When it comes to your property, there are improvements you can make that can increase the value of your home. From adding double-glazing, through to an attic conversion. How about a new central heating system? Many homeowners make a range of different enhancements, in a bid to boost their property’s value. A popular home improvement that makea a big difference to the value of your home is a conservatory. A way of extending your space with a modern, stylish room. Used for anything you want it to be, a conservatory can be more affordable and less hassle than an extension. Allowing you to add value to your home at minimal cost to you. Does a conservatory actually add value to your home? Of course. By adding an extra room to your home, you will increase its desirability to potential buyers. Experts note that a well-built conservatory could increase your home’s value by...

VAT on Conservatories for New Build Properties – Explained! Did you know, currently, new homes are zero rated for VAT in the UK? If you are planning to buy or build a new house, it is worth considering including a conservatory in the plans. You can legitimately avoid paying VAT on conservatories on a new build! Even if your new home is part way through it's build, you may still be able to avoid paying VAT. This is applicable on a conservatory if the construction of it is finished. The deadline would be before the dwelling is signed off as complete by the local authority. In cases where only the groundwork of the conservatory is completed prior to the completion of the building, then only that work can be zero-rated. We have carried out many quality zero-rated Conservatory installations on new properties. We can provide all the help and advice you need to add your...

Why should you consider replacement windows? Windows play a variety of important roles around the home. Improving your home security. Helping energy efficiency, right through to improving your family’s quality of life. They can offer better ventilation and more access to natural light.   Tired, damaged windows are clearly not at their best. They not only cause a security issue, they affect the comfort of your home. So, it is crucial to identify the many signs around your home that tell you its time replacement windows.   But how do you know when it’s time to replace and not repair? Here are the 5 biggest tell-tale signs. Don't put off your replacement windows any longer.   Your energy bills are high In a nutshell, the more heat that is able to escape your home through poor windows, the more you will be using your central heating. Consequently the bigger your bills. A very simple test is to...

We continue exploring the various conservatory styles in this week’s blog. Today it’s the turn of the Victorian conservatory. It’s a distinctive and enduring design, and has the honour of being one of the most popular styles in the whole of the UK. When we take a look in closer detail, there are all sorts of reasons why!   What is a Victorian Conservatory? We went into detail about Victorian conservatories in last week’s blog, To recap on some of their main defining features: An angled bay front. As opposed to a square, rectangular front featured in Edwardian or Pavilion conservatories Three to five wall facets, giving the conservatory a rounded effect A peaking apex roof (which mimicked the style of many Victorian houses at the time) A series of ridges across the roof’s peak. The conservatory’s sides and end all come together. This helps contribute towards some of the more Gothic styles   Why...

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...

Been thinking about getting a conservatory? It’s possible that you’ll have seen orangery come up once or twice in your research. They sound like very similar buildings. 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 back in the Renaissance, in the 15th and 16th century. To begin with they were only built by the rich. Italian nobility used them to grow exotic plants and citrus trees. Creating 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 made to impress. Unlike conservatories which are mostly glass, their constructions use...

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.

Pavilion Conservatory We are taking a closer look at the various styles of conservatories. What they are? Which properties they suit best? How do I get one installed? This article, it’s the turn of the classic pavilion conservatory. What is a Pavilion Conservatory? A pavilion conservatory. Otherwise known as a gable or gable-end conservatory. A classic conservatory style. Featuring a square base and all-round glazing. Very similar in style to an Edwardian conservatory. The pavilion has a pitched, glazed roof and glazed gable end. The walls can be integral dwarf walls or full height glass panels. Which homes suit them? Pavilion conservatories are very adaptable. They have a classic, symmetrical design and straight lines. Meaning that they are as ‘at home’ on a modern property as on a period one. More ornate conservatories can seem at odds with contemporary architecture. Pavilion conservatories are neat, sleek and unobtrusive. Allowing them to blend with the features of the existing...