Would you rather have a home that works for the family, maximises usability and adds value to your property or one that follows the status quo and includes the current trend?
At Habattach we have often been mentioned in the same breath as the old favourite, conservatory. We thought it would be interesting to take a look at conservatories and look at some of the reasons people opted for the glass rooms in the first place.
Popularity of conservatories rose in the 80’s after affordable uPVC because more accessible. If you were to ask whether a conservatory was worth it or a waste of money back then, it would have been a unanimous no! However, asking that same question today, it will offer a somewhat mixed reaction from the general public. But why?
Conservatories have a many benefits, for example, they are still considered a good way to increase the value of the home. Potential buyers are attracted to additional space where they can relax and take in the garden around the property. They’re particularly value increasing in areas with decent garden views. Along with this conservatories are good for letting in more light and giving you a chance to enjoy the outdoors whilst still being very much indoors!
So why have they been brought into question in recent years?
One of the top reported reasons or phrases you might hear when describing a conservatory is that it’s “a waste of space” and this is largely due to the volatile temperatures you might find in some of these structures. Conservatories are mostly made from glass, which is famously difficult to regulate the temperature of. A glass room is going to heat up in the sun and freeze in the winter, which means – especially for Britain, there are few days where the room can be used to it’s full potential, admittedly mainly through the room being too cold! Another issue that seems to link with temperature control, would be condensation created from desperately trying to heat up your chilly room in the colder months, making for an uncomfortable setting.
There are technologies and methods in todays world that will help insulate your conservatory better, these obviously come at a cost but if you really have your heart set on a conservatory style extension, it would be worth considering these options.
With the rise in open plan living, conservatories just do not fit this mould. They are sectioned off by doors and can appear as a bit disjointed from the home. There are plenty of more affordable options in todays world that will let you have your extension into the garden without disrupting the flow of the house. However, this may not work for everyone, you might want the separation! If open plan living isn’t for everyone, so it may be worth doing your research and not crossing anything off the list until you know exactly what you want.
Privacy is something that has been thrown around in the conversation. Unless you go for a frosted glass or blinds, there really aren’t many ways to get around the privacy issue. By trying to cover up the windowed walls, you’re really defeating the objective of what a conservatory is trying to achieve. If this is your number one doubt, it would probably be better to look at other modular options around.
So, what is out there as an alternative? The world of extension options have exploded over recent years and these include investing in an orangery which combines the idea of a conservatory with more robust materials such as brick. A garden room may work for you, which would be more of a separate structure rather than one that would be physically attached to your property. This will work for anyone who is looking for a space that is detached from the home, such as an office or workout space. Maybe you want a space that simply shelters you from the outdoors rather than a room extending into the garden, a pergola may be for you! It’s a covered exterior area which mean you can extend into the garden without losing any garden. Another option would be to look for a prefabricated modular extension is a structure where most of the work is completed off site, the materials are delivered on site and is installed directly onto your home. It’s the least disruptive method of building and uses highly insulated materially meaning the space is able to be used year round.
Of course the only you will know if a conservatory is right for you, but it’s so worth looking at all of the routes that are available to you before thinking you’re only option is a conservatory. We know plenty of people who are happy with their conservatory and would fully recommend it, along with those who prefer other alternatives – it’s what will work for you and how you’ll utilise the space.
Of course, Habattach is uses the prefabricated, modular construction method which means we source the best quality materials, have them deliver direct to site and install them in as little as 12 days (depending on the size of HAB you go for!). If you would like to find out more about how we can help you make the most of your space, send us an email to hello@habattach.com and our team would love to discuss your options with you.
Living Room Layout Interior - Hab 2 6m x 4m Prefab Extension

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