12 lean-to conservatory ideas to add extra space to your home

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A lean-to conservatory can add extra space to your home (Image credit: David Salisbury)

Conservatory ideas have come a long way since their original conception as white uPVC rooms attached to the side or rear of homes. Despite manufacturers promising they were the best way of adding extra space to your home, they were generally too hot in the summer and too cold in the winter meaning their reputation faltered over time.

But, with improvements and advances in thermal performance, efficiency and design and a general image overhaul of the whole industry, they are no longer seen as a poor man's extension. 

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James Upton

James has been with Westbury Garden Rooms for 20 years, working his way up from technician to managing director. He has a vast experience in knowing just how to create a bespoke conservatory that is designed to suit each customer's individual needs.

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Virginia Murray

Virginia has been pivotal in shaping the company's reputation and growth in the bespoke construction industry. With a keen focus on quality, craftsmanship, and sustainability, Virginia is an expert in the conservatory market and has customer experience always front of mind.

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Karen Bell

In her role as sales and marketing director at David Salisbury, Karen has amassed a wealth of conservator knowledge to help her guide customers towards the right conservatory choice for their home.

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Alex Hewitt

Alex has spent over eight years working as the Marketing Director for Ultraframe. Her extensive background experience in consumer and B2B marketing gives her valuable insights into understanding customer needs to help ensure companies match those requirements with the right propositions.

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George Lucas

George's role as marketing designer at Vale Garden Houses makes him well versed in knowing the benefits of each conservatory style and which one is suited to customer's needs.

Sarah Harley
Assistant Editor

Sarah is Homebuilding & Renovating’s Assistant Editor and joined the team in 2024. An established homes and interiors writer, Sarah has renovated and extended a number of properties, including a listing building and renovation project that featured on Grand Designs. Although she said she would never buy a listed property again, she has recently purchased a Grade II listed apartment. As it had already been professionally renovated, she has instead set her sights on tackling some changes to improve the building’s energy efficiency, as well as adding some personal touches to the interior.