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| CONSERVATORIES| A glass act Come rain or shine, conservatories allow you to make the most of your garden, but make sure your extension is a glamorous glasshouse – not a shabby hothouse – with this quick guide… Originally, conservatories were glorified greenhouses for wealthy Victorians to store exotic plants from hotter climes, and in a country house, a grand colonial wood and glass conservatory looks wonderful. But while bringing the garden into your home is a lovely idea in theory, a poorly constructed conservatory, made from budget materials, translates into a hothouse in the summer and a leaky dampspot during winter. High-tech engineering and modern glass technology mean that conservatories can create the perfect family home extension for all seasons. Consider your various options to make the most of your glassy investment. WHY BUILD ONE? Space Adding a conservatory will significantly increase the size of your downstairs living space – which is especially useful for a young, growing family. As a well-known mood booster, natural light will come flooding into your conservatory. You can enjoy sunsets on a summer’s evening and let nature control the ambient lighting of your dinner parties. Light A conservatory gives a smoother transition from your living area into the garden – perfect for those summer barbecues! Greenery Many people whose HOMES were built without a separate DINING ROOM find that adding a conservatory is an ECONOMICAL way of getting one 112 | MAY 2011 WORDS: ALICE NEWBOLD AND WWW.TEPILO.COM | PHOTOGRAPHS: GETTY IMAGES Although the initial cost will set you back, building a conservatory could be cheaper than moving to a bigger property. Once you factor in the cost of redecorating your new home, moving house could easily drain your bank account of more than £10,000. Pinch pennies STYLES Shop around before selecting your glasshouse and visualise it attached to your existing property. A sympathetic conservatory should blend in, and not dominate, the rear of your house. Though different trends and styles are constantly appearing on the market, there are two standard designs to go for. Semis or detached houses with large gardens are suited to traditional hardwood conservatories. Urban or contemporary homes, meanwhile, suit structural glass cubes with fine glazing bars or a frameless glass system. Neither styles have to be bespoke or expensive, as there are many off-the-peg styles available. High-ceilinged conservatory extensions are growing in popularity, and can boost the value of your property. As always, check building regulations and establish whether you need to apply for planning permission, conservation or listed building consent. >

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of AT Home with Sarah Beeny - May 2011

Editor’s letter
A word from Sarah
Spring sensation
Big-name bedrooms
Brilliant buys for your home
House talk
Home horrors
Areas on the up
Property perfectionist
Mortgage mania
Solicitor’s service
a penny for your thouGhts
Housing hotshot
Wise up
Flying the nest
Making the ideal become real
Boost your build
Feeling lofty
Garden plotting
When cracks appear
Window shopping
Stay toasty
Warm up
Success story
Top transformation
Greenovate your home
Eco boost
Organic ignition
Green queens
Solve those dilemmas
Splash of colour
Bed down in style
Lounge around
Kitchens and bathrooms
Bubble up
Shower power
Instant illumination
Floor wars
The carpet market
Tip-top tiles
Tools of the trade
Fresh air furnishings
Grill thrills
Picnic perfect
Green supreme
Diary date
Kerb appeal
Up top
Brick cladding
Groovy garages
Lodge life
Go your own way
Car booty
Clock ticker
Coming soon
On the list
Listed lovelies

AT Home with Sarah Beeny - May 2011