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Is a Conservatory Still an Important Feature?

26/06/2015

Having a conservatory added to the back of your home was the very first major home improvement scheme that we all considered. At one point they were sold door-to-door and offered the chance to add value as well as a sun trap for your home. The humble conservatory has seemingly grown out of favour with the younger homeowners, due to ever evolving working patterns, opting for a home office instead of a conservatory. It's time for us to re-evaluate the conservatory and refresh our minds about what it can add to our homes.

Space

The conservatory has been associated as a space for the elderly to grow older and perhaps a space for potting our plants, but we want to dispel this myth. These outdoor-indoor spaces have lost their reputation for being our link to the garden at a time where outdoor gas heaters and chimineas mean we can spend longer outdoors and prolong the eating outside season. However, a conservatory should not be used as a walk through to the garden – a well-planned conservatory can be that extra space you need and offers a lot of what you may think you would get with an alternative space.

Planning

The secret to getting your ideal conservatory is all in the planning – it's not necessary to find something that resembles a Victorian Pagoda or greenhouse. Nowadays you can buy a modern conservatory that will set off your modern home or give you a modern boost to a period home without looking out of place.

Before you speak to anyone, you need to decide what you want the conservatory for; if you want to pot plants and read a book in there then tell the company you have chosen to use just that. Similarly, if you want extra space to watch TV or for the children to do their homework then make sure this is taken into consideration.

It's also important to consider the positioning of the conservatory too. If you have space then the conservatory could run up the side of the house along the back.

Above all, you should think about whether a conservatory is something you want. They really are best used as spaces for relaxing in and extending the number of days in the year where you can admire your garden. If you want a study or storage spot then consider a she our outdoor office, but if you want somewhere to unwind then a conservatory is still a very good idea, not to mention a cost-effective one too.

If you would like to share your conservatory ideas with us, please feel free to visit us at one of our showrooms in Diss and Wymondham.

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