A couple of decades ago, when boosting the value of our home seemed to be completely in fashion for everyone, we were all scouring around trying to find ways to achieve it. Most of the time, we concluded that a conservatory would fit the bill – it would give us a pleasant place to sit in the summer, and this would also be noticed by potential suitors if the property was put up for sale.
However, the conservatory bubble soon burst. This wasn’t because of creative ideas surrounding garage conversions and other major improvement concepts – it was because the typical conservatory has some big drawbacks. It’s a room that can only be used during certain months through the year and once we all realized this, it soon became an addition which barely made a mark on our property’s price.
There could be a solution, though. The conservatory could still make a comeback – even though it is being constructed in the exact same way that it was all those years ago. The difference is what we do to it after it has been built. Before, we may have left the windows untreated, or covered them in cheap vertical blinds. Now, advancements in the blinds industry means that we can be much more creative, and maximize the value of this part of our home in the process.
The exact problem that surrounds conservatories is that there are months in the summer where they are just too hot to handle, whereas in the winter you will need to be layered up in thermals to even step foot in there. To cope with the former, a lot of people installed basic blinds and even solar blinds to make the heat a little more manageable. It didn’t solve the problem related to the winter though – which is where insulated shades come in.
It would be fair to say that these insulated shades weren’t specifically designed for conservatories; they were really for most other rooms in the house. They are of a honeycomb shape, with some being made up of several layers of cells to minimize the heat that escapes from a room. It should go without saying that plenty of heat does escape from a conservatories, so they are one of the few solutions out there which can preserve its temperature and make it habitable during the winter. Additionally, in the summer, they can work the other way and prevent hot rays from effectively making your “investment” into a greenhouse.
Of course, these solutions do add a little cost onto the overall project. However, they actually make your conservatory usable all-year round and from an investment point of view, this is going to benefit you no-end. The fact that these blinds can also be placed on the roof means that all of the temperature concerns that blighted conservatories can be eradicated, and perhaps this home improvement project can make a long-awaited return.