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Conservatories, part II

Taking the big step of adding a conservatory to your house will require a respectable amount of responsibility – but with the satisfaction of having a special place in your home. Your days will be sunnier and warmer once you’re done with it all. However, it’s not a small investment, so it mustn’t be taken lightly. Take a good look at your house, from all angles possible. Think about how it will become transformed with such an addition and why it will make it better. There are a few main aspects that will make the decision-taking process much easier.
Understanding the ‘why’ of it is of utmost importance. Think about it: what first gave you the idea of building a conservatory? Do you just want a smooth transition from your indoor living space to your outdoor garden? Or perhaps you want to lounge about and gaze at the sky from the warmth of your home? Maybe it’s something else entirely. Whatever the case, answering this question will make it much easier to decide what type of conservatory is right for your house and your lifestyle. There are many options available, depending on how you plan on using this special place.
The geographical orientation of the conservatory will be very important as well. Look at how to get the most sunlight, depending on how your house is built and how much space there’s available for you to commit to this addition. You will want to take into consideration all the seasons. How you plan to use the conservatory is going to impact the decision of where exactly to build it. If you decide that only the summer sun can rise to your expectations, for example, add the space in such a way that will take advantage of the sun’s trajectory during summer.
Once you know, more or less how your new house will look, the more detailed aspects must be noted, such as: what exact type of conservatory will best suit your lifestyle, what type of glass you should use, and of course, what architecture fits with your house.
When you feel certain on why you will add a conservatory to your home, as well as how you’re going to use this space, you can move on to the actual shopping around and browsing. It’s important to remember your motives, as there are many opinions out there about how conservatories should be used/built. Be one hundred percent sure to give these details when buying, as each of the aspects of your future lifestyle will impact one way or another which of the various options available you’ll go for – and as such, it also impacts the price.
The classic Victorian styles are the most popular, because they’re the most likely to be suitable with any home. Lean-to conservatories are also a popular option, since they usually are smaller than other types. It will be worth it to take your time and think how you’d like the conservatory to look. Consider how it will best complement your home, both from a practical point of view, as well as an aesthetic one. Some conservatories, like the Victorian or Georgian styles, will suit your house no matter if it’s an old building or a new one. Other styles are more suitable for more specific situations. A lantern roof conservatory, for example, will be a good choice if you want to have more space, as it is one of the larger designs – best suited for a room that will be used year-round by the whole family. Speaking of roofs, the material you choose to build yours out of will be pretty important. If you feel like you’re in an area where the sun is plentiful, you might want to consider having a normal roof, and not a glass one. The glass walls will still give you enough natural light, without fearing it will get too hot. Temperature will obviously be managed differently in such a house extension. Adding it to the rest of your heating system or not will depend on how you wish to use the space – or you might find it best if your conservatory has its own heating, separate from the rest.
In any case, there are many other aspects to having a conservatory added to your home, and we will go into further detail with them in the next part.

1 Comment

  1. Christian M. McKinney

    Adding greenhouse to your house is a big responsibility because it needs maintenance but the satisfaction it brings is worth the work.


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