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Conservatories are beautiful additions to most homes. The glass walls and roof let in warm sunlight, and enjoying tropical weather while watching the snowfall can be a powerful experience. Conservatories have many benefits, from letting you grow your own vegetables all year long, to adding extra light to your home.

If you’re thinking about building a conservatory, you may be wondering if it is a worthwhile investment. Will you get that money back when you sell the home, or will you find yourself regretting the investment years down the road?

The good news is that conservatories that are built well are the perfect home investment. They will add value to your home, make you the talk of the neighborhood, and benefit you for years to come. The bad news is that they may be uncomfortable if a few things aren’t taken into consideration. Here are a few things you should know before getting one built:

It’s all about temperature

Conservatories are made of glass. We have all heard about the greenhouse effect, where temperatures are magnified when put under a lens like glass. You can even successfully start fires with nothing more than a magnifying glass and some paper. The warm temperatures may be welcomed in winter, but not so much in summer.

This can easily be remedied during the build with polycarbonate cavities in the roof, and solar glazing on top. This will keep the room from getting too hot during the summer, and help keep heating in during the winter. During the winter, heated tiles can also add to the experience and make the room more cosey.

Blend the room into your home and garden

While a sunroom is a beautiful and versatile addition to the home, it won’t look as beautiful if you leave the garden torn up from construction work. Landscaping the area you look out on is just as important as  making sure the room is comfortable. You’ll spend more time in your new room enjoying the scenery if the view is pleasant to look at.

Another thing to take into consideration is whether the conservatory matches the rooms inside the house. If it is very different it can be visually jarring and make the conservatory feel less like a part of the house.

Have a professional build it

Laws are there for good reason, and many of the permits required for building a conservatory are there for safety. While it might seem like building it yourself is a good way to save money, it won’t be if the city or county you dwell in forces you to take it down.

If you do plan on building it yourself, follow current codes carefully, and if you have no experience hire a professional to make sure it is a safe and beautiful addition to your home.

A conservatory is a wonderful addition to your home. If you’ve been thinking about adding one to your home, follow these tips in order to get the most out of your new addition.