If you’re the type of person who likes a lot of light around them in the house then you have no doubt considered investing in a conservatory in the past. There is no better way to embrace daylight and the sun’s rays, after all.
And that’s why it’s understandable many families these days are opting to combine open plan living with the addition of a conservatory kitchen. Not everyone wants – or can afford – an extension, after all. So, how do you go about fashioning a kitchen conservatory? Well, here are some expert tips right here:
Check you have planning permission
You wouldn’t normally need planning permission if your conservatory isn’t too large (ie more than three metres beyond the rear of the house if attached, or four metres for a detached property). If you’re planning something bigger or with two storeys this would be considered an extension and requires approval from your local planning department.
Who will, however, certainly need to check with the Council’s Building Control team for a conservatory kitchen. They will want to ensure that your drainage is in line with their regulations and that electrical works are similarly fitted in an expert fashion.
If the property is a Listed Building you’ll need permission from Historic England to make any changes at all. The same applies if your home sits in what is termed an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
Design aspects of a conservatory kitchen
- Talking of location, where the conservatory is added to your home obviously depends on its current situation (a conservatory is usually at the back or side of a property). If the back of your home is south facing then consider getting special solar responsive windows. This ensures the conservatory kitchen isn’t too warm – especially when you’re cooking!
- Forget cooking with gas – it can be too complicated to connect pipes in a conservatory kitchen. There are some terrific electric appliances around today anyway, such as induction cookers. Just make sure you have enough sockets for all those plugs!
- Obviously plumbing is crucial for your kitchen. The length of your current pipes could dictate where your sink, dishwasher etc will go – unless they can be easily extended. It’s perfectly possible to plan the rest of the kitchen design around the fabled Kitchen Triangle (ie the sink, cooker and fridge all being within reach from one position).
- Having so much glass makes you very visible in your conservatory kitchen. Invest in some vertical fabric blinds or pull-down versions. You could have curtains too for a cosier feel.
- You are going to be doing a lot of cooking in this space, and there’s going to be lots of warmth – especially in the summer. So, in order to avoid the room becoming too stuffy and uncomfortable to sit in, place adequate ventilation. This could be in the form of ceiling fans, opening roof vents or sliding doors which can be left ajar.
Get in touch today
If you’re considering a conservatory kitchen then do get in touch with the team here at Sovereign for a no-obligation chat. We will be happy to discuss options and come up with recommendations unique to your situation. Call us on 01277 810 910.