In recent years Victorian and Edwardian properties have enjoyed a new lease of life as home buyers look for houses with original features built a hundred or more years ago. These, generally larger sized family homes often have medium to large size gardens, which means there is plenty of space for a conservatory. An Edwardian conservatory looks spectacular when attached to a property of the same vintage, although they suit modern properties and bungalows just as well.

If you have the space and want an Edwardian conservatory then you need to think about your budget and what you can afford before you look at the different options available. Most people have UPVC conservatories because they last for years and are often more cost effective than wooden conservatories. If you live close to a national park or in a conservation area then you need to consult your local planning office as to whether UPVC conservatories are allowed. Some councils will only allow conservatories that are not made from UPVC and there are areas where you may need planning permission for your conservatory. You should check these things out before you go any further with your plans for a conservatory.

The Edwardian conservatory is usually square or rectangular shaped and without the facets typical of the Victorian conservatory, the main benefit of this is that the shape maximises floor space. An Edwardian conservatory is distinguished by its pointed roof and come in different sizes from 2×2 metres to 6×6 metres. You can choose whether you want dwarf walls, raised panels and glass or all glass for the build design. Many Edwardian conservatories have French doors but you can have a single door or patio doors if you prefer. The all glass build type also has the option of where the door should be placed, to the left, to the right or in the centre. Many UPVC Edwardian conservatories have a white finish but you can choose to have your conservatory in a classic oak or mahogany finish.

While many people have laminate flooring in their conservatory, solid wood floors from ethically sourced timber are more durable and less likely to shrink or warp. Wooden floors may cost a bit more but they look better and last longer than other flooring options. You will need a vent in your conservatory roof and can choose between electric and manual options.

An increasing number of conservatory suppliers have signed up to the Association of Chief Police Officers’ crime prevention project, Secured by Design. Focused on the improvement and security in the design of windows and doors the project offers their ACPO Secured by Design seal to companies that use the Veka profile in their installations. If you live in an area where crime is on the increase then look for an Edwardian conservatory with the ACPO seal of approval , not only does this improve security it also means an increased lifespan of the product.