Stunning Aluminium Conservatory

A stunning aluminium conservatory installed in North Somerset recently. The previous model was virtually unusable. Now our customer has a wonderful light and airy space to entertain visitors all year round.

The aluminium conservatory roof is completely bespoke to the requirements of our customer, while the side frames are “Warmcore” aluminium glazed with energy efficient Planitherm double glazing. The “Warmcore” suite enables all windows, doors and bi-folding doors to be aesthetically similar in appearance.

Warmcore Aluminium Conservatory
Aluminium Conservatory Internal Shot


Conservatory refurbishment of the year

Conservatory Award




The Turner family had an existing T-shaped conservatory with a polycarbonate roof which was in need of refurbishment. They wanted a more usable room which would also improve the feel of the adjoining rooms and increase their connection to the garden. They explained to Mendip Conservatories that they wanted a solid roof but with glazed areas to ensure a light and bright interior and so Livinroof from Ultraframe was the perfect choice.

With the Livinroof system, the roof is made up of solid panels and glazed panels, and these can each be positioned anywhere in the roof for a completely bespoke design – allowing you to ensure there is light exactly where you need it. On the interior, Livinroof has a plastered vaulted ceiling and so creates an extension-type feel – even though it can be fitted quickly as it is 100% pre-fabricated by Ultraframe prior to arriving on site.


The team at Mendip demolished the existing conservatory and built a new hipped lean-to with a Victorian section which was 8.5m wide. As the solid panels in Livinroof are grey in colour, it’s ideal for pairing with contemporary anthracite grey windows and doors, as seen in this installation. A Cornice was added to the exterior to give an orangery-like feel, while on the interior, the insulated pelmet provided the perfect space for downlighters, as well as giving the new space a substantial feel – making it look and feel like a traditionally built extension, but with the fitting speed of a conservatory.


There were challenges for the Mendip team along the way, including repositioning a boundary wall and demolishing a bay window which had to be removed post installation to maintain water tightness but everything was completed to plan as Mr Turner explained: “The team at Mendip Conservatories was great. They worked with us throughout and provided us with a flexible solution to extending our home. The ability to reduce the amount of glazing in the roof was important so the room wasn’t too bright or hot and so Livinroof with its mix of solid and glazed panels was ideal. Our new living space is somewhere we can spend time as a family and we use it throughout the day now – a quiet room in the morning, family room for lunches and for relaxing early evening to enjoy the view of the garden. It’s improved the lighting into the existing lounge and dining room by removing the old thick frames, giving us a large flexible space which connects our home with the garden. In fact it’s actually increased the amount of time we all spend in the garden.”

Read more in the local press here. Or find out more about conservatory solid roofs here

Our conservatory showroom as you’ve never seen it before

Our conservatory showroom can be seen from a different perspective in the video below.  scroll down to see an arial view of our wonderful outdoor glazed extension and conservatory showroom situated just outside Bristol within easy reach of the M5. Open 7 days a week, we showcase structures in their natural habitat, namely outside. With 16 conservatories and glazed extensions on display, why not drop by for a browse and some free advice. At the end of our site is the infamous Heather’s Coffee Shop and also the very popular North Somerset Bird of Prey Centre  . The site also hosts the Jungle Run soft play with an intergral coffee bar, perfect for entertaining the little ones after your visit.

The conservatory showroom while unmanned at weekends is open and accessible 7 days a week. We can arrange to meet you at our site during weekends by appointment if weekdays are not convenient for you. The benefits of an outdoor site are that during periods of heat, rain, snow, cold and wind, potential customers can truly feel the benefits of some of the products designed to eliminate the effect of these forces of nature on the internal feel of the room, highlighting how comfortable a conservatory or glazed extension can be all year around. 

Our conservatory showroom near Bristol has ample off street parking including disabled parking and parent and child bays. Next door to the very well known Cadbury Garden Centre we are very easy to find. On the same site is also Stonecraft paving, and a real gem in James Scott’s North Somerset Reuse Project , which is a little goldmine of second hand tools, paints, and “all sorts”

Conservatory Showsite at dusk
One of our conservatory showroom models at dusk with subtle blue lighting

Why not message us for more information or advise.

Wessex Water and Conservatories – What you need to know

Conservatory buildover agreements – Back in 2011, the law changed regarding ownership and responsibility for sewer and drainage pipes.Conservatory buildover Prior to this any underground sewerage or rainwater pipes were the householder’s responsibility. Under the new legislation any pipes deemed to be shared that run under your property or grounds are now owned and maintained by the local Sewerage board (primarily Wessex Water in this region).

This means that in order to build anything over, or within 3 metres of these pipes requires permission from the relevant authority. Don’t worry though, here at Mendip we are fully capable of taking this stress away and deal with Wessex all the time.

In short, if you have an inspection cover in your garden and lifting it reveals that other households waste travels through it, you have a shared sewer. It used to be OK to raise and seal an inspection cover within the footprint of a conservatory. It is now not permitted under any circumstances.

Sometimes to get permission though the relevant authority will stipulate strict conditions concerning the footings, and if building over a pipe, will require a CCTV survey of the drains before any permissions are granted. You can find out more from Wessex here.

Many companies (including some nationals) are simply not aware of the legislation, and worse still, many advise customers to ignore it. The ramifications of ignoring or not complying are huge. You can not sell your property without a conservatory buildover agreement if you have built over a pipe post 2011. If an underground pipe collapses or requires work, the authority have the right to demolish your structure to gain access to their pipes if an agreement has not been sought.

Wessex Water will advise that very few conservatory companies adhere to the regulations and that we were the only one that took the new legislation seriously from its outset.

So if you are looking for a conservatory company, and you have shared sewers running through your garden, choose the experts. Come to Mendip Conservatories for your quote and advice.

The pictures below show the amount of work required in some cases, to meet the criteria required to gain an approval.

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Increasing demand for Skyroom Installations

Aluminium Skyroom

“Some customers have initially come to us for a conservatory but when they see our Skyroom on display at our showsite they see a great alternative to a traditional conservatory or orangery with none of the drawbacks.”
Kim says, “We know how important it is to be able to offer something different to the competition. This product is in a class of its own and it really delivers the luxurious feel of an orangery. Its false ringbeam creates an authentic orangery look and its slim sightlines add to its contemporary appearance, whilst maximising the amount of glass. Outside, its contemporary cornice creates a real ‘wow’ factor. No one else is able to offer a product like this and it really has given us an advantage over our competitors.”

Mendip Conservatories has installed four Skyrooms already and received orders for three more. 2016 looks to be a great year for Mendip Conservatories with the Skyroom in their portfolio!

Latest – Dec 2016, we have installed over 20 skyrooms this year and look forward to increasing this in 2017 as everyone that sees one, wants one! Grey, white, shades of grey this unique award winning product is available now, almost exclusively in our region from Mendip Conservatories.

Survey results show 100% satisfaction

CPA Mendip

In a recent survey about our home improvement services, Mendip received full marks across the board. Customers whose projects were completed between the beginning of April until the end of June were asked for their feedback about our services and gave us the following responses:

  • 100% of home improvement projects fully completed
  • Customers said we were 100% courteous and professional
  • Our installation teams worked 100% efficiently
  • 100% of customers would recommend us

Out of all our customers, 64 per cent rated our installation services as ‘excellent’ and 36 per cent said that we were ‘very good’.

The survey was carried out independently by the Consumer Protection Association (CPA), who support our services by providing our customers with an insurance backed guarantee after installation for peace of mind. We’re also recognised as an ‘Approved Craftsman’ association for the quality of our services.

At Mendip, we care about providing our customers with quality products and exemplary service. We like to make sure you’re happy throughout your home improvement project and feedback is very important to us.

Download the report here:
CPA Report for Mendip Conservatories Apr-Jun 2014

Or find out more about what our customers say!

Wooden windows… or are they?

Wooden windows

Residence 9 timber effect uPVC window in cream with ironmongery handles. Wooden window effect by Mendip Conservatories.Most people agree that timber windows are still the best looking windows around. Wooden windows, whether varnished or painted pretty colours, give a more traditional look and feel to a property.

So why doesn’t everyone choose timber frames? Well, firstly the cost. Timber windows tend to be more expensive than uPVC windows, especially to ensure that they are made from timber that has been treated and dried correctly (to reduce the risk of warping).

Secondly, wooden windows will require more maintenance over the long run, with sanding, waterproofing and repainting. As well as being maintenance-free, modern uPVC windows are extremely energy efficient, reducing heat loss from your home in winter.

However, in some cases it is better to opt for timber windows. Older properties look charming with Georgian and Victorian sash windows and modern uPVC casement windows would look out of place.

But there is a third way.

Timber effect windows

At Mendip, we offer timber effect windows and doors that combine all the modern high performance benefits of uPVC with the charm of wooden windows.

These slimline wood effect windows are designed to look just like 19th century sash windows, but with all the cost, maintenance and energy efficiency benefits of uPVC. We can even install them in conservation areas!

Choose from a range of opening options, as well as traditional colours such as white, cream grey and black with a wood grain effect. We also offer a range of traditional wood colours including several shades of oak. Finally, top off your window with traditional ironmongery or classic metallic handles and hinges.