Conservatories become a sought after feature for canny homeowners
Advances in technology and design have made conservatories a logical choice for people looking to add space and value to their homes.
Conservatories first became popular amongst homeowners in the 1970s and 1980s, but they began to fall out of favour in subsequent years, with many people viewing them as unfashionable and often poor quality.
However, a resurgence may be on the horizon. With approximately 200,000 being built each year, it seems that the humble conservatory extension is making somewhat of a comeback.
So, what is driving this resurgence? And is this a trend that we can expect to continue?
One of the main drivers behind building a conservatory is to create additional living space in the home. Moving home is a costly affair and gaining planning permission for extensions or basement conversions can be difficult. So, for a family who is looking to expand their family, a conservatory can be the perfect solution.
A well-planned conservatory provides valuable extra space for dining, socialising or relaxing, and for relatively little cost, while also lending itself perfectly to the current trend for open-plan living.
As well as offering extra space for low outlay, conservatories often have the advantage of adding value to your home – around 7% according to some experts.
The conservatories of the 70s and 80s often had poor quality glazing that left them freezing cold in the winter and unbearably hot in the summer. They were also prone to problems with condensation. As a result, owners were not able to use them to their full potential and they often became somewhat neglected.
Happily, technology has moved on a lot in recent years. Conservatories can now be fitted with energy efficient glass with a thin reflective coating that helps to effectively control the temperature of the room, as well as reducing condensation build-up. Glazing can even be tinted, enabling you cut down on glare or conserve privacy.
The introduction of effective heating and ventilation systems also help to ensure that conservatories are seen as an integrated feature of the home, rather than just a ‘fair weather’ add on.
As a result of these developments, modern conservatories offer comfortable living that is geared towards year-round enjoyment, enabling homeowners to enjoy their garden during even the most inclement of British weather.
And it’s not just the technology that has moved on – so has the design. If you are buying a conservatory today you are no longer restricted to the ubiquitous ‘white boxes’ of the 1970s and 1980s. Instead, you have access to a wide choice of different design features that can be tailored to suit your taste, your home and the conservatory’s preferred use.
There is a large number of conservatory designs available to today’s customer. And whether you prefer the modern, clean lines of lean-to structures with expansive glazing, or the more traditional feel of Edwardian and Victorian conservatories, you are sure to find something that fits your requirements. Increased options when it comes to design features such as floor materials, blinds and types of glazing make it even easier to design a conservatory that is uniquely yours.
With their ability to add much needed space and light to a property, not to mention value, it’s easy to see why conservatories are such a sought-after feature for many homeowners today. And as technology continues to evolve, it seems likely that people will continue to look to conservatories as the perfect solution to enhance their homes.