Give Your Kitchen A Glamorous New Look
Who hasn’t been tempted by the thought of having a conservatory built that links the garden and house through the kitchen? A perfect solution for social, open plan living.
But there can be more things to consider and some possible complications when compared to having a conservatory built off the living or dining room.
However, before we look at that, you also have to consider how you are going to use the space your conservatory offers.
The idea of a kitchen conservatory certainly has appeal. Where you may not have had space for a dining or breakfast area in your kitchen, hey presto, you have room to entertain in style.
And keeping an eye on the kids while you’re preparing meals is a breeze.
One of the joys of increasing your floor space with a kitchen conservatory is that you don’t usually require planning permission.
However, there are stipulations. One is that you are not allowed plumbing in the conservatory, so no kitchen sink or central heating radiators. Of course, there is nothing to stop you making the application, if you decide this is what you want.
Kitchen Conservatories: Doors
The one common complication is that the door into the garden from the kitchen is usually a single door. Most people want a wider access to a conservatory.
If you are happy with that, then no problem. If you want top widen the opening to accommodate, say, French doors it is a quite simple building job and shouldn’t add hugely to the overall project. But you do have to have an exterior quality door between the house and the conservatory if you want to avoid planning permission.
Comfortable All Year Round
Where lots of people limit their use of a conservatory to the spring and summer months, you’ll want to be comfortable in your kitchen conservatory all the year round.
That’s why it is important to make sure that the floor (concrete slab) and the walls are insulated.
This has to be done during the build as the floor insulation is buried under the concrete. You may also wish to take advice regarding the location and quantity of electrical outlets.
The one thing that will make the largest contribution to maintaining a comfortable temperature is the sort of glass that you put in the roof (this is not time to consider a polycarbonate roof).
Modern glass can be made to your exact specifications and can even be tinted and given a special coating that makes it self-cleaning. This is commonly known as Activ self-cleaning glass.
Does a kitchen conservatory still sound like a good idea? We think it does.
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