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I am considering building a conservatory at the back of my house but the only thing is I have a average size garden for a new house. The conservatory would increase my floor space within the house but reduce the size of the garden and in turn it would turn my garden into a small garden. Is it worth building the conservatory and would it put value on my house due to the increase in floor space. Or would money be better spent on converting the garage into another room i.e increasing the size of the kitchen due to being connected by a internal wall. Thanks for the help and look forward from hearing from you.

Asked on Jan 3 2010, Home Improvement in Burnley | Report content

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  • I am asked this one quite alot! First ask yourself what space do you need the most? Are you after a bigger Kitchen or the extra room? How long do you plan to live there? is this a quick fix make money addition or change to the property? or is it for you and your family to enjoy for the next five years? Assuming you have a drive, is the garage vital? what other storage do you have? Is your home likely to attract families with children when you come to sell? If so will the garden become so small that you wouldnt buy it yourself if you had your time again? I would rather try and sell a property with an extra room and decent size garden, as the next buyer can add a conservatory if they want one. No matter what you do you will get someone who would have done it differently! Perhaps only convert the garage into another reception room so a change back could be done without having to rfit a kitchen again should you extend the kitchen size? or could you convert part of the garage (the back bit) leaving the garage front facade and still having some bike storage etc! No perfect answer to this other than take your time and what ever job you do, do it well! Your local agent should know what buyers want on your development, give them a call!

    Answered on Jan 7 2010, Report content
  • A lot will depend on the current size of property, the previous answer makes a lot of sense, in my experience adding a conservatory is one of the most efficient ways to increase the value of your home, garage conversions do not tend to increase value, and for larger property without a garage is a massive negative which will loose value. However I also advise with any home improvements do what is best for you and for your benefit as ultimately prevailing market conditions will determine the value of you home.

    Answered on Mar 13 2010, Report content
  • I am happy to point out the Garage Conversions have increased dramatically in recent years and are probably the cheapest way to add value to your property and give you additional space if possible. Keeping a balance is always the way forward and by converting the garage you are retaining your garden are and still managing to increase the internal house floor area. Get more information and costs for Garage Conversion at the link provided

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    Answered on Aug 24 2010, Report content
  • I personally wouldn’t advise a garage conversion as a garage is a major plus when it comes to selling a house, I think most buyers would prefer a garage. If it is a house you have no intention of selling for a very long time then do whatever is best for you, but to sell I would say the garage conversion it is a bit of a risk. A conservatory is a quick way to add space to your home. A good conservatory adds value, a cheap one does not. Another risk is losing garden space, it is a tough one because if you build a small conservatory it might not be as functional, if you build a large conservatory you risk swamping the garden and it won’t appeal to families or keen gardeners. It might be better to get a local estate agent to give their opinion on what buyers seem to want most of all. Adding value can be done by installing a fabulous kitchen or bathroom. Good décor, wood floors and a bit of wow factor can achieve a good price and it doesn’t have to cost you the earth. Buyers will know they can put a conservatory on or convert the garage, which gives them the choice. In this market I wouldn’t advise spending too much if you are considering selling in the near future because you risk not recouping your money.

    Answered on Sep 4 2010, Report content
  • Reducing your garden slightly is not important. My view - build the conservatory, leave the garage.

    Answered on Jan 6 2011, Report content

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