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Shaped Conservatories from Frames Conservatories Direct ideal when you need more than one area in your new conservatory

Updated: 15th March 2017 Shaped Conservatories suit larger, detached properties and have the benefit of being able to add two new living spaces in one. Areas we cover include Bury St Edmunds, Diss, Yell, Haverhill, Ipswich, Newmarket, Saffron Walden, Stowmarket, Sudbury, Thetford & Cambridge.

A shaped conservatory is a ‘combination’ of conservatory styles merged together to create one dramatic glazed extension.

A P-Shaped conservatory combines a Lean-To with a Victorian. The lean-to element can be finished with either a lean-to roof or a hipped roof and the Victorian element can be 3 or 5 faceted.

An L-Shaped conservatory is very similar to the P-Shaped but would combine a Lean-to with and Edwardian for a more angular finished style.

Both the P-Shaped and L-Shaped designs are perfect for families where the larger part can be a dining room or additional reception room and the smaller end can be a child’s play area allowing the family to spend time together but still enjoying their own space.

A T-Shaped conservatory combines a Lean-to either side of a grand central projection which can be Victorian, a Gable End or Edwardian. The central element of a T-Shaped will most usually house your choice of doors whether that’s French, Sliding or Bi-Fold and creates an entrance to your new room. The central projection of the T-shaped conservatory creates a magnificent sense of grandeur but it is also possible to off-set this section to the left or right.

Whichever shaped conservatory you choose, your house will feel bigger and uncluttered and will add much-needed space to the house without swallowing up too much of the garden.

Your choice of roof style is almost as important as the shape you have chosen for your conservatory. Innovations in conservatory roof styles now allow you to choose the roof which best suits how you intend to use your new conservatory. If natural light is what you’re looking for we have the solar reflective glass roof which has the added benefit of being self-cleaning. If you’re looking for a roof which reflects heat and provides some shade you may want to go for the most cost effective option which is a High Specification Polycarbonate Roof. If you want your new conservatory to feel more like an extension then we have some solid and part-solid options. The Frames Conservatories Direct Warm Roof gives you the flexibility of a part solid and part glazed roof or we have two tiled roof options which gives your conservatory roof the external appearance of roof tiles.

All of our conservatories are available in UPVC, Aluminium or Timber conservatory and the choice will be determined by personal preference. This is something you can discuss with our Design Consultants during your visit.


What Happens Next?

The Design Process

Adding a conservatory to your home will be an investment you have given much consideration to and we will do the same. We will listen to you, to understand exactly what you would like to achieve and talk to you about how we can make your dreams come true.

In the first instance we will make an appointment for one of our Design Consultants to visit you at home. This visit will normally last around an hour and the purpose is for us to listen to what you have in mind in terms of style and size of conservatory. We will take photographs of the site (which may be an existing conservatory), make drawings of the design you would like and talk to you about your requirements for lighting, electrical points etc. We will leave you with an information pack and we will come away to spend some time bringing your wishes to life.

Within a week of this first visit we will be in touch to arrange for you to visit our showroom. Here will be able to show you all the elements of your new conservatory – windows, doors, locks etc.

We will also give you a demonstration of the glass options and show you how Smart Glass works.

In our Design Suite we will show you a bespoke 3D computer generated design of your new conservatory and take you through the full specification. At this point we can discuss the finer details such as window openings, brick styles and internal finishes.

We can also talk you through our range of low-cost funding options if that is something you are interested in.

The Installation Process

Once you are totally happy with the conservatory we have designed for you and you are ready to go ahead we will carefully manage the whole installation process for you. Our customer service team will be on hand at any point during the installation to answer any questions you may have and keep you informed about the progress of your conservatory installation. You will be given a dedicated Customer Service Team telephone number to use during the process.

To give you peace of mind, we promise:

  • 10 Years Insurance Backed Guarantee
  • A Professional Service From Start To Finish
  • Flexible Funding Options
  • The Highest Level Of Security And Energy Efficiency
  • Award Winning Customer Satisfaction
  • The Only Installer In The Area With a BSi Kitemark For Installation

To see how one of our shaped conservatories can transform your home, please fill in the online form and we will contact you as soon as possible. Or you can ring us now on 0800 2800 472.

We look forward to working with you and helping your vision come to life.

Thank you


Adrian Lewis
Owner and Managing Director

Frames Conservatories Direct

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Conservatories typically do not require planning permission unless your property has something called ‘permitted development rights’ (PDR) removed. Ordinarily you would know if PDR’s had been removed as your conveyancing solicitor should have pointed it out. If you’re looking for conservatories with bi folding doors that span more than 4m from the original house back wall then you will need planning permission, 3m from the back wall of semi detached properties.


Conservatories are deemed to be outside of the building controls regulation regime. In the eyes of the regulations they are deemed to be non-habitable spaces. Building Control continue with this view point for as long as there is a doors of external grade quality between the house and the conservatory.


Unfortunately, as there are no building control standards applicable, some unscrupulous companies will try and get away with the very minimum they can. It is not unusual for us to come across conservatories that have no foundations supporting them. This becomes an even bigger problem if the property owner wishes to convert a conservatory into a garden room with a solid roof which will gather the interest of a building control officer.


As there are no applicable building regulations concerning the construction of a conservatory. It is not uncommon to find conservatories on what we call “scrape and pour” footings. This will be a very shallow trench, sometimes as shallow as 100mm, on which the conservatory is built on top of. A Frames Conservatories Direct conservatory is always built on a minimum footing depth of 600mm, sometimes deeper if we believe the ground conditions will warrant it.


Technically a conservatory cannot be open to the house so it would be peculiar to assume how a kitchen in a conservatory would work. But the rules state as long as there are doors of exterior grade between home and conservatory, the construction will fall outside of building control regulations. That being said, a conservatory that complies to full building regulations would be openable to the kitchen and could make a great addition to any home.


Conservatories are subjective and everyone will have a different reason for wanting one and with a range of designs, styles and materials, the choices to make can seem overwhelming. But relax, we have a wealth of knowledge and can help you design the space you want either to dine in, relax in or work in.


The cost implications of investing in one of our conservatories is not to be taken lightly, so let’s look at the hard facts.
1. Conservatories do not add value to a home. Now while that might sound a little disappointing at first it is because they are not deemed habitable spaces and therefore do not add any extra foot print to your home.
2. Conservatories add desirability. Two identical homes for sale one without a conservatory, and one with one of our superb conservatories, it is very conceivable that all other things being equal, the one with the conservatory will sell easier.
3. Conservatories add much needed space. So you’ve found your ideal home but you are lacking a little space to entertain your friends or a special space to relax in. A correctly designed and engineered conservatory will add the space you need. So on reflection, investing in a conservatory after all might just be a great idea!


Depending on the size and complexity, conservatories can either be very expensive or very affordable. One thing to bear in mind though, it is a major purchase and as such, where possible, do not overtly allow budget to rule every decision making process you might have. It is always possible to boost your available budget by having your conservatory on finance.


No, there is no such thing as a standard conservatory in our eyes. Each and every one of our conservatories is bespoke to your needs. It could be a conservatory with bifolding doors that open up a full side of the building. Or a conservatory with sliding doors that simply open up to the garden so you can enjoy the views while enjoying your special space. It’s all about what ever you have in mind.


As each design is bespoke to each customer, your choice and your ideal conservatory might be different to mine. You might decide that a conservatory with a glass roof is your preference while I might decide to investigate conservatories with tiled roof costs. Your needs might include looking for conservatories with one brick wall, while I might be looking for


Our conservatories with glass roofs are self cleaning so maintenance of the roof is very little. Conservatories with polycarbonate roofs need to be cleaned carefully as they are not weight bearing and extra care should be taken. Conservatories with tiled roofs need additional care, check to see if your tiles can be walked on, as the natural slate tiles might break. Cleaning the glass and frames should be done with a non abrasive cloth and a non volatile cleaning product, do not use any form of solvent to clean your conservatory frames.


With a wealth of experience in conservatory design and installation you can be assured that we will do everything in our power to make your dream space become the space of your dreams. Whether you are looking at conservatories with flat roofs or conservatories with lantern roofs. Some of our clients have asked for conservatories with verandas as an additional edge to their dream space. You can be assured that our highly experienced designers and installers are more than capable of designing and installing your dream conservatory.


The fundamental design difference between conservatories and orangeries is the roof. Conservatories with lantern roofs are actually orangeries, yet internally some conservatories with glass roofs can look like orangeries! Let’s cut through the noise and determine what is an orangery. They typically have more wall than a basic conservatory and the roofs are flat typically with a lantern although it is possible to have two or three lanterns.


If you choose our conservatory design and installation service it is possible to keep just about anything in them with a couple of common sense exceptions. A conservatory is not normally heated so if it is minus 6 outside it will be chilly in your conservatory (as it would be in any room in the house without heating.) Conversely, if it is a glorious 30 degrees outside and the conservatory is all shut up, then it stands to reason that it is going to be rather warm in your conservatory. So bearing the above in mind, have your space correctly designed and use it according to the weather and your needs and keep whatever you choose to keep in it.

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