3 Big Mistakes to Avoid When Building Your Conservatory
Posted on February 8, 2017
We’re used to thinking of conservatories as a guaranteed investment. Over the years, countless property shows have reinforced the idea that literally adding to a property is the only sure fire way to increase its resale value. For the most part, this is accurate. Yet, more focus should be given to the impact of poorly built and designed conservatories. In order to boost the value of a home, the structure has to enhance it in some way, rather than simply adding to its floor space.
This is where high quality materials, responsive fixtures and fittings, and great interior design comes in. To create valuable conservatories in Suffolk, homeowners need to take the time to really plan things, rather than rushing in head first. Pick a reliable contractor, make sure that the team is compatible with your vision, and find a real use for the extension. Too many families build conservatories and then struggle to make them feel like a part of the house, but it is easy if you approach the project from the right angle.
Keeping reading to discover the most common faux pas when building conservatories and the best ways to avoid them.
Only Built for Summer Days
The biggest mistake that you can make is to build your conservatory with an eye only on the summer months. This is bound to influence the design and construction choices that you make. And, it will lead to an extension that is great in warm weather, but too chilly and uninhabitable to use all year round. If you’re going to spend thousands building a conservatory, get the most that you can out of it by making sure that it is fully insulated. It is also a good idea to install a lightweight heating system. There are no rules that say you shouldn’t be able to get as much joy and use out of conservatory in the winter as you do during the warmer seasons.
A Messy, Disruptive Floorplan
Lots of people get excited about the idea of using their conservatory as a ‘thoroughfare’ of sorts. They imagine a busy, communal room, bustling with activity, because it leads to every part of the house. Unfortunately, it is very difficult to design conservatories in Suffolk that work in this way. The ideal design is a space with just two entryways; one leading in from the house and one leading out into the garden. That way, there is plenty of room for furniture and the space never becomes a cluttered, high traffic area.
Designing for an Isolated Space
This is perhaps the most common faux pas of all and it can really limit the amount of value that conservatories in Suffolk add to their properties. Rather than designing the space as a separate, add on extension, think of it as an expansion of the space that you already have. For example, the best conservatories are those that have a clear, inclusive purpose. They are used as dining rooms, spare bedrooms, playrooms, and studies, rather than just ‘conservatories.’ Try to incorporate some of the décor and design features found throughout the rest of your home, as a way to create fluidity and compatibility.
For more information and advice on designing the perfect conservatory, visit Ironglaze today. Or, call 01473 40022 to speak to a sales advisor and request a consultation or a cost estimate for your project.