Conservatories are clearly a good idea

A south-facing conservatory makes the best sun trap.

A south-facing conservatory makes the best sun trap.

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This (so far) lacklustre summer has probably convinced you that having a conservatory is a good idea.

Hot, sunny days seem to be a thing of the past, but with a conservatory, you can still enjoy the garden while remaining under cover.

Conservatories are versatile too, and can be made into sitting rooms, playrooms, dining rooms and dens.

The problem, though, is that they’re often boiling when it’s hot, and freezing when it’s cold, so you must make sure they are properly equipped for extremes of temperature.

Many conservatories have low brick walls with glazing above, but if you’d prefer a garden room to a conservatory, you can increase the brick ratio, which makes it easier to insulate and add radiators.

Conservatories are usually at the back of the house, but if there’s a sunny spot at the side, you may prefer to put yours there.

Its position can make a big difference to how usable it is, so consider how the sun moves across the plot during the day.

An east-facing conservatory will only get morning sun, while a west-facing one will be cooler in the morning and hotter towards the end of the day.

Conservatories that face north should get angled sun first and last thing and so won’t overheat, but they can be cold in winter.

A south-facing conservatory makes the best sun-trap, but it will get extremely hot on a warm summer day.

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