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3 Ideas to Pass Up When Planning How to Use Your Conservatory

Conservatories not only add beauty and value to your property but also space, which you can use for anything. Well, just about anything. There's a reason why most homeowners use their conservatory as a secondary living room – it isn't because they want an extra room for entertaining guests but because it is the best way to use it. Although there are other ways, it may not be as practical as you think it is. Here are some ideas you might have considered and reasons why you may have to reconsider:





Counting the stars through the glass roof of your conservatory might be the coolest way to get to sleep - if it wasn't illegal to use conservatories as a bedroom. Although conservatories that meet certain criteria are exempt from building regulations in some parts of the UK, the Building Control Officer in your area will most likely disapprove your conservatory being used or turned into a bedroom.


The main reason why a conservatory doesn't comply with building regulations is poor insulation, which doesn't make it habitable. A conservatory usually intensifies the temperature of its surroundings so that it's like a furnace in summer and icy when it's cold outside. But this doesn't mean you can't be creative when you have guests over. Pop a tent and bring in a fan to keep your guests cool in summer. Adding a separate heating system in your conservatory will also make it habitable in winter but will break the bank.




Poor insulation is also one of the reasons why you can't turn your conservatory into a kitchen. Unless you want to be roasting like the lamb in your oven on a summer day, you might be better off keeping your kitchen in the main house. If you still want to go ahead with this idea, you can turn one or two walls of your conservatory into solid brick walls. In this case, it would be better to get an extension instead.


Utility Room


Using your conservatory as a utility room may seem like a clever idea. You won't need building regulations and the Building Control Officer won't disapprove. The only disapproval you'll be getting is from the looks your neighbours will give you when they see your conservatory through those glass panels. The heat in your conservatory will definitely dry your clothes in no time but using your conservatory as a laundry room is like washing your dirty linen in public (pun intended). All that dripping water can also allow mould to form on the walls and flooring of your conservatory.


Your conservatory is meant to add space, value, and oomph to your property so take care not to turn it into a see through storage room. Although traditional, the best way to use your conservatory is as an extension of your dining room or living room. If you're dying to do something new with it, be careful that it's still practical and meets the building regulations in your area. Here are some ideas you can consider in making your conservatory an interesting but practical space in your home.

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