The idea of having a conservatory was at one time dedicated to growing plants. Today the options include space for socialising, dining, and blurring the space between the garden and the house. There are many things to take into account when building a conservatory.
Conservatories can have high heating requirements, due to large expanses of glass, they are also subject to more extreme heat variations than other rooms. Electric radiators are a popular and straightforward way to heating a conservatory. There is no need for pipework, it eliminates the disruption and the cost of extending or installing wet systems. Electric radiators come in a range of shapes, sizes and finishes.
The biggest issue for any new project is how to use the land efficiently to create the desirable space. In this case the size of the conservatory, neither too small nor too large. The proportion of the house is a major consideration, with all things that are to be built, perspective is key… Sarah Beeney has an ingenious way of getting the correct perspective on room sizes, she simply puts blow up furniture in a space that has been marked out. This is a fantastic way for those of us who lack vision to “see” the finished room.
Another consideration would be the style, a small Victorian conservatory on a modern house (because of the pitch of the roof), may not look as good as a bespoke design, your house and lifestyle are unique to you. There are many combinations that can be linked together to make your conservatory a flexible unique living space.
South facing conservatories will receive much more sun (solar heat gain) than a north facing one. Taking into consideration which aspect your conservatory will have could affect the type of roof and glazing to be installed. The specification should really be based on the above, should you install glass or polycarbonate? From that, you will be able to garner what type of insulation and ventilation is required. If the conservatory is south or west facing, then you would almost certainly need roof blinds.
There should be sufficient sockets in a room to allow you to change the furnishings as and when suits you. Installing sockets after the original build can be time consuming and messy, plus an added expense after the event. Lighting is a major consideration as conservatories are unlike any other room in your home. Due to the large amount of glass, conservatories often lack wall space, so electric radiator options now include low level skinny wall-mounted designs as well as floor-mounted options.
Depending on the size of your conservatory and its intended use carpets, ceramics and wooden flooring are all options to be considered when covering the base. Most conservatory bases will be constructed with concrete floors, which can be cold during winter…The most expensive choice would generally be floor tiles once laying costs had been taken into account, however, they are more durable and would last longer than carpets.
All in all a conservatory can add value, space and living accommodation options, choosing the correct heating option, for example electric radiators can bring in the ambiance that you require by raising the temperature quickly and efficiently in the winter and left on standby in the summer.