Conservatories have been a popular way to enhance and extend homes across the UK for decades now. The modern conservatory gives homeowners a light and airy space in which to relax, dine and live closer to the outdoors and their gardens no matter the weather. But there are so many more benefits. Read about the top 5 benefits of a conservatory below.
What is a conservatory extension?
A conservatory is a popular property extension option. They are constructed mainly from glass, in some cases combined with dwarf brick walls, French double doors or bi-fold doors with a full glass roof. Usually, they are offered with a choice of frame materials including hardwood timber, uPVC, aluminium, oak or even a frameless construction and can be designed in a variety of styles to suit your property and taste. A conservatory will typically be added onto the back or the side of your home to create an additional room or to extend an existing room where the external doors are removed to produce a larger open plan space. Often, they can be built without applying for Planning Permission under Permitted Development Rights.
Here are our top 5 benefits of a conservatory:
One of the key benefits of a conservatory or orangery extension will of course give you extra space in your home. The new space could be a separate room with doors between your home and your glass room. Or you can use a glass extension to extend out an existing room, such as the kitchen by removing the external doors creating a much larger open-plan space. Conservatories are great for a huge number of uses, offering a stylish yet highly practical room to be used for dining, entertaining, relaxing, working out, working from home, music rehearsal or even for the children to play.
One of the huge benefits a conservatory extension brings is light. The large areas of glass, including the roof, will create a light and airy space to enjoy, as well as potentially bringing in more light to your existing home too. Practically, the extra light will reduce the need for electric lights and lamps during the day, but the health benefits of vitamin D taken from sunlight are another positive. You also don’t need to worry about keeping your new space cool in summer with the use of far superior temperature and UV control glass, meaning you can create a comfortable space to be used all year round.
Closer to the outdoors
In the UK we love our gardens and being outdoors, but our unpredictable weather plus long working hours can mean we are outside less than we would like. Including a conservatory or glass extension will allow you to feel like you are outdoors while staying comfortable. The lack of solid barriers helps to connect your home to your garden and when the weather is good, you can throw open the double doors and windows to allow free flow from your home out into your outdoor space – the perfect indoor/outdoor solution.
Adds value to your home
If you are thinking of adding an orangery or conservatory you are likely not even considering selling up any time soon, but it is always nice to know any home improvement investment you make will be worthwhile. Property experts say that adding a conservatory is one of the top 10 ways to increase your property value, with property expert and TV personality Phil Spencer stating that a glass room addition can add up to 7% to the value of your home. An additional benefit is that adding a glass extension instead of a traditional extension will often be much quicker, create less mess and can be a lower investment, depending on what you are looking for.
Enhances your lifestyle
Along with the obvious practical elements of adding more space, a conservatory can enhance your lifestyle. A glass extension can help you to live the life you want by providing a dedicated space for your hobbies or things you enjoy doing. If you like hosting dinner parties for friends but lack the space, extending your kitchen dinner or adding a glass dining room will help you to have the social life you desire. If you have a love of yoga but don’t want to attend a public studio or gym, having a dedicated fitness studio would create a tranquil light and airy haven that is perfect for meditation, yoga and more. Perhaps you have been working from home a lot more lately but don’t have a dedicated office area so easily get distracted or interrupted by the functions of the home, causing you additional stress? An orangery could be a great work-from-home office, enabling you to work in a quiet and professional environment separating work life from home life and lowering your stress levels. The options and possibilities are huge.