If you need more room in daily life, you’ve got two main options. The first is to sell your current home and move to another property. However, this is way too much of an upheaval for most people.
The second option is to increase the amount of room at your existing property with a loft conversion or some sort of extension, such as building a conservatory.
Gone are the days when conservatories were occasional garden rooms during the summer yet never used the rest of the year. Today, modern structures featuring double glazing and bi-folding doors can be used as functional, everyday spaces.
But what do you need to consider before getting a conservatory?
Know what you will use your conservatory for
Before the building of your conservatory commences, you should think about how it will be used. If it’s going to be a guest bedroom or extra living space, you might need to provision for additional heating and possibly an extra bathroom.
Seeing as many conservatories act as an extension and seamlessly blend into the existing property, you must also consider how this will be achieved. To give an example, you may need to source similar style bricks and continue the flooring from the inside.
Find out whether you need planning permission
Several conservatories fall under ‘permitted development rights’, which allows for the improvement and extension of homes without the need for a planning application. This is a distinct advantage for many and can make any conservatory building project much easier to manage.
However, if you are in a Conservation Area or making changes to a listed building, certain restrictions will come into play. Therefore, it’s best to double-check before commencing a build, which we at Colne Valley Windows can help you with.
Pick a sensible and suitable design
While some homeowners opt for conservatories that suit the style of their property, others will explore alternative options. For instance, full glass conservatories ooze elegance and look great on almost every home.
On the other hand, traditional and pitched roof conservatories are cheaper to buy off the shelf. So, think carefully about the design, which may even be influenced by the possibility of selling in the future.
Understand all of the expenses involved
In addition to the price of your conservatory, you should also take the time to understand additional and associated expenses. After all, you will probably need to fill your conservatory with brand new furniture and make it a comfortable living space.
Don’t forget your garden either, as you might want a nicer view to gaze at in awe. However, the construction of the slab and possible soakaway could force you to remodel your outside space anyway.
Choose a reputable company
Because most conservatories are a considerable expense, many people choose the cheapest quote they receive. Unfortunately, poor workmanship and substandard materials can lead to additional, more expensive problems in the future.
Therefore, always have your conservatory built by a reputable company, such as Colne Valley Windows. Get in touch with us today to discuss your requirements.