Posted: Friday, 14 August 2015 @ 09:57
important thing when choosing a new conservatory is to get the correct size
relative to the outdoor space you have available.
golden ratio rule
least the 20th century, many artists and architects have proportioned their
works approximately to the golden ratio; especially in the form of the golden
rectangle is where the ratio of the longer side to the shorter is the golden
ratio (1:1.618). This proportion is believed to be aesthetically pleasing.
So how does
this work when applying this theory to your new conservatory?
A house with
a width of approx. 28ft which is roughly the average in Britain, the
conservatory ought to have a width of 17.5ft.
These dimensions give you a
conservatory which looks great with the house it is attached to as its
proportions are aesthetically pleasing.
In terms of
depth, this can be judge separately.
Factors such as how you are going to use this
space and the size of your garden will determine the depth.
conservatories come in a variety of standard sizes as well as bespoke options,
so you will most definitely find a conservatory that will suit your needs,
budget and life style.
measuring the area for the new conservatory, take your measurements in
millimetres. Then measure to the external brickwork size as this will determine
the actual frame size that is needed.
A good way
to check that your garden will take your chosen conservatory is to mark out the
relevant dimensions using bricks and string along the ground.
At this time you
can also mark out where you would like the doors from the house and the doors
from the conservatory into the garden to be located. See how easy it is to walk
through the space you have created, use some garden furniture inside the marked
out area to see how comfortably you can get around the new garden room with the
make shift furniture in place.
To give you
a better idea of the internal space measure an existing internal room and
visualising your conservatory furniture in this space.
Most average rooms in
the UK are approx. 16 square meters so with these measurements in mind you can
decide how big or small you want this internal space to be.
consideration when looking at the size of your conservatory is that all obstacles
like manhole covers and drains may need to be relocated if they are in the way.
So discuss these things with a builder before you make a purchase. This way you
can budget for the full cost of the conservatory and not have any nasty financial
surprises along the way.
The style of
conservatory also plays a part when considering the size of your conservatory.
lean to conservatory also known as the Mediterranean conservatory, is a good
choice where space is limited. It’s long/slim and not so deep design with a
simple sloping roof also works well on properties like bungalows.
Edwardian and Victorian conservatory are rectangular shaped making the most of
floor space and have larger pitched roofs which make them suitable for larger
A Bit About
semi-detached properties may be extended without planning permission by up to
70 cubic metres or 15% of the volume of the original house, whichever is the
greater to a maximum of 115 cubic metres.
If your home
has been previously extended in any way, you will have eaten into some of the
maximum permitted development you are allowed. You will need to include this in
your calculations and if the maximum of 115 cubic meters is exceeded you might
need to apply for planning permission.
When you are
calculating the cubic meter size of the conservatory, bear in mind that the
overall height of your planned conservatory must not exceed four metres when it
is less than two metres from any boundary and that the height of the
conservatory may equal the height of the house.
In our next article
we will cover: How size can affect whether planning permission is needed.