SarahBeenySpringIssue2017 - 270
Advances in design and technology mean the humble
conservatory is fast becoming a statement piece
onservatories first made an
appearance in the 16th century
when wealthy homeowners
erected them to grow oranges
and lemons in Mediterranean conditions.
But it wasn't until the early 19th century
that they became popular as a way of
cost-effectively extending a home.
Today's conservatories are so
advanced in terms of roof materials,
energy efficiency, solar reflective
properties and internal lighting
that they are much less a wicker
furniture-filled add-on and more an
extension to facilitate modern living.
Getting it right
At Frames Conservatories Direct (FCD),
the aim is to ensure not only that your
conservatory will enhance your home,
but that it will be something you'll
treasure for many years.
A 2016 Which? survey found that
44% of conservatory buyers would do
something differently if choosing their
conservatory again. FCD asks the right
questions to ensure you give careful
consideration to the things that matter
to you, such as the exact size and
position of your new conservatory, how
sunlight will affect the temperature and
which roof materials would be right for
you. A conservatory is an investment you
need to get right.
FCD's design consultants have years of
experience designing conservatories for
customers across East Anglia. As a result
of listening to the frustrations customers
have with their old conservatories, the
company has developed a range of
products to suit everyone.
Modern conservatories come in all
shapes, sizes, colours and materials and
have a wide variety of uses, from
additional dining space to playroom,
home office or sun-filled extra sitting
room. The type of conservatory that
is right for you will depend on what
you intend to use it for.
You can choose from high-specification
self-cleaning glass, a partially glazed,
partially solid warm roof or a tiled roof.
Save your structure
More than four million people in the UK
have a conservatory. Of these, around
a third are not much more than wasted
space, because they are too cold in
winter and too hot in summer.
But all is not lost - FCD can save
your conservatory. Window frames,
glass and roof technology is rapidly
advancing all the time, so don't write
off your existing structure.
Changing the frames, glass and roof
will transform your conservatory into a
room you can enjoy all year round. And
because you already have the base, it
might cost less than you expect.
If you have an unloved conservatory,
the solution could be an FCD solid
roof. These are up to 15 times more
thermally efficient than a traditional
roof, resulting in a comfy room and
lower heating bills.
A hybrid solid roof is the most flexible
option, as it can incorporate both solid
and glazed sections. Whichever one
you choose, it will provide you with a
room you can use all year round that
is full of daylight.
Inside, a vaulted ceiling with a
perimeter pelmet provides an ideal
location for lights and speakers. A
suspended ceiling, however, will
TODAY'S CONSERVATORIES ARE MUCH LESS
A WICKER FURNITURE-FILLED ADD-ON AND
MORE AN EXTENSION FOR MODERN LIVING
are perfect for
lights and speakers