Another Award For Mendip Conservatories!




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.”

Our showsite as you’ve never seen it before

Click the video below 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   

Mendip Conservatories acquires 2nd display site at Taunton

We are absolutely delighted to announce that we have acquired a second conservatory display area, at Taunton Wyevale Garden Centre. In addition to our extensive showsite just south of Bristol in North Somerset with some 12 conservatories on display, this addition has 5 display models in the beautifully located Taunton Garden Centre in Somerset.

Our geographic coverage is generally from Chepstow to Trowbridge, and Taunton to Stroud, and the new conservatory display area  will hopefully make our exquisite service more visible to homeowners in the southern area we cover giving them the opportunity to benefit from our five star rated service while previously we may not have been on the radar.

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Orangery Interior - Taunton Sales Office

Orangery Interior - Taunton Sales Office

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.

Replacing the entire windows and doors of a house

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Replacing every window and door in a property isn’t as complicated as it may sound. It’s just a matter of organisation and finding an experienced home improvement company who you can trust to complete the work to a high standard. At Mendip we’re specialists in home improvement, and specifically in renovating homes. We have come up with a few tips to help you go about replacing all the windows and doors in a house, easily.

Get inspired

Inspiration is key when it comes to replacing all the windows and doors in a property. Prior preparation is incredibly important: it’s important to decide on a particular style for your windows and doors, so that you can achieve a good continuity with the overall style and aesthetic of your property.

At Mendip we offer a wide range of home improvement products, designed to suit a wide range of homes. Many of our colour options and styles are fully customisable too. Offering everything from sash and timber effect windows, to entrance, patio, French and bi-fold doors, our product range is sure to have something to suit your home and your needs.

Find an installer who you can trust

It really is important to find an installer in whom you can place your complete trust. Check that the products that they use are CE marked and find out what accreditations an installer holds: these are normally a good indicator of their quality and their reputation across the industry.

Somerset specialists in house renovation and restoration

If you’re based around the Bristol, Weston-super-Mare or Clevedon area, Mendip are the perfect home improvement company to do business with. Our highly skilled, experience team of fitters ensure that every one of our products is installed to an impeccably high standard. For more information about any of our windows, doors or conservatories, please give us a call on 01934 877 666 or send us an email. We hope to hear from you soon.!

Case study: Large Edwardian conservatory in Stoke Bishop

double backed hipped edwardian conservatory

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.

Case study: Orangery extension in Backwell

An orangery is a great way to add the ultimate statement of elegance to your home. Traditionally a feature of the grandest stately homes, orangeries were once used as a winter sheltering place for citrus trees until they became a popular social space in the Victorian period. Nowadays orangeries make a great extension, providing extra living space with an increased sense of permanency.

Here’s a collection of photos taken from a recent orangery extension that we installed in a property in Backwell, Somerset. The owners were thrilled with the result.

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Mendip: Orangery and extension specialists in the Somerset region

Mendip are specialists in the installation of orangeries and extensions in the Somerset area. With over 10 years’ experience, our team of experienced, skilled craftsmen ensure every one of our products is fitted to the highest possible standard.

For more information about any of our products or services, or for a free, no obligation quote please give us a call on 01934 877 666 or send us an email. We hope to hear from you soon!

What is a window wall?

Window wall

Window wall

The development of innovative technology means that it is now possible to create walls made entirely of glazing that are also energy efficient as well.

Window walls (also known as ‘curtain walling’) is used in commercial glazing, utilising large areas of glass to maximise sunlight in a room. Developments in glass technology mean that it is now possible to install floor to ceiling windows or glass doors in domestic properties to bring in light and give amazing views, without compromising on energy efficiency or security.

The benefits of window walls

Attractive architectural design

Although sounding very complex and likely to be reserved for the ambitious property projects attempted on architecture TV programs such as Grand Designs, window walls are actually suitable for most homes. These types of wall with their sleek lines, and minimal look are a great way to add a touch of modern design to your home, easily.

Maximum natural light

The incredibly wide glazing used in window walls maximises the amount of natural light that is able to penetrate a room. Obviously then, window walls are great for letting light flow completely unimpeded into a room.

Expansive outside views

The expansive use of transparent glazing in a window wall massively increases what you can view from your home, allowing you to see more of the outside. Perfect for properties in areas with beautiful views, window walls are a great way to enjoy your surroundings from the comfort of your own home.

An attractive way to maximise energy efficiency

Completely opening up a room to the outdoors, window walls are a truly modern, attractive way to maximise the thermal benefits of a room, saving energy used on heating and potentially saving your money on your bills. Modern engineering and design means that the glazing in the window walls is a great thermal insulator, purposely designed to keep your room cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Technology has improved to such an extent in recent years that a thermally efficient glazed wall is now a very real possibility.

Mendip: window wall specialists in Somerset

Mendip are your local Somerset specialists when it comes to installing window walls in your home. Our team of experienced artisans are on hand to install your product to the highest possible standard. For more information about our products or services please give us a call on 01934 877 666, or send us an email. We hope to hear from you soon.

Marine finish doors for coastal properties


As anyone living on the North Somerset coast in towns like Clevedon, Portishead and Severn Beach will tell you, the coastal environment can be a particular harsh setting to live at times. Exposed, and at the mercy of the elements, your home takes an invisible beating from the coastal environment all year around. This makes having a Marine Grade finish on your door frames particularly important.

What is a ‘Marine Grade’ finish?

Homes classed as ‘Marine’ properties will exist in coastal atmospheres that have much higher levels of natural chemicals than ordinary locations. These organic chemicals, including salt and corrosive deposits from the sea, significantly affect the performance and the lifespan of windows and doors in these areas.

A ‘Marine Grade’ finish is a term used to describe a powder coat has been designated as being suitable for a marine environment. It means that the powder coat itself is at least 50 microns thick, making it perfect to shield a window or door from the harsh natural chemicals of a coastal environment.

Suitable materials for a marine finish

Aluminium is usually the best material to use in the doorframe of a coastal property due to the increased levels of durability that it offers over other materials such as steel or timber. By covering this aluminium frame in a Marine Grade powder coating, you can ensure that it will be incredibly well protected against the harsh natural chemicals of the coast.

If you live in a coastal property, making sure that your window and door frames have a Marine Grade finish is incredibly important if you want to improve their lifespan.

Your local marine finish door specialist

Mendip Conservatories are your local marine finish specialists. We can offer a variety of Marine Grade finishes on all our window and door frames, ensuring that you can weatherproof your home against the coastal elements. For more information, give us a call on 01934 877 666, or send us an email. We look forward to hearing from you!