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As technology has progressed, the conservatory has evolved as well.

Conservatories have developed from luxury greenhouses to common home additions, formerly reserved for the aristocracy.

Conservatories have grown so energy-efficient and pleasant that they are now often utilised on a daily basis throughout the year. Rather
than being a one-time space, our conservatory has become an extension of our house.

While this makes a conservatory a much more cost-effective and practical investment, it blurs the distinction between a conservatory and
a house addition.

A conservatory’s legal meaning

To understand what constitutes a conservatory, we must first examine the laws that define conservatories as “permitted developments”
that are free from planning approval and construction requirements.

The following criteria define a conservatory in legal terms and distinguish conservatories from extensions:

Built on the ground floor.

The area is less than 30 square metres.

External walls, doors, or windows separate it from the home.

It comes with its own heating system.

The glazing and fixed electrical systems meet all applicable building codes.

Is a conservatory considered an addition?

While adding a conservatory or orangery to your house does provide more living space, it is generally classified as a “permitted
development” rather than a home extension if it satisfies the requirements mentioned above.

One or more of the following characteristics may typically be used to identify a home expansion.

connected to the main house’s central heating system.

A strong roof.

Rather than glass walls, there are solid walls.

The remainder of the home is open concept.

Rather than being connected to an outside wall, it is connected to an inside wall.

Despite the minor variations in design between an orangery and a conservatory, orangeries are generally classified as authorised
developments as well, as long as they fulfil the criteria listed above.

The development of conservatories

When the term “conservatory” was originally used, it referred to a non-glazed structure used to keep food.

The term was not used to designate glazed buildings until the 17th century. Conservatories were typically standalone structures, similar
to greenhouses, intended to shelter plants from the cold at the time.

The earliest conservatories were utilised by the aristocracy, with Oxford University’s conservatory being the first known in the United
Kingdom. Glasshouses such as those in Glasgow‘s People’s Palace, Botanic Gardens and Queen’s Park remain popular local attractions
to this day.

Conservatories were popular among the affluent throughout the Victorian period, thanks to Paxton’s lavish designs. Conservatories were
sometimes utilised to hold social events, such as tea parties, towards the end of the nineteenth century.

As WWI raged and austerity set in, popularity dwindled. Conservatories did not resurface in favour until after WWII, when the economy
had recovered a bit and technology had progressed.

As technology has advanced, features like double-glazing and self-cleaning glass have become available. Conservatories have grown
more comfortable and cheap over time, making them a viable and useful investment rather than a luxury item.

Conservatories in the twenty-first century

Conservatories of the twenty-first century exist in a variety of forms, many of which imitate the beautiful looks of bygone periods, but their
performance and purpose have altered.

Exceptional performance

Conservatories constructed in the twenty-first century are more pleasant, energy-efficient, and durable than ever before. Many
improvements in the materials used to construct conservatories have resulted from modern technology. The following are some
contemporary features:

Glazing that cleans itself.

Glazing with solar control.

Argon-filled glass panes provide excellent insulation and soundproofing.

Roof vents with automatic temperature control.

Conservatories that utilise high-performance materials may be used as true extensions of the house since they are pleasant all year. With
the installation of solid roofs and central heating, many are being converted into house additions.

Conservatories are increasingly often utilised to add important living space to a home at a low cost in order to accommodate a growing
family. Instead of being utilised as occasional sunrooms, they are now being used for a variety of functions such as children’s playrooms,
offices, and television rooms, adding significant value to our houses.

Easily accessible and reasonably priced.

Conservatories may now be made at a lower cost than ever before because of technological advancements.

According to the government’s 2008 Housing Stock Report, around one out of every six homes now has a conservatory, with
conservatories averaging 10 square metres in size.

With so many various designs and optional additions to choose from, a conservatory to fit any budget and needs is now feasible.

We can supply & fit a variety of conservatories in Glasgow here at Luke Lloyd Builders, all of which are completely guaranteed for your peace of
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