Adding A Conservatory To Your Home? Here’s The Key Considerations

April 28, 2020

Are you thinking about building a conservatory as part of your home? Here’s what to keep in mind.

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How Much?

The big question is always going to be how much is this extension going to cost. The answer is it largely depends on the path you take. It depends on the material you use and the support that you gain. Generally speaking, though you should expect to put at least £10,000 into this investment ranging up to £50,000. Don’t forget, this is also going to depend on the size of the conservatory that you want. Smaller conservatories are going to cost significantly less. 

What Type?

It’s true to say that there are lots of different types of conservatories. However, the main decision is always going to be how much glass you want. Do you want your conservatory to be 70-80% glass or would you rather have brick walls? The key question here is what you want this room to be. If you want to use it all year round, then brick walls are ideal with more traditional windows rather than a full glass roof. Otherwise, you will find it’s far too cold in this room through the later months of the year. On the other hand, you could be using this room to grow fruit and veg and if that’s the case, more glass is always going to be the best option. There are different styles and shapes of the roof too. You should discuss all these options with your contractor before finalizing the plans. 

Little Details?

In terms of little details regarding your conservatory, there’s a lot of fun options here. For instance, you need to think about the type of blinds that you want. You might like the idea of roller blinds which could be perfect for a conservatory depending on the aesthetic you want to create. Furniture is another key decision. Do think about materials because conservatories obviously see a lot of sunlight. That’s kind of the point and the wrong material will fade, even if you add protective coatings. Look online to find out what the best materials are for a room like this before you buy furniture. 

Can You Do It? 

No, you can’t. Well, you could but it’s not recommended and there are a few reasons for this. First, building a conservatory is quite complicated. For instance, you’ll need to start by getting planning permission and if you get this wrong it will take months longer than it should. Then, you need to make space in your garden and lay down foundation work before you even think about building. It’s not impossible to DIY a conservatory but you’ll need to hire equipment anyway. So, you might as well hire professional support. This will also be relevant when it’s time to sell. If your conservatory doesn’t match the quality of the rest of the build, it reduces the value rather than adding to it. 

We hope this helps you understand some of the key factors that you need to keep in mind when you are building your own conservatory. Make the right decisions and it can be the best room in your home. 

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