The first conservatories, formerly known as ‘orangeries,’ appeared during the 1660s, and whilst their purpose has evolved over the years, their popularity has remained relentless, with more homeowner’s than ever before expressing a love for the classic glass room.
Along with creating an inviting space for relaxing and entertaining, according to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors a conservatory can boost the value of your home by 5%. In fact, estate agent Savills put this value as much as 10%, meaning they are one of the most cost-effective home improvements for today’s buyers.
Although a white ‘one-size-fits-all’ design was once the height of sophistication, conservatories have moved with the times. For example the ‘glass box’ or ‘frameless’ conservatory, featuring glass upright supports and beams to give the illusion of being completely outdoors, is proving a firm favourite for a contemporary-style home. Alternatively, a Victorian/Edwardian design, similar to the one below, remains the go-to choice for those with a more traditional taste.
In terms of practicality, today’s conservatories are ahead of the game, with underfloor heating, electronic vents and external roof blinds making them all the more inviting. External roof blinds are a particularly invaluable addition to any glass room as they prevent the interior from getting too warm in the Summer yet ensures it retains heat during the Winter, for optimal occupant comfort.
Additionally, they also add privacy from any onlookers and have been tested to the highest European and independent quality standards for perfect solar heat, light and UV control whatever the weather. If you’re interested in finding out more, contact one of our external roof blind specialists today on 0344 800 1947 for expert advice on the correct system for your glass roof, conservatory or skylight.