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    Hi all,

    I'm thinking on ripping down my mouldy old wooden framed conservatory. Its 3 metres x 4 metres at the moment. However, as I understand it I can go to 4 metres x Full width of a detached house (6.6 metres) without getting planning permission.

    So the question is.. What's the best way of keeping it sufficiently heated so it can be used all year round? Any ideas or experiences?

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    underfloor is the best way mate. I deal with this for a living

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    Quote Originally Posted by Keithy View Post
    underfloor is the best way mate. I deal with this for a living
    I wish I'd done that when I built mine. Its too cold to use in the winter
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    I agree with under floor. We have a large conservatory that did require planning permission and went for 1 large radiator - just does not do the job, regret not going for under floor. Other option, if you have suitable location, could be a wood burner. I appreciate the obvious concerns for this idea, but our conservatory, for example has a large end outside wall that could be used with a burner.

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    On the advise of the place that built ours we have a huge double radiator which was planned before a brick was laid.

    We also fitted a small electric radiator to one of the walls which is enough to give it a boost in the depths of winter for the first 15 minutes or so. As a result we use ours all year round.

    Friends of ours only have electric heaters in theirs and it's so expensive to run in the winter they don't bother using the conservatory at all. It's good for storing the beer though.

    Every panel window opens too as in the summer it can get stupidly hot. I also spent a fair bit getting a fan that was up to the job. Not one of the £100 things that B and Q sell lol.

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    underfloor is the way to go , i have climate control and an electric heater it does get warm enough but the tiled floor is so cold it gets wet with condensation so it gets slippy and is freezing , i am thinking of getting an underfloor on a roll kit and laying it over the ceramic tiles and putting fresh tiles on top i just wish i had thought of underfloor heating first

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    Thanks guys, much appreciated.. please keep your comments and experiences coming

    How can I avoid the conservatory space getting stupidly hot in summer? Any kind of special glass or ventilation systems etc?

    I've seen some fancy doors which are floor to ceiling and concertina to the edges leaving a complete open space of about 5 metres

    Looked really good, and obviously very open... but are they any good for security/water tight/repair costs? etc

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    K glass is the way to go they say!, My bro has under floor heating!!, get your check book out when the elec bill comes!!!, Plenty of opening windows will rid you of the damp but its hit & miss with heat & costs!.

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    K glass is all you are allowed now iirc.

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    we've got a double radiator from the main gas boiler. It was here when we bought the house. Always fancied under floor heating (for bathroom & en suite).

    We use the conservatory all year, but we are on the south coast.

    On the planning front, if you haven't already, check with your local District Council. Usually they allow you up to a certain % on the house floor area.

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