Clearview National April 2018 - Issue 197 - Page 58

CONSERVATORIES&SOLIDROOFS A room for all seasons » » WHEN A CLEARVIEW GROUP STAFF member took the plunge and decided to have a new conservatory, he hit some rough weather during construction. But ultimately, he and his family found it was worth it. They can now enjoy a stylish, comfortable space all year round - whatever the climate. It’s hardly surprising that this employee and his family dreamed of a cosy conservatory. They live in a market town on the Pennines where the highest point is a cool and breezy 820ft above sea level. That’s reflected in the sometimes bleak and rugged weather, and not only in the winter. As the locals in nearby Barnsley will warn you: “Don’t go up there – it’s four coats colder!” The Clearview worker, who has lived in even colder climates overseas, was all too aware of the need for warmth as well as space. He explains: “The conservatory project was to extend the downstairs footprint of the house, but it was important that we could utilise the room all year round. We wanted to open up the space in the summer via bi-folding doors, and the redesigned patio area. “We got Ryan Woods on board for the building and ground works, and sourced windows and doors (Spectus Elite 70) from Warwick developments www. and www. “The Ultraroof 380 was from Specialised Conservatory Roof Company www. and installation of windows, doors and roof was by Ben Sidebottom” . It’s worth noting the careful choice of products for the project. They were selected not only for quality but also for sheer practicality, given the nature of the property and surroundings. For example, the Elite 70 system is one of Spectus’ flagship products and is used in a full range of windows and doors in a wide range of colours. Elite 70 is a fully post co-extruded suite of profiles, available with either bevelled or ovolo aesthetics. The window range includes casement windows, tilt & turn, and fully reversible. 58 » A PR 2018 » CL EARVI E W- UK . C O M For the roof choice, Ultraroof380 proved to be a cost-effective, simple to fit, pre-packaged solid roof kit that is often selected for the replacement of tired conservatory roofs. Ultraroof380 substantially overcomes – for the consumer – the twin issues of the conservatory being too hot in summer and too cold in winter. Moreover, it creates a beautiful vaulted plastered ceiling inside and with a stepped detail at the eaves, the perfect place for cables and spotlights. For those consumers who still want an element of light through their new solid roof, the clever configurable technology allows the fitment of multiple glass panels – this can be a major consideration to protect light into the adjacent room. As the homeowner says, the installation of the roof, windows and doors was a part of the project that went more smoothly than expected. He adds: “The installation was much quicker than we thought, especially as it was the first roof of this type the installer had done.” The project started in April 2017 with groundworks, followed by landscaping, brickwork, window installation, roof installation and interior plastering, electrics and finish. There were, as with just about every installation of this type, a few hitches that could not be avoided. The homeowner said: “We did hit a snag with the terrible weather at the time, and our decisions on the type of roof were based on the limited access to the rear of the property. The Ultraroof 380 sectionally built was the ideal answer. “We also made changes to the interior plans. Underfloor heating was installed after consultation with an electrician, and now we have a smart thermostat which allows remote control.” Happily, the conservatory is now finished and came in on budget although the householder says he’s still waiting for the heating bill! “We’re delighted that we’ve been able to use the space on a daily basis even in the worst winter conditions for years. I’d do it again and I’d definitely recommend that homeowners go for a project like this. It makes a big difference to comfort levels as well as adding value to a house.”