If you wish to add a conservatory to your home in Sheffield to provide a little extra space, make the best of the sunshine during the cooler months of the year or simply to improve the value and kerb appeal of your home, there are a whole range of different considerations to bear in mind.
Whilst not all homes are well suited to the addition of a conservatory or simply do not have enough available space, for many others, installing a conservatory provides a viable and comparatively lower cost option than installing a full extension or carrying out a large remodel of the entire home.
Once you have looked into all of the various pros and cons of adding a conservatory to your property, you will then need to find the right make and model to suit your space and personal tastes, as well as the right person to design and build your installation. Whilst persons with good DIY and design skills may wish to consider the self-build route, in order to ensure that your conservatory is professionally built and does everything that you hope it will, it is a much better option to hire a professional conservatory installation expert/-677po to take care of things for you.
In this article, we will look at some of the considerations to bear in mind when you are thinking of adding a conservatory to your home, and how to find the right person to install it for you.
Conservatories and planning permission in Sheffield
Single-story conservatories are classed as a “permitted development,” which means that providing that they comply with a few simple guidelines, you do not need to apply for planning permission before building one.
It is important of course to double-check your planned installation against the full remit of the planning guidelines for conservatories, but as a general rule, your installation will be permitted providing that the area of the floor of the conservatory is not larger than half of the area of land around the original house. The size that your conservatory can be is also mandated in terms of how far it protrudes past the end of your house, and it is important to note that there have been some recent changes made to these regulations.
Up until 2013, the rules for conservatory sizes in relation to the distance they can extend from the house stated that detached houses may have a conservatory of up to four metres long, and other homes may have one up to three metres long.
However, under the recently introduced neighbour consultation scheme, these limits have doubled, going up to eight metres for detached homes and six metres for other homes, such as terraces and semi-detached houses.
Other considerations for installing a conservatory
In order to install a conservatory, you must have enough space to be able to physically situate the conservatory itself, whilst staying within the limitations regarding the correlation between conservatory size and the area of your land. You must also ensure that when digging and preparing the foundations for the conservatory that you do not interfere with or breach any underground piping, cabling or other installations, and this may mean that you will need to examine the plans of your home and grounds, as well as potentially consulting with various power and water companies to find out more, and gain permission to proceed, if necessary.
You will also need to be able to provide access to the land itself, ideally via the garden or yard, although this can potentially be managed by means of transit through the home if this is not possible.
Taking into account the impact that your conservatory will have on the appearance of your home, the internal rooms going into it, and the garden or land outside is also important. Also, you should do everything in your power to ensure that your conservatory build will not negatively impact on your neighbours’ quality of life, or their right to quiet possession of their own homes.
Finally, a rare but significant issue that all persons thinking of getting a conservatory should be aware of is the possibility of light magnification and the creation of hot spots by means of the conservatory glass refracting the position of the sun, which can, in rare cases, lead to fires.
A Video Showing A Full Conservatory Installation
The above 8 minutes 11 second video shows a full conservatory installation from start to finnish.
Who can install a conservatory?
Whilst installing a conservatory can theoretically be carried out by a competent DIY’er, the range of competencies that such an installation requires makes it best left to the professionals.
As well as having excellent design and planning skills, your conservatory installer must also be able to problem solve, have a good understanding of the challenges of laying the foundations and building the unit itself safely and efficiently, and also ensure that the whole procedure does not fall foul of either planning laws or health and safety guidelines.
Most people also wish to add mains power to their conservatory, such as electrical lighting and plug sockets and possibly heating as well, which means that conservatory installation may require either a person that is both a competent builder and electrician, or hiring two different people to take care of the two sides of the installation together.
Companies that specialise in window and door installations and double glazing usually offer conservatory installation services as well, as do many building firms and small traders. Many firms of this type will employ their own electricians in order to take care of the whole installation from start to finish, but it is worth double checking this before choosing who to take care of your installation for you nonetheless.
There are also several firms and individuals who specialise solely in the design and installation of conservatories alone, and so this is another option to bear in mind.
Ask to see your potential installer’s previous portfolio of similar work and some testimonials from their other clients, and get several quotes before going ahead, as well as of course clarifying exactly what each quote does or does not include.