How to Build a Conservatory
Building a conservatory can add a lot of value and enjoyment to your home. A conservatory will increase the amount of space you have in your home and create a welcoming space friends and family can enjoy. Follow these simple steps to build your own conservatory:
Step One - Purchase a Kit
If you don't want to hire a professional to build a conservatory for you, there are many kits available that make a do-it-yourself project more feasible. Purchasing a kit is a good way to cut down costs, especially if you are confident working with tools around the house.
Step 2 - Check Building Regulations
If you plan to build a conservatory, you have to make sure ahead of time that you meet all building regulations. Contact a local builder and your local council to find out what the regulations are in your area.
Step 3 - Lay the Foundation
Building a foundation is important if you're not constructing the conservatory on a deck or patio. This is the most important step in the building process, so make sure you have the skills required to carry out this part of the project. If you don't feel confident putting down a foundation, hire a professional.
Step 4 - Heating and Air Conditioning
If you want to include heating and air conditioning in the conservatory, consider hiring a a professional. Using a kit will not allow you to change the existing heating and air conditioning of your home. This means the wiring of the conservatory will have to be a separate job if this is something you want to include.
Make sure the site on which you build the conservatory is attached to the house. It's also important to choose a style with proportions and materials that complement your house. You don't have to match the conservatory exactly to the style of your home. However, you should match the scale and proportion so that the conservatory doesn't look out of place.
What kind of style should you choose for your conservatory? Simple conservatories are good for Georgian houses with arched windows and square panes. These conservatories were popular in the 18th century. A more detailed conservatory looks best with a Victorian house.
Most conservatories are constructed of treated softwood and will need to be painted. In fact, you will have to repaint the conservatory every once in a while to keep it looking new and beautiful. This can be rather time consuming, which is why many homeowners use unpainted cedar that weathers nicely over the years. Aluminum is another option, although it is more expensive than wood. It does not require any maintenance.
Once you build the conservatory, choose containers and planters for the area that fit within the space. Just make sure you leave enough room for entertaining. It's also important to make sure the planters have proper drainage.