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Monthly: July 2017


Add Character To Your Home With a Traditional Conservatory in Derby

Right back to the Victorian era, Traditional conservatories have always been popular and never go out of fashion.

Although orangeries have become more common on people’s homes over recent years, and solid roof conservatories like our Equinox system provide alternatives to traditional conservatories, we still find lots of people go for the traditional look of some of the more classically designed conservatories.

When people visit the Trade Windows Home Improvement Centre, many tell us that they want a conservatory that adds character to their home. Their eye is often drawn to the traditional style conservatories we have on display. It’s the design, look and feel of our traditional conservatories that makes them a popular choice for many people looking to add a new space to their home.

One of the things we love about traditional conservatories is the beautiful and classic designs they have which are timeless. Period conservatories can be added to an older property to be in keeping with its rustic look, or added to a modern home to add a touch of traditional elegance.

There are many different traditional style conservatories to choose from at Trade Windows in Derby. It can sometimes be hard to know which design will work best for your home and fit with your vision. If you’re looking for a traditional conservatory in Derby, find out more below about the different types of designs you can get from Trade Windows.

Victorian Conservatory

Victorian Conservatory

Victorian conservatories have a really elegant look. You can see them on many people’s homes across Derby.  With a bay front and a pitched roof, the ornate roof ridge often found on Victorian conservatories gives it a period look. They can add character to any modern property, or complement the look of an older home.

Victorian conservatories are often used by customers at Trade Windows as a relaxing spot to enjoy the garden in peace, with fantastic light it’s also a great place to read a book.

Edwardian Conservatory

Edwardian Conservatory

Based on the Victorian design, Edwardian conservatories have a rectangular shape with a flat front. With a ridged roof design too, Edwardian conservatories look great if you match the colour of the frame and roof with your windows and doors, to get a consistent matching look across your property.

Lean-to traditional conservatory in Derby

Lean to

Lean-to conservatories have a recognisable traditional design. Sometimes called a Mediterranean, lean-to conservatories usually have a slanted roof which slopes down away from the property.

A really simple but effective design if you’re just looking for a place to relax and chill out. With a lean-to conservatory, you can get a traditional conservatory in Derby that has a simple design, but can add an elegant touch to your home.

P or L Shaped Conservatories

P or L Shaped

P shaped conservatories, or L shaped as they are often referred to, mix lean-to conservatories with Victorian or Edwardian styles. Great for adding extra space or a garden style room to the home, P shaped conservatories are often very spacious so they are a good option to go for if you’re looking to create a second large living space or perhaps use it as a large dining area.

T Shaped Conservatories

T  shaped

Another great traditional conservatory in Derby you can get from Trade Windows is the T shaped design. Usually designed as a wide room which can span across the width of a property, the doors are positioned centrally to provide a stylish entrance to the garden. Take a look at the picture above and you can see this customer has Georgian bars on their windows which go really well with the colour and design of this T shaped conservatory.

Talk To Trade Windows

If you’d like to talk about any of the conservatory designs above, talk to Trade Windows on 01332 755551 to arrange an appointment. We talk you through all the different designs you can go for and other design options like bifold doors, which are a great way to connect your home to your garden.


Dine Al Fresco With Bifold Doors In Derby

Bifold Doors in Derby

Summer has seen some beautiful days so far. The weather has been scorching hot and the skies have had a lovely shade of blue. It’s been so hot in fact that the fans have been brought out of the loft and are on full power, with windows and doors flung wide open. It’s great to enjoy the sun’s beam and have BBQ’s, drinks and family members over. Gardens are in full bloom and the summer has well and truly arrived.

It’s a great feeling getting to enjoy our gardens more during the hot summer days. Having a few drinks and something to eat outside, always gets us excited after waiting months for the summer days to come back round. It’s the time of year where many people make improvements to their home and garden to make the most of the time they spend outside.

At Trade Windows in Derby, we see lots of ways in which people improve their homes to connect it to their garden. There are some really great ways to do it. One of the best and most popular ways to make more of the garden is bifold doors in Derby. Over the past few years, bifold doors have become increasingly popular with people looking to make a real statement on their home, and bring the outside in.

Al Fresco Dining

Have you ever been to a café, restaurant or pub that has bifold doors and thought how great they are for opening it up and merging the indoor and outdoor dining areas? Well why not do that in your own home too.

Outdoor living is a huge trend at the moment and dining outside is one of the main reasons why. Eating al fresco, whether it’s a sandwich or a BBQ is so enjoyable. Being out in the fresh air seems to make everything taste even better.

If you have a patio area with table and chairs for dining outside on evenings and weekends, having bifold doors fitted to your kitchen or dining room leading out onto the patio can look amazing and it has practical benefits too.

You can choose from 3 panels to 7. They create wide-open spaces that makes the garden easily accessible. If you connect bifold doors to your dining room, it means you can choose to relax inside or out, enjoying food in the garden, or looking out over the garden.

It’s also useful for carrying plates of food and drinks out onto the patio table from the kitchen. With such a wide-open space, it makes it easier to serve up dinner for family members or friends.

There are lots of design possibilities with bifold doors and plenty of reasons why you should add them to your home.

Read our bifold door reasons blog, to find out just some of the reasons why you should go for bifold doors in Derby.

To arrange an appointment to discuss your requirements and for advice and inspiration, call 01332 755551 and a member of the team will help you to start dining Al fresco.


Enjoy Modern Outdoor Living in Derby

Enjoy Modern Outdoor Living in Derby

Research from Houzz shows that around 60 percent of homeowners are choosing improvements that make better use of their garden. At the moment, there is a real trend for outdoor living in the UK. It’s not surprising and we’re seeing some amazing projects in outdoor living in Derby.

The Modern Outdoor Living Trend

The new trend in outdoor living is all about making the garden more accessible and making it feel like an extra room in your house. It can help the home to breathe by bringing in light and fresh air from the garden and let you enjoy the plants outside much more.

With summer now here, it’s a good time to think about making outdoor living your next home improvement.

Bring The Outdoors In With Trade Windows

We’re seeing this at Trade Windows in Derby. Visitors to our Home Improvement Centre are asking us about ways in which they can connect the inside to the outside.

In the Home Improvement Centre, just off London Road on Navigation Retail Park, we have different modern outdoor living home improvements on display to inspire your next project.

Check out below some of the ways in which you can make your home part of the outdoor living trend.

Bifold Doors

Outdoor living in Derby

One of the most popular and best ways to bring the outdoors in, is bifold doors. At Trade Windows, we really like bifold doors. They look super modern and simply fold away, looking really stylish when they’re open and closed.

There are so many design possibilities as well with a bifold door. No matter what space you have for one to fit in, you can get a design which suits you. With the option of inwards and outwards opening, doors go from 2 panes up to 6 panes wide and with a huge choice on colours, your bifold door can be perfect for your home.

On display in our Home Improvement Centre is a 6 pane bifold door.  Come in and take a look. Its size and great design gives you a really good idea of what you can achieve with bifold doors. Lots of light flows into the room and the slim sightlines give it a sleek appearance. They’re a really great choice if you’re looking to open up your home to the garden.

Glass Roof Conservatory

Outdoor living in Derby

So where should your bifold doors go? A good place to put them is on a conservatory. If you’ve been thinking about adding a conservatory to your home, having one fitted with bifold doors is a super way to join the modern outdoor living trend in Derby.

To make sure you really get all the great benefits of outdoor living, a conservatory fitted with lots of glass throughout, including having a glass roof fitted, can really make you feel like the outside is coming in.

With a glass conservatory roof, natural light will fill your room and there’s special solar controlled glass to stop it getting too hot in the summer months. There’s lots of great ways to make your conservatory look ultra-modern. Read our conservatory ideas blog for inspiration.

Or if you already have a conservatory, you might want to make it part of your home. By changing the roof to Equinox, our solid conservatory roof system, you can remove the internal walls to merge your living space with your conservatory and get the open plan living you desire.

To talk to a member of the team about outdoor living, call 01332 75551.