As the weather has been far from impressive this season, it’s time to think about ways to conquer the incessant raining. Hoisting a marquee is an option to combat the downpour, but it doesn’t help protect from cold winds and low temperatures. If you buy a conservatory, on the other hand, it might solve those problems.
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Should you buy a conservatory?
The benefit with a conservatory during the summer is that you can sit virtually outdoors, even if it’s chilly. According to the Guardian, 200,000 conservatories are built each year, which means that there are plenty of homeowners who have grown tired of relying on the British weather and are investing in trendy glass houses.
Conservatories vary because of the quality of materials chosen. PVC is the cheapest option, whereas aluminium is stronger and sturdier. Hardwood is durable and also the most expensive. Period properties would not benefit from a PVC design, and in some cases, if the building is listed, regulations will determine what sort of conservatory design you can get. Bear in mind, that a conservatory should always complement the exterior of the house.
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There are ways to make conservatories even more comfortable such as solar-controlled glass, heat sensor (for ventilation) and rain sensors, but these extras will for obvious reasons make a conservatory, which starts from £10,000, pricier. However, as conservatories only tend to reach a comfortable temperature 2 days a year, it might be worth investing in some additional features.
The benefits of conservatories
Small conservatories don’t need a planning permission application, but there are regulations that apply that you should check before you make your decision. The Planning Portal lists all the limits and conditions and a good quality builder will be able to advise you.
According to HSBC a conservatory can add as much as £9,420 to the value of your property.
Conservatories can be a natural extension from your kitchen or living room, allowing for extra family space. Originally, conservatories were used by the aristocracy to plant citrus fruit, so don’t forget that this is the right environment for growing your own – one of the biggest gardening trends at the moment.
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The disadvantages of conservatories
As conservatories are mostly made of glass (and this being a very poor insulating material), it releases a lot of heat into the air. This is of course not environmentally friendly. Traditionally, conservatories weren’t meant to be heated and these days people use them more as an extension of the house than as a separate space.
Blinds are the only option if you’ve got a terraced house, otherwise you risk staring into a brick wall. If you want the conservatory to act as an extension to your house, then you need more insulation and energy efficient glazing. If you own a listed building you’ll need listed building consent so the conservatory doesn’t stray too much from the original features
Have you grown tired of the dreary weather? Is a conservatory for you? If so, find a conservatory specialist who can help you sort out the project as easy as 1-2-3. Provided you’ve looked at those planning permission regulations first!