Build a conservatory and double your gardens value!
Make the most of your garden area to increase your living space.
The trend at the moment seems to be home improvement rather than moving house. Many home owners are considering loft conversions, extensions and conservatories to increase their living space. If you don’t want to leave your home but require more living space then extending your property with one of the options mentioned is a good idea. Building a conservatory is the most cost effective solution.
Designer Garden Rooms
Modern conservatories are available in many different designs, sizes, materials and prices. Each conservatory can be tailored made to your own specifications. By choosing your own personal features you can individualise the conservatory through the use of colour, glazing, doors and hardware. All these finishing touches transform the basic conservatory into your own designer garden room.
Colours of the rainbow
The home owner is no longer limited to the brilliant white PVC conservatories; stunning RAL colours are now available. The conservatory is made using a colour coating system known as coloured foils. The laminated foils are durable, scratch resistant, won’t fade and are low maintenance.
Through the looking glass
Most modern conservatories use poly-carbonate for the roof glazing and for good reason. It’s exceptionally strong, virtually shatter proof, durable and yet light in weight. This type of roofing works to lessen the glare and heat from the sun and to ensure that your conservatory will be comfortable all year round. Glass roofing can also be installed and there is a number of different options here as for example self-cleaning, anti-glare and many more.
The glazing choices for the glass side panels can be double or even triple glazed. Triple glazing is becoming more and more popular and can reduce your energy bills by £750 a year so in the long run a wise choice.
Add additional colour, depth and radiance to the windows through fan lights also known as top lights. There is a wide choice of clear and colour options available which can help create a certain style to the conservatory. The glass ranges have been inspired by traditional, art nouveau, classic and contemporary influences.
Eeny meeny miney mo!
Which conservatory style and size you choose will depend on the size of your home and garden. Getting the proportions right is an important factor when planning a conservatory. Mark out the area that you are considering using and see what garden space you are left with also take into consideration that the conservatory doesn’t out size the house.
There are basically 7 different styles of conservatories on the market and the difference between the styles is based on the roof and the sides of the conservatory. All these styles can be used in the L, T and P shaped conservatories, these shaped layouts apply to the floor plan and tend to be larger than the average conservatory.
Interior design options.
How you decorate and furnish the interior of your conservatory will dictate the feel of the new room. Careful consideration needs to be given to the heating, flooring and soft furnishings. All of these choices will determine the overall atmosphere within the conservatory.
Flooring can play two roles within the conservatory obviously as the conservatories base, but also for heating. Due to the UKs weather the use of under floor heating will be beneficial in the colder months (which from the past few years can be all 12 months!) having under floor heating can be the most cost effective way to heat your conservatory.
Under floor heating can be used with vinyl, tiles or wooden flooring and you also do not lose any of the interior space that radiators would take up.
Blinds are there to help keep the room at a constant temperature as well as keep the glare of the sun out of the room. There are many different blinds on the market to choose from Venetian, pleated, pinoleum, roller, black out, roman, vertical, remote control. Knowing what type of blind will best suit your conservatory can be a bit tricky so it’s best to take some advice from an expert, as some blinds are more suitable for windows than roofs and vice-versa.
Furniture using materials such as plaited banana leaf, woven rattan and contemporary Lloyd loom are ideal to use within a conservatory and are available from many outlets.
Depending on what you are going to use the conservatory for this will help you decide on how you dress the room, you may use the conservatory to relax, dine or work and this will then determine what you will need to buy to go into the room.
Getting the best out of the space you have requires some planning, so do as you did when you originally decided on the size and style of conservatory, mark out where you visualise the furniture going and this will help when you come to make your purchases.
Imagine ending the day in your new conservatory with a glass of wine and the sun shining looking out over your garden. Tempted?