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A conservatory is a great addition to any home. Some people use their conservatories as a space for relaxation and entertaining during the summer months, others use it as a breakfast room, or an extra living space. If you are running out of space in your home, but don’t want to move, building a conservatory can free up space in other parts of your home without breaking the bank.
Here are a few ideas for things that you can do with your conservatory, beyond using it as a simple space for entertaining.
Instead of being torn between having a quiet weekend in or inviting friends over for the big game, why not arrange your home so that you can do both? Turn the conservatory into a small sitting room where you can curl up and read a book or enjoy a cup of tea with friends, while the boys watch football in the living room.
Meal times are a great time to socialise. Enjoy a refreshing breakfast while watching the sunrise, or head to the conservatory for an evening meal and relax whilst enjoying the view of the garden at the same time. Dining in your conservatory is a great way to unwind after a hard day and is a refreshing compromise between a formal meal at a dining table and an al fresco experience. A large dining room table makes a good focal point for the room. Add some attractive flowers and a beautiful chandelier for a classic, timeless appearance.
If you’re lucky enough to be able to work from home, why not move your office into the conservatory so that you can enjoy fresh air and a great view from your desk? Having a conservatory office gives you all the benefits of a dedicated workspace, without the stuffiness of working in your smallest spare room. It’s a perfect compromise. When the weather is particularly good you can simply take your laptop outside and soak up some sun.
If you are concerned that your children are watching too much TV, why not invite them to have some friends over and play in the conservatory? Keep your conservatory clutter-free so they have lots of floor space to play in, and add some soft-seating for adults. Conservatories make great family rooms, and if they’re decorated nicely you can almost make yourself believe you’re relaxing in a holiday home, instead of just a few paces away from your home office or kitchen.
Traditionally, conservatories are small extensions that look out over your garden. Why not go one step further and bring the garden into the conservatory, making a tranquil paradise which you can enjoy even when it’s wet or windy outside? There are many low-maintenance plants that grow well indoors, and you will be the envy of your friends once they realise that your picnics and garden parties will never get rained off.
It is important to ensure that your kitchen gets lots of natural light, and what better way to ensure this than extending it into a bright and airy conservatory? Keep the oven and key appliances in the main area of the kitchen, but arrange the rest of the kitchen so that you can look out at the garden while you’re doing the washing up or preparing your next meal.
If you’re running out of space in your home, move key appliances into the conservatory. That doesn’t mean letting the conservatory turn into a large, boring closet full of bulky grey boxes. Try to keep it bright and airy. Line the back wall with appliances, hidden behind cute curtains or country-style wooden doors. Choose easy-to-clean chunky tiles and bright colours that will keep the room looking warm and inviting.
If you have an exercise bike in the garage, or a rowing machine folded up under your bed, there’s a high chance that they never get used. Who wants to go to the hassle of un-burying exercise gear every time they want to use it? Put your exercise gear in the conservatory, where it won’t get buried under clothes or boxed in by junk. You’ll be able to enjoy fresh air, sunlight and a nice view while you’re exercising.
The humble conservatory is an incredibly versatile room. You can use your conservatory for almost any purpose, and it’s easy to re-decorate if you change your mind about the use of the room. If you would like to expand the available space in your home, and find out more about how comfortable and stylish a good conservatory design can be, why not arrange a conservatory design appointment? The team of conservatory designers at Stormclad will be happy to help you choose the perfect conservatory design.