With proper, detailed planning, a new conservatory can add value to your property and enhance your living accommodation.
But before you go ahead with your project, there are a number of major considerations to take into account.
Style is critical. The new conservatory should blend in with the general appearance of your home. An ultra-modern, high-tech style would not suit a traditional villa, for example.
Location is also vital. The conservatory should sit well with the existing floorspace of your home, making it a natural link to your current living arrangements.
Do you want to create an alternative dining area off your kitchen or do you want a comfortable and airy space looking on to your garden?
Location is also important in terms of trapping available light. There is little point in siting a sun room where the sun rarely shines.
A well-chosen conservatory will add valuable space to your home and bring in more light.
Planning and building consents may also be vital. In some areas, you can only build a conservatory if it is within a certain size and located a certain distance from the boundary of your property.
Check with your local planning officer for initial advice or, better still, have a professional architect or planner take care of these considerations for you.
The lifestyle media is full of stories about people who have spent thousands on new conservatories only to have the local authority make them take it down again.
Rules and policies vary from area to area. In some locales, planners have a general rule that conservatories should not be built at the front of a house.
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