The conservatory can be a great addition to your home or an expensive white elephant so it’s a good idea to plan well ahead to get the best garden room you can. Make sure you know what you want to use it for. Is it a dining room, another living room or an extension to the kitchen? If you have a bedroom on the ground floor, do you see your favorite bedroom furniture fitting in to a garden bedroom?
Once you know its intended use you can plan how much space and what shape you want to have. Many different varieties exist. P-shaped conservatories offer a glazed sun room opening out into a larger living area, where B-shaped conservatories can be a large extension of your home’s footprint and provide two additional spaces. Box-shaped conservatory rooms offer a large living area whereas the rounded shaped conservatories are more aesthetically pleasing from the garden. If you have a small back garden, a lean to conservatory is a great way to have the extra space without losing the outside area as well.
Styles range from Georgian and Victorian through to highly desirable contemporary looks. The architecture and age of your house will probably have a lot to do with which design you choose. A gable fronted conservatory will give a lot of height to the design so make sure that your upper floor windows aren’t obscured by it.
Materials differ greatly too. At the top end of the market, hard-woods provide beauty and durability for your conservatory but do come at a price. The more affordable variety and very popular in urban areas are UPVC conservatories. These are easy to maintain and, being UPVC double glazed, keep external noises at bay.
Getting the first steps in your conservatory design right and coupled with detailed research into the available options is a very good idea. It will make your conservatory a very useful and valuable new addition to home for years to come.