Conservatories have been around since the seventeenth century, back then they were stone buildings that boasted more glass than a ‘normal’ room. They were enjoyed only by the wealthy and it was only really during the Victorian period that they started to gain popularity. It was in the 1970’s that we started to see conservatories really take off. They became accessible to all and started to be common place in homes across the UK.
In a country that is known more for its rain than sunny days, the conservatory provided something that hadn’t been achievable before, the opportunity to enjoy your garden whatever the weather. You could really bring the outside in and create a living space to enjoy all year round. Initially difficult to heat, there is a wide variety of options now which mean that you can enjoy this extra space whatever the temperature outside and when the summer months hit, blinds can shelter from the sunshine to stop the room getting too hot.
The benefits of building a Conservatory
There are a wide number of reasons why you might choose a conservatory over extending your home or converting your loft, here are some of the reasons why:
- You don’t need planning permission
- It’s cheaper than an extension or loft conversion
- You can extend an existing room
- Bringing extra light into a room
- Creating an additional living room, dining room, office space etc. etc.
- To create the feeling of indoor / outdoor living
- To enjoy the garden all year round
- To create a quiet space with no TV
- Create a playroom to keep children’s toys out of adult spaces
I’m sure there are many more suggestions that you could come up with in addition to this list. In fact that’s one of the reasons conservatories are so popular, they are an incredibly versatile space that means you can change your mind about how you use it.
A more comfortable Conservatory
One of the things that used to put people off having a conservatory is that it was always difficult to keep warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Those days are gone, with new technology creating a whole host of solutions to enable you to enjoy your space whatever the temperature outside.
Things like underfloor heating can be installed to keep the space warm during the winter and blinds can be fitted to the glass in the roof as well as doors and windows help to keep the space cool during the warmer months. There are also better insulation systems now that help keep the heat in or the sun out depending on the time of year. It’s always best to discuss your requirements and budget first to ensure you get the solution that it right for you.
If you want to find out more about having a conservatory then please get in touch today and we will be happy to have a no obligation conversation about how we may be able to help.