Well now summer is officially over. It may not seem obvious right now, but now is the perfect time to start planning for next summer to get maximum enjoyment from it. One thing that you can do for next summer is to consider getting a conservatory installed at your home. When you decide to buy a conservatory, it is important that you position it in the correct place to maximise its full potential. There are other factors that you need to consider though, as the positioning of the conservatory relative to our house is also important.
Placing your conservatory at the front of your house is not generally seen as a good idea for several reasons; it would look out of place, passers-by would be able to see into it due to the large windows and it may not get planning permission. Placing your conservatory at the side of the house may provide similar issues, but depending on the level of space available, it may be possible to have a conservatory facing in your preferred direction and retain your privacy as well. It is important to speak to your conservatory designer as they will tell you what is possible and what is not.
So what should be considered when deciding which direction your conservatory faces? Here are some factors to consider:
This is the least popular option and should only really be considered if the positioning of your house makes it unavoidable. Your conservatory will get the least amount of sunlight here so it will be mild in the summer and coldest in the winter. Make sure that you get good quality heating installed and that it is properly insulated.
Conservatories facing the East will get plenty of sun in the morning but not in the evening. It is best suited to those early birds who like to enjoy their conservatory when they first get up. If you want to enjoy your conservatory in the evening then it may be worth considering getting some good quality heating installed and making sure it is well insulated.
South facing conservatories
are the most popular as they get the suns throughout the middle of the day all throughout the year. As opposed to North facing conservatories, the problem will be overheating. Long exposure to sunshine through the glass can make it uncomfortable during prolonged warm weather. Make sure that you have roof vents and windows installed and don’t be afraid to have a fan in there.
West facing conservatories get most of the sun in the evening. This could be perfectly suited to those who have a busy working schedule as they will have a warm and sunny conservatory to come home to. Those with a good view can then enjoy watching the sunset with a glass of wine in their hand.