What to Consider Before Investing in a Home Conservatory

What to Consider Before Investing in a Home Conservatory
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    If you visit someone's home who owns a conservatory, you can't deny that it instantly gives that extra wow factor.


During the summer season, we tend to start thinking of all the amendments we could make to our home, so that we have the perfect summer abode next year.

A conservatory is usually one that tops a homeowners list because it creates this magical sun-trap. Gazing out into the garden, using it as a space to host dinner when the nights are light, and opening the doors to let in the fresh summer air are all the more enjoyable with a conservatory.

Before you jump straight into the idea, there needs to be a careful thought process. Here are a few things you may wish to consider:

Will a conservatory work with the house?

It helps if you have enough room for a conservatory to be created so that you don’t cut into valuable space in your garden.

Aside from that, it should work with the surrounds of your house, so that it fits in seamlessly.

For example, conservatories work well when you open the door and you are immediately onto a paved area, whether it be decking, a patio, or residential garden paving.

A conservatory can sit nicely among resin bound pathways and garden paving. It may also prompt you to re-visit the current pathways and paving you have at present.

Professional companies like SureSet specialize in this, so be sure to have a look and gain some inspiration.

What will the conservatory’s purpose in the home be?

Ask yourself what you wish to use the conservatory for, which will give you an understanding of how this new room will fit into your home.  Conservatories can be costly, so it’s important to know that it will get a lot of use and serve purpose.

Remember that conservatories are popular for adding instant value to your home when it comes to selling, making them a worthy investment. If you are not planning on selling for a long time, consider the use you will get and how it will benefit your living.

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Check that your neighbors are happy

Conservatories are guilty of not only taking up width space in the garden, they also can come up quite tall. This can block sunlight and cast shade into a neighbors garden, which is why some neighbors aren’t happy when they hear they will have one built next door to them. The correct procedure is to talk to your neighbors first to check that they are okay with the development plans.

Sunlight capture and positioning

Where your conservatory would be positioned is an important factor when planning this home renovation. Assess your garden as to whether it is north facing or south facing.

If your conservatory is in a north-facing direction, it could end up being a rather cold space in the winter. You’ll need to consider heating options. For south-facing, the sun will beam into your conservatory, which is great for summer. However, you’ll need to remember to properly install blinds and shutters.

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Overall, you will need to thoroughly discuss all elements involved in having a conservatory with both your family, neighbors and the conservatory company involved. It should play into the look and feel of your home, creating a new, happy space for everyone involved. 

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