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Your guide to buying conservatories

Adding valuable extra living space whilst maximising the value of your home, a new conservatory is a fantastic way to make the most of your property.

Here at Homebase, we know that every home is different, which is why we’ve put together an extensive collection of stunning conservatories in a variety of styles and sizes to suit everyone.

Choosing the perfect conservatory can be difficult. Take a look through this expert buying guide to ensure you make the right decision.

Types of conservatory


With a classic, elegant design, Victorian style conservatories are ideal for period properties and great for adding traditional style to more modern homes. With a multifaceted bay end, attractive decorative finial and roof cresting, Victorian conservatories will help to enhance the appeal of your property’s exterior.

Thanks to their large, airy interiors, Victorian style conservatories can be used as extra living rooms, dining rooms or even studies. Their dimensions make them very flexible, providing you and your family with versatile, functional living space.

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Edwardian style conservatories feature an attractive and functional geometric design, helping you to maximise floor space whilst adding style to your home.

Featuring a decorative finial, cresting and a 25 degree pitched roof, Edwardian conservatories offer large interiors and a flexible living space. The door can be installed into any one of the conservatory’s three sides, which means you can configure them to suit your available space.

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Mediterranean style conservatories are an affordable, stylish and practical option. They’re suitable for a wide range of building styles, and work particularly well on bungalows and houses with low eaves.

Although the smallest models come with a single door, larger Mediterranean style conservatories can be configured with double doors installed into any of their three sides. This type of conservatory has a roof pitch of just 5 degrees, so they tend to look less intrusive than other styles.

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The simple, elegant and timeless design of pavilion conservatories makes them ideal for modern and period properties alike.

With floor to ceiling glass panels and a 25 degree pitched roof, pavilion conservatories feel light, airy and spacious inside.

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Conservatories from Homebase are available in a variety of sizes, so you’ll definitely be able to find a model that’s perfect for your home, family and lifestyle.

Before you invest in a conservatory, measure the available space carefully to ensure that it will fit in comfortably. Obstacles like manhole covers and drains may need to be relocated, so discuss things with a builder before you make a purchase.

When deciding what size of conservatory to go for, it’s a good idea to think about how you’ll be using the finished space and how your furnishings will fit in.

Remember that all sizes refer to the brick dimensions, and the height of the conservatory is measured from the floor to the external roof ridge, excluding finials and cresting.

Homebase conservatories are available in four sizes:

Width (mm)Depth (mm)Height (mm)
Mediterranean Size 1241523382442
Mediterranean Size 2315823382442
Mediterranean Size 3390123382442
Mediterranean Size 4464423382442
Victorian Size 1327429193000
Victorian Size 2327435523000
Victorian Size 3344437423040
Victorian Size 4344444113040
Edwardian Size 1315823382973
Edwardian Size 2315830812973
Edwardian Size 3315838242973
Edwardian Size 4315845672973
Pavilion Size 1315823382973
Pavilion Size 2315830812973
Pavilion Size 3315838242973
Pavilion Size 4315845672973

Panel height

Conservatories from Homebase are available with two panel heights; full height and dwarf wall models. Our full height conservatories have panels that extend from floor to ceiling, whereas dwarf wall models are designed to fit on top of a 525mm wall.

Full height

Full height models are the most affordable way to add a conservatory to your home. They also maximise light, and provide unbroken views of your garden. Full height models are also quicker and easier to assemble. However, as full height models are less insulated, they are more expensive to heat, and they don’t have any solid walls for you to place furniture against or fit electric sockets to.

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Dwarf wall

Though they take a little longer to construct, dwarf wall conservatories have a more permanent feel and building materials can be matched to your home’s exterior, so they can blend in better with your existing property. The solid walls of these conservatories make it easier to add power sockets and position furniture, and you can decorate the walls to co-ordinate with the rest of your home decor.

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Other things to consider

Planning permission

In general, you won’t need planning permission to build a conservatory, but it’s still a good idea to check the ‘permitted development’ for your property, especially if your home has been extended in the past.

It’s important to remember that you’re responsible for getting the right permissions, so always get advice from your local council if in doubt.

You may need planning permission if:

  • You’re building your conservatory at the front of your property and part or all of the structure will project in front of the current building line.
  • Your house has already been extended and your new conservatory means that the total added area will exceed 30 square metres.
  • Any part of the conservatory comes within two metres of your property's boundary and is more than four metres above ground.
  • You live near or in a conservation area.
  • Your home is a listed building.
  • Your conservatory won't just be used for domestic reasons.
Finding a builder

Once you’ve spoken to a Homebase conservatory advisor, selected your perfect model and measured everything carefully, the only thing left to do is hire a builder.

Although all of our conservatories are easy to construct and made from high quality materials, it’s still a good idea to hire a fully qualified, experienced and trustworthy builder to put it together for you.

Buyer’s tip

For extra security and peace of mind, choose a builder who is a member of the Federation of Master Builders to construct your conservatory.

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