collaborative post | Adding a conservatory to your home is one of those exciting projects that can enhance your living space in so many ways. You will add value to the property, and you’ve got an extra living space that can be a haven from home chaos. But before you start embarking on this, you’ve got to ask yourself the right questions. It might be a very trendy approach in your local area to tack a conservatory on, but you’ve got to ask yourself the right questions to see if the conservatory will fit your needs and the needs of your property.

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What’s Your Budget?

Conservatories can be very costly, and you’ve got to be realistic about your financial resources and the cost of the materials. If you’re building a conservatory from scratch, you may want to invest in more durable materials upfront. However, if you are going to bankrupt yourself in the process, is it really worth it?

It’s always worth asking people about their experiences with conservatories, especially in relation to the roofing materials. The site has a guide on replacing your conservatory roof and digs deep into the specifics of each type of material, but you’ve always got to work within your budget. So many of us have grand ideas that our budget cannot match. Sorry to burst your bubble, but it is far more important to be realistic, 

Why Do You Really Want a Conservatory?

What is it that you really want? Are you looking to create somewhere that you can relax, a space for you and the family to dine out, or is it going to be a home office? When you start to understand the real reasons, you can then dig deep into the functionalities of a conservatory.

Conservatories are a great way to add value to your property, but there are certain things that can be attached for consideration. For example, a conservatory can be like a greenhouse in the summer but like an igloo in the winter. This means that you may end up spending a bit more money trying to heat your home. 

On the other hand, you could spring for a portable heater during those cold, harsh months, so you can get the most out of it. Also, depending on the materials you choose, it may not be as soundproof as other parts of your home with double glazing.

This means if you’ve got particularly noisy neighbours, are you happy with this? When you identify the real reason you want a conservatory, it can guide you towards the more fundamental choices.

What Size and Style Do You Want?

Conservatories come in various styles and sizes. If you have visions of a small, cosy space, this will mean you have more wiggle room to play with, literally, and in terms of your finances. On the other hand, a large, multi-purpose room will take a lot longer to build.

We also need to consider that while a conservatory can add infinite functionality, it may look a bit out of place when we’ve added it to our home. There can be a mismatch in terms of the architectural harmony. So when you decide on the reasons why you want a conservatory, are you going to be frustrated in a couple of years’ time that it’s not looking quite right?

Is Planning Permission Necessary?

There are a number of permissions and regulations that may be necessary depending on the size of your ideal conservatory. On you can find out about the finite details of planning permission, but there are a number of stipulations relating to height, how much land it covers, and the length of the property walls.

You’ve got to get your tape measure out and do quite a bit of work first. If you are building a single-story conservatory at the back of your property, it should not exceed four metres in height, which is roughly 13 feet.

While nobody is typically that tall, it can hide the internal aspects of the property. So if you wanted to equip your conservatory with certain items, for example, a large grandiose chandelier, you may have to rethink this.

Will You Need Climate Control?

We’ve all got to consider the overall weather conditions in this day and age. Because certain materials easily aid the escape of heat, you can be paying a lot more on your energy bills during the winter purely to heat your conservatory.

But when summer hits, it can be hot and unbearable, which means that you may not end up using it as much as you think you should. We can all experience topsy-turvy temperatures, and we’ll need to consider this in terms of our budget but also our design ambitions.

What’s the Ideal Material for the Conservatory?

Typical conservatories are constructed with aluminium, timber, or UPVC. Each material has a number of pros and cons with regard to overall maintenance, insulation, and its appearance. How long are you going to really live at this property for? If it’s your forever home, think about the right materials that will align with your long-term plans.

Have You Considered the Furnishings?

While we all consider conservatories to be an extension of our home, they also need to integrate with the outside. A conservatory is something that should seamlessly blend from home to garden, and when you start to look at how you decorate the space and the overall furnishings, you should give some time to how you can blend everything together seamlessly.

The space will need to be comfortable, but it also needs to be visually appealing without looking too jarring. The right furniture but also additional decor, for example, plants, might help to get the best of both worlds.

Do You Know How Much Maintenance Is Necessary?

Conservatory maintenance is another great underestimation. The trick to keeping a conservatory clean is about doing a little bit all of the time. Because a conservatory is the building that connects your home to the garden, this means that you’ve got to think about how to clean the floor properly.

If there’s a carpet in the conservatory, this can easily become contaminated with dust and dirt, especially if you’ve got pets who like to come in and out of the garden. You also need to look at how it’s best to keep the interior surfaces clean. A damp cloth should be enough, but also think about how to maintain the conservatory roof.

Conservatory roofs can easily trap bits of leaves and other remnants. You should also think about whether you need to make conservatory repairs. Most conservatory companies will have a guarantee for approximately 10 years, but if the conservatory is exposed to accidental damage, you may benefit from contacting a glazier to make the necessary repairs.

A conservatory is going to be a significant investment in your home’s value as well as your quality of life. Much like finding the right home decor, choosing a conservatory involves asking a lot of essential questions. You need to think long and hard about whether the conservatory lines up with your needs, preferences, as well as your budget.

A conservatory can be a great addition to your property, but it can also be a significant undertaking. However, with careful planning and consideration, you will have a beautiful and, ultimately, functional addition to your home that you will enjoy for years to come. It’s a major commitment but a conservatory can create comfort and calmness that completely coalesces with your home’s construction.

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