Conservatory Or Extension – What’s Right For Me?

Perhaps you want an entertainment area for guests or need more space for your growing family. You might simply be keen to create a place where you can relax and unwind. Both extensions & conservatories are big investments but they add space and value, as well as style and convenience. Before making any significant investment in your home, you must have all the right information to make a practical decision. Let us help you weigh up what options are best for your needs and budget.

The Pros of Conservatories
Conservatories are an ideal way to bring the outside in. You can enjoy the charming outdoors through the use of the high window and door layout. Conservatories usually have a high proportion of glass, so you can easily create a light, airy space.

There are many options when it comes to conservatory design like materials and types of doors and roof shape. They are so versatile and can be designed to suit any style of home or property.

A modern conservatory can really be used for any purpose. They can be used as a dining room, children’s playroom or even as a guest room.

The pros of Extensions
There are many options when it comes to design, size, shape and location. Whether you want to extend to the side, rear, or go up into your loft space, an extension gives you much more choice.

However, an extension may require planning permission and is much more expensive too.

In summary, there is no right or wrong choice here but a conservatory will leave you more money in your pocket and can be finished in a fraction of the time. Add to that planning permission and upheaval and the Conservatory probably wins in most cases.

Benefits of a new entrance door

Installing a new front door instantly adds kerb appeal to a property and can provide a stunning impact to an entrance. An updated door also has the advantage of having a modern, more robust construction and contemporary security features.


Composite Doors

Composite doors made from compression moulded GRP (Glass Reinforced Polyester) are recommended for external doors because they are strong and built to last. Composite doors are built with a weather resistant outer layer. They are stronger than uPVC doors and do not warp like timber doors. Composite doors offer the strength of a timber door with the insulation and security benefits of an uPVC door. The foam core of a composite door provides great thermal insulation.

uPVC Doors

uPVC front doors are a popular choice because they are highly weather resistant and require very little maintenance. They are built with a reinforced core for added strength and durability.

Hardwood Doors

Hardwood doors are sturdy, but require painting or varnishing periodically, and are prone to becoming warped, chipped or rotten.


A stunning entrance door creates a great first impression and sets the tone for the internal design of the property. A grand entryway makes a strong statement, adds an element of style and will increase the value of your home without spending a huge amount on a major renovation. Chiltern Home Improvements build and fit new doors in a range of eye-catching designs, available in a wide selection of colours and styles to compliment the architecture of your property. Decorative glass options add a unique feature and provide added privacy. Attractive door furniture such as handles, letterboxes and door knockers, enhance the character and distinction of the property.


Keeping your family and your possessions safe is paramount, and a new front door from Chiltern Home Improvements comes with the latest locking technology with a multi-point locking mechanism and a fully reinforced door frame for increased security for added peace of mind. High-performance hinges and toughened glass also provide an extra level of security. All of our doors and locking systems comply with British Standards. All doors come with the Police Standard ‘Secured by Design.’


Installing a new entrance door will have the immediate effect of reducing your energy bills due to the improved insulation and excellent heat retention provided by the new door. A good quality door with an advanced core and new seals will not only keep out the draughts but also benefit from outside noise reduction. The option of double or triple glazing increases the energy efficiency of your home by reducing heat loss.

Contact us

Chiltern Home Improvements offer a comprehensive range of entrance doors, including fully-glazed and part-glazed doors, as well as fully-panelled designs. We provide various profile options and we can accommodate your configuration preferences with doors opening inwards or outwards or creating wheelchair friendly thresholds if required. We also build high quality patio doors and French doors.

All of our doors are fully guaranteed, and are made with high quality materials and professionally installed by our expert fitters.

For more information about our range or doors, contact Chiltern Home Improvements today.

How to Prevent Condensation in your Conservatory

Conservatories are wonderful spaces to spend time relaxing in, especially during the spring and summer months. The most obvious benefit of adding a conservatory to your home is the increase of living space. In most cases you don’t have to ask for planning permission so the build can start quickly and easily.

If you own a conservatory, you may have noticed condensation problems on the windows during winter months. It doesn’t look good so let’s look at ways to get rid of this.

What causes it?
In scientific terms, condensation is simply the conversion of matter from a gas into a liquid phase. In the case of a conservatory, when cool external air meets warmer internal air (sometimes through poor ventilation) moisture builds up and causes a water vapour.

Because glass gets much colder than other surfaces they suffer more with this problem and being transparent, the problem really stands out. If left untreated, it can lead to damp and / or moisture problems within the home.

How to avoid it?

There are several things that can reduce condensation, most require a very little effort. Here are some:

  • Ventilation is the key. Opening a window slightly and having the heating on in the room will ensure that air is flowing properly around the conservatory.
  • Moist air within your conservatory leads to condensation and controlling the ambient moisture will directly minimise condensation. A great way to lower conservatory condensation is to fit a dehumidifier.
  • Trickle vents installed in your windows can help to let air flow in and out of your conservatory.
  • Open windows when creating a steamy environment.

Commercial Door options for your business

If you own commercial premises, you should consider the material of your doors very carefully. The temptation is to use domestic door options but they are not designed for the wear and tear that commercial materials offer. These types of doors are long lasting, high quality doors designed with high traffic in mind.

Here are some suitable materials used for doors :

UPVC are the best doors for home, offices and for commercial uses, all you need to do is consider how heavy the use is before you choose which grade to select. These types of doors are best known for durability and longevity. They require minimum maintenance and do not shrink or corrupt like wood doors. They are cheaper too.

Aluminum and glass
Aluminium and glass doors are commonly used in salons, shops and boutiques and are best known for creating a slick and elegant look. These types of doors don’t need any maintenance in the form of painting and staining.

These are mainly used in industries where heavy weight vehicles/machinery operate. They are secure, safe and easily available and affordable in price.

We have been serving the customers from Luton and Hitchin areas and have a list of satisfied ones. If you have a project to start with, feel free to get in touch and we will be more than happy to serve you with your all commercial/residential door needs.

Are you Investing in a New Conservatory?

Conservatories are the epitome of modern living and are a great place to relax and add a little more space to your property. This extra space can be used as a dinning room, a bedroom or an office. One of the great things about a conservatory is the way it stays warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer to enhance your property by providing some extra space and light. Chiltern Home Improvements Limited, we’ve been providing conservatories, doors, windows and Fascias in the Luton and Hitchin areas for years. We know that buying a conservatory is a big step and it is best to be armed with as much information as possible before you go ahead and buy, so we’re giving some things to consider, before you invest:

Location is one of the major things to consider before selecting a conservatory for your home. Most homeowners in UK add conservatories to the back of the property but there is no hard and fast rule. It might look better on the side of your home or in some cases  at the front. The conservatory installers can will give you all the options, it is usually best to have it facing south to maximise the sunlight.

Style and Type
There is a range of attractive looking styles to choose from from Victorian to Edwardian or modern. Edwardian styles have square fronts and a ridge in the centre of the roof, these provide plenty of practical space whereas Victorian conservatories are very popular with their stylish designs. These retain the central ridge with segments (three or five usually) at the front. Depending upon the style of the house one can choose the conservatory for their home. For example, if you have UPVC windows at your home then add a UPVC conservatory!

What will the conservatory be used for?
Before adding a conservatory you need to decide what you will be using the conservatory for. If you want to use it for dinning room then consider adding wooden floors; if you want to use it as an office, then add additional electrical outputs to plug in your computer equipment. A clear idea at the start can help you shape the room as per your taste and avoid costly changes down the line.