When you're planning a new conservatory or orangery you will be faced with several decisions, with one of the most important being: what material should I choose? For several decades uPVC has been a very popular choice for conservatories, however aluminium also offers many of its own advantages and you may be wondering which is better. To help you decide, we take a look at the benefits and drawbacks of each material with regard to five important criteria.Read More
A key aspect to any conservatory is the roof. Whether you've opted for the contemporary elegance of a simple lean-to glass conservatory or the classic style of Victorian and Edwardian orangeries and garden rooms, the type of roof you choose can make all the difference. Our guide explains the pros and cons of various options to help you to decide on the conservatory roof that is best suited for your extension.Read More
21 Nov To move or improve?
Home owners often reach a stage where they need more space and start to consider moving house. However, with the property market showing signs of slowing down, improving the size and making more use of our current homes through extensions or conversions are becoming more appealing. In some cases, moving will be the only realistic option - for example, if you have a growing family and want to move from an apartment to a house with a big garden. For many property owners however, the decision is less straightforward as there are many factors to weigh up. If you have outside space that could be used for a conservatory or extension, or a loft that could be converted into an extra bedroom or office, improving your house could be the better choice. In this blog we take a look at the factors you need to consider when deciding to move or improve:
A home is about much more than the property itself: it’s all about the feel of the community, your next-door neighbours, the children’s school and other local amenities. If you love your home’s location but are in need of more space, it will always be worthwhile to improve rather than move. This can be achieved through a bespoke conservatory or orangery and means you can stay in the area where you're happy. If you're wondering whether your home has enough available space for an orangery or conservatory, read our recent post on the topic here: Do I have room for an orangery or conservatory on my home?
When making a decision whether to move or improve, the first thing to consider is how much each option will cost. Extending and improving your current property is the more affordable option: if you need more space, a high-quality conservatory will be the most affordable option whilst a loft conversion will be slightly more expensive depending on the location, the size of the loft and the number and type of windows. To get a more accurate idea of costs, get in touch with our friendly team.
Creating more space by adding a conservatory or orangery to your home is one of the top home improvements made by UK homeowners, offering the potential to create a contemporary, light-filled and versatile space that can be used in an infinite number of ways. Whether you need room for entertaining, a cosy retreat for relaxing or even a gym, a bespoke conservatory is a relatively quick and straightforward way to extend your home, creating an impressive amount of extra space without the expense and upheaval of a conventional extension.
However, as with all home improvements, the increase in value a conservatory brings to your property may depend on various factors. Here, we take a look at some points to consider when choosing a conservatory that will ensure that it is a very worthwhile investment.
Invest in a high-quality conservatory
Investing in a high quality conservatory or orangery will increase the value of your property whilst also setting you apart from other homes if you do come to sell. Done correctly the new space can become the central hub of the property, providing additional natural light and creating an inviting area so many people crave. However, it’s essential that the conservatory is well built with high-quality materials. During the 1990s, conservatories were nearly all constructed with polycarbonate roofs, which often caused them to be too hot in summer and too cold in winter - and also meant that the noise of rain on the roof would drown out conversation or music. Modern high tech glass offers much better levels of insulation for both heat and noise so the conservatory is comfortable all year round. Even better, the glass is treated with a special coating that repels dirt, so you have a crystal clear view at all times without the chore of cleaning the glass.
Achieve a balance between house and garden
You should bear in mind that a lovely garden also adds significantly to the value of your property, so it is essential to achieve a balance between extending your space and maintaining an area of the garden in proportion to the house. The ideal design will allow you to make the most of your garden by bringing the outside in: a contemporary glass-walled conservatory will create a seamless transition between the house and garden. Using the same flooring for the terrace, conservatory and kitchen will enhance the effect.
Choose a bespoke conservatory
The aesthetic appeal of a conservatory is key to adding value to your property. Potential buyers will be impressed by a conservatory that complements the architectural style of your house and the best way to achieve this is to opt for a bespoke conservatory. Whether you prefer the ornate Victorian look, the classic simplicity of Edwardian designs or a streamlined modern conservatory, a skilled designer will be able to create a bespoke orangery or conservatory that chimes perfectly with the setting and which will transform the appearance of your house. The initial outlay will be larger than if you had chosen a one-size-fits-all option but the investment will increase the value of your home significantly.
Is the conservatory fully guaranteed?
While a well-designed and constructed conservatory will increase the appeal of your home to buyers, they may well want to know if it is guaranteed in case of any future problems. If something should go wrong, a conservatory can be expensive to repair so it’s important to choose the company carefully. At Bergson & Eaton, we provide comprehensive 10-year guarantees on all our conservatories and orangeries, covering the general workmanship, frame, roof and glazing, so you can enjoy your conservatory with complete peace of mind.
A well designed bespoke conservatory will add value to your home but this depends very much on its quality and design. At Bergson & Eaton, we have a wealth of experience in designing, manufacturing and installing high-quality orangeries and conservatories. Discover more about your options when choosing an orangery or conservatory by browsing our product pages or you are very welcome to call into our Aylesbury showroom, where you can look around a display of our latest conservatory designs.
Building a conservatory or orangery can add the finishing touch to your property. Therefore, choosing the right design for your home is just as important as choosing the right comapny to build and design your bespoke conservatory or orangery.Read More
When deciding to upgrade, many homeowners choose to move to a new house but with the expense and stress of moving home, increasing numbers are opting to improve and renovate their existing properties. However, home improvements can be costly and not all of them will increase the value of your home. We take a look at the most popular options for sprucing up your home and help you decide which ones are worth investing in.Read More
10 Oct Bring light into your home
The number one 'must-have' feature that people look for when buying a family home are rooms that are flooded with natural light; sun rays shining through your windows not only bring essential Vitamin D, they also instantly lift your spirits. Natural light also creates a more spacious feeling and a positive, vibrant atmosphere throughout the home. Whether you live in a period terraced property that comes with a dark hall and staircase or a modern house with dull, north facing rooms, there are many ways to enhance the amount of natural light your home receives.Read More
As we say farewell to the lovely summer weather and start to spend more time indoors, many of us will be thinking about ways to make our homes feel bigger and brighter. A high-quality, well-designed conservatory will enhance the appearance and value of your home: however, it’s worth taking time at the planning stage to decide how big your conservatory should be. Consider what the extra space will be used for, as a conservatory that is too small to be used much will end up being a false economy while a large orangery may take up too much of your garden and give your house an unbalanced appearance.Read More