Pre-purchase conservatory considerations



There are plenty of good reasons to consider adding a conservatory to your property. You’ll extend your living space filling it with light and adding value into the bargain. But if you want to maximise the return on your investment, here are some pre-purchase considerations that will help you do just that.

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Why do you need a conservatory?

Before you start to consider the design and position of your conservatory, you need to be clear on what you’ll use it for. Will it be your dream kitchen diner or a state of the art home office? Do you want to provide more space for a growing family or create a beautiful space to relax in? Once you’re clear on its purpose you’ll be able to make good decisions on design and location. It’s a good idea to consider security options at this stage.

Planning permission

Most conservatories fall within permitted development rules. If you plan to add a veranda or your conservatory will cover more than 50% of your outdoor space then you’ll need to visit your local planning portal.

A good conservatory company like firmfix.co.uk/conservatories will be able to advise you on planning for conservatories Tewkesbury residents will love.

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The right materials

There are so many options available when it comes to designing your conservatory. PVC is a good idea if you’re on a budget but won’t suit a period property. On the other hand, hardwood constructions can be more difficult to maintain.

While your building materials should be period appropriate, you’ll also need to consider the comfort of your new living space. Solar glass technology and underfloor heating are two methods of keeping your space liveable all year round. You can also consider an energy efficient conservatory with an insulated roof.

Location, location, location

One of the criticisms levelled at conservatories is that they’re too hot in the summer and too cold in the winter. Choosing the right location can help – for example, a north facing conservatory can get extremely cold in winter so consider heating options and comfortable furnishings. On the other hand, a south facing conservatory may overheat in the midday sun, making blinds and air conditioning a necessity.

Wherever you choose to site your new conservatory, make the most of this inside/outside space with the right furnishings – then sit back and enjoy the view.