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Designing your new self build conservatory

There are many important points to consider when designing your new conservatory. We at DIY Supply Conservatories are more than happy to help you create the ideal size, style and specification conservatory to complement your property and give you many years of enjoyment. For your information we have provided the following summaries to help understand in more detail how different factors could impact on your choice of conservatory.

Which model of conservatory is right for you?

Edwardian Conservatory

Edwardian/Georgian Conservatory

The Edwardian style conservatory (also known as a Georgian) shown here with a dwarf wall, is the most popular style conservatory on sale today. Its classic style suites homes of any age, its shape makes the best use of the available floor space and with its dual pitched roof there is an overall sense of light and space.

For houses with height restrictions or for bungalows the roof can be adapted to have a double-hip.

Victorian Conservatory

Victorian Conservatory

The Victorian style conservatory is the original conservatory design that dates back hundreds of years. Shown here with full height glass, its elegant styling and faceted frontage it can complement almost any property. The front facets can be in a combination of 3,5 or 7 segments, with the option to stretch the front facet, and its dual pitched roof gives similar feelings of space like the Edwardian style.

For houses with height restrictions or for bungalows the roof can be adapted to have a double-hip.

Traditional Lean-To Conservatory

Traditional Lean - To Conservatory

The Traditional Lean-To or Mediteranean Sunroom as it is sometimes known, is one the most modern looking conservatories. Shown here with plain infil panels, the classic shape enjoys the most efficient use of floor space, whilst the mono-pitched roof gives it this distinctive appearance. The versatility of this style is the key, the roof pitch can be as steep as 40°, or for properties with height restrictions it can be lowered to as little as 2.5°. Ideal for fitting to bunglow soffits.

It can also be easily fitted into corners as a 2 sided conservatory (as shown) or wrapped around corners to create an L-shape.

Gable - Pavilion Conservatory

Gable Fronted/Pavilion Conservatory

The Gable Fronted or Pavilion conservatory is a variation on the Edwardian style, utilising the maximum floor space available, but with a flat front rather than sloped. With its increased roof internal area it can give a feeling of even more space when compared to the same size Edwardian conservatory. The gable frame that is included at the front can be supplied in a variety of designs (sunburst shown) or even a completely bespoke design to match some features of your property.

For houses with height restrictions or for bungalows the roof can be adapted to have a double-hip.

Gullwing Conservatory

Gullwing Conservatory

The Gullwing conservatory takes its design characteristics from the Victorian and the Tradtional Lean-To, fusing them together to create this modern look. The nature of the design allows it to be stretched across the whole width of a house is so desired, or even extended around a corner to make an L-Shape.

P-Shaped Conservatory

P-Shaped Conservatory

A P-Shaped conservatory gives you the best of both worlds. You can effectively have two separate uses within the one space, the main section could be lounge area with tail section being a dining area. The main section can be Edwardian (shown) or Victorian style with the return being a Hipped Lean-To (shown), Traditional Lean-To or a Gullwing style.

For houses with height restrictions or for bungalows the roof can be adapted to have a double-hip.

Double Hipped Conservatories

If you like the style of a Victorian, Edwardian, Gable or a P-Shaped conservatory but have height restrictions on your house wall then a Double Hipped roof design could be the answer. The extra hip to the rear of the design allows the roof to slope back down to the standard eaves height. The aluminium box gutter that the roof joins to on this slope drains away rain water and structurally ties the conservatory to house. It is ideal solution for bungalows as they can be joined directly to the soffit, it is also becoming increasingly popular because it can be extended across a greater width that the traditional Edwardian or Victorian designs.

Which direction will your DIY conservatory face?

Direction of your conservatory


A northerly facing conservatory will get least sun as it will be shadowed by your property for most of the day. During the summer months you could get the early morning and late evening sun, changing to very little or none at all during the winter months.

Recommended Specification……
Frame Glazing — High Performance Low E Glass throughout (Self Clean Optional)
Polycarbonate Roof — Clear or Opal
Glass Roof — Little or no Solar Reflection with Self Clean as standard


An easterly facing conservatory would benefit from the morning to mid-day sun, with it gradually fading out as the day goes on. It would be an ideal breakfast room or somewhere to escape the evening sun and relax during the summer months.

Recommended Specification……
Frame Glazing — High Performance Low E Glass with Solar Control properties throughout (Self Clean Optional)
Polycarbonate Roof — Bronze, Bronze on Opal or Heatshield
Glass Roof — Solar Control glass with Self Clean as standard


South facing conservatories enjoy by far the most direct sunlight. So ways of controlling the internal temperatures are essential. Conservatories of old would usually be unbearably hot during summer months, and were often described as oversize greenhouses. This is not the case nowadays as solar control glass technology is a widely available in the retail sector, it can reflect up to 78% of the suns heat rather than radiating it into the conservatory. Other ways of limiting the solar gain and controlling your conservatories climate are good ventilation, roof blinds, window blinds or air-conditioning.

Recommended Specification……
Frame Glazing — High Performance Low E Glass with highest spec Solar Control properties throughout (Self Clean Optional)
Polycarbonate Roof — Heatshield
Glass Roof — Solar Control glass with highest spec and Self Clean as standard


A conservatory facing to the west would be an ideal place for making the most of the evening sunshine. The recommended specification should mirror that of an easterly facing conservatory with the possible use of the highest performing Solar Control glazing products to ensure a more pleasurable environment.

** Please note : Various factors like the style of your house and the proposed conservatory along with the location of the conservatory along the house wall may alter these predictions. This guide has assumed a typical 3 bed semi-detached 2 storey property for the amount of shading throughout the day**

No matter which direction your new DIY conservatory faces the most important and increasingly focused upon factor is its thermal efficiency. After all, a badly designed conservatory can be huge drain on your house as a whole. You can be safe in the knowledge that we can supply you the very best in high performance products and deliver value for money continuously.

Whichever style you choose we will draw up your request using our state of the art software, and provide you with free 3D CAD drawings to accompany your quotation. You could even take advantage of our ‘Try Before You Buy’ service.
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