A new conservatory or extension can open up the back of your home, creating extra space to work, relax, dine or entertain. However, there’s such a wide variety of options when it comes to achieving the look and functionality you want that it can be challenging to pick the ideal design for your needs. Here are some top tips to follow.

Home extension guides - top design tips for a new conservatory or extensionMake Use of Natural Light

Some property owners worry that an extension or conservatory may block out light from other areas of their home. However, the opposite is true if you can select features which make maximum use of the natural light on offer. In fact, you can create a wall-to-wall glass effect with anything from bifolds and sliding doors to supersize windows. Even if you only have one back wall to play with, there are plenty of floor to ceiling glazing products to consider. Don’t forget about the light available from above too. Roof lanterns and skylights are perfect for this, and they could even be strategically placed above areas you need more light, such as in the cooking area of a new kitchen extension. This will make the space bright, airy and welcoming.

Don’t Forget about Views

While it’s sometimes easier to achieve more cohesion between inside and out with a conservatory (which are often chosen for their sun lounging benefits), don’t forget about the views available when designing an extension. This is especially important if building a kitchen-diner where you can create a space which looks out onto a beautiful garden or outdoor area. If you want a design feature which is going to give your new extension the wow factor, a roof lantern is a great choice. They’re stunning to look at, but also provide aerial views which bring the outside in, both during the daytime and at night.

Choose Low Maintenance Features

After investing in a new space for you home, the last thing you want is to spend hours trying to keep it looking good. Low maintenance frame materials are a must, including aluminium or uPVC frames for your windows and doors. Unlike old wooden frames which often need sanding and repainting over the years, modern materials won’t need this level of upkeep. Another design feature we love is self-cleaning glass, especially for conservatories which have large glass roofs. This type of glazing has a special coating which breaks down organic dirt naturally built up on the window. Rainwater then washes away the broken down particles.

Design Your New Extension or Conservatory

Whether designing a brand new or replacement conservatory or home extension, the Merton Windows team can help. We’ll guide you through the process, helping you to design a bespoke area which ticks all the right boxes. We work across Surrey and London locations, including Putney, Raynes Park and Clapham. Call now on 020 8542 2233 for a free, no-obligation consultation and quote.