Over the years many descriptive words commonly used in the construction industry become adapted or substantially changed by manufacturers and suppliers seeking to create an image that may offer something new.

Although some people may choose to call their basic conservatory and Orangery, the currently popular concept is that these buildings will have a glazed central lantern or smaller dimensions than the perimeter elevations.

The more popular and striking configuration would be to have a large glazed lantern, where the perimeter flat roofing was only some 900mm wide and supported by a steel portal frame or substantial timber members.

If less roof glazing were desired and more internal ceiling, then one or possibly two smaller lanterns may be chosen.

The increasingly  popular and more economical design, is achieved by constructing a standard glazed conservatory roof and then introducing an internal flat ceiling albeit still with  an appropriately decorative eaves feature externally.

The first two options will certainly require Building Regulations, with associated fees and costs.  Whereas the third  –  if selecting this option,  look very closely at how it is achieved, as there are some extremely crude construction methods used.  If separated from the home by doors of external quality together with other criteria will be EXEMPT.

If your desire is to have an open plan garden room, then one of the first two options will usually be preferable.

With appropriate Heat Retentive Glass and correctly insulated floor, all of these designs should be habitable throughout the year and the internal flat ceiling, lends itself towards the attractive addition of down lighters.

The introduction of blinds in all of these designs is not straightforward and can be expensive, hence Heat Reflective Glass should be considered.

Whilst the traditional designs were generally high quality Hardwood, more people are choosing Architectural Aluminium or one of the better quality PVCu’s.