Conservatory style choices

Adding a new conservatory is a great way to get extra space. It also makes your house worth more and increases its’ “sale-ability”. However, if you make some wrong choices, you could undo that good work for adding value & desirability.

What do we mean by “wrong choices”?

garden rooms conservatoryYou might want to take into consideration the following points:

  • Proportion: you can make the room to big as well as too small. If the conservatory is too small, then it’s no more use than an expensive store room. To large and it’s out of balance with the existing house and can even lower the attractiveness to a potential buyer.
  • Space: do you have enough room to build. Is the conservatory going to use up loads of your garden space – this could put off potential buyers who like a bit of garden,
  • Style: Basically, you can only do 2 things with styling and those are either to compliment or contrast. If you have a Victorian home, for example, you can use a Victorian style conservatory. Modern homes may be better off with a more contemporary style,  If your conservatory clashes with your home, that’s not going to add value.
  • Property Values: Your house value and the local house values are important to consider if you are thinking of selling your home. It’s generally accepted that a good conservatory can add anything from 5% to as much as 10% to the value of a property. So if you want a good return on your investment, keep those figure in mind for your budget.
  • Cheap quality: “you gets what you pays for”. It’s an old saying, but proven true on so many occasions. Cheap quality conservatories will do your home more harm than good.
  • Extra expenses: Another saying to bear in mind is “no battle plan survives 1st contact with the enemy”. Now we are not saying builders are our enemies, but be prepared for something unexpected along the way. Good examples are finding out there are drains, pipes or utilities in the ground that need moving – maybe you have a water table problem or ground that doesn’t drain well – thing like this can add costs.
  • Planning permission: for a small to medium conservatory it’s likely that you won’t need it. But always check first before starting work.

Our advice is to get the professional over to do a survey and discuss design options – in fact, we recommend you talk to at least 3 or 4 different companies and then review & compare what you have learnt. A good place to start is here

Good luck

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