The most common reasons home owners choose to add a conservatory or extension on to their home is because they need extra living space or to add value. There are many options to choose from when looking for a conservatory or extension. So many options that you may not actually know what it is you’re after or which is best for your home. Conservatories and extensions are very similar, but they have certain distinct features which set them apart from each other.

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Key differences

There are a few key differences between conservatories and extensions.

Regulations and permission

Building regulations only apply when building an extension, as conservatories do not need to comply with the regulations. Extensions require building regulation inspection and certification.


The materials used to build extensions tend to be stronger than the materials used to build conservatories. Conservatories are mostly glass built, whereas extensions are mostly brick built.


Conservatories are heated independently. Extensions, on the other hand, are heated with the rest of the house.

Things you should consider

Before deciding to add anything on to your home, there are a few things you should consider. These considerations might have an impact on your choice.


Having the right amount of space for any home addition is vital. Extensions usually tend to require a bit more space than a conservatory. However, it all really depends on how much you plan on extending. Ensure you have the correct amount of space on your own land before building a conservatory or an extension.


Conservatories and extensions are priced very differently. You should research the prices of each before coming to a decision to ensure that it’s within your price range and affordable. Extensions do tend cost a bit more than conservatories. However, this does not mean that you should just settle with the cheaper option. It may not be right for you.

The use

Conservatories and extensions are suited to different uses, so you need to really think about what you want to use the extra space for. If you want a room that can be used all year round and can be any type of room, an extension may be the better option. Or, if you just need a little extra space that you don’t need to use all the time, perhaps a conservatory would be best.

Our winner

It all comes down to personal choice, but for us, extensions win.

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The benefits of home extensions outweigh the benefits of conservatories.

Add more value to the home

If you’re aiming to add more value to your home, extensions are the better option. For a conservatory to add any real value to a home, they must be made from quality materials. Whereas adding square footage will definitely boost value.


Extensions can be used more flexibly, in terms of how they can be used and what they can be used for. You cannot extend rooms with a conservatory as it wouldn’t follow the regulations. With extensions, however, you can extend a room or add a completely new room.

Energy efficient

Extensions are more energy efficient than conservatories for one main reason; heat escapes quicker in conservatories. During the winter and autumn months more time and money will be spent trying to heat a conservatory. Extensions, on the other hand, are made from insulated walls.

Cost effective

While extensions usually tend to cost a little bit more than conservatories, an extension is better value for money. Extensions are built-up with stronger materials than conservatories, meaning they will last longer. You’ll also be able to use extensions all year round, so you’ll get your monies worth. Conservatories have been slated for being too hot in the summer and too cold in the winter, so use of them may be limited.

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