Although both extend your home, there are pros and cons to both. It all depends on you and your family’s lifestyle as well as what you’re willing to compromise on. Conservatories are often thought to be the cheaper option, but are they the most practical? Let’s consider:
They bring the outdoors indoors. They’re great for opening up in the summer. You can bask in there instead of having to endure the baking heat, without having to feel guilty that you’re not making the most of the nice weather. In the winter months, they allow you to feel in contact with the outdoors without having to even step outside- ideal when it’s freezing cold!
They’re perfect for entertaining. If they back onto your dining room or living space, then it gives you so much more space to work with when people come round. It might be that every Christmas, you struggle to get all of the family round the table. Well, if you decide on a conservatory, next year might be a whole different story. You can sit some of the kids in there instead. With the doors wide open, they’ll be involved in the action but will have some privacy of their own.
They give you more space, but not so much that it will overwhelm you. Of course you can create a conservatory that is the full width of the back of your house if you want to, but for those of you who want to keep it cute and cosy, then a small one will do the job perfectly! Imagine lazy Sunday afternoons spent in there with a good book and a cup of tea.
The size of your garden will be reduced. If you have a huge garden then this may not bother you, but if you only have a small amount of outside space already, then you might be best extending elsewhere.
They’re difficult to heat, particularly in the winter months. This can mean that you may have to break the bank as you try to keep it toasty in there. You don’t want a room which you might have to avoid in the winter because it’s unbearably cold!
It will add value to your home, but not as much as a home extension.
They might not be very sound proof which isn’t ideal if it decides to rain cats and dogs. It could also be a problem if you have noisy neighbours.