Technically, a conservatory is an extension used to expand living space without the need to purchase a new house in a separate location. So in most cases, adding a conservatory is more of a want than a need.
But how do you decide whether to invest on this project or not? Here are some things to consider in whether or not you should add a conservatory to your property.
- Are you a keen gardener?
- Do you need a conservatory or an orangery?
- Does your house need a makeover?
- Do you have the space for it?
- Are you an indoor or outdoor type of person?
If the answer is yes, you have one good reason to consider adding more room to your home. A conservatory is a perfect place to grow a garden especially for high maintenance plants. If you live in an area where harsh climates make it difficult to nurture plants, then heres the solution. The temperature can remain constant, which makes it a conducive for gardening.
Orangery or glass house is usually mistaken for a conservatory and it is true the other way around as well. However, you best decide which of the two you actually want since there are structural differences.
If you are looking for a full on extension, you need an orangery since it is more of an extension onto your home. A conservatory, regardless of how expensive it is, is not as extension structurally.
If you wish to add more flexibility and space without the costly construction, you should opt for a conservatory rather than an orangery since the latter is traditionally more contained and private.
A conservatory is an ideal addition if you feel the need for a home makeover. For one, it does not need tearing down parts of the rest of the house. Instead, it adds more room and breathing space.
Another great benefit is that you can design it in such a way that it invites more light and life into your home. While it still has to accentuate the design features of the rest of the house, designing a new space will breathe a new life into your home.
You may not have considered it if you do not have the space for it in the first place. However, it is more complicated than just deciding you have a couple of square metres for an additional room. Think about how much area is left on your backyard or front yard once the construction is finished. Consider if taking away that amount of outdoor space is worth the additional indoor space.
This is more important for properties with limited room to spare. Consider your normal activities and then decide whether you should save the area for outdoor or indoor purposes. For example, if you are the type who likes barbecue parties outdoors, then perhaps you might want to consider another project. On the other hand, if you prefer to entertain guests indoors, then an additional room is much preferred.
Keep the cost down by opting for a DIY conservatory, rather than getting a company to build one for you.
Unless you have a growing family and additional space is necessary, a conservatory is not an urgent house improvement project. However, if you have the money to spend for this project, it is best to keep the room as versatile as possible. That way it will remain flexible for different purposes. After all, a well-designed conservatory should be whatever you need it to be.
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