Experts appear unable to reach complete agreement on whether the cost of adding a conservatory to a home will be justified either by sale, or by its recognised value. What is apparent is that it is the type of home extension that will add most significantly to its value in the current depressed property market. According to a leading UK bank in their annual home improvement survey, it is said to find more appreciation than a new kitchen or bathroom may do. However, opinions differ and according to the spokesman of a company that build conservatories additional value depends on the classification of a conservatory. Classification relies on compliance with any relative building regulations.
A Conservatory or an Extension?
Compliance with minimum building standards as directed by building regulations, as well as possible heat calculation approval is achieved under the supervision of independent building inspectors. A certificate attesting to this fact will be issued and the construction will be categorised as an extension to a home. The company advises that being certified will reflect on the property records and will remove any doubt as to the quality of build. In this case the extension will add value to a home. Where these regulations have not been pertinent, or not been complied with the construction will be viewed as a temporary structure and classified as a conservatory. Therefore it will add no value to a property and a prospective purchaser may even request a reduction in price. However, there are other factors to consider before deciding to take the plunge.
To Build Or Not To Build
Despite the bank’s findings being in favour of the addition of a conservatory in relation to increasing the value of a home, Paul Cutbill, of Countrywide Surveying Services points out that the rising costs of labour and material will significantly affect any point-of-sale profits. Many people have also become disenchanted with these glasshouses that trap heat in summer and do not retain it in winter. The use to which a conservatory is put would depend upon a new owner if the house is to be sold. If it is constructed for the added comfort and enjoyment of a present owner, then due consideration must be given to its intended function. Anne Swithinbank, author of The Conservatory Gardener, points to the difference in choice of building materials if the conservatory is intended as an extension of a garden and not of a home. Ignoring aspects like ventilation and temperature can result in a conservatory becoming an unpleasant place to be and a total waste of construction costs.
Making an impulsive decision to add a conservatory to a home can result in significant financial loss rather than increased value if all aspects of its construction and use are not fully considered. A conservatory is intended by most to be a place of serenity and beauty that allows a wonderful view of a well-planned garden, or extends the garden to within a home, especially if you have some great indoor-outdoor funtiture to make use of. Gas-filled glass is now available which allows for all the natural light benefits while exerting greater temperature control, but the cost is greater. As with most purchases, quality does not come cheap. For a conservatory to add value to a home it must be an attractive addition that has been well planned and sturdily built using materials that compliment the use to which it will be put. Failing this, it will become just another costly white elephant.
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This article was written by Johnny P a lifestyle, interiors and home improvement blogger.