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How a quality conservatory can add to the value of your home

Conservatories are a wonderful way to add space to a home. They bring the outdoor light and ambiance into a room that can be used as an office, dining room, living room, studio or entertainment area. Building a conservatory can add as much as 18 per cent value to the home above the cost of the conservatory.

There are certain conditions that apply in order for a conservatory to add value to a home. It should be classified as a conservatory and not a home extension. A conservatory does not require any building regulations and heat loss calculations. However, proof of the quality of construction is what makes the conservatory add value to the home.

The other aspect of a conservatory that adds value to the home is the design. If the design and placement of the conservatory is convenient and attractive, people will want to own it, and this will increase the asking price for the house. If the conservatory is constructed from cheap materials, is unattractive and looks like an unsightly appendage in the backyard, it will not increase the asking price and could reduce it because the conservatory will be seen as something that needs to be removed.

The quality of the material used in the conservatory will also have a big impact of the resale price of the house. If it is constructed with quality wood that can be treated to look fresh and new, this will enhance the appeal of the house. Also, a bespoke timber conservatory can be expected to last up to 50 years.

A uPVC conservatory is expected to last about 20 years, but the plastic pipe tends to look old about 10 years after construction. If the uPVC conservatory still looks fresh and attractive at the time of resale, it will at least not reduce the price of the house. If it is already old, it may look like a liability which needs to be eliminated after purchase.

When considering building a conservatory in your backyard, it is worth considering the cost and the materials you plan to use. If you have a stunning floor, beautiful detailing, attractive colour and a design that complements the architecture of the house as well as a certificate from an independent inspector, there is a very good chance the conservatory will add to the value of your home. In this case, you may spend more during construction, but will certainly gain it and more back at the time of resale.

There are several different estimates of the possible added value of a well-built conservatory. If the design blends well with the house, relates well with the existing space in the house and cost from 10,000 pounds to 75,000 pounds, it will definitely add value to the home. Another estimate is 30,000 pounds added value on a 15,000 pound conservatory. For a conservatory in an urban area, the added value could be between 800 and 1500 pounds per square foot.

Hardwood, aluminium and uPVC pipe are the main materials for constructing a conservatory. The most common is uPVC which is a thermal plastic that is moulded after heating. When it cools it becomes ridged. It is usually strengthened with aluminium for door and window frames and the roof. Good quality uPVC comes in wood grain effects. It is low on maintenance and the cheapest option.

Aluminium allows for more glass surface because it is strong and thin. If there is no brick wall beneath the windows, this is the best choice. It is more expensive than uPVC and not as well insulated.

Hardwood was popular in the previous centuries and has a traditional look. Today, the mahogany and oak come from sustainable forests in Africa and Europe. Wood is the most expensive option and needs the most maintenance. Any one of these options could add value to your home if they are high quality and used in a good overall design.

Good flooring in the conservatory is another aspect that is important for raising the resale value of your home. The type of flooring used will depend on the use of the space. If the room will be part of the house such as a living or dining room, carpet is the best choice. Hardwood floors were considered unsuitable because they tended to warp in high temperatures, but today there is engineered hardwood flooring that solves that problem. Tiles are another possibility especially if the room will be used as an indoor extension of the garden.

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