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Conservatory Tips: Flooring, Size, Shade & Usage
Quintessentially British, a conservatory adds valuable space to a home and provides a fabulous, relaxing environment for all of the family to enjoy. As always, at Trust A Trader, we recommend that before you make a major investment into your home, you take the time to consider what you want to achieve. Last week we looked at possible location and styles of conservatories. This week we will go into more detail about the practicalities: flooring, shade and usage of your conservatory.
So, you know roughly where you want your conservatory to be, and you have an idea of the style that you want. But before you make any decisions, it is important to think about what you will use the conservatory for. Will it be a playroom? A dining area? A relaxing sanctuary? Its desired usage may have an impact on the size and style that you go for, and it will definitely affect the flooring and shades that you choose.
The size of your conservatory will be determined by your budget, available space, and intended use. Ideally, you want your conservatory to be at least 3m x 3m to get optimal use as a breakfast room; if you can’t accommodate that space, don’t worry, you will still be able to create a lovely, relaxing sunroom.
Once you know the size, location and shape, you can look at flooring options for your conservatory. If it is likely to get cold in winter, underfloor heating could be a practical option and it will mean that the sleek interior is not marred by radiators. For the finish, some people choose a neutral carpet for a cosy feel, while laminate, slate or wood are popular options, too. If your conservatory leads into the garden, if you have pets, or if it will serve as a playroom, laminate, tile or wood can be more practical options. If you opt for underfloor heating, slate is great for retaining heat (but can be very cold without heating). Often, laminate or slate floors with a cosy rug can be a good compromise. Ask your conservatory installer for advice on what is practical for your needs but remember this is your conservatory, so you need to make it feel warm and relaxing for you.
Shade and ventilation
A warm, cosy conservatory is lovely but a stiflingly hot one can be deeply unpleasant. Make sure that you speak to your installer about shade and ventilation, and factor blinds or specialist glass into your budget. If the spot for your conservatory will be shaded by overhanging branches, it is worth cutting them right back to avoid unsightly leaves staining the glass, and the risk of falling branches causing damage.
Once you have made the basic choices, you can set about turning your new conservatory into a beautiful area that can be enjoyed by the family, whatever the weather. If you are inspired, take a look at the trusted conservatory installers in your area. Alternatively, follow us on Facebook or Twitter and share your favourite conservatory pictures!