If you’re considering a DIY conservatory for the summer you should think about doing the following five things first before committing to a purchase and the project.
A. Talk to professionals
When you’re looking to buy a new conservatory always buy from a reputable company as it will mean you get a quality product and are given the right advice. The conservatory outlets willing to do that bit extra and provide that extra information are often the best to buy from.
B. Check the dimensions and regulations
Check the dimensions of your proposed conservatory and make sure they meet with the new planning regulations that were commissioned in October 2008. The conservatory must be no higher than the original house roof and the maximum depth for a semi-detached property is 3 metre and for a detached property it is 4 metre – that’s just a rough guide, so make sure you ask your DIY conservatory supplier. A good supplier should know – see above
C. Choose a style
DIY conservatories can be any styles you choose. From stunning Edwardian and Victorian designs, a well designed self build conservatory should be straightforward to install irrespective of the size.
D. What’s in a colour
Before buying your self build conservatory, decide on which colour you want it to be. White is still a popular colour mainly because the windows in most houses are white and therefore the conservatory matches, creating a coordinated look throughout the house. However if you have white windows, don’t feel restricted to choosing a white DIY conservatory. Choosing a woodgrain finish on your self build conservatory can create a stunning statement on your home. Many architects achieve this effect by choosing different brick colours, adding coloured weatherboarding or using coloured rendering. For peace of mind, when buying a coloured or woodgrain DIY conservatory always ask for a guarantee on the colour-fastness as some inferior products may fade quicker than you image.
E. Choosing a roof for your DIY conservatory
When choosing a roof for your DIY conservatory, keep in mind solar control and thermal insulation. Solar control means you can determine how much sunlight enters you self build conservatory. For example, on a hot summer’s day you may want to restrict the amount of sunlight shining into your conservatory so it doesn’t get too hot. Similarly, in winter you will want to let as much sunlight through your new self build conservatory to help warm the space and make thinks feel much lighter. Thermal insulation is always important and if you choose an energy efficient glass on your DIY conservatory it will help you reduce your heating bills. Speak to you self build conservatory supplier and they should be able to advise on the best glass specification.
If you’re still confused about your DIY conservatory, then ask a reputable supplier in your area. It might just save you time and money and will mean you can enjoy your new self build conservatory for years to come.
A well chosen, carefully planned conservatory can really make a difference to your home, opening up the garden and providing all year round comfort. It’s also a great way to add value to you home.