Twenty years ago, fitting a conservatory was on every homeowner’s hitlist of DIY jobs to aspire to. Not only did they add valuable space to a property, but their glass walls allowed homeowners to enjoy their garden while being protected from the elements.
However, conservatories in Cheshire have changed a lot since the 1980s and 1990s. While their traditional form might not be as popular now as it was two or three decades ago, there is certainly still a place for a conservatory installation, as they continue to provide several benefits for homeowners.
Here are a just a few for you to think about.
- Increased floorspace
The reason why conservatories first became popular is they enabled people to increase the floorpsace of their property without having to move home or undergo an expensive loft conversion or extension. And this is the same reason why they remain popular now.
According to the latest House Price Index from Halifax, properties increased in value by 5.9 per cent in February, taking the typical price of a home in the UK to £236,800. Increasing values are pricing many second-steppers out of the market, with this group of buyers wanting to move to a bigger home but not being able to afford to.
According to interior designer Joanna Wood, speaking with the Daily Mail: “With stamp duty increases and difficult in getting planning permission for basements, especially in London, people are trying to find other ways to add space.”
She went on to say conservatories could be a “perfection solution” for those who need to boost the size of the house, such as couples who are expanding their families.
- No longer an extra part of the house
When conservatories first became fashionable, they were designed to be an extension of the garden, allowing homeowners to enjoy their outdoor space in the warmth and comfort of their property. However, these days, conservatories tend to be better integrated into the main body of the house.
Conservatories gained a reputation for being stiflingly hot in the summer and too cold in the winter, as they are made entirely of glass that reflects the heat. However, this is no longer the case, as they are much better insulated for those cold winter months, and some even have intelligent roofing systems that keep them cool when it is warm outside.
Therefore, they can be utilised the whole year round, and not just for a few months at a time. As a result of this, they are no longer just an extra reception room to enjoy looking at the garden, but have become essential living quarters.
For instance, some families extend their kitchen into their conservatories; others use them as playrooms for their children; and offices and dining rooms can also be set up in them as well.
- Switch the design up
One of the most effective ways of bringing a conservatory into the 21st Century is simply to change its design. Many are now built with bi-fold doors, which really helps to open up the room to the outside; others are constructed with slightly more ornate features and solid structures so they feel more like an orangery; and they do not all have to be bright white like they used to be.
Simply changing the furniture can really make a conservatory feel more modern, fitting it with décor you would use in the rest of the house instead of wicker chairs or rattan seats more fitting for a garden.