Is it not always possible to add an extension to a house, but adding a conservatory can be just as satisfying and can be done at a fraction of the costs involved in building an extension.
It's a good way to add space to a property while creating a link with the garden. It is sometimes overlooked as an overpriced addition, but the reality is quite different. Adding a conservatory can increase the value of a house by up to 5%.
It could also change the way you spend your evenings, especially when the days are getting longer. But it’s not just in the summer that you could enjoy the benefits, a well-constructed conservatory is designed to retain the heat and light during the day and can be used all year long.
Why you should install a conservatory
The obvious benefit is an increase in the size of your house. The only other way to achieve that would be to move to a bigger house or adding an extension, which is why a conservatory is an economical way to get the same result.
It’s also an asset if you are planning to sell your house, besides being a great addition to your house, it will allow you to increase the resale value. Homeowners with conservatory can command a higher asking price.
A conservatory is an additional room with large glass walls, with uninterrupted views on the garden. It’s an ideal place to put plants and bring a bit of green inside the house, making it a perfect place to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
There are many options to consider when choosing glass for the windows and roof of your conservatory. For the last couple of years, manufacturers have worked substantially to progress the glass technology. Now, there are many types of glass available.
Tinted, Reflective, or Anti-glare glass reduces the glare of the sun and is very useful in the height of summer.
Self-cleaning glass is another type, which has an outer coating that reacts with sunlight to remove dirt. This type of glass works best with steeply pitched roofs.
Thermally-efficient glass stops the escape of heat from your conservatory. The double-glazed panels installed use special coatings – for instance, argon coating to stop heat escaping.
uPVC material is used to make doors and window frames of most conservatories. While it doesn’t have the same charm, it doesn’t flake or rot and is easily maintainable. Recent reports show that every 9 in 10 conservatory owners in the UK have uPVC window frames.
Although less common, the other options are wood, steel, and aluminium frames. Wooden frames require more maintenance and adds an elegant feel to space. Steel and aluminium are stronger and thinner frames that let in more light. You can go for a metal frame to give your conservatory a more modern look.
Do I need Planning permission for a conservatory?
You can add a conservatory to your home without planning permission. However, you need to fulfil certain conditions. It must not exceed 4m in height, it shouldn’t obstruct or front a public road, and it must not cover more than half of your house’s land area.
If you live in a listed building you will a special authorisation from your local planning authority.
How much does conservatory cost?
Primarily, the cost depends on the size, shape, and material used in the building of a conservatory. A small lean-to conservatory will cost you around £4000. A medium-sized conservatory will cost you around £6000. These prices are for conservatories made from uPVC with glass windows and a polycarbonate roof.
Does Conservatory add value to your home?
Provided that you’ve chosen quality material – as mentioned above in this post – a conservatory can increase the value of your home by up to 5%. The extra space and light that comes with it can become a strong selling point.