It’s the height of summer, and with our back gardens looking more beautiful than ever many of us are weighing the benefits of a conservatory extension. Building a conservatory is one of the cheapest ways to extend your home, and a great way to enjoy the beauty of your back garden all year round. But with so many options to choose from, there are important considerations to make before you contact a tradesperson or send off for a DIY self-assembly pack. Here are some of the most important questions to ask yourself when planning a new home conservatory:
1 – How will I use my conservatory?
It’s important to have a clear idea of how you intend to use your conservatory. Uses for a conservatory are, today, wide and varied: with many households getting very creative with how they use their extra space. Maybe you want to use the conservatory as an extension of your indoor living spaces – a sophisticated dining space, an extra sitting room, or a breakfast room where you can enjoy your cornflakes whilst watching the sunrise. Or perhaps you want to dedicate your conservatory to a new purpose – make it a light and airy office, a comfy reading den, a playroom for your kids, a games room for the teenagers, a workshop for crafty pursuits, a gym or yoga studio, or a space for your exotic potted plant collection. The intended use of your conservatory will influence a huge number of factors throughout the building process: including the shape and size of the conservatory, the quality of the building materials, and the interior furnishings – such as carpets, blinds and light fittings. It will also influence your choice of conservatory heating. In a living space you intend to use all year round, it’s important that you have efficient, programmable heaters to create an effective conservatory central heating system. In this case designer conservatory radiators or far infrared electric heaters would be the economical choice. If you’re using your conservatory as an exercise space, or you only intend to use the conservatory in summer, a cheap freestanding patio heater might be sufficient as an on-demand top-up to keep your conservatory warm in chillier times.
2 – Will I need planning permission for my conservatory?
In general, you do not need planning permission to build a conservatory – another reason they’re such popular home extensions! There are a few exceptions to this rule. If your conservatory is planned to take up more than half the area of land surrounding the property, you will need planning permission. If any point of the conservatory will be higher than the highest point of the roof of your house, you will need planning permission. For full details of current planning regulations be sure to refer to up-to-date government guidelines.
3 – What style conservatory should I choose?
There are six principal styles to choose from when planning a new conservatory: Victorian, Edwardian, P-Shape, Double Hip, Gable and Lean-To. Victorian and Edwardian roof styles are classic designs ideal for maintaining the character of period properties. P-Shape conservatories wrap around a corner, ideal if you want a large space in your conservatory. Double Hip gives a sense of separateness to your conservatory, whilst Gable is a simple design which still gives plenty of ceiling height. Lean-To is perhaps the most basic conservatory design, but is still a very effective way to blend smaller conservatories into the rest of your home. Our conservatory radiator for dwarf walls is compatible with each of these conservatory design styles, and with an elegant and discrete contemporary design the radiator complements both modern and traditional interior design styles.
4 – Which material should I use for my conservatory?
There are three main materials to choose from for the structure of your conservatory. PVC is the cheapest and most popular option, offering sturdy structural integrity and requiring little maintenance. However, PVC conservatories may look out of place on a period property. Hardwood conservatories are more popular for period properties and designer homes. Hardwood is a more expensive option but offers excellent thermal performance and an attractive outlook. Aluminium framed conservatories are less widely used but are ideal as a less expensive choice in conservation areas, because they can be powder coated in any colour. You should also choose what material you want to use on the conservatory ceiling. Traditionally, all conservatories have had clear ceilings made of glass or see-through plastic – allowing you to watch the clouds roll by ahead. But, increasingly, savvy energy-conscious homeowners have been installing plasterboard ceilings in their conservatories to increase their heat retention. Plasterboard ceilings also allow you to heat your conservatory with infrared panels – one of the most efficient, draught proof conservatory heating solutions on the market.
For more information on our conservatory radiators, electric heaters and infrared panels, why not give our expert sales team a call? Our friendly team will be delighted to give you a free quote and plenty of advice about keeping your conservatory warm. Call us today on 0330 300 4444.
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