Some of our most frequently asked questions specifically about conservatories, answered by Holly

Hello! My name’s Holly and my Dad runs Ideal Window Solutions; your favourite local window, door, and conservatory specialists. Based in Fareham, Chichester and Southampton, amongst a varied collection of quality home improvement products, they expertly supply a range of high-performance uPVC and aluminium new build conservatories and modernising conservatory refurbishments throughout Hampshire, West Sussex and the surrounding area.

Double glazed conservatories have so many amazing benefits, so I’m sure you’re interested in all the great offers and services Dad can provide. Double glazing is a big part of our lives – I’ve become quite the expert myself! So, I’ve taken the time to answer a range of questions specifically on conservatories that we get asked a lot. If you need to know more, just get in touch!

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Is a conservatory a good idea?

Glazed conservatories provide valuable additional living space where it's needed most. The benefits of adding a conservatory to your Hampshire home include:

  • A seamlessly connection between your home and garden
  • Increased natural light flowing through the space
  • Conservatories don't usually require planning permission
  • Provides an extra room with a view
  • Can add considerable value
  • Can be customised to suit a wide range of property styles
  • An economical alternative to a full extension build
  • Brings the outside in all year round
  • Enhanced efficiency & security
  • Reliable product guarantees
  • Why choose us

How much will it cost to build a conservatory?

If you're wondering what's the average cost of a conservatory, every conservatory installation is custom-made to accommodate your home and its specific needs. Therefore, you won’t find any prices on our website as our conservatory prices are completely bespoke to your project. That said, the price is affected by various factors, such as:

  • Conservatory size
  • Conservatory style
  • Conservatory material
  • Amount of groundwork prep needed
  • Conservatory roof style
  • Glazing type
  • Additional extras, like underfloor heating or a supportive dwarf wall

We're often asked 'is a conservatory cheaper than an extension?' Typically, conservatories are more cost-effective than extensions and can be kept warm and cosy all year round thanks to advancements in modern construction materials. Whatever the cost of your new conservatory, we make paying for it that much easier with our selection of excellent finance options.

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Brown uPVC Gable conservatories
Traditional white uPVC Gable conservatories

How long will it take to build my conservatory?

Our experienced surveyor will be in contact within 7 days to arrange an appointment to inspect your home and take detailed information needed to make your conservatory space. Once the survey is complete, our installation co-ordinator will be in touch within 3 weeks to confirm an installation date that suits everyone. Fitting schedules must remain flexible due to unforeseen circumstances, however if everything goes to plan, on average, our conservatory installations take between 3 and 6 weeks.

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How big can conservatories be without planning permission?

To avoid applying for planning permission, all single storey extensions must not:

  • Cover more than 50% of the size of the original house
  • Be higher than the highest part of the existing roof
  • Exceed 4 metres in height
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Can I view examples of your conservatories at a local showroom?

Yes! Dad has two extensive showrooms based in Fareham and Chichester, where you can view a range of high-performance glazed extensions at your leisure. They’re open Monday to Saturday, 10am-5pm.

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Replacement windows and door

The team arrived promptly. Work was done efficiently and on time. They cleaned and tidied up after the job was completed. We are very pleased with the results and would highly recommend them

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Very satisfactory work. Measurer and fitter very efficient, professional and friendly.

10 /10


Highly experienced and skilled operatives. Prompt arrival and left the site clean and tidy. Courteous and respected the Government restrictions at all times. Have used this Company before for other conservatory work and would use again if required.

10 /10

Replacement Glazing

Very impressed with all aspects of contract during these difficult times. Fitters were fully compliant with covid rules. Will thoroughly recommend them

10 /10


Excellent company. From first contact with their Sales, it has been easy going and painless. Fitters have done a fantastic job throughout, the quality of their workmanship is commendable. Would highly recommend this company to anyone.

10 /10

First class

The quality of the product and workmanship is of the highest quality. Well done Ideal Window Solutions Ltd. First class.

10 /10

Job was perfect

Everything about the two men who came was superb. They were punctual, friendly and experienced. Their workmanship was excellent. Their finished job was perfect. I would highly recommend them.

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Informative & professional

This is the second time we have used this firm. As before, they were informative and professional from start to finish. Prompt, tidy and thorough always.

10 /10

Would not go anywhere else

Brilliant. No fuss . No drama. Done in a couple of hours. Very pleased. Fourth door I have had fitted by this company. Would not go anywhere else. SFK. Alec lovely guy. Kind and respectful.

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