Conservatories, greenhouses and outdoor rooms
are a very popular addition for homeowners, today. There are various
kinds of conservatories to choose from. The beauty about living in
the South African climate is we can be exposed to as much sun and
light as we could ever wish for. Sun and light is exactly what
conservatories give you. And you can also moderate the related heat
by locating your conservatory carefully.
originated in countries with colder climates and short, cold days in
winter. They were designed to protect plants from frost and snow. In
South Africa however, while they can still display lush green plants,
they are more likely to be places to relax outside of the usual
confines of our indoors.
with many additions to your home, it is necessary to check on whether
you'll need planning permission for your conservatory, ensuring it is
also constructed in accordance with any building regulations. People
who have conservatories will tell you they can’t live without them.
Humans love light and nature, that’s why conservatories are so
desirable. Coupled with the opportunity to create a green garden
inside, the appeal is clear.
South African sun burns considerably stronger so installing ample
ventilation is key. Opening roof lights and windows are essential,
providing through flow to extract hot air as it rises. Sliding doors
can also help. Blinds are essential and can be motorised or
can be one of the cheapest additions to your refurbishment project.
The sunroom is just a space that means different things to different
families. It may be used as an expansion to your kitchen, for
censored eating, a play room, a sitting room or a garden room.
easiest place to find ideas is often online as you can do this from
your own home. With homify you are able to browse hundreds of
pictures of many conservatory styles. You also have the option of
contacting people in the industry who can help you figure out what is
best for you. Whether they are furniture designers, architects or
builders, you are able to view many profiles to help find someone who
is perfect for your needs.
do I need to consider when building a conservatory or greenhouse?
The very first thing when picking a
conservatory or greenhouse would be to decide its planned use. There
are several kinds of conservatories to select from. It is entirely up
to you what building materials you had want to use.
UPVC conservatories are becoming much more
popular. You will find great advantages in selecting to construct a
UPVC conservatory. Most people in SA use conservatories as a dining
area, visitor room or extra living area. Others may use it for a
playroom or garden space.
Your intended use will dictate the layout,
size and style. When you refurbish and add more rooms to your house,
you add energy prices and additional heat. With UPVC conservatories
you can easily keep your power expenses down.
UPVC is a tough material that will provide
durability and longevity to your conservatory. It will last longer
and is easy to maintain. It does not rust, warp or rust like
aluminium or wood. It's also watertight which helps maintain padding
and keeping the South African thunderstorms at bay.
from increasing your home’s value, it may greatly enhance your
lifestyle. Should you opt for this as a guest space it could be
beneficial to construct an L-shaped conservatory as they provide more
safety is a concern, you can protect a conservatory with a
cat-friendly beam via your existing alarm system. Conservatories are
mostly at the back of houses, which are generally more secure but for
peace of mind put Trellidors on the doors and burglar bars on the
does a conservatory cost?
are many variables you need to consider when trying to work out the
cost of a conservatory. For example, the type of materials you decide
to use will often drastically change the price of your conservatory.
may need to spend from R2500 to R4000/m2, depending on finishes.
Aluminium, tinted glass, motorised blinds and vents with a tiled
floor would take you to the top-end of that scale. For a 25m2
conservatory of that nature, you are looking at R100 000 but
bear in mind it adds value to your home as it’s a great selling
could be the best investment you could make - depending on the
situation with the existing doors to the garden. You will be amazed
at the value and usefulness of a new conservatory. It’s worth the
extension to both kitchen and lounge and is perfect for entertaining
and for extended family meals, when the kids want to play somewhere
so obviously in the house and yet feeling that you are in the garden,
many feel a conservatory built onto the back of a house is one of the
best extensions you could invest in, and worth every cent. Picturing
your family round over Christmas will convince anyone to go through
with building one. It will serve as a pleasant additional
entertainment area and will probably be in constant use thereafter.
therefore worth the cost.
do I design my conservatory or greenhouse?
and greenroom styles differ. The traditional Victorian semi-circular
design is still popular in South Africa. If your home’s
architecture is more modern, Squared off and angular versions are
better suited, as is frameless glass that provide a good view.
are becoming a lifestyle statement with clients using them as a gym,
bathroom or entertaining area. Whether your style is classic or
contemporary, indoor plants bring an air of nature and tranquillity
to our homes.
of temperature and light are not great for expensive fabrics so
consider keeping decoration understated and casual. Options to
prevent the harsh South African sun and scorching temperatures inside
your conservatory include motorised external awnings, triple glazing
and wall-mounted air conditioning.
airy open-plan space creates a seamless transition between indoors
and outdoors. As conservatories are often the bridge between
house and garden, You can lift the garden so it sits in line with the
house, and create a deck leading to your conservatory for a welcoming
flow. Traditional garden furniture, wood, aluminium or iron are thus
perfect for any greenhouse. For flooring carpets are not a good idea
because of braais, plants, pets and condensation. Slate or tiles are
the most popular choice, which sit well with rattan or cane
décor style is suitable for conservatories and greenhouses?
conservatory need not be boring or an afterthought just because its
outside. It is in fact the perfect room to have a little fun with.
Nature inspired colours usually work well. Alternatively for a
more daring look, golds and bronzes work just as well. Fill it with
plants, accessories and everything you love which is unique to your
indoors and personality. It can be an extension of your indoor
interiors or a completely different look and feel to the rest of the
house- the choice is yours and the inspiration on homify is endless.
the perfect conservatory space can be a fun task and you can find all
the conservatory ideas and inspiration you need can be saved in your
ideabooks. Paint colours, heating options, furniture and blinds all
play an important part in planning the design and feel of your space
whether its modern, eclectic, classic or rustic:
modern theme is
very popular amongst home-owners. It is an easy style to
recreate and if you have the right base colours then changing
accessories to keep up-to-date with the trends is easily done. Modern
conservatories can create a brilliant atmosphere to spend time in as
they make use of relaxing components, from comfortable armchairs to
soft lighting. However, if you truly want a modern conservatory then
it is worth trying to keep up with trends, which may be expensive if
you intend on frequently changing your furniture.
the right conservatory design is extremely important for if you
intend on actually spending time in the room! There are many
brilliant DIY conservatory ideas around and the eclectic
often the best to play around with as adding personality to a
room means it doesn’t necessarily have to be perfect. Having
different colours, mismatching furniture and interesting lighting is
a great way to create an eclectic feel in your home. This style is
often the best option for families with small children as using
colour in a room is a better way to make sure that any pristine white
sofas don’t get ruined!
use of impressive windows, bright open spaces and cream colours
creates a very classic atmosphere. This means that a classic
one that is not too hard to create. Using beautiful pieces of
furniture, such as antique or vintage sofas, you can make your
room perfect for spending long amounts of time relaxing! This style
really works well in a conservatory as it creates a chic and homely
use of wooden beams is a great way to create a rustic
Another option is including a wood burner to add a more homely
and cosy atmosphere. Patterned chairs and wooden tables also work
extremely well. If you have a rustic theme running through your house
then the juxtaposition of a room which is predominantly windows may
also add an interesting feature for when you come to sell.