If you’re a homeowner looking to add extra space to your property, you may be considering either a conservatory or an extension. But what exactly is the difference between the two? 

In this article, we’ll explore the differences between a conservatory and an extension, helping you make an informed decision on which option is the best for your next home improvement project.

Get a quote from Fox Windows and Doors for your conservatory or extension project. We are a Which? Trusted Trader, so you can rest assured that any project we carry out will be of the highest quality for both installation and customer service. 

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Design and Construction 

A conservatory is a structure that is typically attached to the side or rear of a house, and features glazing and a glass or solid roof. It is designed to let in natural light and provide a space where you can enjoy the outdoors while being sheltered from the elements. Conservatories are often used as sunrooms, dining areas or relaxation spaces. They are known for their panoramic views and traditional aesthetics.

On the other hand, an extension is a more solid addition to your home. They are typically built using the same materials as the existing home structure and seamlessly integrate with the rest of the house. Extensions can be used to create additional living spaces, such as a larger kitchen, a new bedroom or a home office. They offer more flexibility in terms of design and can be customised to suit your specific needs and preferences.

Choosing the Right Option

When deciding between a conservatory and an extension, there are a few factors to consider. Firstly, it is essential to consider the purpose of the space you want to create. If you’re looking for a bright and airy room that connects you with the outdoors, a conservatory may be the ideal choice. However, if you need a more versatile and integrated space that blends seamlessly with your existing home, an extension may be the better option.

It is also worthwhile considering the space you have available. If you live in a bungalow or terraced house, you may benefit more from a conservatory than an extension, whereas if you have a larger amount of land or garden space, you could extend your living space with an extension.

You should also consider elements such as security factors, weatherproofing and energy efficiency when choosing between a conservatory or extension. Our conservatories and extensions are all rigorously tested to ensure they meet the highest standards of security, energy efficiency and weatherproofing, so you do not need to worry that you home may become susceptible to forced entry or draughts in adverse weather.

Types of Conservatories and Extensions We Offer

Here at Fox Windows and Doors, we offer a wide range of conservatory and extension options, including glazed extensions and kitchen extensions, so that you can choose the perfect additional living space for your home. 

We offer both full conservatory builds and conservatory refurbishment, so if you are looking to upgrade your current conservatory, Fox Windows and Doors is your local Warwickshire conservatory refurb company. 

We also offer orangeries and lantern orangeries, which pose a great middle ground between an extension and a conservatory. Orangeries are built with brick walls but a glass roof and glazing, making them ideal for homeowners who want a more solid extension without sacrificing more natural light that would come from a conservatory. 

Kitchen extensions have also grown in popularity as they provide practical extension space, which is useful for more kitchen counter space or a dining table for entertaining guests and eating with family. 

Contact our team for more information on the types of extensions and conservatories we offer, and for a quote

Consider Cost and Value

Another important consideration when choosing between a conservatory or extension is cost. Conservatories are generally more cost-effective than extensions, as they require less construction work and materials. However, extensions can add more value to your property in the long run, and are appealing to potential buyers.

Each of the conservatory or extension options we have available performs with excellent energy efficiency, so there would be no additional concern for raised energy prices when installing a conservatory or extension with Fox Windows and Doors, as either option performs exceptionally well.

Look Into Planning Permission 

It’s also worth noting that planning permission may be required for both conservatories and extensions, depending on their size and location. It’s important to check with your local authorities to ensure you comply with any regulations.

Are you still trying to decide on a Conservatory or Extension?

If you are still deciding between an extension or conservatory, you could also opt for a garden room. Garden rooms provide the additional space you need, but they can be situated away from the main building structure, making them a more private and exclusive space. Ideal for entertaining guests or for use as a garden office, garden rooms are versatile spaces for your family. We offer a range of modern garden rooms for your Warwickshire home.

grey garden room with chairs outside

At Fox Windows & Doors, we offer a range of high-quality double glazed products that are suitable for both conservatories and extensions. Our double glazed windows and doors are designed to provide excellent insulation, security and energy efficiency, ensuring that your new space is comfortable and cost-effective to maintain. Combine our conservatory or extension options with a window and door style that suits your needs, and design a bespoke space for you to enjoy.

Whether you choose a conservatory or an extension, our team of experts can guide you through the process, from design to installation. We understand the importance of creating a space that meets your needs and enhances your home’s value. 

Get in touch with us today for a free quote or to discuss your home improvement project. 

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