Since Victorian times, the conservatory has been a quintessential property add-on, designed to bring repose to the house dweller lucky enough to be able to afford one. The conservatory has withstood time and become more affordable, although it now has to compete with extensions and orangeries as popular additions to houses.
However, with the former not letting in as much light as a conservatory and the latter often being much more expensive, conservatories are often an affordable way to add extra room. With this in mind, the following pointers are for anyone considering building a conservatory onto their property.
1.Researching Conservatory Companies
With the internet providing information at the touch of our fingertips, it would make sense to research conservatories, particularly looking at reviews companies have received on various forums or group pages. If you go to the website of a conservatory company you are interested in, see whether there are any testimonials. It is important to use a company that is legitimate and has experience in what they are doing so that you are not wasting money or facing complications further down the line.
2.Knowing your Needs
Knowing why you want to have a conservatory will help you make decisions in respect of materials and size. If you’re looking to use the conservatory as a dining room, for instance, you may want to ensure there is adequate room for a dining table and chairs, plus room to move around it. If you’re building one to allow someone with mobility issues to access the garden but need to be protected from the elements, then things like steps and ensuring doors are wide enough may also require consideration. In respect of size, you need to consider the size of your conservatory in relation to the size of your garden. If your garden is small then having a conservatory will not only take what little outside space you have. It could also put off potential buyers in the process.
3. Being aware of Unhidden Costs
Research discovered that ten percent of those surveyed had unforeseen costs added to their original quote. Therefore, consider there may be unexpected costs incurred through the conservatory building process. This may not be what you want to hear if you have a tight budget with little to no room for maneuver, however, at least you can now prepare it. If you’ve done your research and selected a reputable company to build your conservatory, there will be no need to doubt if what they are recommending is going to cost a bit more. Instead, focus on the fact that your conservatory will add value to both your family’s home life and the overall value of your property.
4. The Positioning of your Conservatory
The position of your conservatory is often affected by the overall position of your house. Where it will be situated will affect how it will be used, in addition to heating, ventilation, and light requirements. For instance, if your conservatory will be north-facing, it will receive less direct sunlight and so will be cooler than a south-facing one. Therefore, you will need to consider both the heating and insulation options available to you. In contrast, if your conservatory will be south-facing then it will usually be warmer as it receives more sunlight throughout the day. This means you should consider more ventilation and even things like blinds to block out the glare. You may want to consider heating, insulation, and ventilation for east and west-facing conservatories as they get sunlight at different times of the day and so will need ventilation when they do as well as heating and insulation when they don’t.
5. Maintaining your Conservatory
As with every room in your home, you will need to look after your conservatory to ensure it will remain fit for purpose in years to come and will continue to add value to your home. Fortunately, regular cleaning will prevent an overall deep cleaning operation, regardless of your conservatory material. The company that has installed your conservatory should provide advice or information about how to clean and maintain the new addition to your home.
But, generally speaking, if you have an aluminum frame you can just wipe it down, whereas with a uPVC one, wiping it down with soapy water will tend to suffice. With a timber frame, brushing it clean before sponging it down with warm soapy water will be the first process. Thereafter, you will need to treat the frame with oil to protect the timber from the different types of weather it will face.
Although a conservatory can increase the value of your house, building one without considering the above points may make it a burden as opposed to a benefit. Therefore, if you are considering building one as a means to increase your overall house value, take heed of the above as well as seeking advice from estate agents. The last thing you want to be left with is a property that has decreased in value because of an inadequate conservatory.