The Conservatories Primer
There are many different kinds of home extensions available to you but have you considered opting for a conservatory?
If you're looking for a way to boost the size of your house without embarking on an inconvenient expedition of massive reconstruction, a conservative can be a great way of getting in some extra light and heat from your garden while also adding a stylish addition to boost the resale value of your home when it comes time to move on.
There are a few factors to bear in mind when considering a conservatory so in this article we're going to provide an overview of what is involved.
The first thing to consider is where you're going to place your structure; planning permission can sometimes be an issue and is a requirement for around two-thirds of new conservatories, but aside from this, there should be nothing to stop you from putting it on either side of your house.
The biggest factor to think about when it comes to the placement of your conservatory is what time of day you're expecting to use it most:
- If you use it predominantly in the hotter summer months, a north-facing build will be fine, although this can lead to some pretty low temperatures during the winter
- East-facing conservatories are ideal for eating breakfast with the family as they get a significant amount of sunlight throughout the morning
- A south-facing conservatory will get a lot of sunlight but you'll need to pay attention to blinds because the summer sun could make it uncomfortably hot
- If you want somewhere to chill out after a stressful day at work, a west-facing structure will get a decent amount of sun later in the afternoon without getting too hot
Now is the time to think about the conservatory in the bigger picture of your home and garden as a whole; if your garden is quite small then a grand oversized structure is going to look cluttered, and by the same token, if you live in a plain brick pre-war house, an elaborate modern designed conservatory is going to stick out like a sore thumb.
Naturally, your intended use is going to heavily dictate the type and size of conservatory you ultimately choose, but it's definitely a good idea to think ahead and begin taking measurements so you know exactly what dimensions you'll require to fit your furniture while still leaving enough space for comfort.
In a perfect world, you will have the time and skills to build your own conservatory; there are many kits available which come complete with the materials and instructions you need to get started.
More often than not you'll end up hiring a carpenter or team of builders to construct your extension, so with this in mind, be diligent in your research of different construction firms to find out who offers the most reliability at a reasonable price – the cheapest option is rarely ever the best option so you should also be very wary of companies and individuals who claim to be able to beat any price, or who make you offers which seem too good to be true.
This article was provided by Ian Shaw from Morley Glass. Ian Shaw has written numerous articles providing tips on home improvement, DIY and environmental friendly solutions.