Creating extra space in a small home by planning a conservatory playroom

Having a teenager & a threenager in a two bedroomed terrace house means we are pretty tight on space. Whilst the rooms are big with stunning high ceilings, we don’t have many of them. In fact, until we have saved enough for the loft conversion, Archie is still in our room. Thank you IKEA for cheap partition furniture!

As Archie is in our room, he doesn’t have a space for himself, a space to play and more importantly a space to zone out. I write quite often about his Autism but not so much how it affects our daily life. He has some pretty complex sensory issues and can get very overwhelmed & go into sensory overload. He currently has a little corner of the living room to call his own, but what we would really love is a playroom come sensory room for him.

It would be amazing to have a safe, secure place for him to play. Somewhere we could work on his therapies. Somewhere we could have sensory equipment, soft textures, lights & sounds.

Creating extra space in a small home by planning a conservatory playroom

Moving just isn’t an option for us, we love our house, we love where it is but most of all we love that we have just ten years left on the mortgage. When you have a Special Needs child you just don’t know what the future holds. Whether they will live independently or whether they will need your care for life. We want to make sure we are financially secure and owning our home outright without the burden of a monthly mortgage payment means we can focus on our boy.

The other option to increase the space is to look at planning a conservatory. We have quite a big garden for a small house, the hubby has a built a ‘lean to’ which we currently use a bit of a laundry room and storage space so there is definitely scope to replace the lean to with a conservatory without losing any additional garden space.

The reason I’ve started thinking about this is that next week I get to design my dream home extension. I’ve been invited to my local home improvement company, Crystal Living, to get inspired by their showroom and get advice from their designers. I’ve even sent over pictures of my house so they can start to create some designs for me!

My experience of conservatories are that they are too cold in the winter and too hot in the summer, but conservatories have changed so much in the past 15 years since the standard PVC structure. You can get some stunning bespoke designs now, incorporating brick, wood and aluminium. With a Victorian terrace I’m pretty sure we can only fit a lean-to, but I’m tempted by a loggia style (yes I’ve been researching conservatory ideas already!).

It would be amazing in the summer to be open the double doors to the garden and watch the little man play. He would absolutely love having his own space to play and explore without mummy constantly having to tidy up around him, putting his toys away as there’s no space to move.

I would love being able to sit in there with him, being able to engage with him, interact with him and give him a safe place just for him.

For us a conservatory wouldn’t just be a home improvement, it would be a lifestyle improvement too.


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  1. September 20, 2016 / 10:31 am

    We have a conservatory/dining room/playroom and I love it! Before moving to this house, we also lived in a two-bed terraced house and like you, struggled with space. A conservatory I think is a good idea, not to mention investment 😉
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  2. September 20, 2016 / 8:40 pm

    We would love a conservatory. It would fit perfectly at the end of our dining room and at the side of our kitchen. Unfortunately, they cost a lot.

  3. September 20, 2016 / 9:35 pm

    It sounds like it would be a great addition to your home for sure especially with the little one. It’s great you only have 10 years on the mortgage left so I totally understand why you would want to improve your current home. I think conservatorys are so lovely, especially with all the different designs available now.

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  4. September 21, 2016 / 8:25 am

    It seems like would be so good to have it in your home, who doesn’t like a conservatory. I would love to have one in my home.

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