Clearview South January 2014 - Issue 146 - Page 52

CLEARVIEW EXCLUSIVE CONSERVATORYNEWS WHY A CONSERVATORY MAY NOW BE THE BEST AND MOST POPULAR CHOICE FOR AN ADDITIONAL ROOM David Fenning’s Conservatories has been designing and constructing glazed sunrooms since 1969. Some of the early basic structures were of a greenhouse design but nonetheless people used to sit in these protected areas and enjoy their garden. As the quality of construction materials improved, there have been significant advances in what we now consider as modern conservatories rather than lean-to greenhouses. In this exclusive article for Clearview, David Fennings now discusses why another major move forward is now substantially overdue… “During the last five years, there has been a generally unexplained reduction in homeowners constructing conservatories on their properties. It can however be seen that this has run very much parallel with the downturn in our, and indeed the world, economic climate. “This decline in fully glazed conservatory sales has been dramatic but there appears to be a substantial rise in those adding brick extensions with tiled roofs. Reliable market research indicates that it is not so much people feeling that conservatories are too hot in the summer or cold during winter months but that they are considered as a luxury addition to the home and we are of course currently experiencing tough economic times. Full extensions are now popular because more home owners are not moving and therefore wishing to add brick and tiled roof extensions to their home for a more general living area BUT people have been extending their homes for hundreds of years and this has previously A substantially glazed kitchen and dining area in Sandbanks, Dorset, taking this home into the garden. 52 JAN 2014 made no dramatic impact on the popularity of glazed conservatories. “I can unhesitatingly say that many thousands of my customers will unequivocally state that their fully glazed conservatory is by far the family’s most popularly used room. When asked why, the answer will very simply be. ‘It is a wonderfully bright protected area where we can relax comfortably in our gardens whilst enjoying natural light and warmth, whenever we wish.’ “Throughout the UK there are thousands of hotels and restaurants with substantial, fully glazed south facing conservatories and if you speak