A Beginner’s Guide to Buying Victorian Conservatories

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If you are considering extending your house, one of the ways that you might want to do so is by the construction of a conservatory. This can be a reasonably cost-effective way of adding both space and value to your home without the expense and upheaval that is associated with building a complete extension.

There are a variety of different types of conservatory and one that is gaining in popularity is the Victorian conservatory. Many people choose this type of conservatory because they like the style of Victorian constructions, whilst others do so because it matches the look and feel of their property. Finally, it may be a requirement of the local planning department, to ensure that the conservatory conforms to the existing construction and the properties surrounding it.

If you are one of those who is considering buying a Victorian conservatory, for whatever reason, you may wish to read this beginners guide


Although most people want to use their conservatory for extra living space, others only want to house their shrubs and plants. The style of the Victorian conservatory that you choose will depend on the use to which you intend to put it.

This conservatory's owner uses it solely for horticulture, so it is almost entirely of a glass construction

This conservatory’s owner uses it solely for horticulture, so it is almost entirely of a glass construction


If you want to buy a Victorian conservatory that complements the look for your home, you will want to choose a colour that conforms to the existing colour scheme. For instance, if your doors and windows are white, it would be preferable to choose a Victorian conservatory that has a white frame.


If your windows and doors are of a wooden construction, it is likely that your conservatory will look out of place if it principally constructed of white UPVC! Whilst it may not be possible or practical to invest in a conservatory whose frame is solid wood, you should nevertheless be able to find one that is constructed with a wood effect, so that it enhances, rather than detracts from, the overall appearance of your house.

The Windows

Because the conservatory will contain many glass panes it is likely that you will want to ensure that it is double glazed. This will ensure that the conservatory keeps in the heat and keeps out the noise!


To ensure that the conservatory is complementary to your home you will need to make sure that its dimensions correspond closely with the size and shape of your house. Whilst it is possible to have a custom-build Victorian conservatory, this can prove expensive. The good news is that there is a wide range of sizes freely available in the market, which should allow you to find one that suits your requirements exactly.


The positioning of the Victorian conservatory is crucial. A balance sometimes has to be drawn between ensuring that you, as the user of the conservatory, derive the greatest benefit (in terms of the view from its interior and its position relative to the sun) and making sure that it is in the best position to enhance the look of the house.


One vital consideration, if you are looking to buy a Victorian conservatory, is whether you will need to obtain planning permission or Building Regulations approval. Many smaller constructions will not need either of these but if you are looking at a larger conservatory or you live in a listed building you will almost certainly need to enquire at your local council offices before making any outlay. It is always prudent, in any event, to mention your circumstances to the retailers from whom you are buying the Victorian conservatory. It is likely that they will be well aware of the local planning situation and how the regulations are likely to affect your choice of conservatory.

A beautiful Victorian conservatory like this would certainly need planning permission!

A beautiful Victorian conservatory like this would certainly need planning permission!


There are many things to think about when you are considering buying a Victorian conservatory, visit http://www.cjsexteriors.co.uk/ for a selection of options. Hopefully, this beginner’s guide has provided a few simple tips. You should always take as much advice from both your conservatory retailer and installer. They are likely to have supplied and fitted many conservatories in the past and are best placed to help you ensure that the Victorian conservatory you choose is a perfect match for your house.


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