Building a garden room can be a great way to increase the living space and value of your property. However, many homeowners believe that they are unbearably hot during the summer and far too cold in the winter. If you have experienced similar conditions when visiting a friend’s house, for example, you may not feel that a garden room is right for your property in Mansfield.
This may be true for conservatories, which largely consist of glass and, therefore, are poorly insulated. However, orangeries use far more brickwork and tend to include a flat roofing system, which helps to reduce heat loss.
What’s more, recent changes to the Building Regulations mean that construction companies must now design and build structure that are more energy efficient than ever before. This includes house extensions, new builds and even garden rooms.
This page details how to design an energy-saving orangery for your Mansfield property.
As the sun travels from East to West, south-facing properties in the Northern hemisphere benefit from more sunlight and warmth than north-facing ones. It is, therefore, important to take this into account when choosing where to build orangeries. As a structure designed to blend the interior of a home with the outside space, you probably want your orangery to look out over your garden or patio.
However, it is worth noting that south-facing structures require better ventilation, to cope with higher temperatures in the summer. North-facing builds, however, need improved insulation or possibly some kind of central heating.
An orangery is, essentially, a hybrid of a conservatory and a house extension. It therefore relies on large windows to flood your home with natural light and to provide an unspoiled view of your garden. While many homeowners in Mansfield may believe that traditional double-glazed windows are the most energy-efficient option available, there are other alternatives which are perfect for orangeries.
Some of these include:
At SMM Property Services, we utilise a range of advanced, modern glazing options. This includes products from Pilkington K Glass.
It may seem obvious, but the way you decorate and furnish orangeries and conservatories around Mansfield also impacts their energy efficiency. Installing blinds or curtains will help to keep the room warm at night and block out intense sunlight during hot summer days. Likewise, the type of flooring you choose can make a huge difference. Natural stone and tiled floors, for example, feel cold underfoot and won’t help to insulate the room.
However, such flooring lends itself perfectly to the installation of underfloor heating systems. These are far more economical and subtle than resorting to radiators or electric heaters.
If you can’t afford underfloor heating, then a nice warm rug will help to add a touch of warmth and luxury to your garden room.
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