Conservatories can 'improve properties'

The addition of a conservatory can help to significantly improve properties, one specialist has underlined.

The structures can help to boost the value of homes for people who are looking to sell, while offering a number of benefits for people who want to increase the size of their home, according to a spokesperson from the National Home Improvement Council (NHIC).

Andrew Leech, director at the NHIC, said: "If they are planned and executed properly they can be either an integral part of the home or they can become a piece which you can shut off so you don't lose any energy efficiencies through the doors and windows."

Mr Leech recommended that it is much more economical for people to extend their current homes than search for a new property.

People may also wish to make other improvements to their house, with Ideal Home Improvement ambassador George Clarke claiming that more Britons are conducting DIY work in the current economic climate.