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Add A Conservatory, Enjoy The Extra Space And Add Value To Your Home
It wasn't so long back that conservatories were viewed as rather ostentatious and were built with the single intention of showing how wealthy your family was. These days the price of conservatories has fallen so that they are affordable by practically everyone and not unexpectedly more and more people are now including them when it's time to think about home improvement projects.
There are many reasons for having a conservatory built onto your home however the main reason seems to be that it is an simple way to expand the family living area. It provides the house with extra downstairs space and as many designs include French doors and double-glazed windows it is frequently used as a dining area where people can have visitors and family, or as a quiet lounge area where you can just relax. Although conservatories can be comparatively costly to build they are frequently much cheaper to add than moving to a bigger house, particularly when you have just got your home decorated the way you like it and you don't really want to begin all over again. It may also be that you don't require planning consent for a conservatory (depending on its dimensions and the area you live in) whereas you will certainly need it for a brick-built addition to your home. Since they can frequently be constructed quickly, the construction of a conservatory causes only nominal interference to daily life and they can often be ready to use within a couple of weeks of starting; try saying that about a brick-built extension!
Most conservatories these days are constructed with good quality uPVC windows and doors either in white or in eye-catching wood grain effect. This means that your new space will have all the benefits of the main house, that is warmness, security, noise-proofing etc., but with the additional bonus of panoramic views of your garden and the adjacent land. Additionally, many companies offer a planning service so that you can select the shape, size and style of your conservatory, decide where the exterior doors are to be located - in effect giving you a 100% unique configuration that is designed to meet your precise requirements.
A conservatory is also a super way of integrating the house and the garden. French doors or sliding patio doors leading onto a well laid block patio can make the summer months the best months of the year, particularly if you splash out on a barbeque and some garden lights as well. Conservatories can get quite hot during the summer though, particularly if you choose a glass roof and full height windows, though there is a fairly new kind of glazing called RE-FLEX glass which filters out some of the heat and makes your conservatory up to 15º cooler than using normal Pilkinton ‘K' glass. Clearly opening the windows and doors will also disperse heat, though if for some reason the doors can't be left open, for instance if there are pets or young kids in the house, then RE-FLEX glass is a great substitute. The additional benefit is that this particular form of double glazing in fact retains warmth in the winter months and so it may be that there is no requirement for costly blinds and radiators.
One of the best things about a conservatory is that you frequently make a profit when you sell your home as any home improvements unquestionably add worth to your property. As long as a well thought-of company fits the structure and you maintain it in good order, a conservatory can add more value to your home than it initially cost to construct. So you get the additional bonus of a higher selling price as well as the quality time you spend in the conservatory.
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