With the unpredictable British climate, adding a conservatory to your home is the perfect way to enjoy the outdoors, whatever the weather.|
These popular structures can add both light and space to your home, not to mention adding significant value to your property.
However, before you make a final decision and begin the process of attaching a conservatory to your home, there are a few important factors to consider.
Usage - start by planning out how you will use your new conservatory as this will affect the size and style you need to go for. You will be adding a new room to your house, and it could be used for work or play, or perhaps as a place to entertain, to relax or it could even be a home office space.
Design - once you have an idea of the sort of room you are looking for, you’ll need to think about design, including what size conservatory you want. Types of conservatories tend to be divided into two groups; the first is based on shape, such as lean to conservatories or t-shaped conservatories, the second is based on architecture, for example Georgian or Victorian style. Bear in mind that you may be limited in your choice if you have a period property.
Colour – you’ll need to make a decision about the colour of your new conservatory. There’s a wide range of colours available, with cream, green or black being very popular. You can also choose contrasting sills and frames in a different colour as another effect.
Proofing – think about whether you want your new conservatory to be weatherproofed so that the wind, rain or sunshine doesn’t affect its appearance or condition. Also consider soundproofing to ensure your new space is peaceful.
Insulation – you’ll want to use your new conservatory throughout the year, so make sure you choose insulation that keeps the room warm in the winter and pleasantly cool in the summer.
Permissions – once you have decided on your conservatory design, your next step is to check what building or planning permission you will need to apply for before proceeding. Make sure you don’t start without getting the right authorisation first.
By taking time to think through these different steps, you can be sure that your new conservatory will be everything you want it to be, enhancing both your home and your lifestyle.
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