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A Room with a View

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A conservatory has many uses, as a garden room, dining room or even a spare bedroom! Once you have a conservatory you will want to spend a lot of time in it, so get the location and aspect just right before you begin. So many people thinking of a conservatory forget about the garden and then live to regret it!

The Challenge
Living in a modern house, this client knew that a conservatory would provide the extra space they needed. However, the garden was fairly small to start with so an imaginative garden design and landscaping was needed to make maximum use of the remaining garden. Here you see what can be achieved even if you have a small garden.

Before - will a conservatory work?
After - interest from all angles

Designing the Garden
In conservatories people spend most of their time sitting down and facing out, so the view is crucial. Our design made sure that there was plenty of interest and colour from every viewpoint. Remember too that you will want a good view in winter, so why not use evergreen plants with coloured fruits that can be picked out with lighting.

A curving wall around the conservatory takes advantage of the available space and curved steps lead up from the newly created patio, into the garden.

Space may be limited, but the evening sun catches the top corner of the garden. Another patio there creates a private retreat, perfect for enjoying a drink on a summer evening. Always try to build in several areas where you can relax, even in the smallest gardens.

The original wall was built of beige coloured brick with blue header copings. We constructed the new walling in the same way with similar colours. Make sure that the header bricks are of engineering quality so that they will not absorb water or be damaged by frost.

The paving stones were in good condition and did not need replacing, but they did need a good clean. A high-pressure wash was used - consider this option, it can save a lot of hard work. After cleaning the stones they were re-laid with added blue brick detailing to give more interest. The final pictures show how we were able to create the illusion of space.

Tips from the Design Team
  • Have the conservatory and the garden designed at the same time. This way you will ensure that they complement each other.

  • Make sure machining and construction work is carried out in the garden and conservatory at the same time. Save time and money.

  • If you want garden lighting or water pumps, then get the cables laid before the conservatory is built so that you can have the controls inside without disruption.


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