How to Choose the Perfect Conservatory

If you’ve ever watched a TV home makeover show, you’ve likely turned green with envy as a team of designers and builders transform a lucky homeowner’s abode from shabby to chic in next to no time.

With a budget smaller than Oliver Twist’s pocket money, a kitchen that looks like a bombsite or a bedroom resembling a dank Victorian boudoir are revamped in the blink of an eye.

However, it’s all incredibly infuriating.

In an effort to replicate these 60-minute makeovers, you’ve attempted to tile your bathroom, lay a new living room carpet and landscape your back garden in under an hour – all to no avail.

Indeed, this thirst for replicating near impossible TV show feats, keeping up with neighbours and adding value to our homes has led millions of us to invest in something much more tangible …

… a top quality conservatory.

As well as their ability to boost your home’s resale value, a conservatory offers an agreeable space to enjoy the fruits of your garden or spend some precious time with your family.

Before taking the plunge, however, here are a few things you should consider to help you choose the perfect conservatory.

Choose Your Style

It should be obvious, but for those of you without a functioning design compass, your new conservatory musn’t look like it’s fallen from the Planet Pftrzog and inadvertently clamped to your property. Instead, it should mesh with the existing facade of your home.

Why? Because strapping an all singing, all dancing contemporary lean-to to a mock Georgian mansion, for example, tends to look more out of place than an uber-liberal vegetarian in the front row of a bullfight.

Learn About Planning Permission

Although most conservatories don’t require planning permission, your conservatory design, aside from meshing with the look of your home, must abide by building regulations, which your lean-to supplier will be well aware of.

In most cases, you should check with your local planning department, as some conservatories WILL require planning permission if they’re not at ground level or if your house has already had an extension installed.

Sort Out Your Heating

Despite the well-worn urban myth that conservatories are stiflingly hot in the summer and uninhabitable due to cold in the winter, the reality is your new space can be used all year round with a bit of forward planning.

Typically, you’ll want to speak to your design company about the positioning of your conservatory, as south facing lean-tos can become too hot, whilst those without enough sun can quickly turn into an ice box. Additionally, shop around for electric heating options for those days when the temperature does drop.

Now it’s over to you …

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