If you’re thinking of having a conservatory added to your home, you’ve probably got a thousand and one questions mulling over in your head. Which style should you get? How big could it be? How much will it cost?

Aside from all these questions you may have read up about the topic and come across the notion of a dwarf wall. If you’re not familiar with conservatories and some of the styles they can be built in, this could be a new term for you.

So let’s figure out what it means and whether your conservatory might feature one of these walls.

What on earth is a dwarf wall anyway?

Good question. It’s a small wall, often only a few bricks high, that runs along at least one side of a conservatory. Some people opt to have one along two sides, with the third wall going full height (perhaps to offer more privacy from the neighbours). Others have a dwarf wall all the way around the base, with windows filling the remainder of the height between the top of the dwarf wall and the top of the conservatory wall itself.

The usual height of a dwarf wall is 600mm but there is room for alterations here. Some people like a shorter wall while others prefer theirs to come slightly higher. Either way a short dwarf wall like this can look very appealing.

What types of conservatories can have a dwarf wall?

The good news is you’ll see plenty of different styles with this wall built in. You could have a lean to design with a wall, or an Edwardian conservatory – one of the most popular designs of all. However, even some of the more complex designs come with these walls if you want them. Victorian and Elizabethan conservatories often come with these walls as well.

Why include a dwarf wall in the first place?

Another good question – and there are some good answers too. Firstly the wall can be built from bricks that closely match the bricks used to build your home. Alternatively, if your home is rendered, you can get the dwarf wall rendered as well.

Your conservatory windows will also stay cleaner if you have this wall. Think about what happens when it rains. The water hits the dirt and dust on the floor and splashes up whatever is close by – normally the exterior walls of your home. If you had a conservatory with full length windows, that dirt would get splashed all over the lower sections. That means you’d have to clean them pretty much all the time unless you had invested in self cleaning glass. When you have a dwarf wall this won’t be an issue.

Finally the wall can help to retain heat and prevent the extremes of temperatures that conservatories are known for. You’ll need to plan your heating and air conditioning needs as well of course, but the wall will help avoid such extremes to some extent at least. All in all for a small wall, it certainly has a lot to offer.

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