Whenever you decide to make renovations to your home, you should always think everything through extremely carefully and in depth. This is to make sure the addition onto your home, such as a conservatory, will not only meet all of your needs and requirements but will also add value onto your home.
Conservatories comes in all shapes, sizes and styles so it is really important to make sure you do enough research before making your final purchasing decision. The following points will have a great impact on which conservatory style you end up choosing, so be sure to take note:
1. The position
You will need to put a lot of thought into where your conservatory is going to be positioned. Obviously, you will want to ensure it receives the maximum amount of sunlight possible, to enable you to enjoy it all year round. You will also want it to provide you, and any guests, with the best possible view of your outdoor space.
Taking these points into account will help you decide which styles of conservatory will not do. For instance, you may find certain styles simply don’t have enough windows for where you want the conservatory positioned, or perhaps the walls of the conservatory style are going to be too high and obstruct your view of the garden.
2. Are you going to need planning permission?
In all likelihood, you probably won’t need planning permission no matter which conservatory style you choose. However, it is always worth double checking, simply because it would be the biggest waste of money to go ahead and build your brand new conservatory, only to have to take it down at a later date.
Many conservatory styles will be small enough that you can be pretty confident you won’t need to go through the hassles of planning permission. However, depending on the materials used for your chosen style, as well as the actual overall size of the conservatory, you may well need to put in an application for permission.
3. How do you plan to use it?
The conservatory style you choose will definitely be affected by how you intend to use the construction. For instance, if you only require your conservatory as an extra eating space, you may well choose a more simple style that is more conveniently constructed and styled to suit this purpose, as opposed to focusing on comfort.
Obviously the purpose of the conservatory will also affect how large it needs to be, which will again affect the styling. However, if you want to use the extra space as a family room, living room or a garden room in which to relax, you may be better off choosing a more elaborately styled conservatory and one that fits in to the design of your home already.
4. Heating & cooling mechanisms
When considering the different styles of conservatory, it is worth keeping in mind how you are going to heat it, as well as keep it cool. The perfect conservatory will be neither too hot during the summer periods nor too cold during winter periods. You will need to work out how easy your chosen style is going to be to heat up or cool down.
When thinking these points though, think especially about your chosen conservatory flooring, for instance will it allow under floor heating? Also think carefully about how many windows your chosen style has, as having a lot can have a great impact on heat build-up and loss, especially if not covered with blinds. (You should also be aware blinds are generally not very cheap.)
5. Traditional or modern?
When people talk about traditional conservatories, they tend to be thinking more about Victorian and Edwardian styling, however, also included are lean-tos and orangeries. Both of these are more like extensions to the actual house, as they tend to contain a lot more brickwork than glass and also tend to be a lot more solid in form. Both these styles are a lot more rigid design wise as they have to really blend in with your house.
Modern conservatories tend to be made up mainly of glass. Over the years they have become very flexible in design, unlike lean-tos and orangeries. This means they are a popular style to choose from whether you have a new home, old home or even a period home.