If you don’t want to move home, but you’re finding yourself in need of a little more space, then adding a conservatory can be an excellent idea. Not only does it give you an elegant extra room, but it also opens the house up to the garden and can add significant value.
If you are thinking of adding a conservatory to your home, the first thing you need to consider is planning. Generally speaking, you shouldn’t need planning permission to add a conservatory, as they are considered to be permitted development, however there are restrictions. For example, you can’t cover more than half the land around the original building – and this is defined as the building as it was originally built, or as it stood in 1948 if it’s an older building, so if there are already any extensions they have to be taken into account. You can get full details from the government’s planning portal.
Deciding how big your conservatory should be – bearing in mind the aforementioned restrictions – should be your next decision. If your house is small, then a large conservatory would be overpowering and make the house feel off-balance. You should also consider how much garden you’ll have left, as you’ll still want to be able to enjoy your outdoor space. This is also important if you want to sell in future; if your garden ends up significantly smaller than neighbouring gardens, this may put off potential buyers. It’s a good idea to mark out the space you’re going to take up with your conservatory – you can do this easily with string and ground pegs – so that you can get a visual idea of the space that you’ll have left.
What purpose your conservatory is intended to serve should also be considered when you’re thinking about the space – after all, if you want it to serve as your dining room, you’ll need to make sure that it will be big enough for your dining table and chairs. Ask your designer for both the external and internal measurements of your design, so that you can check it meets your requirements before you commit to buy.
Here at F.A.B Systems, we have a specialist team of designers with plenty of experience in creating stunning conservatories in Stoke on Trent and the surrounding area. We’ll take into account all your requirements to ensure that you get exactly what you need from your conservatory. For a free quote, simply call us on 0800 066 5644.