Here's How To Make The Sun Come Out On Your Conservatory

While they might get less attention than other home extensions nowadays, conservatories (also known as sun houses) that provide a bright and spacious addition to any home are still a popular option. Unfortunately, despite still being a go-to choice for countless homeowners, many conservatories also sit unused for at least six months of the year, and possibly even more if we aren’t careful.

Unfortunately, the fact that a project like this can cost anywhere between $10,000 - $80,000 means that this lack of use is both a waste of space and a significant monetary drain. As such, anyone who’s taken this plunge or is considering doing so is going to want to do everything they can to make sure of usage that guarantees a price tag of that size is worthwhile.

Luckily, this is a task that’s far easier than many would expect, as we’re going to prove with a few top pointers to ensure year-round usage that sees the sun coming out on your conservatory at last.

# 1 - Take steps to control the temperature

Issues with temperature control are cited as the main reason why homeowners struggle to get the usage they’d ideally like from their conversatories, and it isn’t altogether surprising. After all, glass structures are particularly susceptible to hot and cold, meaning that owners living in extreme climates could well find their conservatories unusable on all but a few carefully chosen days of the year. That’s a problem, and it’s one you can offset by taking steps towards proper temperature control.

Most notably, the installation of insulation during building can make a huge difference for keeping this space warm regardless of cold temperatures, especially if paired with carpeting or heated tiles. The glass of any conservatory installation can also quickly attract unbearable heat on a hot day, meaning that taking further steps, including the sourcing of air conditioning services and the positioning of well-placed blinds, can also significantly increase usability. Taken together, these steps ensure a space that you can keep comfortable regardless of what’s happening outside, meaning that you’ll be able to use the room as much as you would any other area in your house.

# 2 - Always choose a purpose


 While most of us embark on standard expansion with specific usage in mind, we often don’t think the same way when it comes to the addition of a conservatory. Instead, we’re tempted by the idea of a nice view and an attractive home that we assume will become a quiet haven in which to sit and enjoy our days. Unfortunately, this general lack of purpose often leads to a notable lack of use over time.

After all, given the need for specified temperature controls as mentioned, it’s easy to retreat to your dedicated living room over a conservatory space that’s also got a sofa and perhaps a television within it. To make sure there is no alternative that you prefer, it’s therefore vital to know exactly what this space is, and what it offers you that no other room does. Increasingly popular uses of this nature for conservatories especially include a dining room where you can start your morning right, a playroom where mess doesn’t get in the way, or, more recently, a home office or yoga studio. In each instance, you can work to give your conservatory something special that means this, rather than any other room in your house, is the first place you head for your chosen purpose.

# 3 - Get decor right


 When the decor isn’t right in any space, it’s natural that you won’t want to spend time there. This is why so many of us take time on sites like Pinterest to build our ideas of what decor works in each space, and what we’re ultimately trying to achieve. Unfortunately, when we try to apply those fixed decor ideas to conservatories that have a different nature altogether, we often end up with a space that just doesn’t work.

To overcome this, you must take the time to understand what good decor looks like with your conservatory in mind, specifically accounting for things like natural furniture, plenty of plants, and color incorporated despite a lack of paintable surfaces through patterned blinds, well-chosen rugs, and textured additions including cushions, blankets, and so on.

No one said that shining light on a conservatory that you can finally use would be easy, but as you can see from this article, it really needn’t be as hard as you think.

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