To Build or Not to Build: Are Conservatories a Good Addition to Your Home?

Home Extension

Home ExtensionHomeowners planning to build an extension for their home may build a conservatory for its unique design. Apart from the extra living space and value, it lets your home get additional natural light, which can save you from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) during the colder season.

Before calling a contractor, however, you need to have an idea about its construction. Here are some things to take note of:

The Purpose

Joinery For All Seasons noted that conservatories could serve as a recreation and relaxation area, a mini indoor garden, an office or a dining area. It costs an average of £10,000 or even higher, depending on the materials and design to accomplish. As it is mostly made of glass, homeowners need to be mindful of the things they will put in it. The absence of window treatments like blinds allows burglars to see what items they can take from your home.

Rules and Regulations

If you do not want to get into trouble during and after the construction of your conservatory, it is best to identify the regulations you need to follow. From the size to the position, you need to take note which structural element limitations are applicable in your area.

Planning and building regulations resource, Planning Portal, has listed the conditions for England. They noted that the coverage of the conservatory should be no more than 50% of the land surrounding the original house—its size when it was first built. The maximum height for the conservatory should not be higher than the house, either. In some cases, regulations are not necessary if you decided to build it separately from the house, when it is at ground level and is occupying less than 30 square metres.

A conservatory can be a remarkable addition to your home. All you need is to take note of its purpose and the regulations regarding its construction to avoid problems in the future.