I sitting here on a brilliant summer afternoon and realise that my conservatory is a real asset. When I moved to my present house there was a conservatory but it was a bit of a wreck although it did offer extra space. I decided that I would replace it as I did like the light and airy feel of the room.
As I live in a listed building it was important for me to check whether I needed planning permission. I had a firm lined up to build the conservatory who said they would deal with the planners but I wanted to reassure myself, so I got involved. Not surprisingly it needed permission and to be inspected during construction. My advice is always to check yourself whether permission is needed, contact the planning department of your local authority and speak with a planning officer. Whether your home is a listed building or not.
The size of your conservatory will also determine what permission if any you may need, it's always best to check whatever the size. Any other existing extensions will also be taken into consideration.
It's also worth considering the position and the effect of the sun you don't want to end up with a sauna! The great things about conservatories are that they give you extra space without moving home, a light and airy atmosphere, versatility and if it's well built will add value.
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Hi I'm Tom Bosher
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