1. Selecting an unsympathetic style
There's a risk of a new sunroon looking completely out of place with the house.
To prevent this, be selective with the design and choose features that blend with the style of your home.2. Ignoring the landscaping
An area will need to be cleared for the ground works of your building.
You won't want the space surrounding your new room to remain a wasteland once it's built, so plan the landscaping in advance and aim to create a seamless link between extension and garden.
3. Forgetting your furniture
Large pieces of furniture need to stand against a solid wall, so be sure to include sufficient wall space in your design if you want to include a favorite bookshelf or dresser.
4. Disregarding the rest of the ground floor
The most successful sunrooms flow seamlessly with the entire ground floor to provide truly flexible living space.
As you're investing in new flooring, plastering and electrical wiring for the extension, it's often worth getting the full potential from your investment by re-configuring the adjacent rooms too.
5. Making planning assumptions
Never presume to know the intricacies of planning regulations—it's just not worth the risk of having to take down your newly built garden room.
Factors such as the size and height of the conservatory, whether your home is listed and its distance from a neighboring property will determine whether or not planning is required.
Find an experienced company that can advise on regulations and obtain the required consents.
6. Discounting temperature control
A sunroom that's freezing in winter and boiling in summer is no longer inevitable.
Solar-control glazing will minimize the amount of heat passing through (in either direction), helping your room to stay an even temperature throughout the year.
Heating, whether underfloor or radiators, will also ensure your new extension is comfy all year round.
7. Underestimating the view
The design of your garden room and the way it looks from the outside is important but one of the greatest joys a conservatory can bring is the view.
A planning priority must be to consider how the windows and doors can be positioned to make the most of what you see when you're gazing outside.
8. Not considering maintenance
Any garden building will need a degree of maintenance.
To keep this to a minimum, choose aluminum gutters (not plastic), an aluminum roof, hardwood construction and check out the manufacturer warranties.
If you decide on an oak building look for fully air-dried oak, as opposed to partially dried or green oak, which is of lower quality.
9. Scrimping on space
It may be tempting to compromise on the size of your new sunroom to save money, but wishing, once it's built, that you'd included an extra half meter or so is frustrating—especially if you find your furniture won't fit!
10. Not doing your homework
Making a quick decision without researching what's on offer in the garden building market could well be a fast route to disappointment.
Draw up a shortlist of conservatory firms and ask to speak to their existing customers for a reference and, ideally, visit them to check the workmanship in person.
Then, find out what's on offer in the way of guarantees, insurance and customer service support before making a final choice.