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Lean to ConservatoriesLean-to conservatories started with a greenhouse that was attached to a south side of a wall; it was used by home owners as a way to extend the growing season in cold climates. These days, they are an easy and cost effective way of adding extra living space to a house. Since they use an existing wall, the lean-to conservatories are a lot cheaper to construct. Another benefit is that they simply tap into the main house's water and electricity supply; hence the maintenance costs are low.

The small size of a lean-to conservatory means that sometimes it is very easy to get a planning permission for them; if the structure is below a certain size; there is a chance that you may not require permission. All of these reasons have helped make the lean-to conservatory the most common of all conservatory styles.

As the name suggests, a lean-to conservatory utilizes a host wall to 'lean to'. This type of conservatory is one of the easiest to build and hence, is quite popular among the 'do-it-yourself' community.

The roof of a normal lean-to conservatory is at five degrees and has PVC fittings to close the angles between the bars on the roof and the tops of the frames. The standard height of the part of the roof that is connected to the wall of the house is four hundred millimetres taller than the height at the front of the conservatory. On a bungalow, where the height is restricted, the roof has a two and a half degree angle. The roof is then structurally enhanced to deal with snow. One can even take the angle of the roof all the way up till thirty degrees. In such cases, the angles created between the roof of the conservatory and the frame is closed, and glazed and shaped glass is used to match with the wall.

The maximum amount of projection of an average lean-to conservatory is approximately four meters, before the addition of structural enhancements. The best feature of the lean-to conservatory is that there is no limit to the width.

These lean-to conservatories can be used as a dining room, living room or even green houses. Their natural ability to protect plants from the elements, even during winters, makes them a place to grow plants during winter months. It is very important to consider the use of the conservatory before deciding on the heating and the glazing.

Lean-to conservatories are usually thought of as cheap and tacky structure on the back of a property, but these days, they are being given the respect they deserve. Many high class restaurants and hotels feature lean-to structures as fashionable entrances and extensions. The only thing which would separate these structures of the conservatory in your backyard would be the material used, and the colour.

Careful and imaginative planning can turn a simple lean-to conservatory into a beautiful addition to your home.