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?

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  1. October 5, 2016 / 8:57 am

    I always dreamed of a conservatory until I bought a house with one on it! I bought a property that we re-developed about 2 years ago, albeit the traditional style, not one of these modern ones. It was so hot in the summer, but very cosy in the winter, when we added heat and plasterboarded the bricks up. We had 2 fans in there a million windows and french doors and it was still like a greenhouse, I have seen that you can change the roof now, which may make a difference. Everyone I have spoken to about theirs says don’t bother! My neighbour is just selling her house with a new 10k conservatory on and its not increased the value of the house at all, but as a former estate agent, they can increase your house value if the rest of your house already ticks all the right boxes & it really is a useable space, but make sure you still have plenty of garden left. #HomeEtc
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  2. October 5, 2016 / 10:47 am

    I’m loving the designs! I think you guys should go for it, especially if it means more space for the whole family. We moved into a house last May that already has a conservatory and we use it as a dining room/playroom. We use it a lot especially when T has friends over 🙂
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  3. October 5, 2016 / 12:10 pm

    The design looks lovely, and I totally agree that they’ve come a long way since what we associate with conservatories traditionally. I think open plan kitchen/living areas definitely add value so I would probably be inclined to go for it! X #HomeEtc

  4. October 5, 2016 / 7:58 pm

    If it’s extra space that you need then a conservatory is definitely the way forward. I love how they make the space so light and airy x

  5. October 6, 2016 / 4:27 pm

    The designs look lovely Toni, but I’m with Emma above — we have a conservatory and it’s cold in the winter and WAY too hot in the summer. We’re planning on flattening ours and putting a regular extension in it’s place!! Still with lots of glass — roof lanterns and bi-fold doors etc — but a proper roof to insulate the space better. Good luck with your decision 🙂 Caro xx #HomeEtc
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  6. October 6, 2016 / 9:44 pm

    Funnily enough we’ve been having the same conversation in our house. We need more space so this is something we’ve considered. The mock up designs they’ve come up with our gorgeous x

  7. October 7, 2016 / 10:36 am

    We’re going through a similar dilemma ourselves! Catchment areas making us think we might want to move. BUT it’s so hard to leave if you’ve invested so much into a house and it’s full of memories. Definitely worth considering extending in some way if you can! And these mockups are lovely x


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