Adding a conservatory is one of the most exciting home enhancements you can make. Aside from adding an extra room, it opens up the opportunity to reconfigure the layout of your house, which rooms are used for what purpose and of course it gives you a feeling of more space.

First of all, you need to know whether you need planning permission for your conservatory.

The rules have changed, meaning that most structures are considered to be a permitted development providing certain limits and conditions are met, so you may not need to apply for planning permission. We can advise you in more detail when you have decided on the size of structure you would like and we take a look at the where the conservatory will be positioned on your home.

So, then you need to decide what conservatory is right for you?

This is the exciting bit! It’s a good idea to do a lot of research, look at pictures on the internet, visit conservatory showrooms and take time to consider all of your options.

Current trends are for conservatories to be added to kitchens so they can be extended and combined with a relaxed, informal living area. And an ever-popular position is to add the extension to the back of the house, creating a transition room from the home to the garden, blending the best of both.

Consider too what this room will be used for, will it be a sanctuary away from the rest of the house, perhaps a playroom for the kids? Or maybe even you’ll use it as a gym, and office or music room? Talk through the possibilities so you can visualise what it will look like, and how much it will enhance your home when it’s complete.

Conservatory designs range from traditional Edwardian or Georgian, can be ‘P’ shaped to extend along the whole of the back of your home, or you can opt for grander styles with elevated two tier ‘lantern’ tops.

The age and style of your home will influence your choice too. An older, larger home for example may suit a more traditional style, whereas a new build property may be better suited to a contemporary conservatory style.

You can choose the height of the brick wall too, some prefer lower walls to maximise the amount of glass and light in the conservatory, while others prefer a mid height wall with interior window sills at an accessible level. Whatever height and extent of wall you choose, it must be built in matching brick to the rest of your house.

Frames range from traditional wood effect such as rosewood or oak to white, all made from uPVC with double glazed windows to help retain the heat. And windows can be leaded, Georgian bar or bevelled or indeed you can opt to keep them plain. Plus you can choose how many ‘openers’ you’d like.

The most appropriate type of roof may depend on its position. Conservatories can get hot in direct sunlight, and we recommend a tinted roof to shield from the heat and glare.

What about heating?

To enjoy your conservatory all year round, we recommend installing heating at build stage, either via under-floor heating or by extending your central heating to include the extra room. There’s nowhere quite as cosy as sitting in your heated conservatory on a cold winter’s day, or listening to the rain patter down whilst you admire the plants and wildlife in your garden.

Remember, a new conservatory will add value to your home too, so not only will you enjoy your extra room until the day you choose to move to a new property, you’ll also receive a return on your investment when you sell.

Above all, enjoy the process of choosing your new conservatory, the possibilities in front of you, and decisions you make. A new conservatory will make a huge difference to your home and it could be just a matter of weeks before it’s built exactly how you’d like it, and you’re ready to move in!