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Conservatory Or Extension: Which Is Best For Your Needs?

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If you’ve got to the point where you’re debating over a conservatory or extension, then the likelihood is, you’re getting pretty excited about the possibility of increasing your living space.

Upgrading existing spaces instead of moving to a new property is becoming a popular trend in the UK, as more and more people seek to make their existing properties fit the growing needs of their families.

As planning permision for conservatories and planning permisison for single-storey extensions are very similar, both are viable options for many homes in the UK. 

So, which one should you choose: conservatory or extension?

As the choice is very personal to your exact needs, let’s delve a little deeper into what you can get out of each of the home improvements... 

What Do You Want the Space to Be Used For? 

The first question that you need to ask yourself is how you want the new space you’ll gain to be used. 

Conservatory construction is very different to extension construction, in the way that the new space is going to work, and in a way, what you can achieve with the space straight away.

An extension is essentially going to act as an extension to your existing living space – it’ll normally look just like any other room in your home. Extensions can make great extra bathrooms, good dining rooms and practical additional bedrooms.

A conservatory is not going to look like the rest of your property and the environment without insulation will also be different. Conservatories can make wonderful living rooms, entertaining rooms and even dining rooms and kitchens with a bit of extra work.

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If you take the traditional conservatory look and compare it to the traditional extension look, then the two will be vastly different. However, there are now many ways that you can almost mimic the look of a conservatory in an extension and vice versa

How Do You Want the Space to Look? 

The next thing that you need to consider is the look of the room. As mentioned, an extension is going to look virtually the same as any room in your home; it will probably be easy to decorate and the layout will likely be quite easy to work with.

A conservatory will be filled full of natural light, the views over your garden will be spectacular and you have a very different environment to play with.

If you take the traditional conservatory look and compare it to the traditional extension look, then the two will be vastly different. However, there are now many ways that you can almost mimic the look of a conservatory in an extension and vice versa.

Lots of glass in your extension will create a conservatory-like environment and conservatory insulation on the roof of your conservatory will create a similar feel to an extension – in warmth and somewhat in appearance. 

What Is Your Budget for the Project? 

Finally, you need to think about the budget that you have for the project and which option is the most financially viable.

Conservatories are normally significantly more budget-friendly to install than an extension of the same size, so straight away opting for a conservatory is going to save you money.

There’s also a risk with extensions that the project is going to go over-budget. Single-storey extensions and double-height extensions are two of the most likely home improvements to go over budget, so you may end up paying a lot more than what you had originally planned.  

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A conservatory insulated with multi-foil insulation will be warm in the winter and cool in the summer; it’ll be quiet and peaceful, due to the sound dampening of the insulation and it won’t have any sun glare, which means that the room will be practical throughout the year!

Which Is Best: Conservatory or Extension? 

So, which is the right choice for your home: a conservatory or an extension?

At the end of the day it all comes down to personal preference and budget. However, if you really can’t decide between the two, then it’s worth considering the adaptability of the two options.

An extension is always going to be an extension, but a conservatory can be anything that you want it to be. Modern conservatories can easily be insulated with a product like multi-foil insulation to completely change the purpose of the room.

A conservatory insulated with multi-foil insulation will be warm in the winter and cool in the summer; it’ll be quiet and peaceful, due to the sound dampening of the insulation and it won’t have any sun glare, which means that the room will be practical throughout the year.

With insulation, you can easily turn a conservatory, old or new, into a suitable room for almost any purpose, without having to worry about high heating bills. For more information about extending your home with the conservatory of your dreams, contact the expert team at Home Logic today on 0800 1700 636, or alternatively, by simply clicking the button below!