One of the most desired home renovations that I can think of is that of adding a conservatory to the building. A lot of people may be under the false impression that a conservatory is nothing but a fancy name for a greenhouse. But this is far from the truth. Conservatories make for brilliant extensions of your home – if you do it right, of course.
Conservatories make for great extensions because they offer a more relaxing and comfortable environment than a lot of rooms in the house, or even the immediate exterior of your back yard. There is something pretty cool about being surrounding by clear views of your garden while you read, eat, or just sit around, while not actually having to be outside!
But, I mean, if you do want to use it as a greenhouse, then go ahead. They do make pretty good greenhouses. But if you’re looking for a modest house extension, then a conservatory can be the cheapest – and most stylish – way to go about it.
If you’re looking to build a conservatory, then you’re on the road to making a really good renovation. The first step, of course, is making sure that you’re actually allowed to build one. Even if you own the property outright, there may be some permissions that you need to be granted. Ensure that your local council doesn’t have any qualms with you adding a conservatory to your home. In the United States, it’s quite possible that you’d have to deal with your local Homeowners’ Association.
If you don’t own the property, then you’re going to have to seek permission from your landlord. Heck, they may even be willing to get the job done. Conservatories can add quite a bit of value to a home, though you have to be careful not to assume that it will pay for itself!
When you’re in these initial planning stages, I suggest that one of the first things you consider is temperature control. A lot of people neglect this aspect of things when they’re building a conservatory, and they may find themselves paying dearly for it. In the summer, it needs strong ventilation to keep it cool – the warm rays of the sun and the surrounding glass combine to create a pretty warm atmosphere! But you also need to consider the winter, when your conservatory can get pretty darn chilly. Something like the Guardian Warm Roof can help a lot when it comes to the colder months.
The best materials for your conservatory have temperature control in mind. But you also need to consider strength, as well as general aesthetic. A lot of people don’t want it sticking out too much from the rest of the home!
After that, you get to look into the more fun aspects of interior design. It’s here that you need to consider precisely what you want to do in there. Whether you go for modern, opulent, or for a more traditional and comfortable edge, make sure your conservatory feels like the expensive addition to your home that it is. In other words, don’t be afraid to really make it worth your time and money! You can find inspiration for conservatory design over at Homify.