Ever since I can remember I have wanted to live in a house with a conservatory, so it is no surprise that one of the things that helped me with the decision when buying our house was that very thing. Our lovely large conservatory at the back of the house, which is an extension of our lounge, is a great space for dining, playing games and Grace’s piano practice.
I have always considered a conservatory a halfway house between inside and out. This got me thinking though. Just what do you need to consider when choosing a conservatory or orangery to add to your property? There are plenty of great sites where you can find some inspiration for the type of construction you might like over with specific categories geared towards conservatories.
1. What Will I Use It For?
As I said above, we use ours as a dining room but it is more than that. It is also an extra sitting area, Grace has her keyboard in there for her piano practice and we also have a sideboard housing all our board games which we play at the table. Our cat, Gypsy, also sleeps there. Many people install a conservatory or orangery as an extension to their kitchen – I know that my mum has been considering this for a while – or as a playroom or office.
2. Do I Need Blinds?
It’s funny but we didn’t think these were necessary until we were offered the chance to review some recently. Since they have been installed they have been a godsend. The ones we chose were cream and we believe that they match the colour scheme perfectly. The blinds pull apart as well as open slightly and this helps to keep the light off when we are watching TV. On top of all that, not only do they keep the room cool but they also seem to make it appear bigger!
3. Do I Need to Budget for Anything Extra?
In a word, yes. With all the building work that takes place you need to think about making good your garden area afterwards that could get damaged. It may also be worth installing lights in the garden if you haven’t got them already. This will help if you are using the conservatory as extension of the outside area.
4. Do I Need to do Anything to Assist with the Temperature of the Room?
Thankfully we didn’t need to think too carefully about this as our conservatory has an air conditioner which switches from hot to cold. Most people choose to install underfloor heating using either water or electric. Another option is to extend the central heating system and add extra radiators but, in this case, it is a good idea to run the conservatory on a separate thermostat.
5. Do I Need Planning Permission or Building Regulations?
This is a bit of a grey area when it comes to conservatories so it is a very good idea to check with your local authority. Planning permission is to do with the visual impact and size of the structure and not the technical integrity. For example, you will need planning permission if you have a terraced house or if the house has already been extended. However, building regulations cover all aspects of building construction and are regularly updated. Also, ensure that the company who installs your conservatory are reputable with up to date certificates and testimonials.
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