Despite the incredibly growth of space-saving solutions over the last few years, not all additions to the house can find their place within the four walls of your home.
For instance, you might be waiting impatiently for your future son or daughter to be born just to realize you will be struggling to dedicate a big enough room to him/her unless you move some of the existing items and furniture elsewhere. Or you might want to start a new hobby and dedicate a whole room to it. Even in this case, chances are that – like for many others in Britain – the space you have is just not enough.
Surprisingly enough, if not inside it, the easiest solution can be found just next to your house. Conservatories are an often underlooked way to expand into your garden and avoid having to move into a bigger house just because you’re looking for an extra room,
So here are three great and useful ways to make the most of a conservatory – and just as many reasons why you might want to consider getting one.
A very cosy living room
Given the amount of sunlight you will enjoy within it, your future conservatory can make for a great living room. Since three of its walls will be separated from the rest of the house, heating is indeed a main factor when planning to use a conservatory as a living room. Just make sure the windows are thick enough – look for double glazing all around – and don’t skimp on cost-effective heating solutions such as floor heating.
Don’t underestimate the importance of shading: a proper roof will help keep the environment cool during the summer months, and will be essential if your conservatory is south-facing.
The brightest office
If you’re working from home and want to create a peaceful environment that allows you to concentrate and stay away from the noise of the rest of the house, conservatories can become very useful spaces.
An office requires less space than a living room, and your conservatory can very easily impress your clients provided you manage to keep it bright and it offers views over a well-kept garden. As previously, look for daytime heating solutions, but mostly focus on the furniture you will choose. There are a few tricks to design great home office spaces – you can learn a few of them in this article.
Greenhouses are fun
A greenhouse is perhaps the single most common way to use a conservatory. The main threat your plants will be facing without a traditional roof will be the very high temperatures during the summer months. So if you’re looking to turn your conservatory into a greenhouse, make sure you’re mounting a shaded glass roof or place some reflective panels underneath it.
The main benefit is that over winter the conservatory will still enjoy mild temperatures, which will protect plants from frost. Many Mediterranean and tropical plants will find it much easier to survive in this kind of environment than in your garden.