Building a conservatory can be a cost-effective way of adding extra space to your home without the hassle of moving. Of course it’s not just about money; turning your conservatory into a second living space could be a great opportunity to create a second living room. Perhaps your living room is dominated by children and toys?
Or taken over by teenagers watching their favourite shows? A second living space could offer you the peace and quiet you dream about. Whatever your needs, there are plenty of options to give you the extra space within your home.
It’s important you choose the right conservatory for you and your family and there is a huge selection to choose from. You may want a simple, clean design that will extend your garden into your home or you may prefer to include some authentic period features. Whatever you choose, thinking about how the room will be used can help ensure you are happy with the final result.
If you want to use your conservatory to relax and unwind in, and to appreciate the views onto your garden, then be sure to choose a structure that lets in lots of light. When thinking about furnishings, consider comfortable seating, atmospheric lighting and neutral colours that are easy on the eye.
A more practical ‘everyday’ room will need to have effective insulation to ensure it’s not too cold come the winter months and not too hot when summer arrives! It might also be a good excuse to exclude a television and be able to spend more quality time with your family and friends.
A conservatory can also make an excellent dining room; perfect for entertaining guests on a warm evening. Make sure furniture doesn’t dominate the room; choosing sleek and stylish designs, that are in-keeping with your homes interiors, will ensure your guests are relaxed and comfortable.
Alternatively, you might want to create a space allocated specifically for the children such as a play area for toddlers or a den for older children and teenagers. Providing your children with their very own living space is a great way for them to bond and they can help choose how to decorate and furnish their new space. Think bright and practical with plenty of storage for toys and gadgets.
If you are feeling particularly brave and adventurous, then why not opt for a super modern conservatory and let your creative side go wild! Be bold with big prints and feature walls, or go minimalist with white wash floors and floor length floaty curtains.
Whatever functional use you decide on for your conservatory, a great way to brighten the space is to bring some of your garden inside. Simple touches like cuttings from your favourite flowers or easy-to-maintain house plants can make the room feel more homely and complete.
Conservatories done in the right way could be expensive. A possible way to pay for the initial outlay could be to take out a loan.
Issued by Sainsbury’s Bank