How To Modernise a Conservatory

Modern Conservatory Ideas

Do you have an outdated conservatory? An old conservatory, either previously installed or one that was already attached when you bought the property can come across a little old hat.

Many homeowners are disappointed with the general feel of their conservatory. A dated conservatory roof or entrance door can affect the overall aesthetics, as well as function.

The good news is your ideal extension is achievable. Whether you opt for a full on replacement, refurb or new conservatory furniture, your conservatory space has limitless potential.

The key to getting the most out of your investment, monetary and lifestyle wise, is to transform your unused room into a space the whole family can enjoy.

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Sometimes it’s the small improvements that offer the most inspiration. A modern conservatory extension is attainable for everyone and is certainly a transformation worth pursuing.

With a little vision and love, your conservatory space will soon be the most coveted part of your home.

Reasons To Refurbish Your Conservatory

  • Poor temperature control: Too hot or too cold
  • Tired Conservatory Roof: Damaged or leaking
  • For More Space: To improve light and enhance space
  • Convert to an extension

It is becoming an increasingly popular option to have bi-folding and French doors installed onto your property, opening up a large section of your conservatory out into your garden.

Bi-folding doors are a more contemporary option, being able to stretch for the entire wall as a bank of windows, but also being able to fold back in a concertina shape then completely open up your wall and create an unobstructed, low threshold connection between your conservatory and your outdoor space.

French doors are the more traditional option, recommended if you simply need a larger door area to be able to fit pushchairs and wheelchairs through for ease of access.

aluminium doors

Often the inside of your conservatory can affect its feel and appearance as much as its structural design and doing a bit of interior decorating can really do wonders.

If you are looking for a more traditional or comfy look, getting a fabric sofa and some pile rugs in there can be a great way of encouraging use of the space even in colder weather.

If your conservatory gets a lot of sun during the day, however, it is recommended that you put a throw over any soft furnishings to prevent bleaching from the sun.

If you don’t want to risk discolouration of furniture, get some rattan furniture instead as it’s plant-based materials don’t lose their colour through exposure to sunlight.

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Up until very recently, conservatories nearly always came with a poly carbonate roof which has been repeatedly proven to have inferior insulation and also not be very hard wearing.

A conservatories roof can often make or break its appearance, so, if you are looking to make your new or pre-existing conservatory more modern in design, getting a different roof can really make the world of difference.

aluminium lantern roofsLantern roofs are traditional triangular-shaped roofs that are made out of top-of-the-range double glazing, either with uPVC or aluminium. With slimline frames that maximise the amount of sunlight entering your conservatory, they also provide high-quality insulation as well as security, being able to last against even the toughest weather the UK can throw at it.

If you are looking to make your conservatory feel more of a natural continuation of your property, however, solid and tiled conservatory roofs are a great way of creating a space that seamlessly blends into the rest of your home. These roofs can also be fitted with skylights and roof lights, strategically placed in order to maximise the amount of natural light within your conservatory.

Bring the outside in!

Conservatory walls are predominantly made up of double glazing units, meaning that you have a panoramic view of your garden and outdoor area, and if you have bi-folding or French doors that open out, then you want to be able to look out onto a beautiful outside area.

If you have flowerbeds but aren’t much of a gardener, you can easily plant some simple yet effective low-maintenance flowers and small shrubs that only require watering and the occasional weeding.

Also, if you really want to open your interior conservatory out into your garden, getting some indoor plants and some floral patterns for your tablecloth or cushions can be a great way of blending their aesthetic together.

modern conservatories

Bring the outside in!

Conservatory walls are predominantly made up of double glazing units, meaning that you have a panoramic view of your garden and outdoor area, and if you have bi-folding or French doors that open out, then you want to be able to look out onto a beautiful outside area.

If you have flowerbeds but aren’t much of a gardener, you can easily plant some simple yet effective low-maintenance flowers and small shrubs that only require watering and the occasional weeding.

Also, if you really want to open your interior conservatory out into your garden, getting some indoor plants and some floral patterns for your tablecloth or cushions can be a great way of blending their aesthetic together.

modern conservatories

Upgrading your conservatory frames can bring your extension back to life. With a wide range of colours and finishes (not just the standard White) now available, you can even bring a new colour scheme to your conservatory.

How much does it cost to replace a conservatory?

If you have an older conservatory that you want replacing completely for a newer, more advanced model, getting a brand-new conservatory typically costs between £5,000 and £16,000; but this does not include the price of if you hire someone to help you demolish and remove your conservatory.

It isn’t recommended that you try and demolish your conservatory yourself as that can pose some serious risks if you don’t know what you are doing. Contact some local builders for quotes if you are looking on having a conservatory demolished or speak to your new conservatory’s installer.

Conservatory Size (mm)Roof MaterialGuide Price
3500 x 3500Polycarbonate£11,000 – £12,500
3500 x 3500Glass£12,000 – £13,500
3500 x 4000Polycarbonate£12,000 – £13,500
3500 x 4000Glass£13,000 – £14,500
4000 x 4000Polycarbonate£13,000 – £14,500
4000 x 4000Glass£13,500 – £15,500
Conservatory Size (mm)Roof MaterialGuide Price
3500 x 3500Polycarbonate£9,000 – £10,500
3500 x 3500Glass£9,500 – £11,000
3500 x 4000Polycarbonate£11,500 – £12,500
3500 x 4000Glass£12,000 – £13,500
4000 x 4000Polycarbonate£13,500 – £15,000
4000 x 4000Glass£14,500 – £16,000
Conservatory Size (mm)Roof MaterialGuide Price
3500 x 3500Polycarbonate£11,500 – £13,000
3500 x 3500Glass£12,500 – £14,000
3500 x 4000Polycarbonate£12,750 – £14,250
3500 x 4000Glass£13,500 – £15,000
4000 x 4000Polycarbonate£13,750 – £15,250
4000 x 4000Glass£14,500 – £16,000
Conservatory Size (mm)Roof MaterialGuide Price
3500 x 2000Polycarbonate£7,000 – £8,000
3500 x 2000Glass£7,500 – £8,500
3500 x 2500Polycarbonate£8,000 – £9,500
3500 x 2500Glass£8,500 – £10,000
4000 x 2000Polycarbonate£7,500 – £9,000
4000 x 2000Glass£8,000 – £9,500
4000 x 2500Polycarbonate£9,000 – £10,000
4000 x 2500Glass£9,500 – £10,500
Conservatory Size (mm)Roof MaterialGuide Price
5000 x 3000Polycarbonate£12,500 – £14,000
3500 x 3000Glass£13,000 – £14,750
5000 x 3500Polycarbonate£13,500 – £15,000
5000 x 3500Glass£14,000 – £15,500
5000 x 4000Polycarbonate£14,250 – £15,750
5000 x 4000Glass£15,000 – £16,500
Conservatory Size (mm)Roof MaterialGuide Price
5000 x 3000Polycarbonate£12,500 – £14,000
3500 x 3000Glass£13,000 – £14,750
5000 x 3500Polycarbonate£13,500 – £15,000
5000 x 3500Glass£14,000 – £15,500
5000 x 4000Polycarbonate£14,250 – £15,750
5000 x 4000Glass£15,000 – £16,500
How To Modernise a Conservatory

Can you use a conservatory all year round?

If your conservatory gets too cold during the winter and too hot during the summer, it can be a sign that your double glazing is under performing, letting heat escape and cold air get inside.

If you think this is the case, replacing them with some brand new double or triple glazing, as well as new uPVC or aluminium frames, can mean that you can enjoy your living space all year round, save you a lot of money in heating bills and decrease your carbon footprint.

As well as this, you can think of your conservatory as a space that can be regenerated throughout the year for different purposes.

There are various themes that you can draw from to freshen up your conservatory year-round – from creating a warm space in the winter with wooden furnishings and heaters, to a playroom during the school holidays that gives kids a dedicated space for play whilst also keeping them away from the main space in your home.

How much does it cost to replace a conservatory?

If you have an older conservatory that you want replacing completely for a newer, more advanced model, getting a brand-new conservatory typically costs between £5,000 and £16,000; but this does not include the price of if you hire someone to help you demolish and remove your conservatory.

It isn’t recommended that you try and demolish your conservatory yourself as that can pose some serious risks if you don’t know what you are doing. Contact some local builders for quotes if you are looking on having a conservatory demolished, or speak to your new conservatory’s installer.

How long should a conservatory last?

A typical uPVC conservatory has a lifespan of around 25 – 30 years, with minimal upkeep; however, the lifespan of a conservatory can often depend on the quality of its installation.

A conservatory put together poorly often has a much shorter life expectancy, needing to have additional refurbishments over the years which can cost you a lot more money than you were intending to spend.

To prevent this, it is important that you check that your chosen installers are reputable by checking both their customer reviews and whether they are accredited by consumer rights charities such as Which? and FENSA.

With our Double Glazing Cost Calculator, you can get an instant quote for the unique conservatory of your choice, and you’ll be connected to our trusted network of installers and local suppliers across the UK – all accredited, and all committed to building and refurbishing conservatories with the care you would give your own home.

How can I make my conservatory warmer?

As mentioned above, if your conservatory is often too cold to be able to sit in, it can be a sign that your double glazing is under performing. Getting some brand-new uPVC or aluminium windows for your conservatory can massively improve the thermal performance of your property, with the benefits of advancements in double glazing technology being able to create a warm space that you can use all year round.

If you are interested in getting a conservatory installed on your property, why not use our free online Double-Glazing Cost Calculator to get competitive quotes from reputable local installation companies. If you have any questions about any of our services or products, don’t hesitate to contact us.

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