How will a new Glass Extension add value to my house?
The simple answer to that is, providing it’s done properly, it most certainly will! There are some key considerations to make when contemplating a Glass Room Extension, Orangery type extension or Conservatory. It is important to speak with the experts and find out what would work best on your property. A carefully considered bespoke design of quality will certainly add far more to the value of a property than it costs, conversely an ill-considered “carbuncle” will devalue a property. A survey by the National Association of Estate Agents last year regarding the top home improvements that could add the best value to your property revealed that a Glass Room Extension featured highly at the top of the list.
An Orangery, Glass Extension or Conservatory provides an extra room in your house, but means giving up some garden space. If it is under a certain size, you will not need planning permission, but instead the work can be carried out under 'permitted development'. This can be a great way of delivering extra space for less, or for getting some open plan living, (although be aware you may have to abide by rules on building regulations if you wish to go open plan).
A basic cheap conservatory kit costs £4–5,000 and a further £3–4,000 to build and there are lots of options with double glazing companies that work in this marketplace. On valuable and period properties, a basic kit conservatory is unlikely to be a good investment, depending on the ratio of cost to value; a high quality bespoke specialist Orangery, Glass Room Extension or Conservatory is likely to be a better investment, even if it costs quite a bit more.
Whatever end of the market your property is at, it is essential that you stick rigidly to the fundamentals of good design. This involves expert advice regarding appropriate materials, aspect, location, flow to building, ventilation and specialist glass depending which way the room is going to face so that it remains useable all year round.
The additional floor area needs to add functionality to the existing layout of the house, either as an enlargement of an existing room/living space, or if sufficiently large, then a room in its own right. Above all else, it must feel like an integral part of the house and not just an 'add-on', bolted onto the back. It's imperative that the Glass Room Extension must blend in with the style of the house. Don’t make it seem as if it’s in any way separate, with its own entrance, for example. You can enhance the feeling of space and flow by installing the same flooring throughout your downstairs living area. It leads the eye on and ensures that the new room feels fully integrated.
Here at Room Outside we have five decades of experience and have built thousands of structures throughout the South. Why not contact one of our design experts and find out the best way to extend your home and add light, space AND value!