Television home makeover shows have a lot to answer for.

Not content with guilting us into keeping up with the Joneses, the ease with which they pull off a transformation typically makes us green with envy.


Of course, television shows or not, we all dream about sprucing up our homes and creating additional space to increase value and allow for more comfortable relaxation time.

From converting an attic into a kid’s play area and adding an en suite to your bedroom, quality embellishments help lend a practical and aesthetic superiority to your property.

One of the simplest ways to achieve this increased value and space is by investing in a conservatory.

The Benefits of a Conservatory

If you’re fortunate enough to be blessed with a large garden that catches the sun, conservatories offer a functional addition to the home and a great area to enjoy some family time.

For most, a conservatory provides the perfect way of attaining more space without uprooting the family and moving home.


Planning permission is not needed in all cases and, provided you choose a reputable company to construct the conservatory, it’s sure to add value to your home.

In addition, it provides a multipurpose space that can be used as a dining room, office, study and even as an extension of your kitchen.

Naturally, one of the obvious benefits is the light and warmth streaming into your extension, with the added bonus of unspoiled views out to your garden.

Where to Construct Your Conservatory

Although it’s traditional to build a conservatory at the back of your property close to the garden, some folk opt to position their extension at the side or front of their home.

More often than not, a conservatory is designed to become an extension of your garden, which means it will be built on ground floor level.

Importantly, where you construct your conservatory brings its own set of problems – which is why, at the planning stage, you should give serious thought to where it’ll be positioned.

If you construct it to face the east, it will benefit from the early sun, making it a great spot to enjoy the morning papers and cup of tea – and it also means it’ll remain pleasant throughout the day.

Planning to keep plants in your conservatory? Position it to face the west to benefit from the warm glow of the afternoon sun.

Unless your conservatory will be only be used as a summer room, positioning it to the north means it can become extremely cold in the winter months – and that means additional expense on heating.

Although it may make most sense to position your extension to the south, the space can become unbearably hot in the summer, which means you should have adequate ventilation and blinds to offset the heat.