You have made the decision that a conservatory will add value to both your home and your life – but what are the next steps in making your dream come true. As with any home improvement project, there are a variety of factors that need to be taken into account if you want to enjoy that perfect addition to your lifestyle.
1. How will the Conservatory be used?
Each of the rooms in our homes has a specific purpose (sometimes more than one) – and is designed to make certain activities more pleasurable or productive, a conservatory is no different. The activities that will take place in the conservatory dictate its design – and even the materials that are used in its construction. For instance the roof material and structure. Just as rooms such as studies and lounges have design imperatives – so to will the conservatory. See here for sales jobs Hampshire.
2. Interior decorating considerations.
Once you have a clear idea of just how the conservatory will be used you will be in a position to make a decision about furnishings. Your choice of roof panels will, for instance, an influence which fabrics you use on the furniture. Many fabrics will fade over time when exposed to direct sunlight (it is worth noting that there are roof panels that will reduce the impact of sunlight on these fabrics).
3. Get a property valuation.
A conservatory will add value to your home (and add living space), however, the question is how much? Getting a property valuation and an anticipated figure on the value add will guide you in how much you invest. It will also enable you to make a logical choice between going with the conservatory or another alternative such as an extra room (or even an orangery).
4. Is planning permission required?
Listed homes or homes in preservation areas will require planning permission. If your home does not fit into these categories you will probably be free to proceed without permission (up to a certain size of conservatory). However, it is always a good idea to make sure that this is the case. Costs can increase dramatically if planning permission is required. A professional architect or conservatory installation company will often be able to find out whether or not you require permission.
5. Agree on the parameters of the project with the installer.
Are you the type of person who wants a turnkey project where your involvement is minimal – or do you want to enjoy a more hands-on approach where you liaise with architects to ensure that your unique vision comes to life? That is one of the most important decisions you will have to make when choosing your installer. Each conservatory installation company offers a different bundle of services. Whatever your choice, ensure that the company you have chosen is fully licensed and accredited – and offers guarantees on their work.
6. Make sure that the aesthetic of the conservatory matches your home.
If you have decided that a conservatory is right for your lifestyle and will add value to your property the next step is to decide on a design. The value added to the conservatory can be reduced if it does not match the aesthetic of your home. Our designer app will allow you to select a design that dovetails neatly with the architecture of your home – and provide a visual of how the conservatory will look once it is completed and attached to the property.
7. The maintenance issue.
There is a myriad of materials used to construct conservatories – and each places different demands on the homeowner as far as maintenance is concerned. Decide how much time you are willing to devote to maintenance. uPVC is low maintenance and retains its good looks for years while a wooden conservatory needs much more care, but provides a timeless and attractive option.