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Designing a Conservatory

Adding a conservatory is quite a common option when it comes to making the most of your home. As an improvement, it can do a lot to add comfort, and real space, not to mention bump up the value of your property. However, there are plenty of mistakes that can really diminish the worth of the project. Here are a few to keep in mind..

Not getting materials that work with the home

You have to think about the aesthetic of the home when you’re choosing the materials that make up your new conservatory. PVC and glass tend to be something of a traditional look for them but for any additional fixtures or extensions that you have to do, you should try to get materials that fit the look of the rest of the home. The better that you can make your conservatory blend into its surroundings, the less chance you have of regretting the addition later.

Not investing in good weatherproof materials

Of course, more important than making the conservatory look sympathetic to the rest of the property is ensuring that it does its job effectively. Since it’s not built alongside the rest of the home, it will lack the comprehensive protection from the cold and rain that the rest of the home has. Choose reliable materials such as polycarb sheet to make your conservatory as airtight and reliable as possible. Make sure that all materials have weatherproofing features and that they are appropriately sealed to keep the area as contained, secure, and safe from the elements outside as possible.

Not landscaping around it

When you’re updating your home’s footprint, you should also think about updating the property that’s around it, as well. Your conservatory is likely to jut out of the home somewhat, which means that any pathing around the home, as well as any garden fixtures, are going to have their shape disturbed. You don’t need to redo the entirety of your exterior, but you could consider working with a residential landscaper just to make sure that you can fit your garden around the new addition to the home so that it looks like you have fully planned the home around it.

Not checking what planning permissions you need

There is some red tape to be considered when you’re planning any addition or extension to the home. Make sure that you do all of the necessary research into home projects in your city, town, and neighbourhood. If you need planning permission, then make sure that you apply for it fully before you start any work. Get things ready but don’t start working until you get the go-ahead. Make major changes to the exterior of the home without planning permission and you could be susceptible to serious fines, not to mention having to undo some of the work of the project.

Do all of the prep work, and research, and get an idea of what materials and labour you need before you start your project. That’s the best way to avoid the mistakes above.

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