Many people simply don’t appreciate the allure of a conservatory until they give it some serious consideration. Some choose to add a conservatory not simply to extend their home and create more space, but also to connect the inside with the outside. Without the constraints of brick walls, you can get closer to nature whilst benefiting from all your home comforts, opening up your living area to appreciate the views of your garden. This offers major appeal to those who simply want a space to sit with a glass of wine or cup of tea in the evening, relaxing after a busy day. This idyllic sanctuary is also a space where you can put your feet up and take it easy during the day – inviting friends, family and neighbors around to enjoy your new conservatory with you.
How you design your dream conservatory and what you use it for is entirely up to you, but if you need any inspiration or an extra incentive to start drawing up the plans, then read on to discover more about the three most popular uses for a conservatory.
1. Studio or home office.
More and more of us have flexible working arrangements which allow us time out of the office or we require a study space for coursework, pursuing interests or for the kids to quietly get on with homework. Conservatories also make an ideal environment within which budding astronomers can observe the stars. So, if you’re looking to create a quiet room where you can concentrate get creative or expand your mind away from the chaos of the rest of the house, the good natural light created by a conservatory, together with your chosen blinds and furnishings make for a great studio or home office.
When people hear the phrase ‘playroom’, different connotations spring to mind, which highlights the true flexibility offered by adding a conservatory to your home. If you want to create a safe room in which the children can play away from danger, then you can specify your health and safety requirements in your conservatory plans. Using your conservatory as a playroom also boasts the added benefit of providing one designated space for storing all the children’s toys, away from your other main living areas. Or if ‘playroom’ shouts a space for adult entertaining, then you may opt to create a special leisure space where you can invite friends over for a game of darts or to shoot some pool. Just think of the scope for party nights!
For the green-fingered budding horticulturists amongst you, think of the scope to create a little bit of ‘The Good Life’ in your own home by using your new conservatory as a greenhouse. Many conservatories are luxurious and elegant these days, hinting at the conservatory’s origin in the 16th century when wealthy landowners sought to cultivate citrus fruits such as lemons and oranges that began to appear on their dinner tables brought by traders from warmer regions of the Mediterranean. Centuries later, the old time greenhouse gradually evolved into conservatory providing many other uses for modern homeowners, whilst the original function has slipped. In fact, conservatory offers many advantages over greenhouse– manual temperature control, light control, rigid structure, and easy access. So if you fancy a bit of green fun, don’t give it up just because you don’t have a greenhouse, your conservatory will function better.
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