So you’ve decided to have a conservatory built. The next step is budget and design. Yet there are so many more layers to the design that can be easily overlooked. The last step for most people is the decoration of the interior, the finishing touches, and so people expect to consider this when the conservatory is finished.
This article suggests that you employ some reverse logic. Whilst it is vital that you employ the right builder and ensure that they (and you) stay within your planned budget, your conservatory will be there as long as you live in your home, and it is also important that you get the interior look you want. By thinking about the finish at the start, you will be able to make choices about design that will not be available to you once the conservatory is actually built.
This is all about avoiding any nagging regrets, perhaps at not spending just a little more to have had the eventual look and feel that means that you can really enjoy the new space in your home.
A reputable builder, with dedicated experience of building conservatories will be able to talk you through the different options available in terms of structural design and how that will impact on the interior design. Some firms can also provide these finishing touches so that you really can begin the design process by exploring their portfolio from ‘finish to start’.
What to consider
Flooring will have a huge impact on the look and feel of the space. But avoid making choices in isolation, consider how the new flooring will match to that in the existing room, where the conservatory will join. If your heart is set on wood flooring, consider having the same flooring cross into the existing space by re-flooring the adjoining room too. Similarly, if you want ceramic flooring in the conservatory, this might well match better to wood flooring or laminate. Even the skirting is worth considering in this way. Ask your builder about matching the skirting in your adjoining room to that of the new conservatory.
If you like the look of clean plastered walls for the conservatory, but have wall-paper in the adjoining room consider whether this mismatch will work. Perhaps one wall can remain papered, as a feature wall, with the walls immediately adjoining the conservatory changed to match its interior.
Furnishings matter. Do you want the conservatory furnishing to stand-alone, matching only to the feel of that new space, or do you want a consistent feel throughout. Think about your current furnishing, would it work in the conservatory, if so then you might prefer to re-furnish your existing room where perhaps you’ll spend more time.
The key is to try to see your existing space as objectively as you can. It’s difficult when you see it every day, but a friend can help guide your view to see it how it really is: traditional; contemporary; a classic 1960s-build or Georgian. Then you have a place to start, do you want to keep consistency or create an interesting contrast.
Sometimes the finish is the best place to start.