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Virginia’s top tips for planning your conservatory

As Director of Mozolowski & Murray, taking the decision to add a conservatory to my own home was, as you would expect, a relatively easy one given the complete confidence I had in knowing it was being designed and built by the best in the business.  That’s not to say, however, that deciding what I wanted to achieve in terms of what my conservatory should offer us as a family and where the best place for it should be, was easy! After all, this is a big decision and its essential to get it right.

So, following some positive feedback I received in response to an interview I did with the Scottish Gardener Magazine, I thought it would be useful to share some advice and tips to help you begin planning your new conservatory.


This will depend on what style of home you live in. A conservatory should enhance the existing architecture of your property and meet all of your needs in terms of space and function.  It should be a multipurpose space which can be used for relaxing, entertaining and take full advantage of the surrounding garden views which will then become your background feature.  The light into the new conservatory and the room behind it should be taken into consideration too as this is something you need to take full advantage of.  It is one of the nicest benefits of your new space, watching the sunset and changing light throughout the year.  There are many special features you can incorporate within the design and an experienced consultant will ensure your needs are established and incorporated into the final design.

Planning Permission

In many cases planning permission is required as is a building warrant, so it is important to factor in time for this in your plans.  If you choose the right conservatory company, then they should take care of the details for you. It is worth noting, however, that it can take between six and eight weeks for permission to be granted.


Whichever way your conservatory faces, all aspects have their merits. My own conservatory, for example, is north facing yet it has wonderful light and is comfortably used all year round. Far more important is the decision about which room the conservatory will adjoin. Some of the the best conservatories are those that connect with the hub of the house such as the lounge or kitchen. This is because the new space becomes an extension of the most used part of the house.  If your conservatory opens from a room that is little used, then you won’t get the best use out of it because people will still naturally migrate to the most used part of the home.


It can be hard to envisage from a plan how large a conservatory will eventually be, but rather than just mark it out on the ground, compare it with an existing room as this way you will get a much clearer idea of the amount of new space you will have and how you can furnish this.

Next steps

Adding a conservatory to our home has been a great decision.  It has not only transformed our lifestyle but has added value and style to our home and as it leads off our kitchen, we practically live in it, as do our visiting friends and family!

If you are thinking about extending your home and wish to discuss your ideas with our design team, simply call us free on 0345 05 05 440 or pop into our Design Centre which is open 7 days a week or fill in our online form and a member of our team will be back in touch.

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