Conservatory Finishing Touches – Electrical sockets
Most conservatory installation companies will include a number of electrical sockets in their quotation so that you can watch TV, listen to music or surf the internet. Consider electrical sockets with a USB connection so that you can charge your phone or tablet.
Or perhaps you need an outside socket for your lawnmower and other garden machinery. It is best to confirm this element of important finishing touches – don’t just assume that electrical sockets are included in your quotation.
Conservatory Finishing Touches – Light Fittings
A conservatory is unlike any other room in your home so due consideration needs to be given to not only creating the atmosphere you want to achieve but also to do it without either creating dark corners or making it a beacon for your neighbours.
A combination of different types and styles of lighting generally work best and there will rarely be simply one central ceiling (roof) light as in some other rooms in your home.
Consider wall lights, down lighters possibly in the ridge and lamps on the floor or internal window board – some of which can be controlled by dimmer switches. Some installation companies will also offer to arrange a television aerial point, a telephone extension and extension of your broadband or sky™ connection.
Conservatory Finishing Touches – Floor Coverings
The type of flooring you choose for your conservatory will, in part at least, be determined by its intended use as they all have various advantages and disadvantages. The vast majority of conservatory bases will be constructed with concrete floors which, without under floor heating can be cold during the winter.
Although some people may carpet their conservatory, a mat or rug would be essential by the entrance / exit door to avoid dirt and mud spoiling your conservatory’s floor covering. Because of this, ceramic floor tiles and vinyl are popular, easily cleaned alternatives and there is an extremely wide choice of both. Once laying costs are taken into account, ceramic floor tiles would generally be the more expensive choice but would last much longer than soft floor coverings.
In large conservatories, such as a P Shape combination style which can be used as more than one room, each area could be treated differently, with for example, carpets in the lounge area and ceramic floor tiles in the dining area.
Conservatory Finishing Touches – Decorative Glass
Many customers decide to individualise their conservatories and orangeries by including decorative glass features and there is a wide choice of leaded glass, coloured lead, bevelled glass, Georgian Fret and Astragal Bar.
Our opinion on decorative glass is that windows are to look through, not at and this is more often the case with conservatories than with windows and doors. Views of attractive gardens through the large expanse of glass which conservatories and orangeries naturally have should not be spoiled.