Home Extensions and Conservatories: Which is better?

House extensions are becoming increasingly popular among homeowners who want to expand their living space while also improving the value of their homes. If you’ve been considering expanding your living space, you’ll need to select between a conservatory and an extension.

Many people mistakenly believe that house extensions are the same as ordinary conservatories, but they differ significantly, making them the best option for homeowners seeking a glass expansion. If you want to add more room to the ground floor of your house, deciding between an extension and a conservatory is likely to be a major decision. This is especially true if you want to invite the outdoors inside.

Both have advantages and disadvantages, but both are excellent ways to enhance your space and home value. However, which one would best meet your needs will be determined by several things. These include the purpose of the room, your budget, the style of your home, and the amount of extra space you require.

CONSERVATORY OR HOME EXTENSION?

Despite their obvious similarities, the two extensions have distinct characteristics that distinguish them as two independent constructions. To begin, a conservatory is a home addition with glass walls and a roof that comes in a variety of styles and glazing options. Dwarf walls are generally used to support it. Building requirements are frequently required before work on a conservatory can begin, which can slow down the construction process.

Similarly, a house extension has glass walls and a roof. It is also sometimes supported by dwarf walls. However, it is erected between specifically engineered pillars that provide more structural integrity. Furthermore, with higher thermal efficiency that can help you save money on your utility bills, a house extension is a more energy-efficient choice. In addition, house extensions are far more visually appealing both inside and out, allowing you to simply add substantial market worth to your home.

Get in contact with us today if you need assistance choosing the right conservatory or extension from our collection.

WHAT ARE THE COSTS?

A conservatory is usually cheaper than a home extension of approximately the same size. The difference in price depends on how big the floor area is, whether it is a complex build, and the quality of materials used for the construction.

Installing a conservatory rather than building a home extension will usually save you a lot of money. Unlike conservatories, which are usually priced according to the size and design you choose, extension prices are usually calculated per square metre. It’s crucial to keep in mind, though, that a builder’s estimate for the cost of an expansion is merely a rough estimate. In reality, a variety of concerns might arise throughout the construction process. These include drainage or foundation issues, which may necessitate additional work by your builder. As a result, you may wish to set aside some extra money for a contingency fund and consider it into your overall budget.

What’s the difference between a conservatory, orangery or extension?

The decision to improve your home is an exciting one, but there are so many options available, which can often make it difficult to know where to start. Home improvements differ depending on the owner, but we have found that one common question is: What’s the difference between a conservatory, orangery or extension? And which one should you go for? 

Conservatory

Conservatories are usually glass-built structures that were originally introduced to aid the growth of plant life and are traditionally attached to the back of your home. Conservatories are now used as extra living space, so if you need a bit more space at home, a conservatory is a way to go.

Conservatories remain the most popular addition to add valuable space and value to a home. If you’re looking for a stylish entertaining space, cosy family area, a way to maximize surrounding views or a practical home office, Supercraft can design and create your ideal room. Supercraft’s bespoke service sets us apart – you get the perfect conservatory, tailored to your individual requirements, at the best price.

Orangery

Residence 9 Orangery

Originally designed for the aristocracy, orangeries have become a popular design feature in the United Kingdom. Orangeries were formerly used to support the growth of plant life, but today serve as a year-round living place. Columns support a roof made of internal pelmets and glass panels, which distinguishes orangeries from conservatories. 

If you’re looking to increase the space in your home with style and elegance, then an orangery is a perfect choice. Combining structured brickwork walls with large expanses of glazing, as well as beautiful roofs, orangeries are striking extensions that add value. Light and spacious, yet cosy and warm, they can be used all year round as additional, functional living spaces.

Extension

Extensions can be built in a variety of locations in your home and for a variety of purposes. They are an alternative to conservatories or orangeries in that they might include a new kitchen, bedroom, lounge, or dining area. They are built with insulated walls and a roof and are typically used all year. Additionally, those looking to add an extension may require planning approval, and will almost certainly need a building permit approval.

Adding this extension is one of the biggest changes you will make. Supercraft Window has local design experts who are able to guide you through the whole process, ensuring the smooth running of the project every step of the way. From planning, design and installation, whatever you are looking to create we will help you achieve superior results, giving you the perfect additional living space.

If you’re looking to add a conservatory, an orangery, or an extension, give us a call or visit our virtual showroom for more information.

Eco-Friendly Conservatory

An Eco-Friendly Conservatory: Here’s What You Need to Know

We know that we must all reduce our carbon footprints. So, if you’re looking to add a conservatory or improve your home and the environment, start by building an eco-friendly conservatory. For starters, the materials used in the design allow you to save more energy in your home. The warmth you let into your living space through your central heating can escape through cheap, thin materials in an older conservatory. 

Here’s a thought: perhaps, instead of a single layer of glass, you could opt for double or triple glazing throughout your conservatory renovation or build. Choosing windows surrounded by fully recyclable uPVC frames is great, as they work together to create airtight windows that keep your home’s energy in and the cold air out. Of course, every aspect of your eco-friendly conservatory can assist in saving energy. The roof, which insulates your space from above, is an important component. While older glass roofs can often create a greenhouse effect, choosing modern materials can provide more sun protection.

Furthermore, choosing between solid roofs and lightweight tile designs means you can create a similar design to the ceiling you have in your home already. Both of these provide excellent insulation and are completely weatherproof. You can even personalize the design with partial glazing to have complete control over your home’s lighting.

What’s more, in addition to benefiting the environment, an eco-friendly conservatory can get you and your home back in touch with nature. A conservatory can bring your home closer to your garden if you don’t use it as much as you’d like. Double glazing panels throughout the conservatory design allow for stunning views of the garden, and you can choose options such as double-glazed bi-fold doors, which are perfect for inviting more natural light into your home. 

Choosing an eco-friendly conservatory?

You can choose a fully customisable, less costly and energy-efficient eco-friendly conservatory with Supercraft Windows today. 

Use our online contact form to get in touch, and our friendly team can take you through the quick and easy process. Our craftsmanship and effort show in the work we have completed, and we are proud of everything our team has accomplished. Check out our Which? Reviews here

Please fill in our form or call us today on 01782 266 488 to find out more. Alternatively, you can visit our virtual showroom here.

What type of roof

What type of conservatory roof should I choose?

It can be tough to decide which conservatory roof to choose for homeowners wishing to add an extension or breathe new life into an ageing conservatory. You might not know the difference between a solid and a tiled roof because there are so many different replacement roof alternatives. That is why the Supercraft team has compiled this post to provide you with information on conservatory roofs and which type is best for your home.

What is a conservatory roof?

The roof of a conservatory or extension is undoubtedly the most essential aspect of the structure. This roofing system protects the window and door frames from inclement weather in the UK. Glass was a popular conservatory roof design in the 1980s, and over time, this style has been improved to match the needs of modern homeowners. Now, there are a variety of roof options from which to choose. From basic polycarbonate conservatory roofs to glass conservatory roofs, homeowners can now pick from tiled designs, solid composite panel roofs, and roof lanterns.

What is the best type of roof for my conservatory?

The best type of conservatory roof depends on what you’re looking for. A glass design is a preferable alternative if you want a place flooded with light. This roof option allows residents to enjoy the changing seasons from the comfort of their own homes.

A solid or tiled conservatory roof is the ideal choice for homeowners who want to extend their living space beyond their conservatory. These roofing solutions enable you to use your extension all year, regardless of the weather. To make your conservatory blend in with the rest of your home, internal pelmets can be included in both designs.

A solid conservatory roof is an excellent replacement for older polycarbonate models. Glazing panes can be included in the profile, allowing natural light to flood your house. Because of its shape, this roofing profile is more durable, giving you better protection for your home.

The tiled conservatory roofs are available in a variety of colours, which can complement your home’s existing tiles and blend in with the rest of the addition. This roof, like the solid roof design, can include glass panels and an internal pelmet. This option will give your conservatory the appearance of a full-fledged addition.


If you’re inspired to get a conservatory roof installed, don’t hesitate to get in touch with the Supercraft team and check out our Which Reviews. Call us on 01782 266 488 or complete an online contact form and a member of our team will be in touch.

Alternatively, visit our showroom where you can discuss all your replacement roof options and other installations with a staff member.

Popular Types of Conservatories

Popular Types of Conservatories

If you’re interested in adding a conservatory to your home but you’re not sure about style and design, then we’ll help you do your research. There are a range of different conservatory styles and the choice you make will depend on your personal preferences, the size of your home, and what you would like to use the conservatory for. 

Conservatories remain the most popular addition to add space and value to a home. If you’re looking for a stylish entertaining space, cosy family area, a way to maximize surrounding views or a practical home office, we can design and create your ideal room.

There are a range of conservatory styles

There are so many different choices and they can be fully customised to your tastes—from choosing materials to the design of the conservatory. Based on your preferences, your conservatory can be totally unique to you. Whether you’re looking for a classic white uPVC conservatory or a modern grey extension, we’ve got a type of conservatory to suit your personal style.


Popular Styles of Conservatories

Victorian conservatory

This is a very popular style of conservatory. It features bay windows that give it the appearance of being curved and has a pitched, ornate roof, providing maximum space. A Victorian conservatory is particularly suitable for period properties but suits any home. These conservatories come in two styles: a traditional three-facet front with three bay windows and a five-facet front that gives more space inside, as well as providing a smoother look.


Edwardian conservatory

Like Victorian conservatories, an Edwardian conservatory has a rectangular interior that maximises space and is ideal for those looking for a classic style with a timeless appearance. An Edwardian conservatory is also referred to as a Georgian conservatory and boasts a sloping roof and contemporary look, making it suitable for most properties.


Lean-to conservatory

A lean-to conservatory has a flat angled roof that slopes downward, thus giving this conservatory style the appearance of leaning against a house. Perfect for houses restricted by height, the low pitched roof of a lean-to can be easily accommodated, making it the ideal choice for bungalows or terraced properties. It is quick and easy to install, as well as a practical and inexpensive solution.


Gable conservatory

A Gable conservatory features the same rectangular or square dimensions as the Victorian conservatory. However, its roof stays upright rather than sloping downward. Many homeowners opt for this style because it tends to add a touch of grandeur to their homes. This type of conservatory is bright and airy and makes the perfect stylish addition to any home.


Loggia conservatory

Inspired by the Italian renaissance period and combined with British innovation, a Loggia features a roofed gallery or recessed room open to the air on one side and supported by ornate columns. The Loggia conservatory takes the Italian Loggia and syncs it perfectly with British architecture allowing this design to suit old and new properties alike and redefines the modern conservatory.


So now that you’ve got an overview of some of the popular conservatory styles available to choose from, it’s up to you to decide which style best suits your home. At Supercraft, you get the perfect conservatory tailored to your requirements, at the best price. Get in contact with one of our experts and begin your home improvement journey today.

Top Tips for Transforming Your Conservatory

If you’ve got an old conservatory with a plastic roof, then you’re probably familiar with the host of common conservatory problems that may arise over time. From leaky roofs and sticky windows to extreme temperatures and condensation, there are quite a few common issues that come with an old conservatory. Many homeowners just don’t know what to do with an old conservatory or how to transform it into a functional home extension. Here at Supercraft Windows, we have put together a few of our top tips for transforming your conservatory in 2021.

 

  • Beware of low prices. If one quote is much lower than the rest, you may be inadvertently buying a Clad-over roof. If you’re unsure about the price, ask for more details about the roof construction. 
  • Be sure to compare roof weight, U-Values, and wind and snow load tolerances.
  • When you install a solid roof, it’s important to design in-glass panels within your solid roof. This ensures your new room is bright, as well as warm and cosy during the cooler months. 
  • Always ask to see a copy of your building regulations conformance certificate  BEFORE the build starts. You will need this if you ever sell your house. 
  • When you book your installation, plan to be at home, be vigilant and ensure all beams and bars are removed BEFORE any materials are added. 
  • Before booking an installation, do your research. Look for accreditations, endorsements and reviews. 
  • Make sure you’re covered. Ensure your roof and the installation are both guaranteed and that the guarantees are backed by quality insurance. 

 

 

Conservatory Installation Showcase From Our Happy Customer

Here at Supercraft Windows, customer satisfaction is at the heart of our ethos. One of our recent happy customers has put together a fantastic video showcasing the installation of their brand new Supercraft conservatory.

The video displays the early stages of the installation process, showing the conservatory being built from the ground up by our professional installers, then finally exhibiting the finished product in all of its magnificence.

If you’re interested in your own Supercraft conservatory, give our team a call on 01782 266 488 or Contact Us to discuss our options.

Awkward House or Garden Shape… help?!

In a nutshell, if you’ve got a tricky site, then a bespoke conservatory, orangery or extension is going to be the best solution for you. By utilising Supercraft’s bespoke design service, our expert designers can work with you. They will help you to understand and meet not only your aspirations for your new living space, but how to achieve this within the confines of your boundary and also your budget. By choosing Supercraft, you are choosing experienced designers and fitters.

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