Self Build Conservatories

DIY Conservatory Design - Top Tips

How To Design A Conservatory

Conservatory DesignIf you're thinking of building your own conservatory then the first stage is designing the conservatory. Conservatory design is probably the most fun part of the whole 'diy conservatory' process as you can be as creative as you like and change your mind about something without any physical work or expense.

If you've not done a lot of conservatory design in the past then it can be a good idea to run your ideas past a an architect or builder as there are a few things that are easy to overlook. You may also get some good advice/tips about your initial designs/ideas from your local diy conservatory suppliers.

Traditional DIY Conservatory Designs

Most people who are doing a self build conservatory stick to one of the five different traditional styles of conservatory design. This is because you can get DIY conservatory kits based around these five styles which come with step by step installation instructions. Using these standard self build conservatories lower the chances of unexpected problems and make the build process quicker/easier.

Here's a quick summary of the five traditional conservatory designs, you can get kits in many different styles but they're normally based on one of these base conservatory designs.

  • Victorian - Victorian conservatories were all the rage in the Victorian period and look great with an old house. They have high a pitched roof and ornate ridge, often they will normally have four or five decorative facets on the front.

  • Edwardian/Georgian - Like Victorian conservatories they have a high-pitched roof and an ornate ridge but they are much more square or rectangular and more of a flat front.

  • Lean to - Lean to conservatories designs have a downward sloping roof and often look more modern than an Edwardian or Victorian conservatory.

  • Gabled - These normally have a high and flat roof rather than the sloping roof of the lean to conservatory. You normally see conservatories of this design on older houses or houses with a lot of detailing in the brickwork.

  • Combination - If you like mixed elements from any of the above you can get a combination conservatory design. They typically come in L shaped (or P shaped) and thus are more suitable to larger properties.

Traditional ConservatoriesIf you decide to go with one of these traditional conservatory designs then buying a DIY conservatory kit can save you quite a bit of money and make construction easier. However if you don't like any of the self build conservatory kits and you want to design your own conservatory then here are some important things to consider.

The most important thing to consider is keeping the conservatory in the same character and style as your house. The wrong style of conservatory for your house can stick out like a sore thumb and look really out of place. The roof is an important area to get right, most conservatory designers suggest to match the style of the roof to that your house.

Another key point is to base the size and scale of your conservatory design to fit in with the style of your house, if you take a look at conservatories on houses of a similar size to yours you should get a good feel to how large your conservatory should be.

Space around your property is something to think about, you should try and maximize the space you have. If you have a small space there are things you can do to give the illusion of a wider area but using glass all the way down to the base instead of 'dwarf walls'. You can also use glass in the ceiling to give a good illusion of a larger conservatory. Ambient lighting with sliding glass walls will enhance the illusion along with keeping things open and less cluttered.

Something not everyone thinks about when thinking about designing a self build conservatory is to enhance the value of your house. A conservatory is an extension to your home which should increase it's value, if your diy conservatory is poorly designed or badly constructed then this won't happen.