What is a conservatory? It’s a room that can be an additional living area during any season, which offers an open view to the world because it is made of glass.

Also known as a sun room or a solarium, it is accessible from the inside of the home as well as to the outside, basically like a glassed-in porch. Because it is made of glass, choosing the optimal location is critical to planning this addition.

This article discusses this portion of the planning:

What to Know Before Adding a SunroomAll season sun room

In northern climates, a southern exposure is best because it will receive the most light each day. In the South, however, a southern exposure means additional cooling will be necessary, which could be costly.

An eastern exposure will ease cooling needs by providing sun in the morning and shade the rest of the day — not so great for after work. A western orientation, on the other hand, will expose you to harsh afternoon sun that will need to be shaded.

A northern exposure will provide lower levels of light and partial shade most of the day. In the North, this can cause the room to be too cool and damp, but it can work fine in the South, where it may eliminate the need for window treatments or additional cooling.

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There are some common misconceptions concerning adding on a conservatory: Is it considered habitable space as far as square footage in a home? Will the glass make the whole house warmer? Will it block light from other rooms?

These questions are answered in the followed video:

If the sun room is fitted with high performance insulated glass, it will make a huge difference in the usability of the room. Another consideration is whether to add central heat/air to the conservatory so that will definitely be considered part of the home’s square footage.

Adding ceiling vents can also help to mitigate the heat produced by the glass enclosure. Depending on all of these factors, the cost of the room can rise significantly.

This article discusses the potential price tag for adding a solarium onto your home:

How Much Does a Conservatory Cost? Free Conservatory Prices and Estimates

Conservatory Average CostAdding on a Conservatory

The cost of a conservatory varies widely depending on the design, local labor and material costs, and other factors. Before you begin conservatory construction, check with the local planning department to find out what permits you may need.

  • Conservatory costs start at around $7,500 to $15,000.
  • The average cost of a conservatory is $10,000 to $30,000.
  • A conservatory could cost as much as $40,000 to $80,000 or more.

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The addition of a conservatory will boost the dimension to your home with its bright open design. It will be a sanctuary that you and your family will enjoy together, and it is great for entertaining guests.

It can also increase your resale value when done correctly as it’s a unique feature that most homes don’t have. Plants love the atmosphere of a sun room and it is very therapeutic and soothing for bolstering your mood.