While sitting in the sun with a cooling drink may be the furthest thing from our minds in the midst of winter, the colder months are actually the perfect time to start thinking about one of the best ways to make the most of your garden all year around – investing in a conservatory.
A conservatory is an effective way to extend your home without forking out for a bricks and mortar extension, and has also been proven to add value to your property. However, with so many shapes, sizes and suppliers out there, choosing the right conservatory for your home can prove a tricky decision.
Here are the things your conservatory needs to ensure it not only makes a stylish addition to your home, but will last for decades…
Your conservatory needs to be made of good quality glass
Considering such a large percentage of a conservatory is made of the material, it should go without saying that the glass used should be of great quality.
However, a surprising amount of people settle for low-quality glass or ‘off the shelf’ sizes that can often be too small for the space. This means installers have to use lots of packing materials to close the gap, which can often lead to leaks and heat escaping.
Thankfully, suppliers like Everest Home Improvements, produce industry-leading glass with a variety of features that make it perfect for use in a conservatory.
There’s ‘anti-sun’ glass that’s tinted to keep out the glare during sunny days and self-cleaning glass that allows you to enjoy your conservatory without unsightly smears or spots from rain.
The glass is also incredibly safe and designed to break into harmless fragments if shattered – meaning you can let the grandkids run around without having to worry about them tripping and hurting themselves.
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Your conservatory should be seamlessly incorporated into your home
Each home is unique, which is why it’s vital that any addition to a house – whether an extension or conservatory – fits in with the existing character of the building.
If poorly done, some conservatories can look like a glorified greenhouse that has just be stuck on the side of a building with little thought with regards to the size, style or feel of the overall look.
When choosing a conservatory, look for a supplier that has a wide range of shapes and styles that are sympathetic to the appearance and scale of your property.
Modern homes may benefit from a minimalist design with straight lines and a flat roof, while older properties may be better suited to more elaborate designs.
One great way to see which style of conservatory would suit your home is to use the Everest Conservatory Designer app on your tablet. It allows you explore the full range of Everest conservatories, customise the design to your home and even take a photo to see how it looks on your property.
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Finishing touches can make all the difference
While many people will want their conservatories to be clean, crisp and minimal in design, for others it’s important to have the option of adding a few finishing flourishes to truly make it a part of your home.
For the exterior, things like Victorian cresting can add a sophisticated final touch, while those aiming for a more contemporary look can go for aluminium features.
Even seemingly small details, like the handles you choose can make all the difference to your conservatory and requires a supplier with a wide range of options who are experts in understanding what will work best for your home.
Similarly, there should be the option to include comfort-creating accessories within the conservatory. Things like wall heaters, underfloor heating and ceiling fans can help create an environment that you and your family will want to enjoy all year around – regardless of the weather.
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