Not sure about anyone else but I’ve found conservatories end up being a dumping ground and a room in the house which is often too cold in the winter and too hot in the summer. A conservatory in principle is a great idea but in practice they can end up being very costly poorly used areas in the home.
Historically the conservatory was used as a way of conserving plants, a posh greenhouse if you like. All that changed though in the 80’s and 90’s with the advent of double glazing and polycarbonate, the modern conservatory was born. This low cost way to add a room without planning permission took off in no time throughout the 90’s. Soon though people started to understand the draw backs, too hot, too cold etc etc. Not exactly what you need if your looking for extra living space. At the end of the day if you need extra living space then build extra living space not a glass house that costs a fortune to heat, the differences in the two are huge.
So ok, what if you still want that much needed extra space to simply chill out, grow plants and watch nature? Well you could buy a green house? A greenhouse maybe a good answer but it’s not my idea of fun to walk across the garden with my brew, only to sit in the cold and walk back again. I personally need something like a cross between a conservatory and a green house at a tenth of the price of a conservatory.
The answer is a sun room!
A sun room – cheaper than a conservatory by far.
Modern sun rooms can be constructed by a keen DIY’er in less then a day. The latest design is light weight, attractive and very strong. Costing less than £1000 for a 6ft x 10ft sun room they provide the perfect solution to my extra room, plant growing, nature watching needs. Plus a modern sun room attaches quickly and easily to the wall, meaning I can nip in and out all year round to my hearts content.
Having taken a look round at the sun room market there’s a wide range of choices from ‘pent’ roof sun rooms to Victorian style expensive sun rooms. My favourite though by far is the Rion range of sun rooms.
Available in a range of sizes the Rion is a modular system that can be extended at any time.
The Rion range features –
- An easy to assemble snap together system that can be extended at any time.
- Strong extruded resin white frame for durability and insulation
- Clear 3mm acrylic panels on all the sides for over 90% transmission of sun light
- 4mm TwinWall panels on the roof for great heat insulation and heavy snow loads support
My conclusion is simply this. If you need an extra room, build an extra room or convert the attic. If you need a garden room capable of conserving and growing plants then the Rion range ticks all the boxes. Low cost, easy to install and expandable if needed.
Back in the 70’s my nan and grandad loved their sun lounge (sun room) back then it was a wooden construction but it did the job perfectly. At the end of the day I look at these purchases in cost of enjoyment per hour, if a Rion Sun Room lasts 10 years and you use it for 6 months of the year for only five hours every week then wow it costs only 80p per hour of enjoyment. I don’t know about anyone else but I can’t get 80p of enjoyment anywhere these days, beer costs more, and wine, well lets not start about the cost of wine! 🙂
All the same sometimes we have to look back to go forward and I personally believe a sun room is a forward step in the quest for an outdoor space to relax out of the worst of the weather.