Author: Adrian Bulmer

Here at RTE, we pride ourselves on our versatility. We do many different conservatory styles. Of course sometimes it can be tricky to know the differences. But don’t worry – we’re here to help! Victorian Conservatories   This is one of the most popular conservatory styles in the UK, and it’s not hard to see why! It’s a timeless and enduring style. A charming historical quality, as well as an undeniable sense of flair. The most defining feature of a Victorian conservatory is its angled bay front. With three to five wall facets (depending on your preference, of course). Topped off by a ridged apex roof that creates an elegant rounded effect. It was first designed in the middle to late 19th century. If you have the room for it, a Victorian-style conservatory will no doubt always be a very tempting choice. Edwardian Conservatories   Also known as Georgian conservatories. Edwardian conservatories have some similarities in...

If you’ve been thinking about getting a conservatory, it’s possible that you’ll have seen the term orangery come up once or twice in your research. They sound like very similar buildings, and the visual differences aren’t always that obvious either, so it’s easy to get the two confused. So what exactly are the differences between them?   What is an orangery? Orangeries have a bit of interesting history behind them. They originated a few centuries ago back in the Renaissance, in the 15th and 16th century, and to begin with they were only built by the exclusively rich. Italian nobility used them to grow exotic plants and citrus trees in an area that protected them from the worst effects of the weather. As you can imagine, it’s from these citrus trees that the ‘orangery’ took its name. So that was back then. What about now? Today, orangeries are still typically huge extensions that are...

We’ve recently been looking at rules and regulations you’ll need to be aware of when building your conservatory. Last week we had a quick look at building regulations, which basically ensure that your conservatory is safe and secure for anyone using it. This week we’re looking at planning permissions, which are more concerned with the location and aesthetic value your conservatory has on the surrounding area, and whether it impacts on your neighbours. At RTE Fabrications, we’d strongly advise familiarising yourself with both before you get started!

Before you start building your conservatory, there are a couple of things to be aware of. The legislation is basically split into two categories: planning permission and building regulations. To sum them up, planning permission is concerned with the way the construction of your building affects the surrounding area, whereas building regulations ensures the immediate health and safety of people in the constructions themselves. This week, we’re taking a closer look at building regulations.

UPVC stands for unplasticised polyvinyl chloride – sometimes known as rigid PVC because it doesn’t flex. It’s a famously safe and stable material; alternative uses for it include dental retainers and sporting mouthguards. UPVC has increasingly been the material of choice for windows over the last several years, and it’s not difficult to see why. It provides a whole host of benefits for homeowners, both practical and financial.

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be using the blog to take a closer look at the various styles of conservatories we offer - what they are, which properties they suit best, and how to go about getting one installed. This week, it’s the turn of the classic pavilion conservatory…

Here at RTE Fabrications, we’ve supplied over 10,000 customers with quality, locally made additions to their home - whether that’s beautiful doors and windows, or custom-built conservatories designed to delight for years to come. This week we’re taking a closer look at solid roofs - an increasingly popular pick with our conservatory customers. Read on to discover more.