If you’ve got a vast garden space and unlimited funds, you needn’t choose between a garden shed or a conservatory. However, most of us don’t have that luxury! If you do find yourself wishing you had a bit of extra space, and you’re not interested in a full extension, either a shed or a conservatory might be the right fit. However, each is best suited to different needs. Here are a few pointers to help you decide which is best for you.
Conservatories traditionally have segmented glass panes for the roof and walls. These bright, sunny additions to the home are typically attached to the back of the house, granting an open view of the garden and providing you with an exceptional area to entertain. Conservatories can also be ideal for home offices, depending on the climate and construction options chosen.
However, it’s worth noting that full-sunlight and an absence of traditional insulation can make a conservatory less than comfortable during more extreme seasons. If you have a sunny, south facing garden, for example, opting for full, close-fitting blinds and great ventilation is going to be necessary. If fall and winter tend to be cooler climes in your region, consider under-floor heating and high efficiency windows to help keep your conservatory comfy rather than cold.
A wooden garden shed can be a great choice for those who want a private workspace, office, or workshop outside of the home—but very accessible to it. Once again, climate is a consideration. You’ll want to ensure that you have the insulation and climate control options available to make your shed comfortable year round.
Sheds offer more privacy than conservatories, and may be more suitable for some seeking office or studio space rather than an entertainment area. However, they’re often less efficient when it comes to expanding your home itself. A properly designed conservatory can be an excellent full dining room or parlour, but sheds are less conducive to these types of uses.
Making a decision
Often, the easiest way to come to a considered decision regarding whether a shed or a conservatory is the right choice is to spend some time making lists of pros and cons, and your expectations for the space in question. Additionally, it can be helpful to speak to others with one option or the other in your region—they can help you understand how each fares in your particular climate.