Over the past eighteen months, most of us have spent a lot more time at home! If you have realised that you would just like a little more space in your home after being cooped up for so long, adding an extension is a great alternative to moving house. One of the best ways to add space to your home is to add a conservatory – this is usually less expensive and less of a headache to prepare as in most cases you won’t need planning permission.
If you want to add a conservatory to your home but are not sure where to start, the best thing to do is to plan how you would use the space. This then will affect the size and style of the conservatory that you go for. It is also a good idea to get ideas of the prices and even speak to people who you know who have recently had new conservatories and see if they will let you have a look at theirs to get some inspiration. Of course, you can also look it up online but actually looking in real life is a great way to get a proper feel for it.
There are a lot of styles of conservatory, and it is a good idea to familiarise yourself with the types that are available and the various qualities that they have. For example, do you know the difference between a conservatory and an orangery? Or the advantages of a lean-to conservatory? It is definitely something worth looking into. See if you can find local companies like Timberpride oak extensions who provide a wide range of styles and have a look at some.
When it comes to making the most of your conservatory, one of the things that people often used to find is that being made of a lot of glass they could get very hot in the summer and cold in the winter. However nowadays there are lots of ways to deal with this and make sure that it is a room that is comfortable all year around. There are lots of great ways to heat a conservatory – from underfloor heating to oil filled heaters, which you can control via Bluetooth! There are also great ways to keep it cool in the summer, from portable air conditioners, to blinds that you can use to reduce the temperature on the very sunny and warm days.
It is also a good idea to plan how you envisage the room looking before you go ahead and build a conservatory. Try to be realistic and how things will fit in, how you can best utilise the room, and pay attention also to small details such as light fittings. Flooring is also important and will have an impact on the whole room, so look into flooring that will suit the room and your lifestyle to make sure that you end up with the conservatory of your dreams.