding additional bedrooms and bathrooms without having to uproot and move to a new home.

top uses for a garden roomWhat to Consider When Turning a Conservatory into an Extension

If you are looking to turn your conservatory into an extension it is important to check what local authority regulations are in place. It is extremely important that this is thoroughly checked as any structure that does not meet regulations may face being taken down.

Depending on your local council and the build of your conservatory, you may need to attain new planning permission to change your conservatory into an extension. At Abbey, we will make sure to research into local authority regulations and submit a planning application where needed. This ensures that we are abiding by the correct regulations.

Working With a Trusted Local Installer

Here at Abbey, we have over 30 years of experience within the home improvement industry. With this, we have been able to perfect our techniques and develop an understanding of how complex builds such as a house extension works. Such experience is crucial – if you work with an inexperienced installer you are at risk of serious complications further down the line. Whether these complications are with local authorities, foundations or structure issues, they can be costly and difficult to fix.

This is why it is so important to partner with a trusted local installer that you can rely on to look into all aspects of a build. Here at Abbey, we can offer you short wait times, low travel costs and unmatched expertise. By working with market leading manufacturers we can promise you that the final product will be extremely durable and high performing while meeting strict building regulations.

Benefit from a stress and hassle-free build, as we are here to deal with all technical aspects. All you will need to worry about is figuring out what your new space will be used for. This way you can liaise with our design team, creating your dream installation that you and your family can use all year round.

House Extension Prices

It is no secret that house extensions are much more expensive than conservatories. This is because of the nature of the build and the number of materials involved. This being said, an extension is a worthwhile investment that will pay off for years to come. It is also a much cheaper alternative than moving to a new home. As you find yourself and your family using your new space every single day, you will never look back!

Turning a conservatory into an extension can vary in price depending on how big your existing conservatory is, and how big you would like to replacement extension to be. The price will be dependent on how much of the existing structure needs to be knocked down and how much needs to be replaced.

If you would like to receive a quote for your current conservatory being turned into a house extension, please get in touch today. Here at Abbey we are always up for a challenge and take pride in exceeding our customers’ expectations. By leaving as much information on our online contact form we will be able to get back to you quickly with a response.

If you are interested in either a new conservatory or house extension, you may want to take a look at our online designer tool. Here you can follow the step by step process, designing your dream installation. At the end of the process, you will be presented with a price tailored to your specifications.

If you would like to find out more about how we can turn your conservatory into an extension, or simply have some questions to ask, please do not hesitate to call us on 0118 958 2839. Our friendly team are always happy to help in any way possible!

 

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Top Uses For a Garden Room

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What are the top uses of a garden room? There are more than you might think for one of these stylish, versatile spaces. If you’ve wanted to use your garden more often or more comfortably, then a garden room is ideal. You’ll be adding a room surrounded by nature, but durable enough to withstand it at its worst with weatherproof materials and excellent insulation.

Because of this, a garden room offers far more than a typical shed or shelter. You could use it as a reading room, a social space, or a way of getting away from the stresses of daily life. And, as it’s a part of your garden, it’ll be a freestanding structure which you can style to suit the outdoors rather than the indoors.

With Abbey, you could add a garden room to your home that you can use for a variety of purposes. One of these builds could make the rest of your home more spacious and less cramped, giving you more room to use.

However, as a separate structure, it’ll be like a home away from home, and a space to unwind. You can design a garden room to be small and cosy, or expansive and bright. That way, you could find uses for it that might surprise you. And, with Abbey, you’ll get a garden room for less and with a brilliant service. We’re a trusted local installer with over 30 years of experience!

garden room home officeGarden Room Home Offices

Finding the right space to focus can be difficult in a cluttered home. However, if you need space to knuckle down and work, you don’t need to build a conservatory or an extension. Instead, one of the top uses for a garden room these days is as a home office.

Although they’re freestanding structures, you can connect garden rooms to electricity, meaning you’ll have no issue installing a PC and other work equipment. Additionally, your garden room will be private and quiet, with excellent sound insulation to keep distractions well away. As many of us spend a lot more time indoors, a garden room home office is the perfect way to be productive.

Also, you can free up room in your existing home. If you already work from home, then you can remove a desk from a cramped area, helping you revitalise another space. You could expand your living room with new furniture, or extend your social space for you and your guests to enjoy your home more freely.

And, with a garden room home office, you can design your dream workstation. You can get a new desk to match a timber or woodgrain exterior and interior, and you can also invest in smart storage for files. That way, you can keep your work life and your home life separate – but with a much shorter commute.

garden room costsGarden Rooms for Hobbies

Pursuing some passions can take up a lot of space. However, with a garden room, you can design an area to suit any hobby you might have, and keep it away from the rest of your home. One of the top uses for a garden room is as a hobby space for sports, arts, or something else entirely.

For example, you could create an area for pool, darts or even table tennis if you have friends over, or you could put musical instruments in there if you’d like to practice in privacy. Thanks to the impressive insulation of modern garden rooms, you can do it comfortably as well, without feeling cold even in the winter months.

Additionally, a garden room is a perfect place to tinker. If you like building, inventing or fixing, then a garden room gives you a specialised space to do it without taking up more room in your home. That means you’ll have the area you need to fulfil your passions, without them getting in the way of anybody else’s room.

With Abbey’s garden rooms, you can also enjoy your hobbies securely. You’ll get sturdy walls and the choice of secure windows and doors with double glazing that has multi-point locking systems. Because of this, you can store the things most precious to you safely, giving you total peace of mind.

top uses for a garden room pricesGarden Room Lounges

Finally, finding space to socialise can often be difficult. Not only that but, on a warm day, you can end up being cramped indoors and away from the sun. However, with a garden room, you can create the ideal area for entertaining guests and enjoying the sunshine. One of the top uses for a garden room is as a lounge, giving you and your family a new room to unwind and relax in.

You can install new furniture like sofas and cushions, add a TV with an electricity connection inside the garden room, and add new carpet flooring or rugs for a soft, cosy interior. And, with your garden room, you can customise the dimensions to make it as expansive as you want it to be.

With a garden room, you’ll be able to socialise and relax in comfort too. That’s because these modern designs are highly durable and able to protect you from the worst of the weather. You’ll get a design with fully weatherproof materials, meaning wind and rain won’t cause your room to rot, decay or crack.

Also, you can open up your garden room directly into the outdoors. With the option of sliding and bi-fold doors, which slide away seamlessly to reveal a wide-open gateway to your garden, you’ll feel at one with nature. As a result, you can use your garden more easily and more comfortable, and get that same feeling of freedom and space in the rest of your home as well.

Garden Room Prices

Choose Abbey’s designs, and benefit from the top uses for a garden room in your home today.

You can use our online design tool to pick out your garden room and fully customise it to suit your needs. We’ll provide an instant online price for whatever space you create!

If you’d like any further information or advice, give Abbey’s friendly team a call today on 01189 582 839!

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History of Orangeries – Then and Now

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The history of orangeries can show you just how impactful one of these spaces can be for your home. An orangery is a classic design dating back hundreds of years. Originally, the main use of these rooms was to grow citrus fruits in the Meditteranean, which is where they get their colourful name from.

However, over the years, people started to modify the orangery design for home use. Having seen it on their ‘grand tours’ of Southern Europe around the 1800s, the British aristocracy brought the design to these shores, where it was a symbol of status. But, while the world has changed, the aesthetic appeal of these rooms have not.

Today, though, what has changed is their performance. You could invest in a state-of-the-art orangery for your home that blends a classic look with cutting-edge technology. The room uses advanced double glazing, resilient brickwork, and can come with customisable options like doors and roofing.

The orangery is a blend between a conservatory and an extension. In it, you’ll get the light and glass of the former and solid build of the latter, giving your home the best of both worlds. Also, with Abbey, you can customise our orangeries to suit your home precisely. That way, you’ll bring the history of orangeries to your home, investing in it for the future.

traditional orangeriesTraditional Orangeries

The design history of orangeries is full of quality. Fortunately, if you have a traditional home, or you want to bring timeless design to your modern one, we offer a wide range of classic orangeries. Our traditional orangeries can come with decorative roof cornices. The cornices conceal the gutters of the build for a sleeker, more stylish shape.

Not only that, but you’ll get resilient brickwork across the design. You can choose to match it to your existing property or go for a different shade to make the room stand out. Either way, the brickwork offers superb insulation and weather protection, meaning your orangery can stay warm all year round.

Also, you can continue the traditional look of your new space from the top of it. That’s because, at Abbey, we have the option of tiled conservatory roofs. Tiled roofs have a timeless design, with individual tiles that stick together. You can style each tile to create unique patterns, or you can choose a traditional finish like terra cotta for the roof.

A tiled roof has more to it than meets the eye as well. The tiles come together to create an air and water-tight shelter for your orangery. Because of this, you won’t have to worry about the greenhouse effect, you’ll be able to stay warm without your central heating, and there are small gaps between the tiles for ventilation on hot summer days.

modern orangeriesModern Orangeries

However, the history of orangeries doesn’t mean they’re stuck in the past. Instead, you can customise your new build into a fabulous modern space for your home. That way, you can combine the quality design of then with the clever technology of now. Because of this, your new space will be able to do things that simply wouldn’t be possible back in the 1800s.

For example, if you want to let natural light flood into the new room, you can install floor-to-ceiling glazing. You’ll get full panels of glazing that stretch up the build, providing slim sightlines and spectacular views of the world outside. The glass will be double-glazed, too, so you won’t lose any of your home’s warmth.

Not only that, but you can open the whole space out to nature with innovative doors. At Abbey, we offer both sliding and bi-fold doors, designs which operate on an in-line slider. You can push sliding doors across to make them disappear into the corner of the room, while bi-fold doors have multiple panels of glass which fold over neatly away.

Also, as an Ultraframe partner, we can offer Ultrasky flat skylights and roof lanterns for your new orangery. These designs are solid roofs with glass sections in the middle, giving you a unique centrepiece for your home. You can surround them with LED lighting and speaker systems as well.

history of orangeries then and nowAre Orangeries Right For Me?

The history of orangeries has seen plenty of people use these spaces. From farmers to aristocrats to homeowners, they’ve all seen the benefits that these bright spaces can provide. But are orangeries right for you? If you’re considering expanding your living space, then they could be ideal.

For example, you might want a conservatory. However, those spaces can have issues when the weather becomes cold or hot, as many of them can have an uncomfortable greenhouse effect that amplifies the temperature outside. Additionally, an extension can be costly, and it’ll take months to install in your home. Therefore, an orangery is a seamless blend of both, with a unique history that adds character to your home.

And, when you work with Abbey, you can get orangeries at a price that’s right for you. We’re a local installer, meaning we won’t charge high premiums for our parts or travel costs that you don’t need to pay. Instead, you can invest in a brilliant orangery for a brilliant price, and get a bespoke build as part of your quote, too.

From there, you won’t have to worry about turning your home into a building site for months on end. Our fully trained installation team, accredited by FENSA, can fit your orangery made-to-measure, on your schedule, thoroughly.

Abbey: A New Name in the History of Orangeries

Abbey is a new name in the history of orangeries, ready to make its own. If you’d like to start your home improvement journey today, then get in touch with Abbey for our orangeries!

You can use our online quoting engine to pick every part of your new space and get a personalised price within minutes.

And, if you want to find out more about our orangeries, use our online contact form or call Abbey on 01189 582 839 to speak to our friendly team!

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Guide To Conservatory Refurbishment

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You could transform your conservatory with only a little bit of refurbishment. While you might be thinking that your old space is beyond saving, Abbey’s range of refurbishment options could make you think again. With us, you could get new parts for your old build, helping it start to perform better and for longer.

You might have a space that is difficult to use in both winter and summer, has access issues, or just looks tired and basic. However, rather than tear it down, which costs time and money, you can replace parts of your build to get the perfect new room for your home for less money.

When you get a conservatory refurbishment, you won’t have to carry out as much work. You won’t tear the whole build down, meaning the process is quicker and less costly. And, if you like your current space, there’s no need to change the style. At Abbey, we offer made-to-measure parts that suit any space seamlessly. The only thing that will change is the performance of your space.

With a refurbished conservatory, you can enjoy your home in more comfort. You’ll get a choice of durable glazing, innovative doors, and even robust roofs. All of these options can make your home more secure, protect you from the weather, and even help you save money on your energy bills.

The Benefits of Conservatory Refurbishment

If you have an older conservatory, refurbishment could help fix a lot of its issues. You might have a conservatory, for example, that struggles with heat transfer. It’s a common issue in old builds, where thin materials across the design struggle to keep cold air away from your home. Not only that, but excess heat and sunlight can pass through, creating an uncomfortable greenhouse effect.

With conservatory refurbishment, though, you can take back control of your living space. New glass can provide better insulation in winter, new doors come with durable uPVC or aluminium frames, and a brand-new roof can block excess sunlight, reducing glare.

Not only that, but you’ll be able to save money at every step. When you invest in replacement parts, you can get them for less cost than you would in a new design. Then, once installed, they can help you save money in the long run. You’ll be adding the latest in efficient technology to your space, helping you cut the cost of your energy bills!

guide to conservatory refurbishmentConservatory Refurbishment Glazing

So, where to start with your space? One way to refurbish it is to change the glass. Many older builds use only one layer of glazing, which doesn’t offer a lot of protection during the winter. As a result, cold air can pass through quickly, making the whole room chilly and uncomfortable. When you get a conservatory refurbishment, though, you could invest in double glazing right across the build.

Double glazing uses two layers of glass instead of one, giving you more protection against cold weather. Additionally, a layer of argon gas sits in between the panels, reducing the risk of condensation and improving insulation. You can even get tempered glass which is less likely to break or internally shatter.

With new double glazing, you’ll also let natural light flood your home more safely. When the light comes in, you won’t have to worry about glare, as the second pane of glass reduces the sun’s intensity. Also, double glazing blocks out harmful UV rays, meaning carpets and furniture won’t wash out and fade.

conservatory refurbishment costsConservatory Refurbishment Doors

Another way to refurbish your conservatory is to invest in new doors. Modern doors are brilliant for both opening to your garden, but also connecting your conservatory to your home. Older designs are often narrow and difficult to access, making your garden seem much further away than it is.

However, modern builds use full sections of double glazing and slimline frames, meaning they always seem open. For example, sliding patio doors sit on an in-line slider, meaning they have no swing arc. Not only do they take up no space, but the full section of double glazing brings nature closer to your home.

You can also choose bi-fold doors, which use multiple glass panels that fold on themselves when you open them. As a result, either of these doors can provide seamless pathways to your garden. Also, if you need to use a wheelchair, pram or have mobility issues, you can get these doors with a low-threshold option. That way, your space is accessible for all.

Conservatory Refurbishment Roofs

The roof of your conservatory could be a crucial reason why it isn’t comfortable. It comes into more contact with the sun than any other part of the build. Because of this, a poor roof lets too much sunlight in, as well as cold or warm air. But that also means a brand-new roof can have a brilliant impact.

With a replacement conservatory roof, you can get a brand-new design that works to insulate your space more effectively. You can choose a roof with double glazing or more robust materials like tiled or solid structures. Either of these options is far more durable, fully weatherproof, and customisable too!

With a solid or tiled roof, you can get partial glazing or a roof lantern to let light through into your home. That way, you can control just how your conservatory is lit. You’ll also get more control over its temperature. A new roof offers brilliant insulation, helping you stay warm all year round and saving money on your energy bills every day.

complete guide to conservatory refurbishmentChoose Abbey for Conservatory Refurbishment

If you’d like a conservatory refurbishment, then Abbey is the ideal choice. We’re a trusted, local company with over 30 years of experience in providing new parts. We can offer the latest double glazing, unique doors and durable roofs for your home. And, with us, you can fully customise every design with hardware, colours or finishes to get the perfect style for your living space.

When you work with Abbey, you’ll also guarantee the right fit. Our installation team will fit your refurbishment parts made-to-measure, and around your schedule, so you get the personalised service your home deserves.

Conservatory Refurbishment Prices

You can use our online quoting engine today to take a look at our range of conservatory refurbishment options. Then, we’ll offer a unique quote for a customisable design within seconds!

Alternatively, if you’d like to hear more, or ask us anything, get in touch with Abbey today! You could fill in our online contact form, or call our friendly team on 01189 582 839 to speak to us directly today.

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Will My House Extension Add Value?

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A new house extension could add more value to your home than you may think. Not only will you get a brand-new space, but it could raise the price of your home and reduce the amount of money you spend to maintain it. House extensions give you a world of possibilities, thanks to the versatility of their designs.

You can create any room you want, and get the same level of performance or better than you currently do in your existing home. Not only that, but a house extension is a fully bespoke option, adding value in how your home looks and feels. Because of all this, one of these spaces could transform your home.

At Abbey, we’re proud to have been installing stunning house extensions for over 30 years. We’ve seen first-hand how a brilliant house extension can add value to homes right across the area, and we know you can bring that value to your living space as well. Working with us, you’ll get a quality extension in the bespoke design of your choice, giving you total control over how it suits your needs.

With the option of durable glazing, innovative doors, thermally efficient roofing and a range of colours and finishes, your new house extension is what you make it. That way, you’ll add value to your home now, for years to come, and when you decide to move on.

will my house extension add valueHouse Extension Durability

A house extension is an ideal way to add value to your home. You’ll be investing in a room that can blend in seamlessly with the rest of your living space, or can stand out boldly. Unlike a conservatory or an orangery, you’ll get total control over the design of your extension.

You can choose the size, shape and overall style of the space, meaning you can use it for any purpose. Not only that, but the design you do create is one that’s built to last. Your extension will use highly durable materials, such as brickwork, aluminium or even tiles. All of these are fully weatherproof and able to perform for decades without a hitch.

House Extension Efficiency

Another way a house extension can add value is the money it could save for your home. With an extension, you’ll get a thermally efficient room that gives your home outstanding insulation. Because of this, you won’t be losing as much of your home’s energy. Additionally, you’ll be able to prevent cold air from spreading into your home from outdoors.

As a result, your extension will be warm, and every other room in your home will be able to feel the benefits too. That way, you won’t have to use your heating as often, helping you cut the cost of your energy bills every single day.

House Extension Security

And, if there’s one thing we at Abbey know adds value, it’s peace of mind. Feeling safe inside your home is vital to you and us. Because of this, our house extensions make sure you and your family are protected from any threat. If a burglar or intruder tries to get into your house through your extension, then they’ll be out of luck.

You can choose doors with innovative multi-point locking systems, resilient hinges and robust shootbolts. There are also windows with durable handles and roofing with more solid materials. That way, you’ll add an extra layer of protection to your home, adding value you can’t put a price on.

house extension valueHouse Extension Design

One thing sure to add value to your house extension is the right design. Many extensions can look a bit tired or basic, which isn’t good for you or anybody who’d like to move into your home. Because of this, the best way to add value is to be true to yourself. With a bespoke house extension, you can create the room you’ve been missing in your home.

For example, if you want a home office or study to get work done, you can build it. Alternatively, with the option of floor-to-ceiling glazing and bi-fold doors, you can build a social space that extends your living space and beyond into your garden.

House Extension Value

If you decide to leave your home, you’ll see how a house extension can add value that lasts a lifetime. If your home as an extension, it’s been proven that you’ll be able to get a higher price for your property! Because of this, you can expect higher, and more frequent offers when you decide to leave your home.

Many buyers will look for the condition of your extension, meaning regular maintenance can also help. Fortunately, as the design is so durable, cleaning is quick and easy. You won’t have to clean the build more than a couple of times a year either. That way, your house extension can add value to your home, and even to your next one, effortlessly!

Abbey House Extensions Add Value

With Abbey, you can build a house extension that adds even more value to your home. We supply leading extensions for low prices, and with the personalised service that only a trusted local company can provide. We have 30 years of experience in extensions, giving us the expertise to build your ideal space.

Our team can make the process as smooth as possible, working around your schedule and working with your designs. At Abbey, you can fully customise your new house extension to suit you. That means you can add value with a truly unique space! And, as a local installer, you could get a much lower price for your new extension when you choose us.

add value with house extensionHouse Extension Prices

To find out how low Abbey’s prices are for a house extension, get in touch with us today and add value to your home for the future!

You can use our online quoting engine to pick out every part of your new extension and to get a personalised price for it. It’ll only take minutes to use the interactive tool and seconds to get your quote, meaning it’s quick and easy.

Also, our friendly team are always on hand to help. You can fill out our online contact form to ask us anything, or give the team a call on 01189 582 839 to speak to us directly!

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Inspiring Ideas For Your Front Porch

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For many homeowners, the front porch is the gateway to the rest of your home. It’s a place where visitors can take a momentary pause before stepping into your property, meaning that in many cases it is the first thing they see and creates their first impression – so it’s incredibly important to get this right and make sure it accurately reflects the look and feel of the rest of your home.

In practical terms, a front porch is a useful place to store your belongings away from the rest of your home. It means you can clear those shoes and coats out of your hallway and store them out of sight. But when you guests come to visit, they’ll pass through your porch, and you’ll want to make sure that they don’t just get the impression that you use your front porch for storing wet clothes and muddy footwear.

At Abbey Conservatories, we’re committed to improving the look and feel of your home with our cost-effective and beautiful installations. That’s why we’ve put together this useful guide into design possibilities for your front porch. So whether you’re looking to build a porch from scratch or upgrade your existing one, we hope you’ll feel inspired to create the one that’s right for you.

Open or Covered Front Porches

A front porch lets you open up your home to new possibilities – but that doesn’t mean you necessarily want it to be exposed to the outside world. Or, maybe you do – the choice is yours. You can opt for either open or covered front porches, depending on your needs and style preferences.

Open porches are a traditional English style that isn’t enclosed at the front or sides, with no additional walls – often, these are supports with an arched canopy on top. Fitting with their authentic aesthetic, these can often by seen in timber, or materials designed to imitate this. These front porches provide shelter from the rain for you and your guests as you enter your home. With their decorative beams and balustrades, they offer traditional style for an inspiring aesthetic.

To reap the benefits of increased storage space more effectively, covered porches are the ideal solution. This design incorporates walls, windows and doors to create an additional entrance at the front of your property. Let your guests step inside and take a breath before entering your property proper. They can slip off their shoes so they don’t traipse dirt inside, and this is the ideal place for you to keep your muddy boots and dripping-wet coat if you’ve been caught unawares in a sharp shower.

With traditional and modern designs available, you can choose the most inspiring front porch options to meet your needs and create the aesthetic that’s right for you.

inspirational front porch designsFront Porch Door Options

Another key and inspiring decision you get to make when designing your front door is the type of door you want to add to it. There are lots of different options available. Since this is the entrance to your property and the first thing many people will see, it’s vital to choose one that’s stylish, secure and earns you more kerb appeal. Many homeowners choose a raw and rustic stable door for their front porch door design. Porches provide a traditional aesthetic, so a similarly authentic-looking stable door is an excellent addition. Though they feature a handcrafted and old-fashioned appearance, modern stable doors are stronger and durable, and you can even find cutting-edge composite doors in the stable door style for your front porch.

Another front porch door option would be sliding doors. These door styles are often seen at the rear of properties as traditional patio doors, however they’re equally at home at the front. They are perfect for slightly larger porches with more space available for these large glazed door panels to slide aside. Equally, their sleek and sliding motion allows you to maximise the space of your front porch further, so you’ll have more room for storage and for your guests to step inside, without any doors opening inwards or outwards to get in the way.

A third front porch door option is French doors. These charming and continental doors open outwards and open up your home to new possibilities. If you feel inspired to design a chic and appealing front porch, French doors for your porch are a great choice. These are available in uPVC, as are many of these other porch doors, are there are many advantages to this material, including vast customisation options to suit your home. uPVC is cost-effective, versatile and highly secure, so no matter which front door style you choose, there’s bound to be the perfect fit for you.

Front Door Design Inspiration

The perfect way to feel inspired to design your new front porch is to take a look at other properties similar to your own – or maybe completely different – to see what other people have put together. Porches come in all shapes and sizes, colours, materials and configurations, so you should find the design process enjoyable and rewarding.

Whether you opt for a modern or traditional front porch design, open or covered with your choice of accompanying door style, the look and functionality are sure to enhance your home.

Inspired Front Porch Designs From Abbey Conservatories

Are you feeling inspired to start designing your new front porch? Why not get in touch with the expert team at Abbey Conservatories? You can get started on your next project by calling us on 0118 958 2839 or completing our online contact form.

Whether it’s windows, doors, conservatories, porches or any other project, we have the experience and expertise to take care of everything from start to finish. That way, you’ll be totally satisfied with your front porch design for an installation that’s sure to inspire friends, family, visitors and passers-by.

We look forward to working with you soon.

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Popular Ways To Use A Conservatory

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There are lots of important questions to ask when you’re planning to design your brand-new conservatory – and most exciting of all is, “How should I use my new conservatory?” We’ve put together this handy homeowners’ guide to give you some ideas about the most popular ways to use a conservatory, so you can choose the perfect way to make use of your new living space for you and your loved ones.

Conservatories are a significant undertaking for anyone. Their installation involves intelligent and co-ordinated efforts between many teams of skills individuals to get the job done. From builders and electricians to project managers and interior designers to name a few, there are many people involved in any conservatory installation.

But remember that the most important person is you – you are the one who will see and enjoy your new conservatory every day, so you need to make sure it’s right for you. That’s why you need to choose a reliable company like Abbey to expertly handle every aspect of the project so you can pay attention to the key point of how you are going to use your conservatory.

best ways to use a conservatoryUse Your Conservatory As A Social Place

Create a welcoming and inviting social hub for friends and family to enjoy with this popular use for a conservatory. As an extension of your home, you’ll benefit from an additional room in which to welcome guests and entertain.

Consider the many conservatory roof options available to enhance the look and feel of your conservatory as a social place. For example, if you opt for certain internal pelmets, these can be adorned with lighting and speaker options to create the perfect ambience and set the mood for your party or gathering.

With stunning conservatory roofs, you can enjoy gorgeous views of the night sky for evening soirées or bask in the beautiful sunshine and warm glow of an afternoon gathering. Conservatories connect your home with the outside world in a different way to the rest of your living space, so the top uses for conservatories make the most of this.

Use Your Conservatory As A Home Office

In recent months, working from home has gone from a luxury or rare occurrence to the “new normal” for many of us. As a result, lots of homeowners have realised that their property doesn’t have a space that’s ideal for working, away from the hustle and bustle and distractions of everyday life.

That’s why one of the top uses for a conservatory is to turn it into a home office. You have a whole new room to fill with everything you need to get your job done, from a desk and computer to any other equipment you may need. What’s more, you may find yourself feeling more inspired than if you were working from your spare bedroom or loft conversion, and your conservatory is full of natural light and gorgeous views of your garden, creating an inspiring space that helps you stay creative and stress-free.

If your job isn’t computer-based or office-bound, you can still enjoy this popular use of a conservatory. If you’re a professional person providing a skill or trade, why not consider operating out of your conservatory? Turn your conservatory into a hair salon, for example, transforming your space into a bright and airy room in which you can carry out your own transformations. Or, use your conservatory as an arts and crafts studio, and start creating beautiful pieces as stylish and bespoke as your new room.

best ways to use a conservatoryUse Your Conservatory As A Guest Bedroom

If you want to use your conservatory to entertain friends and family, but you’re hoping they’ll stay for a few days, why not consider turning your new expansion into a chic and stylish guest bedroom? Let your loved ones sleep under the stars as you welcome them into your home, while also maintaining yours and their privacy.

Modern conservatories feature advanced glazing options and efficient building capabilities to improve the thermal efficiency and weatherproofing of their installation. This means you won’t have to worry about your guests overheating in the summer or feeling chilly on winter nights, as they stay comfortable all year round. What’s more, with privacy-focused designs, your guests won’t have to feel exposed for all to see.

Using your conservatory as a guest bedroom also gives your carte blanche to head out and choose some brand-new pieces of furniture to fill your space. Make your conservatory as welcoming as possible with stylish furniture, practical additions like tables and storage, as well as a comfy bed to snuggle into after a long day. When you haven’t got any guests round, you may even feel tempted to use your conservatory as your own bedroom for a change of scenery!

Use Your Conservatory In Your Own Way With Abbey Conservatories

There are many popular ways to use a conservatory, and any of these would be a viable option. Choose a trusted local installer like Abbey to work with you on the project, understand your needs and get the job done in a way that works for you – giving you plenty of time to plan how you want to use your conservatory.

No matter whether you’re looking to make a buzzing social hub, inspiring home office or stunning guest bedroom, we can help. The possibilities for your new conservatory are endless, and we’ll help you design and install the one that’s right for you.

Get started today using our online quoting engine to generate your free and bespoke conservatory quote. You can also call us for more information on 0118 958 2839 or complete our online contact form. We’ll take you through the top ways to use your new conservatory for the best price. We look forward to working with you soon.

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Conservatories For Listed Buildings

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Listed buildings provide a highly desirable aesthetic that makes them incredibly sought-after for homeowners across the country. They provide a charming, stylish aesthetic, full of character and history, and they come with a legacy that makes them stand out from the crowd. A Grade I or Grade II listed building is one that has been around for over one hundred years, with you, the current owner, acting as custodian to preserve its legacy and integrity to make sure it lasts as long as possible.

With history comes tradition, and listed buildings’ aesthetics sometimes mask how they are not always designed for maximum levels of space, warmth and comfort – certainly not to the extent homeowners would expect from a newbuild or recently renovated property. With rules in place, there are limitations to how much listed buildings can be improved.

Authentic listed buildings’ windows, for example, cannot be replaced with advanced double glazing. However, there is the worthwhile alternative of secondary glazing, with additional panels fitted around the window that do not replace it while still improving its thermal efficiency. But what about space? If you want another room for your listed building, you may be considering the addition of a conservatory. Is this possible, and is there an alternative?

Our expert team have put together this guide to tell you all you need to know about adding a conservatory to a listed building, so any home can reach its full potential with Abbey Conservatories.

What Is A Listed Building?

If you own a listed building, it’s likely you know the criteria. However, if you’re considering purchasing a property that may be Grade I or II listed, or you’re simply curious about the options that period property owners have when it comes to conservatories, we can help.

A listed building is one that is on the statutory list of ‘buildings of special architectural or historical interest’ and the listing protects all aspects of the property from changes that are out of line with its character. Age is the most common factor to determine what is or what will become a listed building – all of those in a good, original condition from before the 1700s will be listed, as well as most of those up to the mid-19th Century, while others between them and the turn of the 20th Century are chosen on a case-by-case basis.

add conservatory to listed buildingWhy Are There Limits on Home Improvements For Listed Buildings?

The purpose of registering an historical building is to preserve its original appearance and condition as much as possible. That’s why there are limits to the products and installations that can be carried out.

Property owners will, for example, want to retain a listed building’s original windows, so new and improved double glazing cannot be fitted. While this may make the building colder in the winter, less thermally efficient and even hotter in the summer – which brings with it a range of downsides to the functionality and performance of the structure as a whole – there are limits in place. Therefore, in this instance, residents of a listed building with concerns about their windows will look to add secondary glazing.

But where does this leave us if you want to add a conservatory to a listed building? If you own a period property that is Grade I or Grade II listed, you will have to make an application to your local council who will assess your case individually and get back to you with a decision usually within a few months or less.

English Heritage will often be brought in to give an opinion when the matter of adding a conservatory to a listed building is brought up, particularly if it is Grade I listed. Similarly, neighbours and other local interested parties can put forward an opinion during this consultation period.

Which Conservatory Should I Add To My Listed Building?

If you get approval to add a conservatory to your listed building, there is still more decision-making involved. There are a wide range of conservatory styles available, from traditional structures that will be instantly recognisable across the board to bespoke designs to maximise the amount of space you have available.

Since the consultation process can take as long as 13 weeks in some cases, especially when involving adding a conservatory to a Grade I listed building, this is the ideal time to meet with conservatory experts like ourselves to discuss the options available.

In order to retain your heritage home’s traditional appearance, you may want to consider the traditional Victorian conservatory style. These are perhaps the most distinctive and recognisable design on the market, and we’ve upgraded the classic aesthetics to include all the benefits of modern performance that you would come to expect from a cutting-edge conservatory.

You could also consider a grand Gable-End conservatory style. With its high roof and intricate detailing, it offers an elegant aesthetic to make the most of the height and space you have available. Perfect for the extravagant stylings that are characteristic of some older properties, if you’re looking to enhance the appeal of your listed building with a conservatory in addition to its performance, look to the Gable-End structure.

heritage home conservatoriesConservatories For Listed Buildings By Abbey Conservatories

Here at Abbey Conservatories, we have a wide range of conservatory styles available. No matter how unique your listed building may be, we are sure to have a bespoke conservatory design that works for you.

If you are unsure about any aspect of adding a conservatory to a listed building, why not contact our experts? You can reach out to us online or by phone on 0118 958 2839 and we’ll be happy to help.

Plus, if you’ve already applied to add a conservatory to a listed building, you can use our online quoting engine to get an instant price. We look forward to working with you soon.

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Is Your Old Conservatory Roof Leaking?

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Picture the scene: You finally have the conservatory of your dreams; it’s a big and beautiful new space for you and your family to use all year round, filled with comfy furniture, providing vast views over your garden, and intended as a social space to welcome friends as well as a quiet retreat from the chaos of modern life.

And then you find a leak.

With Abbey Conservatories, there’s no need to despair if you’ve been let down by a lesser installer. There’s also, more importantly, no need to start from scratch. You won’t necessarily have to replace your whole conservatory after all the careful planning to create it in the first place.

There are some relatively simple next steps to take if your conservatory roof is leaking and you want to rectify this (as we’re sure you do) – and it’s also important to understand why this happening to identify the perfect next steps, while also making sure wherever possible that it doesn’t happen again.

At Abbey Conservatories, we’re experts in all aspects of conservatory design, installation and upkeep. We ensure that our conservatories are high-performance and able to resist the elements to prevent any leaks and suboptimal performance. In this guide, we’ll share our expertise with you to help you make the most of your conservatory all year round.

Why Is My Conservatory Leaking?

As with any parts of your property, there are a lot of complex factors involved that can cause undesirable performance and a less-than-ideal living space. A faulty conservatory roof can often by the cause of leaks. This could be from a roof panel that has slipped out of place or has been poorly fitted, a cracked piece of double glazing, or a multitude of reasons.

There may be no clear traceable reason as to why your conservatory roof is leaking. Sometimes it can be the result of harsh weather conditions that your installation is unprepared for – this could be intense heat following a long period of cold that has caused the glazing to crack, as well as mistakes made during the installation by a lesser installer, or simply a chip or crack to the glass that cannot be traced to any one moment or person’s responsibility.

Whether you manage to identify precisely why your conservatory is leaking or not, it’s vital to be prepared and initiate the next steps swiftly and effectively to minimise any damage to your belongings or your loved ones’ wellbeing.

leaking conservatory roofWhat Should I Do If My Conservatory Is Leaking?

If you find that your conservatory is leaking, it’s important to ask quickly and calmly to minimise any further damage to your living space and ensure you make the right decisions.

You can move any valuables or items of furniture away from the leak to stop these from becoming damaged by the water. You may also want to move as many items out of the furniture as possible, if you aren’t planning to attend to the leak quickly – a leaking conservatory provides the ideal conditions for mould to grow. This not only creates an undesirable aesthetic but also an unhealthy living space that can cause breathing difficulty.

The best course of action is to contact a trusted local installer to precisely identify the problem and find the best way to fix it. At Abbey Conservatories, we’ve been contacted by countless homeowners who have had their conservatories fitted by other installers which have since suffered from leaking roofs or similar, and we’ve been able to resolve the matter effectively.

Conservatory Roof Replacement To Fix Leaks

In many cases from our vast experience, underperforming conservatory roofs are a primary reason as to why your conservatory could be leaking. While this may sound like a significant issue, it is less so than a fundamental structure problem with the main body of your conservatory – conservatory roofs can be replaced relatively easily. What’s more, not only will your leak be resolved, but you’ll enjoy improved and superior performance in other areas too.

Replacement conservatory roofs are available in a wide range of styles – there are many offered by our experts here at Abbey Conservatories too. With solid, tiled, glass and other design elements to choose from, you are sure to be able to find the perfect fit for your home, if you’re looking to simply replace your current conservatory roof to a higher-performing option.

Alternatively, while a leaking conservatory roof can cause a lot of upheaval and unexpected stress, it can also be the ideal time to improve the look and feel of your expanded space. Take the opportunity and make the best of the situation by choosing a brand new conservatory roof style to not only fix your leak but make your conservatory better than ever.

fix conservatory leakHow To Prevent Conservatory Leaking

While it can sometimes be unclear as to what has caused a conservatory to leak, our expert team have identified some best practices to do as much as possible in order to prevent this from happening.

There are some simple steps you can take in order to maintain your conservatory and reduce the risk of further leaking where you can. Basic maintenance involves keeping the temperature of your expanded living space controlled. Ensure it is kept warm in the winter, carefully and gradually, without sudden sharp rises in heat throughout the day that risk causing cracks to the double glazing. A simple heater can be a cost-effective yet wholly effective way to help with this.

It would also be useful to maintain the roof where you can, or occasionally higher a professional cleaner to look after the outside of your conservatory – many window cleaners will offer this service as a standalone feature or an add-on service, if you don’t have the tools or don’t want to do this yourself. This will reduce the risk of leaks occurring from cracks, as there is less dirt and build-up on your conservatory roof. You will also be able to identify any minor cracks, chips or other small issues before they turn into a larger leak causing more cost and problems.

Fix Conservatory Leaks With Abbey Conservatories

If your existing conservatory is leaking or you feel it is at risk of doing so, you can contact the experts at Abbey Conservatories. We’ve been installing, improving and replacing conservatories and conservatory roofs for many years, so we understand how to save you time, money and stress when it comes to leaking conservatories.

Explore our range of conservatory roof replacements and get a free online quote instantly. You can also talk through your options with our friendly team by phone on 01189 582 839 or using our online contact form.

Fix your leaking conservatory and make your expanded living space look and feel better than ever with Abbey Conservatories. We look forward to working with you soon.


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