A Guide to Getting a Conservatory

21st July 2014 posted in Home Lifestyle

Adding a conservatory onto your home is not only a great way to create more space, but it can also help you get the most out of the summer months and really appreciate your garden or views.

This isn’t the only thing conservatories are beneficial for though, they can also add value to your home and give your house an edge above others when it comes to putting it on the market.

Here’s our guide to getting a conservatory:

Position and Permission

Over half of all conservatories require planning permission, and all local authorities tend to have different rules and regulations. Make sure you contact your local planning office for advice on what you can do with your property.

Once you have permission, decide where you want your conservatory to go – traditionally they are built on the back of properties, but you may want to make your decision based on which direction your property faces, as this will determine when your conservatory gets the sun.

Get Designing

The most important part of getting a conservatory is making sure it fits in with the current design of your house – the last thing you want is for it to stick out like a sore thumb.

Mark out the area you want your conservatory to go and check it doesn’t take up too much of your garden. Make sure it is big enough for any furniture you want to put in it and think about the overall style of the conservatory. Do your research online and you are sure to find something to suit your house.

DIY or Experts

The main factor behind this decision will be how much experience you have in doing DIY and building things, but you can get some great conservatory “kits” to help you build one on your own. They don’t include material for the base though, so remember this when you set your budget.

If you really don’t think that it’s the best idea to build a conservatory yourself, then there are lots of experts out there to help you. Either a building company can do the whole thing for you, or you can hire a bricklayer to do the base and a carpenter to do the rest.

Choosing Your Materials

There are lots of different parts of the conservatory to think about in terms of materials. The conservatory itself can be made of uPVC, hardwood or aluminium, and the roof can be made using glass or polycarbonate.

Heating and ventilation are important, so make sure you have some windows and also some radiators or heaters installed in your conservatory. Think about blinds too, as these will help keep the room cool and protect you from the glare of the sun.

Flooring is another material you need to think about. Decide whether you want to lay down tiles or stone flooring, and whether you want to create an outdoorsy feel, or whether you would prefer to lay down carpet as an extension of the other rooms in your home.

Plants and Furniture

Deciding what furniture you want depends completely on what you will be using your conservatory for. The main thing to think about in terms of furnishings is that fabrics will fade very quickly in a conservatory due to the light. Wooden furniture can also suffer due to the changing temperatures.

When it comes to choosing plants for your conservatory, thing about whether they will be suitable for the constant temperature changes and extreme heat. Subtropical plants and citrus trees are best, but you will have to water them fairly often. The majority of conservatory plants can survive down to 4 degrees, but if the room gets colder than that at night in the winter, you will need to invest in a heater.

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