The first few months of the year are often when homeowners start thinking about building a conservatory onto their homes, just in time for the Spring and Summer months when it’s likely to be used the most. But how you make sure that everything goes to plan? Well, the best thing to do is to think everything through carefully beforehand. Let us help by creating a bit of a checklist and we can promise you that things will go without a hitch!
- Do you need planning permission?
In most circumstances you won’t, however it could be worth checking the building regulations with your local building authority for peace of mind.
- How much is in your budget?
You can have different types of conservatories built depending on your budget. You might want a more traditional conservatory, or you might want something more complex. By getting some quotes beforehand, you won’t end up disappointed.
- How much space are you working with?
It all depends on how much garden you’re willing to give up. If you have a large garden then this probably won’t be too much of an issue for you, but if you’ve only got a small space to work with, then it might not be beneficial for you to have a large conservatory as it could leave you with no outside space. Remember, although a conservatory can add value to your home, having no outside space because of it can actually cause the house’s value to drop.
- What is its use?
Conservatories were initially used as a space for growing plants. However most people see the conservatory as an extension of their home, a way to provide a house with more living space. Perhaps you want to create another comfortable space with sofas, bookshelves and a TV, or maybe you want to use it as a sort of dining room. There are a lot of options available to you, so take your time and decide what will work best for you.
- What sort of glazing do you want?
We recently wrote an article on triple glazing which could be worth checking out, although double glazing can be almost as beneficial. You’ll need to make sure that the windows provide enough light for the room to feel airy but not to the point were the room is too bright and too hot when the sun is out. Glass that’s solar controlled could help with this.
- How are you going to ventilate it?
Following on from our last point, you’ll want to make sure that there’s good air flow in the room so that the temperature remains stable. Roof vents are the ideal solution for this.