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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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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.

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!

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How To Insulate A Conservatory

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If you’re thinking of investing in a conservatory, then you’re making an excellent choice! They are one of the most versatile additions to any home. With so many styles to choose from, there’s the ideal design for any property, no matter its aesthetics or when it was built. You’ll be able to use the extra living space in any way you choose, perhaps as an extended living room, office space or dining area.

And with the extra room in your home, you’ll add plenty of value. So, while conservatories are an excellent alternative to the upheaval of moving to a new house for more space, when the time comes to leave, you’ll find your house is worth more money on the market.

There is a common belief regarding conservatories – one that doesn’t apply to Abbey’s superior installations – which is that they are only useable at certain points during the year. Some conservatories become too hot in summer and far too cold in winter, resulting in a narrow window during which time they can be enjoyed.

We are proud to say that this is not the case when you choose Abbey.

There are many ways to make your conservatory into a space that you can enjoy all year round. Insulating the living space is an excellent way to do this. There’s no need to be deterred from investing in our superior conservatories. Once you’ve allowed the expert team at Abbey to design and install your ideal conservatory, it will already be thermally efficient and warmer in all season as a result of the high performance glazing options we use in our installations.

If you would like to improve the warmth and comfort offered by your conservatory even more, you might want to consider additional insulation options.

Conservatory Floor Insulation

With the superior double glazing installed within an Abbey conservatory, your new living space will already hold a lot more heat than others. You may perhaps want to maximise the effectiveness of this by ensuring that your conservatory floor is as well insulated as possible. This will make sure that your conservatory loses less heat through the base of the structure and can stay warmer in the colder months.

Designing and building a conservatory is a real team effort. When you choose Abbey, you’re choosing a wealth of experience from countless individuals who make up our expert team. From builders to plumbers and electricians, you can enjoy a rich knowledge base when you decide to design a conservatory with us. With our expert team involved, we’ll make sure you are fully informed about every aspect of your build, including the floor and its heating.

We’ll make sure you are able to consider at this point if you would like underfloor heating for your conservatory. It is an option that is soaring in popularity for homeowners due to the way it further improved the functionality and flexibility of your conservatory throughout the year. However, this is one of the more expensive options.

As a result, you may alternatively want to consider insulation boards. These boards are relatively easy to work with. They can be cut and shaped according to your unique specifications, so an expert installer can find and fit it for your property in no time at all. As an additional benefit, underfloor insulation panels offer good fire protection too.

For either of these options, you will want to think ahead and look to add them while the conservatory is being constructed. Our experts can advise you on the most viable option. Otherwise, retrofitting a conservatory with either of these insulation options can prove costly and disruptive to your home. If you’re in the initial planning stages of a conservatory, talk to the friendly team at Abbey to discuss the best options for you.

conservatory roof insulationConservatory Roof Insulation

A conservatory, by its very nature, is stunning to look at but can fall short when it comes to its insulation properties. The glass roof makes the space feel exposed to the British weather and offers relatively little protection. Additional insulation can change that in no time at all.

If you’re considering weatherproofing your conservatory to stand up to the elements, you’ll want to look to the large glazed walls. However, if you’re priority is retaining as much heat as possible, you’ll want to look up – insulating the roof is the most efficient and effective way to deal with a particularly cold conservatory. As warm rises, heat escapes through the roof. Insulation work to stop this.

There’s no need to worry about finding a comfortable balance of heat for your conservatory when you invest in insulation – you will be able to enjoy a space that is warmer when you want it to be and cool when you need it to be with efficient and effective insulation. Eliminate unnecessary worry and enjoy your conservatory as you always planned to. With the experts at Abbey with you every step of the way, there’s insulation that’s right for any homeowner and any style of property.

One excellent option to consider is to select new ceiling blinds for your conservatory. These can be installed along the roof and you will be able to open and close them at any time of the day, all through the year, allowing you to regulate the amount of light and heat in your conservatory. You won’t have to compromise on aesthetics and lose any of the natural light that you are hoping to fill your home with when you start planning your conservatory. Let in the sun and keep out the cold with versatile ceiling blinds to regulate the heat levels in your conservatory.

If conservatory roof insulation doesn’t feel like the right choice for you, or if you already have a structure that is underperforming and you would like to revamp it completely, improving its style and functionality, you might want to consider replacing the roof entirely.

conservatory roof replacement readingConservatory Roof Replacement

If you already own a conservatory and feel that it isn’t performing as well as it could (or should) then you might want to consider one of Abbey’s superior replacement conservatory roofs. They can improve the style and performance of your property’s expanded living space and make it a much more comfortable living space at all times of the year.

Solid conservatory roofs are a beautiful replacement roof that perform as good as they look. They’re an ideal choice if your conservatory catches the sun and comes under threat from intense UV rays, as they offer shade and protection. As well as keeping you safe and comfortable in the summer, a solid conservatory roof will work well for you in the winter too. The parts of the structure that previously offered shade from the sun will, in colder and darker months, help to hold the heat and keep your space cosy.

Tiled conservatory roofs, expertly installed by Abbey, can be designed to be either fully tiled or partially glazed. This style allows you to enjoy the thermal efficiency benefits of a solid roof without compromising on the large glazed areas that are highly sought after for conservatories. You’ll be able to allow an influx of natural light to fill your home while keeping it warmer and more comfortable throughout the year.

For all our conservatory roofs, we work with market leaders Ultraframe. This is part of our commitment to providing the finest home improvements for you. As we discussed earlier, so many skilled tradespeople are involved in the high quality construction of Abbey’s conservatory. As a result of our partnership with Ultraframe, you can be sure that they are working with the finest replacement roofs on the market to deliver a superior installation that will make your existing conservatory more insulated and more comfortable.

Contact The Team At Abbey Conservatories

For an expertly installed conservatory that meets all your specifications, staying warmer and more comfortable all year round, get in touch with the professional team at Abbey. Whether you’re designing a new conservatory from scratch or looking to improve an existing structure with improved insulation properties, we can help.

From inception to installation, you will have Abbey by your side every step of the way. Get in touch with us today for a free online quote. We look forward to hearing from you!

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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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