Conservatory showroom in Bristol

Conservatory Showroom BristolWe have a large outdoor conservatory showroom in Congresbury, near Bristol. Buying a conservatory or glazed extension is an investment that, when done well, can add significant value to your property. But sometimes it’s not enough to select your build idea from a catalogue or an online gallery.

That’s why we recommend that you try before you buy.

We understand that you want to be sure about your new home improvement product and installation company. We have a large show site in Congresbury, near Bristol, for all things conservatory. It’s possibly the biggest display in the region.

Try out our working conservatories and feel the high quality of the materials we use. Browse the colour, material, glass and hardware options and create a conservatory unique to your design tastes. Once you’ve made your decision, we can help you visualise your new project by using state-of-the-art CAD technology.

For more information including an aerial view of our showroom click here. 
 

Conservatory showroom directions

 

Visit our conservatory showroom next door to Cadbury Garden and Leisure Centre, only 20 minutes’ southwest of Bristol off the A370. Follow signs for Cadbury or type our postcode – BS49 5AA – into your sat nav. If you’ve reached DoubleTree at Hilton Bristol South – you’ve gone too far!

If you’re arriving by public transport, you can take the X1 bus from Bristol bus station to the end of Congresbury (bus stop: The Bell) and walk 5 minutes down Smallway – the B3133 towards Yatton. We’re just past the garden centre on your right hand side.

Trains from Bristol stop at nearby Yatton railway station, where you can take a quick taxi ride, or why not walk down the Strawberry Line to see us on a sunny summer’s day?

Conservatory showroom Bristol opening times

We’re open Monday-Friday 9-4.30pm and while at Weekends we are unmanned, the site is open  10-4pm. We can arrange to meet you here though by appointment at weekends.  Call us on 01934 877 666 to make an appointment, or feel free to pop in at any time to chat to a member of our showroom team. Alternatively click here to contact us.

About Mendip Conservatories

Mendip Conservatories is one of the South West’s leading conservatory and orangery installers. Although we specialise in large, bespoke designs, we also offer a full range of made to measure double glazing products, including windows and bi-folding doors. We offer quality products and a value-for-money service.

Our professional home improvement installers take pride in working diligently to give you an amazing final result. Once you have given us the go ahead, we will get to work on your conservatory straight away. We have some amazing reviews from our customers. Read them here.

Case study: Large Edwardian conservatory in Stoke Bishop

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The owners of the property in question wanted more space and more light in their home. They had decided they would like a conservatory.

After consulting with the owners, and ascertaining their taste and needs, we recommended building an Edwardian conservatory. Popular in the Edwardian period from which it takes its name, this is a classic type of conservatory that utilises large rectangular glazing to create a large, airy space filled with natural light.

We constructed the conservatory with a double hipped back roof. This is primarily a stylistic feature where the roof is pitched at a 25 degree angle from horizontal to provide enhanced aesthetics, better rainwater management, and to support greater conservatory widths. The owners were thrilled with the results.

Conservatory specialists in Bristol, Stoke Bishop, Clifton and the South-West

Mendip are conservatory specialists in the South West of England. We offer a wide range of conservatories, from traditional Victorian and Edwardian styles, to more modern Gable End, Lean-to, P-shaped structures. We can even design and create bespoke conservatories, tailored to fit your property.

Call us for a free, no obligation quote now

Our experienced team of highly skilled craftsmen ensure that everyone one of our products is installed to the highest possible standard. When it comes to delivering high quality conservatories and other products at affordable prices, Mendip are one of the leading home improvement companies in the South West.

If you would like any more information about any of our products or services please feel free to give us a call on 01934 877 666. Alternatively, you can email us here. We really hope to hear from you soon.

The difference between a conservatory and an orangery

At first glance, many people assume that there isn’t a difference between conservatories and orangeries at all. Both look very similar and perform the same function, but once you begin to look closely at the two, the differences are there; they’re just very subtle.

They may closely resemble one another in form, but in function conservatories and orangeries are very different. Here are some common misconceptions about the difference between conservatories and orangeries:

Myth 1: An orangery is just a conservatory with another name.

Conservatory installation in Backwell, near Bristol, by Mendip Conservatories

Both structures are very different in terms of design and how they work to complement a property. A conservatory is generally considered to be the more versatile of the two, with a simple construction process and design that enable the structure to be tailored towards the style of a house more easily.

 

Orangeries however can be considered more as a traditional extension to your home. Another difference between conservatories and orangeries, is that orangeries use more brickwork in their construction than conservatories and all brick corners (or piers) help to develop a feeling of permanency and a sense of privacy that is less pronounced in a conservatory. The large rectangular windows of the orangery also help to maximise sunlight.

 

Myth 2: Conservatories and orangeries both need planning permission.

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A needlessly confusing subject for many homeowners which really shouldn’t be, generally both structures are legally considered as ‘permitted developments’ which do not need planning permission, as long as their size conforms to certain limits. These limits are concerned with the height, volume and floor space of the structure.

 

Typically, a conservatory or an orangery is normally exempt from regulations if it is less the 30 square metres, is separated from the house by external walls, windows or doors and has an independent heating system.

 
 
 

Myth 3: Orangeries are only worthwhile in the summer months.

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Rather than just being a very fancy summer house, orangeries now have the thermal efficiency to be used as a room, all year round, regardless of the weather. In fact, thanks to the higher quality, and proportion, of bricks used in their construction, orangeries can now provide nearly the same thermal benefits of a brick extension or high-quality conservatory, allowing it to be used comfortably in the winter.

Don’t get done, get Mendip: How we’re fighting cowboy builders

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Mendip recently stepped in to put an end to a local couple’s nightmare with cowboy builders after they appeared on TV show ‘Don’t Get Done Get Dom’.

The couple from Worle, near Weston-super-Mare, had signed up for an Edwardian-style, gable end uPVC conservatory with a competitor company. Mr & Mrs Thomas contacted the BBC programme after paying nearly £12,000 – for a half-built conservatory and sub-standard building work. Although the installer had promised to rebuild the base and start from scratch, the couple were left in the lurch again.

Mendip steps in to save the day

After viewing the programme, Mendip contacted Mr & Mrs Thomas to negotiate with the company on their behalf. We agreed to take on the conservatory installation and within 3 weeks, the base was removed and their dream conservatory installed at no extra cost to the couple. Mr & Mrs Thomas were over the moon with their finished conservatory and more than impressed with the end result.

How to avoid being scammed by cowboy builders

Unfortunately, they learned the hard way about cowboy builders, but presenter Dominic Littlewood gave them the following advice for buying a home improvement service in the future:

  • Never pay the full balance before your conservatory is finished. A reputable company will never ask for the full amount up front and will offer stage payments.
  • Research your company well. Some rogue traders hide behind impressive sounding company names and very smooth sales pitches.

Reputable conservatory installer in Weston-super-Mare

While there are still rogue traders out there, it’s important to remember that not all companies are the same! At Mendip Conservatories, we are committed to offering our customers across North Somerset the best products at the best value, with excellent service.

Few companies share our ethos or commitment to customer satisfaction. Read more independent customer feedback about our conservatory installation services or contact us for home improvement advice.

5 unique conservatories

One of our incredibly exciting upcoming projects involves constructing a conservatory on stilts. That got us thinking. What other unique conservatories have we created across the years? Here’s a selection of our favourites:

1. Front conservatory

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Conservatories don’t just have to be constructed on the back of your home; there’s no reason why they can’t be located at the front as well! In this case, our customer decided to have a conservatory created at the front of their house, as well as at the back, creating a great new space.

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2. Continental style conservatory

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This beautiful continental style conservatory mimics all the best features of a veranda and porch, without the cost and building regulations! This conservatory has no doors and is completely open to the air. The owner informs us that it’s a great place to dine alfresco, come rain or shine!

3. Caravan conservatory

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Even if you don’t own a conventional, bricks and mortar home, that doesn’t stop you from getting a conservatory! In this project we installed a conservatory on to a static caravan, which created a brand new space for the property and maximised sunlight.

4. Conservatory on a roof.

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A brilliant way to maximise space, this conservatory was built on a flat roof at a property in Portishead, providing a structure that had more of the look and feel of a traditional extension. The conservatory looks great, creates amble space and blends in with the property very well.

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5. Conservatory on stilts.

We recently received approval from the Secretary of State for the construction of a conservatory on stilts. Yes, you read that right. STILTS. This ambitious project will soon see us attempt to create a bespoke conservatory raised from the ground on a set of stilts. You’ll be reading a lot more about this in the future, so keep checking back to our news section for more information.

Mendip Conservatories are a local North Somerset, double-glazing company, specialising in the installation of bespoke conservatories and orangeries. We pride ourselves on the great quality of our products and services. Whatever design you have in mind for your conservatory or orangery, Mendip Conservatories are specialists in creating bespoke and unique conservatories. Give us a call on 01934 877 666 for more information or a free, no hassle quote, or send us an email. We look forward to hearing from you!

New conservatory styles

Orangery with bifold doors

Orangery by Mendip Conservatories with a lantern roof, bi-fold doors and open-in window installed in Somerset

In our last blog we talked about how innovations in glass technology have revolutionised what homeowners are looking for in a new conservatory. But glazing is not the only big change. With developments in materials and technology, bigger and more complex conservatory styles can be imagined.

Classic conservatory styles

Traditional conservatories come in few styles. Victorian, Gable End, Lean-to and other classic designs are all available as standard, built to up to 3 or 4 metres squared. You could customise these styles to a certain extent, but it’s only in the last few years that you can create your own bespoke, architectural designs.

Orangeries

Orangeries are the newest popular style. Instead of a traditional conservatory frame, an orangery is more like an extension with large glazed windows and a glass lantern roof. This gives the interior a softer, less angular appearance and a greater degree of privacy.

New patio door styles

Other new products include bi-folding and new wave doors. These new styles of patio doors can replace a whole section of wall and fold away to create an open space. Adding sliding or folding doors to an orangery is an attractive compromise between an extension and full conservatory style.

Dual coloured frames

Other innovations in the world of conservatories include dual coloured frames. If you choose a uPVC or aluminium structure, the outside colour can be different from the interior. This means you could have a timber-look exterior, with a white interior to match your décor.

Bespoke conservatory designs

At Mendip, we do still install traditional uPVC conservatories – in fact, our years of practice means that we can fit a white uPVC 3 x 3 metre conservatory in under 5 weeks! However, we specialise in building complex conservatory designs. We have completed conservatories on top of a balcony, with a storage room underneath and we’re about to build a conservatory on stilts!

Bigger conservatories

Another, final consideration is that until 2016, your new conservatory can extend twice as far as before. This can be anywhere up to six or eight metres squared! More space means more possibilities, and more adventurous conservatory styles.

Send us a message or give the Mendip team a ring on 01934 877 666 today to discuss your new conservatory project. We’re sure to be able to help you with any style you can imagine!

Innovations in conservatory design – Glass roofs

Lantern roof in an orangery, installed by Mendip Conservatories in Clevedon, North Somerset

Lantern roof in an orangery, installed by Mendip Conservatories in Clevedon, North SomersetIf you’re looking to upgrade to a new conservatory, the likelihood is that you bought your last one in the early 2000s. More likely than not, it had a full uPVC framework with a polycarbonate roof. Sweltering in the summer and unusable in the winter, this generation of conservatories could only be used for a couple of months each year.

But a lot has changed over the last fifteen years. Now many people want their new conservatory or orangery to be another reception room, rather than a tag-on garden room. And with developments in design and thermal technology this is finally possible.

One of the ways conservatories have changed for the better is with innovations in glass technology.

Glass is the new polycarbonate

Conservatories used to have polycarbonate roofs, which offered little heat or noise insulation. These rooms were little warmer than outside in the winter months and often you’d be better sitting in the garden in the cold. Heating polycarbonate conservatories was a thankless task that saw fuel bills rocket.

But glass technology has improved to the extent that polycarbonate roofs are now practically extinct. No matter whether they’re made from uPVC, aluminium or hardwood, conservatory roofs are now built to take double glazed glass units.

Better insulation

Glass roofs achieve the same level of insulation as double glazing, so heat loss through the roof is no longer an issue. Different glass options are available for better temperature control and a quieter, more comfortable living area. These include ‘A’ energy rated glass and Argon gas-filled units.

Better insulation also means there’s no need to turn the heating up to eleven to keep the room warm. With a modern day conservatory or glass lantern roof, you can expect to see substantial savings in your winter heating bills.

Solar glass technology

Polycarbonate roofs can also be hellish in summer – literally. Solar glass, i.e. glass with heat and UV reflection, can reduce the heat gain in a conservatory during the summer. New glass roofs let you enjoy your conservatory in summer without baking like a tomato in a greenhouse!

Glass roofs are also much stronger and safer than polycarbonate, and able to bear greater wind and snow loads.

If you’re looking to upgrade your conservatory roof or installing a new conservatory, get in touch with the Mendip team today for advice or a friendly quote.