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Can You Build A Bathroom In A Conservatory?

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Adding an extra bathroom to your property can increase the value of your home by around 6%, which can mean a pretty considerable increase, seeing as the national average house price, as of 2017, was £234,794.

Having an extra bathroom is incredibly convenient, whether it’s just a toilet, or a full bathroom suite with a shower or bath. However, the first step is to find somewhere to put that bathroom.

Building a full extension can be a costly business, while re-arranging the interior of your home to fit the bathroom can leave you wanting for space elsewhere.

These problems have led to the big question: can you build a bathroom in a conservatory?

It’s an interesting question, and one that can potentially transform your living environment.

The simple answer?

Yes, you can 100% build a bathroom in a conservatory space. However, there are some key things that you’ll have to consider first, and maybe apply for.

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Most of the building regulations that you’ll have to look into for the conversion, revolve around adequate bathroom drainage, electricity, and other plumbing elements

Where Do You Stand with Building Regulations?

For the conservatory itself, planning permission doesn’t really apply. You can build a conservatory, up to a certain size, generally without needing any form of planning permission – one of the main reasons why conservatory additions are so popular in the UK.

For the bathroom, things can get a little more complicated. For most bathroom additions, planning permission isn’t required, but when it comes to building regulations and bathrooms in conservatories, it’s a little different.

Most of the building regulations that you’ll have to look into for the conversion, revolve around adequate bathroom drainage, electricity, and other plumbing elements.

The conservatory needs to be able to operate as a useable bathroom space, so you’ll need to think about ventilation, fire safety, and the structural stability of the room.

Thankfully, if the room meets regulations, there should be no reason why your existing conservatory couldn’t become a true feature bathroom.

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There are four key areas to consider from the start, so you can enjoy your conservatory as the unique space that it is: light, electricity, temperature control, and privacy

Turning Your Conservatory into a Habitable Room: 4 Key Considerations

The path to turning your conservatory into a ‘habitable’ room might involve a fair few changes. However, once the room is finished, it will be all worth the effort.

There are four key areas to consider from the start, so you can enjoy your conservatory as the unique space that it is: light, electricity, temperature control, and privacy.

Key Consideration 1: Light

Conservatories are bright in the daytime and dark at night, unless you have the right lighting in place. It is important to work with the natural lighting, but also to control it.

The last thing you want is for the sun glare to be so bright in the Summer that you can’t see where you’re going. A good conservatory roof insulation can help to solve the problem of too much light in a conservatory.

Key Consideration 2: Electricity

A bathroom will need electricity, and if you’re considering turning your conservatory into a bedroom with en-suite bathroom, you’ll want plenty of sockets and a good internet connection.

To meet regulations, and get all the electrical extras you’ll need, it’s worth consulting a professional electrician and seeing what is possible in the space that you have.

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With insulation, you can enjoy the space throughout the year, and also benefit from the other insulation advantages, like noise reduction, extra ventilation, and condensation control

Key Consideration 3: Temperature Control

An icy shower in the winter and a boiling shower in the summer are two extremes that you’re not going to want to experience your bathroom space. This makes the addition of insulation an absolute must!

Conservatory insulation is attached to the roof of a conservatory and regulates the internal temperature. This means that the space will be warmer in the Winter and cooler in the summer.

With insulation, you can enjoy the space throughout the year, and also benefit from the other insulation advantages, like noise reduction, extra ventilation, and condensation control.

Key Consideration 4: Privacy

Privacy is essential in a bathroom space, and something that a conservatory doesn’t offer readily. Thankfully, there are ways that you can add privacy to a conservatory.

Conservatory insulation will take care of the glass roof and blinds can help with the windows, while the addition of opaque window film can help to change the purpose of the room.

Conservatory transformations of this magnitude are big home improvements, but the results can be spectacular. If you’re searching for breath-taking improvements, both in terms of aesthetics and practicality, talk to our team today!