Moving house is expensive and if you don´t need more bedrooms but would like a little extra space for entertaining or relaxing why not improve your property with a cool conservatory? Recent changes in UK legislation have made it easier than ever to add a single storey conservatory to your home. A glass structure also has the added advantage of allowing you to feel like you are outside no matter what the weather. Using a conservatory as a dining area could allow you to re-plan your reception rooms to offer more separate areas for different family members, or create an open-plan contemporary space with more room for your kitchen or living area.
The new rules now allow you to build a larger conservatory than before without planning permission, as long as you abide by certain rules. Take a look here at the Government Planning Portal. Owners of detached houses are allowed to build bigger one storey structures than owners of semi-detached or terraced homes. There is a fixed time limit to do this until May 2019 – who knows what will happen after this period expires?
Costs and Choosing a Builder
The usual cost range for a conservatory is from £4,000-£10,000 with an average cost of around £6,000. Obviously this will depend on the size and style of the conservatory that you choose – you can spend tens of thousands for something bespoke. There is a useful guide here on choosing the right builder at the right price
Things that you should consider when specifying your conservatory are the rules regarding the percentage of glass you must use, the kind of flooring you would like and insulation. If your conservatory is not correctly insulated or coated it can become hopelessly hot in summer or freezing cold in winter. Coated glass or heating are solutions you should consider when getting quotes from builders. You could also consult www.fensa.org.uk FENSA stands for the Fenestration Self-Assessment scheme. It has been set up by the Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) and other industry bodies, with government encouragement www.communities.gov.uk, in response to the Building Regulations.
Styles of Conservatory
The most popular styles tend to be the traditional Victorian or Edwardian, but contemporary conservatories can also be very stylish and elegant. Extensions with more brick work tend to be regarded as orangeries, rather than conservatories but the difference between the two is a little vague.
All you need to complete your perfect conservatory is a dining table or comfy chairs and you can enjoy a nice dinner or a glass of wine while looking at your garden – no matter what the weather. Take a look at these lovely homes with conservatories listed with the iProperty Company………