Adding a conservatory to your home is a great way to add space, to create a place for your family to hang out and spend time together, and also to increase the resale value of the home, if you plan on selling it in the near future. However, it is not as simple as tearing down a few walls of the home and beginning the construction process. Rather, you have to plan and consider different aspects prior to getting the project underway.
These are a few things to consider when building a conservatory addition to your home.
1. Height & Space
If you have a thin, narrow room in the home which can’t be used for anything else, a conservatory is a great addition. Adding height with a vaulted or peak ceiling is a great way of creating the illusion of a larger, more open space. It will also help make the conservatory appear brighter if it is an area where the family will be using often.
2. Concentrate on windows
Normally, any conservatory space is going to have a great deal of windows installed in the space. The kind of windows you choose however will have a great deal of effect on how much you are going to spend to construct the space. Glazing and UV protection are essential if the space is used as a guest room or area where you watch TV together, but this will add to the cost. If you install windows which retain heat, this will help improve insulation in the space. There are also windows which enhance the appearance of the room. Consider different styles, sizes, heights, and function, in order to keep your costs low when building the space.
Is it a playroom for the kids, or a guestroom for the in laws? Do you want to use it as an office space? The main use for the conservatory is going to play a huge role in the construction of it. From where you place it, to the size, to the number of windows you install, and other design features. Before you begin the project, don’t simply start knocking down walls or digging ditches in your yard. Make sure you have a clear plan laid out, and know what the space is for, so you can properly build.
4. Have a budget
Like any other construction or addition to a home, your small budget conservatory can become a major headache in no time. So, planning is key, as is setting a budget and sticking to it. Doing this will not only help you avoid going overboard, but also ensures you don’t run into troubles down the road, because of something you did not anticipate, or issues which need to be resolved simply because you didn’t plan and create a budget early on.
Every home is different, so every conservatory will be used in a different manner for each family. These simple tips will help you properly allocate the funds and design plan, when you have decided to build a conservatory for your home.