It lets in the light and warmth of the sun, giving the occupants the sense of being closer to the outdoors yet still shielded from the elements… and of course, a carefully chosen and well built conservatory adds value to any home.
Whatever your reasons for choosing one, the modern conservatory has captured the imagination of the country’s homeowners, making it the most popular choice of home extension, not to mention an ever more familiar feature on new houses.
As well as being versatile in use, it also offers many choices of design with a whole range of shapes, styles and materials as well as the option of coloured or woodgrain finishes.
But, as with many things, the range of options means that a little careful thought and planning can help you to make the right choice of a conservatory that fits in with your home and suits the needs of everyone who will be using it.
It may seem obvious but the first decision is which part of the house should a conservatory extend from. Appearance, view and available space are factors, of course, but you might also want to consider how much direct sunlight it will receive and in what part of the day. There may also be planning and safety implications, CN Glass will be happy to advise you on these matters.
When you are choosing the size of conservatory, bear in mind you may wish you had more space once you have put it to full use. You can choose from a wide range of materials, not only in the frames but also in the glazing, the roof and any masonry such as dwarf walls. Each material may have benefits and drawbacks for what you have in mind. Cost is important but it is not the only factor.
Also, think about the mood and texture you want to achieve. Some people like the ‘outdoor’ feel with tiled floors, patio-type furniture and bare brick or stone for the house wall; others prefer an ‘indoor’ character with carpeting, soft furnishings and wall coverings.
Don’t forget electricity and heating. For all-year use, you may wish to extend the house’s central heating,install a separate heater or an underfloor heating system. Similarly, you can have overhead wiring for lights built-in or simply a few wall sockets for a table lamp and other appliances.
Ventilation is also important. The need to let in fresh air and avoid condensation must be thought about.