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Extend your living space with a conservatory

By Plymouth Herald  |  Posted: December 23, 2013

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Are you looking for an extra space in your home but don’t want a costly extension? Or have you had about enough of the cold weather and want to enjoy the views of your garden from a warmer environment that holds a closer look? Well we bring you some ideas to make the most of a conservatory.

Make the most of the view with the The Minimal Window System

Examples of the Minimal Window sliding door system – All installations completed by IQ Glass UK

System Summary:

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• The Minimal Window system is the epitome of sliding door systems. It is manufactured in Luxemburg and has very slender profiles whilst retaining a very high, robust quality.

• The Minimal Window system relies on the structural integrity of the glass opposed to the strength of the frame. The profiles are structural bonded to the perimeter of the glass units.

• The system has a 38mm perimeter profile and the vertical mullion (frame between each glass unit) is only 21mm wide. The system has a completely flush threshold and has an integrated Neoprene drainage block (The build-up below finished floor level is 78mm, 38mm frame + 40mm drainage block)

• The window can be detailed in such a way so that the internal finishes hide the perimeter profile, leaving only the 21mm vertical mullion exposed. IQ Glass UK offers a full design service and detail this as standard.

• The system has a multi-point locking device and all of the rolling equipment is made from high quality stainless steel.

• The system is provided with clear toughened glass (safety glass) and we can also provide a security glass if required (depending on the panel size and windload)

• The system can be provided in any RAL colour or Anodised finish. We also have various special colours that can be provided at an additional cost.

• IQ Glass UK are the world’s largest agent for the Minimal Window system. All of our operatives attend monthly training sessions and we have installed approximately 400 sets in the UK.

Now you have the daytime view, make sure you pick the right kind of blinds for the evening or bright sunshine:

Use it or lose it – is the clear advice from Hillarys on making the most of your conservatory during the cooler winter months.

A conservatory is a fantastic addition to any home. Traditionally it is seen as a link between the house and the garden – a place to relax and enjoy balmy summer days. However, in cooler weather it’s all too easy to turn your back on the conservatory, letting it become an expensive but abandoned, gloomy and depressing part of your home.

By adding blinds to your conservatory you can turn it into anything you want it to be – all year round. A home office, a warm and cosy living space, an intimate dining room, even an unusual guest room – just use your imagination.

There’s lots you can do with lighting too. Choose blinds that make the most of your conservatory’s natural sunlight, then brighten up dark evenings with stylish lamps and soft candles.

Hillarys pleated fabric collection features an exciting range of conservatory blinds in 150 colourways. Ideal for conservatory roofs and available with special heat retaining backings, it’ll feel like high summer even in the depths of winter! Add to this an inspirational mix of romans, venetians, roller and verticals to go round the sides, a bit of imagination and you’ve got the perfect recipe for creating a unique look and feel.


• Cooler north facing conservatories can really benefit from the warmth of wooden venetians or fully lined Romans. Or try using blinds with an opaque finish to create a soft glow and feeling of cosiness.

• Vertical blinds offer enormous control over how much light you filter into your conservatory. When fully drawn they offer privacy whilst softly blocking out the sun’s rays. Verticals are a stunning way to create a feeling of calm tranquility in your conservatory.

• Roman blinds bring a touch of sumptuous style to your conservatory, combining the luxurious feel of curtains with the simplicity of a blind. They also provide a stunning solution when it comes to light proofing. If you use your conservatory at night, fully lined Romans will give a feeling of warmth and privacy.

• If you work from home, why not make your conservatory work for you? Escape the box room and shed a little light on the subject with a light bright and perfectly peaceful home office.

• Pleated blinds that are designed to fit into conservatory roofs will help keep in the warmth pretty much like wearing a hat - and roman blinds with a thermal lining at the sides combine to make an extremely energy efficient partnership.

Prices start at £38 for a pleated blind, or £78 for a thermashade pleated blind (25cm w x 20cm d) including measuring and fitting. Call Hillarys on 0800 916 6516 or visit hillarys.co.uk for more information.

How about a garden room alternative to a conservatory?

Garden rooms offer a stylish and functional variation of a glazed building.

You might ask the question “What is the difference between a garden room, a conservatory and an orangery? Generally all of these buildings constitute a “garden room”, but we define it as a semi-glazed building with a tiled roof.

Like conservatories or orangeries, garden rooms boast a high roofline with plenty of glazed aspects. Garden rooms can make some of the most exciting builds and are often the most efficient due to the vast insulation benefits held within their roofs and floors.

Visit www.westburygardenrooms.com or www.westburyjoinery.com

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