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Planning Permission Planning Permission
In England and Wales you will not usually require planning permission, provided you do not exceed the permitted development limit for your property (which is 50-70 cubic metres, depending on where you live). Notable exceptions to the above are listed buildings and conservation areas.
Roof Glazing Options

Roof Glazing Options
A well-planned conservatory needs adequate ventilation and appropriate glazing to ensure a comfortable living environment all year round. Responsible installers need to help homeowners make the right choice for their particular conservatory.

Conservatories Tips Conservatories Tips
Here we have compiled all the conservatory tips you can think of! They are grouped in different categories to help you find the tips you need. This will hopefully help you get you closer to your dream conservatory!
Consumer Direct Consumer Direct
Consumer Direct is a telephone and online consumer advice service, supported by the Department of Trade and Industry. We provide clear, practical, impartial advice to help you sort out problems and disagreements you may be having with suppliers of goods or services. The advice and information we give is free and you can call as many times as you need to. Telephone calls are charged for via the 0845 number, which will cost no more than 4p per minute for BT customers (other networks may vary).
Advice Guide from Citizens Advice Advice Guide from Citizens Advice
The website that provides up-to-date, independent advice, around the clock. Published by Citizens Advice, the site puts practical, reliable, up-to-date information at your fingertips, covers a wide range of topics, is continuously reviewed by our team of advisers, covers advice for England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, provides information in English, Welsh, Bengali, Punjabi, Gujarati, Urdu and Chinese.

What Material should you use for your conservatory?
Details the advantages and some disadvantages of materials to use in construction of your conservatory. PVC-U, Hardwood, Aluminium - which is best? - this article attempts to answer.

Tips and advice on selecting a conservatory supplier.
A conservatory is a long term investment in your home, so choosing who supplies and installs your conservatory is therefore probably just as important as choosing the conservatory itself. These days, conservatories are available from a wide spectrum of organisations from the one-man band through to household names from the TV. They are often associated with windows or 'double glazing' but there are also more and more good quality local and regional conservatory specialists emerging. The vast majority of companies are reputable and there is a lot to be said for personal recommendations, but in the absence of any other information, here are a few general questions to ask when considering whom to let loose on your house and garden.

SWIMMING POOL ENCLOSURES AND OTHER LARGE SPAN STRUCTURES
Enjoy your swimming pool year-round without the problems associated with an outdoor pool, such as leaves, insects, wind, snow, rain and the cold. Save on chemicals and maintenance with a Pool Enclosure. One question often asked in our Ask an Expert section is - can I house my pool, fitness room, Jacuzzi or spa within my conservatory? The answer is of course, yes, although it may be that you will need some additional structural support - especially as the width of the structure increases.

What conservatory style should I have?
What will look correct on my home? What is a Victorian Style or an Edwardian Style? So often it seems as though conservatory suppliers are trying to confuse us. Some conservatory companies call a Victorian design an Edwardian or a Georgian. Others will use names like Home Extender for a lean-to. The reasons for this vary - often it is marketing (which would you prefer - a Home Extender or a lean-to), and sometimes it even depends on where in the country you live. The truth is, the conservatory industry itself does not have a consistent approach.

Conservatories - Solutions for difficult and awkward installations.
On this page we will give you a few tips and suggestions for overcoming the most frequent design difficulties. This is not a comprehensive list of solutions but its a good guide. So if you are a bungalow owner or you are faced with some other site difficulties you may find these pages particularly useful. The most common "problems" are 1. Fixing a lean-to style on to a property with very low eaves height. 2. Fixing some sort of pitched roof design (Victorian or Edwardian) either directly to or against a low eaves height.

Tricks of the trade and how to avoid them
This is by no means a comprehensive list. These are just a few of the "tricks" sometimes employed. If you are aware of them then you will hopefully not be deceived. We will be adding more to this page in the future. In the meantime if you have any "scams" that you think are worth exposing - please email us. Any tradesmen should visit QuotatisPro.co.uk for conservatory job leads.

Free Guide to Conservatory Base and Dwarf Wall Construction
What is the specification for the base? How do I put the conservatory together? Can you give my builder a guide? This guide will answer many of your questions - maybe all of them!

Ask Questions about Conservatories.
Online discussion forum - covering all aspects of conservatories, suppliers, builders, sales people. Learn from other peoples experience or ask a question yourself.

Conservatories - Articles Bank
Articles on consumer tips and advice, new products, company news etc. Well worth a visit. Recent articles include a article about WireAway - a product that can help you make light work of installing wiring in conservatories and new extensions, overcoming routing problems and eliminating chasing and trunking. Also an article on Draks Roof Shutters. They can transform any style of conservatory into an extension of a home used all year round. Made from hardwood, the shutters are the only roof-covering product available in any paint colour or a wide variety of natural wood stains to suit your interior.



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