We’d all love to have a bit more space around the home.
Rather than packing family members in like sardines during Christmas celebrations, for instance, it’d be nice to have an overflow area where you and your loved ones could enjoy the festivities without inadvertently elbowing one another in the face.
This is where conservatories are worth their weight in gold.
Aside from adding another room to your home, a conservatory helps you make the most of your garden, allowing you to view your green-fingered endeavours from the sanctuary of a tempered environment, whatever the unpredictable British weather throws at you.
And the popularity of conservatories is rising.
According to statistics, there are well over four million homes in the UK boasting a conservatory, which, while providing an agreeable space to relax with family, can add almost £10,000 to the value of the property.
Before you rush off to the nearest DIY store looking to tie a pop-up conservatory to the roof of your car, however, it’s important to carry out a bit more research – otherwise you may find your new addition collapsing like a deck of cards at the merest hint of a breeze.
To whet your appetite and give you a better idea of what to look for when choosing a conservatory, check out these top tips and make sure you find a worthy and spacious addition to your home at the first time of asking …
According to the government’s conservatory planning portal, adding a conservatory to your home is actually considered a permitted development, which means an application for planning permission is not required.
However, no extension is to be higher than the highest part of your roof, with the maximum height of a single storey rear extension restricted to four metres. Additionally, there must be no verandas, balconies or raised platforms.
Choose Your Style
It may sound obvious, but if you live in a mock-Georgian mansion and the surrounding houses are of a similar style, choosing to staple a contemporary conservatory to the rear of your home would look more out of place than a goth in a hipster cafe.
Consequently, it’s vital to choose a conservatory that’ll jive with your property, doesn’t stick out like a sore thumb, and furnishes you with the type of living space you require to make relaxing with your family an enjoyable experience.
Some folk get the wrong end of the stick when it comes to the temperature in a conservatory. It’s easy to dismiss them as stifling greenhouses to be avoided when the sun is shining, but by choosing the correct type of glass, your conservatory will be an agreeable environment in the summer.
On the other hand, when winter rolls round, you need to make sure your heating requirements are up to scratch, with most people opting to extend their existing central heating by adding radiators and controlling the temperature with a separate thermostat.
Now it’s your turn …
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