The conservatory - it’s a British classic. Despite being a rain drenched, cloudy isle, our eternal optimism for sunshine has made conservatories one of the go-tos when it comes to extending. But does your property’s value benefit as much as your vitamin D levels?
Unlike other extensions, there's a real risk your conservatory could actually DEVALUE your home. Meaning if you’re going to do it, you have to do it right. Here’s our advice for creating a value-adding conservatory to your home.
Don’t be tempted by cheap prices
One of the benefits of a conservatory is that they’re often cheaper than your traditional extension. However, this reputation for affordability can often drive homeowners to seek prices that seem too good to be true - which they end up being.
Basic kits made from uPVC are common offenders, and this kind of cheap build will often devalue your home, rather than increase it. They look dated, and aren’t made with your home’s needs in mind. If possible, we always recommend commissioning a bespoke package, especially when it comes to period properties. Don’t let bad design impact your assets.
Location, location, location
No surprise, where your conservatory will live plays a big part in the value it generates. For best results, have yours facing South, for maximum sun exposure. East and West can be okay, providing how much sunlight they catch throughout the day, but NEVER build a conservatory that faces North.
You’ll also want to consider what views your new build will be facing. A lush green garden? Winner. Looking out onto train tracks? Not so much.