We love our house, we love our street and our neighbours. We love the huge windows and the high ceilings. The whole feel of the house is just home, our home. But…
It’s just too small for us now, we’re running out of space and need more room for the boys. We don’t want to move, we have about ten years left on the mortgage, meaning we’ll own our home outright by the time we’re 45. So what do we do?
We’re definitely going up into the loft to create a third floor and a space the teenager can call his own but should we get a conservatory?
From experience I always thought conservatories were usually unused space. A room too hot in the summer and too cold in the winter. Just a glass box added onto the back of a house that ends up being underused.
That was until I was invited to Crystal Living and had a look at how much conservatories have changed. They are no longer plastic and glass little boxes but gorgeous extensions to your home. A real usable space, integrated with the house rather than just an add on. The designs are stunning!
To give a better idea of what could be achieved for our house, Crystal Living took our measurements and requirements and came back with a beautiful conservatory extension to our kitchen, creating one large open plan space.
This is a mock up of the space we could potentially create by knocking through the main wall in the kitchen and adding on a conservatory extension. It creates such a beautiful large family room.
I wouldn’t want to use the conservatory as a dining room, the space would be far better utilised for us as a family room. Instead of the table and chairs I’d have a comfy sofa, Archie’s toys and sensory equipment in there. I’d love to use the new space as somewhere we can all hang out, somewhere we could work on Archie’s therapy together as family.
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 having this extra space would make such a difference for him and for us.
Due to Archie’s Autism & communication issues, he has to be constantly supervised. Having this kind of space would allow me to cook and do other household chores without the worry of having to keep my eyes on him in another room. Any three year old can get themselves into tricky situations but throw a total lack of awareness of danger and you’ve got your hands full!
Having the fully retractable doors means the whole wall can be opened up to give Archie free reign to the garden whilst I can keep an eye on him. It brings the house and garden together and would be so amazing in the summer.
I love that Crystal Living have given us these amazing visuals, I can really see how it would work for our home. I can imagine family BBQs, having the paddling pool out. The kids running in and out of the house laughing whilst family member sit in the garden and extension. It wouldn’t just be a home improvement it would be a lifestyle improvement.
We now just have to see if we could afford it, and if it would add enough value to our house to justify the big spend.
What do you think? Would you consider a conservatory? What do think to our designs?