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Why Are Conservatory Foundations Important?

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why are conservatory foundations important

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!


How To Furnish Your Orangery

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Orangeries are soaring popularity for homeowners across the country They allow a vast influx of natural light into your home. This makes your new living space look brighter and feel even bigger as a result. Much like a conservatory, you can use an orangery any way you choose, for working, dining or entertaining – or a combination of all three.

But the burning question remains – what is the best way to furnish an orangery?

You’ll want to make use of the space you have available and maximise the light, airy room style in a way that works for you. You may also want to mimic the aesthetics of the rest of your property for a cohesive appearance, or perhaps you will want to make it stand apart like its own unique, individual space. As such, the décor is incredibly important too.

In this guide, we’ll run through the key differences between an orangery and a conservatory, and how these variations affect the design choices you will make when you look at how to furnish your new orangery. We’ll also put forward some design ideas and share some of our favourite suggestions.

Rest assured that your new orangery will be uniquely yours – you’re welcome to ignore all our suggestions or steal them all if you would like. The choice, like your orangery, is yours.

If you don’t yet own an orangery and are looking to invest, you can talk to us about it and we’ll get your project started. You can even get a price in seconds, using our online quoting engine. Enter your specifications to find out how much your bespoke orangery will cost.

Orangery vs Conservatory

That makes it sound like a competition, but it’s difficult to compare the two. It’s certainly nigh on impossible to say whether one is better than the other. It all comes down to which is right for you and your home, and how best to use your available space.

The most straightforward way to explain the difference between an orangery and a conservatory is that the former is mostly made up of brickwork, while the latter prioritises glass. Orangeries also most often feature a flat roof with large glass windows and a roof light to allow a controlled influx of natural light.

If you’re still unsure which is right for you – or even which you have, if you’ve recently moved into a new property – you’re welcome to talk to our friendly experts. We’re able to advise on all aspects of conservatories and orangeries – including which is which!

how to furnish an orangery living roomFurnish Your Orangery As A Living Room

Is your family rapidly expanding and outgrowing your current lounge or living room? Is your sitting room too noisy, or too crowded, and you would like a little secret place of solitude to escape to? If that sounds like you, why not create an orangery that acts as a second or expanded living room?

You can create a bright and airy space that’s a joy to escape to. For such a light and bright room, you can fill your orangery with colourful furniture to make a splash. Since you may be most likely to use your orangery in the summer, on the lighter, brighter and warmer nights, you may want to look at floral-patterned furniture, pastel feature armchairs and colourful, characterful sofas.

If you choose a bespoke orangery that’s expertly installed, you’ll enjoy the benefits of advanced double glazing and a thermally efficient profile that stays comfortable in the winter too. As such, you can look to create a cosy, comfy place to snuggle up and settle in on those winter nights. If you do, you might want to choose darker, moodier furnishings like autumnal brown décor, deep, moody reds, and complete the look with atmospheric lighting like a feature chandelier or even spotlights dotted around.

No matter how you choose to furnish, orangeries look and perform their best in all weathers, making the most of the light and space you have available. Any furnishings will create a stylish décor and atmosphere for you to use a living space all year round.

Furnish Your Orangery As A Dining Room

If you choose to furnish your orangery as a dining space, you’re opening up the potential to create a striking social space that will have friends and family calling at your door more often than ever to sit and eat and drink in your elegant new space.

You could choose to go one of two main ways when you look to decide on the décor for your orangery’s furnishings. You could opt for a timeless aesthetic with authentic, traditional style wooden furniture in a handcrafted aesthetic, complemented by rustic shades and finishes with a retro flair. You’ll want to make sure this look is implemented throughout when you furnish your conservatory, so this doesn’t look odd when placed against more modern products and features. You could even make a statement with large pendant lights to illuminate your space and make a strong impression.

Alternatively, you might want to make your orangery ultra-modern. If you do, it’s likely you will look to sleek, slimline furnishings in modern, muted colours like black or grey. With this up-to-date appearance, you’ll enjoy clean lines and a distinctive finish that will suit a minimalist appearance through. For new builds or recently renovated properties, this could be an excellent choice. Many homeowners want to make the most of the space they have available and highlight how much room they have to spare. Keeping your orangery furnished in the most modern way will help to achieve this.

Invite friends and family over and entertain them in your orangery no matter how it is furnished or what décor you choose. As long as you have a dining table, comfy seats and good company – and well as an expertly installed orangery – you’ll be sure to make the most of your new living space all through the year.

furniture your orangery dining roomFurnish Your Orangery As Whatever You Want!

Stand out the crowd, throw caution to the wind and defy all expectations. If you’re looking to furnish your orangery, how about doing something unexpected that will take your friends, family and maybe even yourself by surprise?

Have you considered turning your orangery into a guest bedroom (or somewhere to escape to when the other half is snoring again)? Many orangeries feature stunning vaulted ceilings and gorgeous views of the night sky, so you’ll feel like you’re sleeping under the stars while also staying warm and cosy in your thermally efficient installation. You can furnish this extra bedroom in any way you choose but be sure to keep a cohesive aesthetic throughout and consider additional furniture that you can use through the day as well – unless you’re planning to stay in bed all day, and we wouldn’t blame you! With the privacy of an orangery, you’re able to do whatever you want – we won’t judge!

The choices are almost endless. You know your home better than anyone else, so you know what it might be missing Do you need a new living room, office space, dining area, guest bedroom, children’s playroom – the list goes on. No matter what you choose, rest assured that the best orangeries will work for you.

Furnish Your Orangery From Abbey Conservatories

We understand the importance of improving your home your way. That’s why we’ll work closely with you to discuss what you need when you come to us to find out more about investing in a brand-new stunning bespoke orangery.

We’ll take all the stress and worry out of your installation, so you can focus on how you want to use your orangery. While we take care of the tricky parts, you can enjoy the fun of thinking about the furnishing, décor and features to make your space truly yours.

We’d be happy to offer any advice you might need, so give us a call or contact us online. And remember, you can use our online quoting engine to start planning your eye-catching and versatile orangery project today. We look forward to working with you soon.

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Project – Aluminium Windows & Doors

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Here at Abbey, we’re committed to improving your home in every way possible, in a manner that works for you.

We would like to share with you one of our recent projects where our expert installation team installed stunning aluminium windows and doors at a property in Reading. The homeowner was thrilled and keen to let us inspire our other valued customer with stunning images of our work.

If you’ve recently invested in a new conservatory from us, or if you’re thinking about getting in touch – first of all, why wait? Second of all, once you’ve created a brand-new living space, don’t let the rest of your home fall behind. Our modern aluminium windows and doors will make your property as cosy and comfortable as your new conservatory, so you can relax indoors all year round.

Plus, many of our conservatory installations, such as our tiled roofs, feature an aluminium structure, so you can create a cohesive aesthetic. For more information about our striking and high-performance aluminium products, visit our dedicated Abbey Aluminium Windows site, or get in touch with us today.

Aluminium Windows

Just as our bespoke conservatories offer a range of benefits including thermal efficiency, aluminium windows are an excellent investment for any and all properties. As you can see from our eye-catching images, the homeowner at this property choose to keep the original distinctive aesthetics of aluminium for their new windows. However, it is a highly customisable material, so you can choose the colour and finish that’s right for you.

There are many other advantages to choosing aluminium windows that will make the rest of your property keep up with the high-performance of your modern conservatory. With slim frames and a sleek appearance, you’ll be able to fill your home with an influx of natural light throughout. Just as the advanced double glazing in your custom conservatory or orangery makes your home look brighter and feel bigger as a result, our aluminium windows will work the same magic on the rest of your house.

We’re able to customise aluminium windows to suit the look and feel of the rest of your property. If you’ve recently invested in a conservatory, don’t let the rest of your living space fall behind. Maintain a modern, striking aesthetic and reinvent the look and feel of your home with aluminium windows.

The homeowner in this case was thrilled by the finished product as well as Abbey’s professional and friendly service throughout – the results are clear to see here. Find out how we can do the same for you.

Aluminium Doors

Conservatories open up your home and allow a seamless connection between the inside and outside of your property via your expanded living space Aluminium doors in the bi-folding style achieve the same results expand your home’s potential even further.

Just like aluminium windows, aluminium bi-fold doors are sleek, slimline and incredibly strong. Since you have recently invested in (or are thinking of investing in) a secure and stylish new conservatory, you won’t want to compromise on that peace of mind when it comes to other areas of your lifestyle. That’s why aluminium doors make an excellent investment as a resilient barrier between you and the outside world.

Our modern conservatories, as you may already know, feature exceptionally large and stunning double glazed areas to fill your space with an influx of natural light. If you’re looking to enjoy a bigger and brighter living space (and why wouldn’t you be?) then aluminium bi-fold doors are the perfect accompaniment. Even when closed, they allow you to flood your home with light thanks to their glazed panels and remarkably narrow frames, without compromising on security.

Open up your home to new possibilities with aluminium doors and bi-fold doors, just as our valued customer did here. They couldn’t be happier with the striking aesthetic of classic aluminium frames alongside exceptional levels of modern performance.

Aluminium Home Improvements

If you’re planning to improve your home with a bespoke conservatory from Abbey, it might also be worth thinking ahead about how else you can increase your living space’s potential. Aluminium windows and doors are full of possibilities, and as you can see here, we’re able to install them as expertly as we do our conservatories.

Why not visit our dedicated site, Abbey Aluminium Windows, to find out more and receive your competitive aluminium windows and doors prices online in minutes? Alternatively, you’re welcome to call us on 0118 958 2839 or contact us online to discuss your options.

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Homeowners’ Guide to Conservatory Installation

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So, you’re thinking about choosing a conservatory to expand your home. Conservatories make an excellent addition to any property. They are incredibly versatile, giving you a significant amount of new living space that you can use in any way you want. Practical and useful, they are always highly desirable – they are a fine investment that will increase the value of your property immediately.

Some homeowners may worry that there is a lot of work involving in a conservatory installation – which is true. But it doesn’t have to be too stressful. You’re expanding your home, so there is bound to be some disruption to your daily life at home for a few days. However, the benefits of installing a conservatory far outweigh any perceived drawbacks about the whole process.

The way best to deal with any potential stress involved in a conservatory installation is to first understand it. Once you know what you will be dealing with and what will happen, you won’t be caught off-guard. This removed as much unnecessary stress as possible. If you’re armed with the knowledge of what the conservatory installation process entails, you will be prepared.

When your conservatory is being installed, it’s an exciting time. We want you to be excited for the vast possibilities that your new living space will hold, not worried about the upheaval involved in the process itself. As such, Abbey’s professional conservatory installation experts have prepared this homeowners’ guide to the conservatory installation process. That way, you’ll understand everything that is happening and that will happen in the process, so you can be informed, prepared and confident in your conservatory installation.

homeowners guide to conservatory installationHomeowners’ Guide – Choose Your Conservatory Style

At the beginning of the process, our expert team will sit down with you to discuss your needs and expectations for the project. How would you like your conservatory to look? What space do you have available? Which shape, size and style is most appealing to you?

When you choose a conservatory, you’re choosing choice – but we never want this to be overwhelming. There are many different conservatory styles to choose from to suit your home and your needs. These include Victorian, Edwardian and Gable-End designs. You can read up on our website to find out what each of these looks like and the advantages they offer.

Our experts will sit down with you to explain the differences and advantages of each conservatory style and help you find the right fit for your home. One of the benefits of choosing a friendly local company like Abbey is that we truly care about all our valued customers. We want you to truly improve your home, so we will work closely with you to help you choose the right style for you.

It’s also important to remember that your chosen conservatory style may depend on the space you have available. For example, Gable-End designs are quite expansive and elaborate compared to others such as a bespoke lean-to. You may need to take some time to understand the potential of your property before you set your heart on a style that may not be practical or the best use of your available space.

A key part of the conservatory installation process is this – before any work is being carried out or even planned. Take some time to research the options and work closely with experts (like the team at Abbey) to understand the best way to use your space. When you’re happy to move forward, you can put your firm plans together and begin the conservatory installation process itself.

Lean-To ConservatoryHomeowners’ Guide – Conservatory Installation Team

Compared to other home improvements, conservatory installations are a real team effort. You’re creating a brand-new living space that extends out into your garden, and it’s being created from scratch. You’ll need a comprehensive team of experts with specialisations in construction, electrics, as well as plasterers and plumbers to name but a few, to get the job done – and get it done right.

If this sounds like a daunting task, you don’t have to feel alone or overwhelmed. Trust a reputable company like Abbey to take care of all of this for you. We have an excellent reputation and stunning results from our valued customers in the past – their total satisfaction is our true reward.

It can be difficult trusting anyone in your home, especially those who will be responsible for such a significant project as a conservatory installation. It’s this level of trust and reliability that sets some superior conservatory installers apart from the rest. We, for example, make sure every member of our conservatory installation team is fully committed to delivering impressive results every time. We understand how much you care about your home, and we’re proud to save we feel the same way.

Homeowners’ Guide – Using Your Conservatory Space

Once the installation is complete, or very nearly, now comes the most fun and exciting part, but it can also be one of the most challenging – now you have all this new space, how are you going to use it? Conservatories are one of the most flexible and versatile additions you can make to your property. It’s a whole new room, much like a house extension, allowing an influx of natural light for a bigger and brighter space. You’ll want to be able to use it all year round.

We make sure our conservatory installations are carried out using advanced double glazing and high-performance materials, so you will want to ensure your installer team prioritise this as well. That way, you’ll retain heat in your newly installed conservatory when you need it most, and you’ll also be able to stay cool in the summer. If you work with the right – and best – installers, you’ll be able to use your conservatory at any time, all through the year, summer and winter alike.

Still, the question remains – how will you use your newly installed conservatory? Bespoke conservatories are designed to open up your home to new possibilities. You can use your expanded living space as an office, a quiet retreat in which to work in solitude thanks to double glazing and noise reduction properties. Alternatively, you want to a social hub to welcome friends and family in style – perhaps you’ve chosen lights and speakers in your conservatory’s pelmet to create a lively living space. Or maybe you want a classy, sophisticated dining room for summer and winter, so you can entertain dinner guests in a vast, impressive space that will make you the talk of the town.

No matter what your aims may be, you can start planning the outcomes of your conservatory in motion as soon as possible, adding to the excitement of it all. We make sure our customers never forget the joy that comes with a conservatory – it’s a brand new space, built bespoke for you. You don’t want to waste any time worrying about the installation. You want the fun and excitement of shopping for new furniture, lighting, features and planning all the times you can welcome your loves ones inside your impressive new space.

homeowners guide conservatory lifestyleEnjoy Your Conservatory

That’s why we’ve put together this guide. We hope it’s given you an insight into the planning, installing and, most importantly, the enjoyment that is involved with planning your new conservatory.

For a guided installation that runs smoothly every time and is carried out with you and your specifications in mind, you’re welcome to talk to the team at Abbey. You can get started on designing your conservatory today using our online design tool. Or for more advice, you can talk to our friendly team by phone 0118 958 2839or using our online contact form.

We look forward to working with you on your conservatory installation soon!

Most Customisable Conservatory Styles

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What are the most customisable conservatory styles? At Abbey, all of them are. When you invest in a new conservatory with us, you can modify it to suit you – no matter the style. We offer a wide range of conservatory styles, including both traditional and modern designs, and an array of additional features too. As a result, you can style your new space to suit your needs. Not only that, but our conservatories offer you superb performance in every configuration.

There are endless ways to customise your conservatory. You can choose double glazing walls, roofing and panoramic doors for extra light and slim sightlines. However, you’ll have the option of more robust materials too. If you value your security and privacy, you can choose tiled roofing, conservatory blinds and even obscured glass. And, for more functionality, you can install a dwarf wall or a full brick wall with electrical connectivity. At Abbey, you’ll have complete control of your conservatory.

Customisable Conservatory Styles

With Abbey, you don’t ever have to settle for a standard space. Instead, we put a range of customisable options at your fingertips. That way, you can choose the precise features you’d like for your home, as well as the dimensions of your new build. Each of our conservatory styles gives you the same flexibility too, so you don’t have to compromise.

Lean-To Conservatory

The lean-to conservatory is our most affordable style. The design is straightforward and sleek but still stylish and sophisticated. You’ll get plenty of benefits with a lean-to build, including a flat roof. Because of this, the build takes up less space, which makes it easier to install without needing to go through planning permission. You can also customise this build with stunning doors, like sliding or bi-fold options, which extend your home seamlessly into your garden.

Customisable Victorian Conservatory StylesVictorian Conservatory

If you’re looking for a more traditional conservatory, look no further than the Victorian conservatory. This design is the UK’s most popular, and it has all the unique touches that create a classic conservatory. You’ll be able to customise this design in several ways, including the bay front, the roof decorations, and the size. Also, Victorian designs suit a dwarf wall superbly. A dwarf wall is a small layer of brickwork that goes underneath your build which soaks up water and improves the overall structure.

Edwardian Conservatory

An Edwardian conservatory is similar to a Victorian build. However, it has a square floorplan. The shape of the Edwardian design is symmetrical, which means you can use it for a variety of purposes. Also, you’ll be able to maximise the space. You can customise your Edwardian build by adding brickwork around the design, or perhaps by investing in a solid or tiled roof. Alternatively, a roof lantern could provide you with a balance of insulation and light from overhead.

Edwardian Conservatories Customisation ReadingGable-End Conservatory

On the other hand, a gable-end conservatory is a bold design that evokes classic style. The gable build is unique for its triangular roof. The design of the roof offers an incredible amount of overhead space and makes the whole area feel bright and airy. When you customise a gable-end conservatory, you can change the dimensions, the doors, the roofing, and even the type of glazing you use. If you don’t want quite as much light, you can choose obscured glass and add blinds for added privacy.

Bespoke Conservatory Styles

However, if you have a specific idea for your new space in mind, you can make it a reality too. Abbey can supply bespoke conservatories in any configuration. As a result, you won’t have to settle for any kind of template, and you can combine all the things you want for your home in one stunning space. That way, you’ll create the room you’ve needed, and free up more room around the rest of your home. You and your family will have a home that feels completely bespoke.

bespoke conservatory designs readingCustomisable Conservatory Styles with Abbey

At Abbey, we have 40 years of experience installing bespoke conservatories. We’re proud to have a fitting team that treats your home like their own and can make your dream space into a reality. We can install your new conservatory within a matter of weeks, and we’ll make adjustments for any features you want to add. Also, we’re a fully accredited double glazing company so that you can have peace of mind in our products.

Abbey has the Most Customisable Conservatory Styles

For the most customisable conservatory styles that you’ll find anywhere, contact Abbey today!

You can start the journey to a stunning new space within seconds with our online quote builder! Our interactive system lets you choose and compare a range of options, and you can modify the size, shape and features your new space will have. Then, we can provide you with a price within minutes for any configuration.

For any further information, fill out our online contact form, or call us on 01189 582 839 to speak to our friendly team!

How To Choose The Perfect Conservatory Roof

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What is the Perfect Conservatory Roof?

Choose the perfect conservatory roof, and you can make that space perform far better. In your current home, you may have a conservatory, but you might not use it much at all. Many of these spaces have issues due to their old builds and inferior quality materials. However, if you’ve been thinking about tearing that build down and replacing it with a modern conservatory, you don’t have to. Instead, you could fix a lot of these problems with a replacement conservatory roof.

There are several new solutions available at Abbey that can give you control over your conservatory again. With a new roof, you can shield your space from excessive light, secure your space from any intruders or prying eyes, and insulate it against all kinds of weather. That way, you’ll be able to use your conservatory in more comfort and at more times of the year too. Not only that but its much cheaper to replace a roof than a whole build, making it a cost-effective investment as well.Conservatory Roof Styles

There are three distinct conservatory roofing options we offer here at Abbey. Each one has a unique build material, which can provide you with different benefits. The perfect conservatory roof for you, however, is a unique one. That’s why we let you customise our designs to get a roof that’s ideal for you, and is entirely bespoke to you.

Glass Conservatory Roof

The first option is to get a new, glass conservatory roof. While you might have one of these already, our modern designs feature advanced double glazing. That means that you’ll be able to store more of your home’s natural heat, without it escaping. Also, double glazing provides your conservatory with a thermal barrier, keeping cold air out. It could even reduce glare, as some light can get trapped in between the two panes of glass, preventing it from bouncing around your conservatory.

solid conservatory roof prices readingSolid Conservatory Roof

Alternatively, you can choose a solid conservatory roof. These designs use solid materials like slate and concrete for a ceiling that has more impact. If you want to make your conservatory feel more like a natural part of your home, then a solid design is the perfect conservatory roof for you. These builds have outstanding insulation, meaning you can improve the efficiency of your space hugely. Also, you can customise the design with a roof lantern, or choose Ultraframe’s leading Livinroof!

Tiled Conservatory Roof

If you have an older home or value period quality, then a tiled conservatory roof could be the perfect option for you. These lightweight tiles fit individually but are air and water-tight, which makes the design fully weatherproof. That means you’ll be able to protect the structure of your build and keep your home warmer too. Also, tiles blend in seamlessly with your existing home, and you can customise their colours and finishes without worrying about them fading for years to come.

Tiled Conservatory Roof prices readingWhich is the Perfect Conservatory Roof For Me?

Glass, solid and tiled roofs all provide different benefits for different homeowners. If you want a bright and airy space without getting too cold or hot, then a glass roof can make a significant difference. You’ll be able to insulate your home more effectively, but without losing any natural light. However, glass roofs can’t protect your space from massive jumps in temperature, and so it may not be suitable for you if you’d like to use your conservatory in the height of summer.

Solid roofs are much better at reducing temperature changes. If that’s your primary concern, then this may be the perfect conservatory roof for giving you control over your home’s climate. Solid roofs can help you cut your energy costs too, which means you can pay back your investment at a higher speed. However, these roofs can often cost double the price of a glass option to fit in your conservatory.

A tiled roof provides similar performance to a solid one. However, you’ll also get a stylish ceiling that suits traditional homes. Your tiles will use robust materials in their design, and their air and water-tight fit mean you won’t have to worry about draughts and damp spots. Also, in the summer, the small gaps act as releases for excessive heat, keeping your space comfortable. Depending on your needs, though, all of these options could be the perfect conservatory roof for your home.

Choose the Perfect Conservatory Roof with Abbey

Contact Abbey today for instant prices for the perfect conservatory roof for your home.

Our online quote builder allows you to compare between glass, solid and tiled options, and look at customisable features too. You could add a roof lantern, terra cotta tiling patterns, or even triple glazing. Once you know the options you’d like, we can give you a quote within minutes for your selections.

To ask us anything about our range of conservatory roofs, either fill out our online contact form or call us today on 01189 582 839!

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Proud to be Approved Installers

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Bespoke and high-quality conservatories and orangeries to fit any type of home. We at Abbey are we are proud to be an Approved Installer for Double Glazing on the Web and Conservatory Online Prices.

Why buy a conservatory through Abbey?

When you shop for your new conservatory with Abbey, you will be dealing with people with over three decades of double glazing experience, having first started up in 1986 here in the Reading and Berkshire area.

In our quest for perfection, we only use the highest-quality materials and attempt to deliver the best possible service we can, and with that we strive to provide you with a conservatory that looks stunning and is built to last.

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As a company Abbey are a Which? Trusted Trader, one of the highest accreditations we can possibly obtain. As a company, Which? boast over 60 years of reviewing experience so to be recommended by them is an honour.

Furthermore, we are proud members of the Double Glazing Network and are a registered installer under FENSA’s current building regulations. That means you know from the off that can trust Abbey to deliver a perfect service and a conservatory you can be proud of.

We are also able to boast an impressive Checkatrade score of over 9.7 as of Autumn 2018. This means that people like you in the Reading and Thames Valley areas are thrilled with their experience shopping for their dream renovations here at Abbey.

What types of conservatories do we offer at Abbey?

A taste of just some of the conservatory types we offer here at Abbey for your Reading and Berkshire home.

Edwardian Conservatory

  • If you’re looking for a more traditional, vintage conservatory look, then the symmetrical design of the Edwardian conservatory could be just for you. Great for someone looking to add a dining area to their home, the sophisticated look oozes class.

Gable-End Conservatory

  • The wonderful gable-end conservatories help maximise those who have space to spare, through their eye-catching design and high roofs. This helps get the most natural light into your conservatory making it a great social space your whole family.

Lean-to Conservatory

  • The minimalistic and cost-effective lean-to conservatory is the perfect addition to your home if you don’t have much room to play with. It’s sloped roof still allows plenty of natural light to enter your home without the grandeur of some of our more extravagant models.
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Abbey Windows Approved Installer in Reading

Victorian Conservatory

  • A more conventional and therefore popular design of conservatory, they feature some exquisite design ideas with all of our modern safety features that you’d want for your Reading

Wooden Conservatory

  • Made from some of the finest timber available, our wooden conservatories can totally transform your home with their traditional design built for the 21st Even with a different material, they are still made to last.


  • The perfect middle ground between the a house extension and a conservatory. This blend comes from the use of increased bricked areas with the glass to allow plenty of light into your family home. They offer a stunning look to the outside of your house and come with the latest and most modern safety features.

The perks of getting your conservatory at AbbeyDouble Glazing Approved Supplier Abbey Conservatories

When you shop for your conservatory at Abbey, you will not only receive excellent service but you will get to chose from the best-quality products and the most modern customisation options.

Whether you want something more minimalistic like a lean-to model or would prefer something more eye-catching like an ultra-flat skylight, you’ll be able to make whatever extension you chose perfect for whatever space and money you have available.

As with a vast majority of our products we have energy efficiency in mind, and in addition to the possibility of solar-panelled roofs we also have some incredible double and triple glazing options to allow you to save on your energy bills and keep the warm in during those cold winter months.

We also have an impressive variety of colour options for your new Reading conservatory, and at Abbey we offer our variety of different colours across our window and door ranges too. This allows you the possibility of having your whole house renovation to match, should your purchase with us extent before your conservatory.

Interested in a quote from Abbey Conservatories?

If you’d like to get started on getting your free online quote from us at Abbey Conservatories, you can use this link to get one directly based off of what you want from our bespoke aluminium range here in the Reading, Basingstoke and Thames Valley area.

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uPVC Conservatories and Integral Blinds Project, Henley

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uPVC Conservatories and Integral Blinds Project, Henley

With a traditional cottage look, one couple in Henley knew they needed to change their conservatory to include integral blinds but wanted to keep a cottage-looking appearance.

Their end-goal was to counteract the consequences of having a southern facing conservatory, whilst maintaining its original appearance.

Making sure their conservatory was usable and comfortable all year round was an important and vital aspect for their reason to renovate, and the team at Abbey were proud to help.

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Keep the Appearance, Reduce the Heat

This Henley home was becoming overheated in the summer, making it unbearable and uncomfortable for its occupants.

What the couple realised is to keep their conservatory feeling comfortable and more enjoyable, they must change their windows and incorporate a set of integral blinds.

This is where the team at Abbey were proud to help. The couple had an idea in mind of what they wanted their conservatory to look like and presented their vision to us.

The Solution

The vision the couple had was to create a well-ventilated, comfortable conservatory that can be used all year round, without the unbearable heat.

With this vision, the couple found products in our showroom that they loved. They then spoke to our experts who were able to assist them in purchasing their products.

Our range of cottage style windows was exactly what the couple wanted due to their ability to bring in copious amounts of natural light, brightening up their dark conservatory.

As well as this, they looked at our range of stunning integral blinds, designed to fit perfectly into any conservatory. From the range, they chose a set of white pleated blinds to block out the harsh heat.

Integral Blinds

Our Henley couple were facing a big problem of having a conservatory that is excruciatingly hot in the summer months.

Their solution was one that we could help with. When choosing their uPVC conservatory, they looked at our range of integral blinds that were guaranteed to be a perfect fit.

They liked the design and found the price to be reasonable, so decided to install a set of integral blinds into their conservatory.

Choosing white pleated blinds, they can now quickly and easily create the results they want by opening or closing their blinds.

uPVC Windows

Like this couple, if you have a conservatory or home this is darker than you’d like, our range of stunning uPVC windows are ideal for making sure your living area is brighter than before.

With larger window panes and smaller sightlines, your uPVC windows will invite copious amounts of natural light into your conservatory, creating the illusion of extra space.

Available in a range of stunning colours, you can customise your uPVC windows to suit the design features in your conservatory, creating a seamless blend between your windows and conservatory.

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uPVC Conservatory and Integral Blinds Installation – The Final Result

Having battled with a conservatory that is too hot, uncomfortable and dark, the couple decided to enlist the help of Abbey to transform their living areas.

They chose to install a set of stunning uPVC windows whilst utilising the opportunity to incorporate integral blinds, completing their vision for their conservatory.

By doing so, they transformed their conservatory from a dark space to a brighter area that brings in a wealth of natural light, whilst maintaining their current cottage-style aesthetic.

They are exceptionally happy with their purchase and the installation (our team leave your house just as they found it – clean and tidy), making this a huge success!

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Get in Touch to Get a Quote

To find out more about our success stories, the range of conservatories, windows, doors, and blinds, or to find a quote, give us a call today on 0118 958 2839. We will be happy to give you all the information you need, providing you with a quick quote at the end.

Or, send us an email using our contact form. All our emails are read by our team of experts who respond as soon as possible. They will answer all your questions in detail and can call you back at a time that suits you.

Bespoke Conservatories Wokingham

Bespoke Conservatories Wokingham

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Perfect For You – Bespoke Conservatories in Wokingham

Your home improvements are personal to you, so why in fact not reflect your personality in the options you choose?

Our bespoke conservatories in Wokingham are a brilliant option for any property, enabling you to enhance the architecture of the building, add to its character, and create a practical living space that meets your every need and desire.

Abbey Conservatories have a team of expert designers who will happily work with you to create the bespoke conservatory of your dreams.

Read on to discover why bespoke conservatories are fast becoming the Wokingham home improvements of choice.

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Meeting Your Every Need – Designing Bespoke Conservatories

Bespoke conservatories in Wokingham are ideal for almost any property. Our designers will work with you to create a space that is functional, as well as beautiful, to enhance your home.

First, we will look at where you want to install your new conservatory, assessing and measuring the space so that we can create a detailed plan.

Then, we will listen to your plans for your conservatory. Are you going to be using it as a dining room, a home office, a living space, or a playroom perhaps? There are dozens of options available, you might even want a multipurpose room.

We will also discuss the design features that you like, from door styles through to profile finishes, everything will be exactly the way you want it to be.

Bespoke conservatories are specific to you, enabling you to create a dream extension that will be a pleasant and practical space to enhance your property and lifestyle.

Exceptional Quality – Bespoke Conservatories from Ultraframe

Our bespoke conservatories are crafted using the Ultraframe Loggia range. This clever structure offers the most outstanding quality for your new conservatory and combines it with impressive all-around performance.

Bespoke conservatories are expected to meet the same high standards as our regular conservatories, so with the Loggia design, you can expect excellent thermal performance and high security.

In fact, these conservatories are even capable of a Windows Energy Rating of A+12, better than other conservatories in the industry.

We also only offer the most incredible security with all of our installations, so even our bespoke conservatories come with high performance Yale locking systems as standard.

With our bespoke conservatories, you can be confident that your Wokingham home is thoroughly protected against the weather and against potential intruders.

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Bespoke Conservatories with Cutting Edge Technology

Our bespoke conservatories in Wokingham come with excellent benefits. Even the roof is down to you and your tastes.

We offer the Ultraframe RealRoof system which can be matched to the tiles on your property so that your conservatory blends in seamlessly with the existing architecture.

Or perhaps you would prefer a glass roof, in which case there are options for solar control glazing or self-cleaning glass.

Our conservatory roofs are designed to make life more comfortable and your conservatory more enjoyable.

We can even work with you to install beautiful lighting and flooring so that every aspect of your new bespoke conservatory is perfect when we finish.

Bespoke Conservatories in Wokingham from Abbey Conservatories

Choosing Abbey Conservatories for your bespoke conservatory in Wokingham will ensure that you get an installation of the highest quality.

Our experts will be on hand from the first point of contact with advice and guidance that you need.

When it comes to installation, our team are highly trained and experienced, as well as committed to customer service. We will be onsite at the time agreed, and our team will make every effort to keep disruption to the bare minimum.

Throughout the installation, they will ensure that the build is safe and meets the highest quality standards. Upon completion, they will tidy up after themselves, leaving your home in the same neat and clean state that they found it in.

Our entire team, from designers to tradesmen, are here to ensure that your installation is absolutely perfect and meets the very highest standards. With Abbey Conservatories, you can expect an exceptional and efficient installation experience.

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Bespoke Conservatory Prices in Wokingham

Bespoke conservatories come in a range of prices completely tailored to your Wokingham home improvements.

You can get an idea of our conservatory prices with our online quoting engine. For more information or a guide price for your bespoke conservatory, we recommend getting in touch with the team.

Our bespoke conservatories are so specific to you and your Wokingham home, that we can only give you an estimate to start with, but our knowledgeable team will be more than happy to discuss this with you.


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