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Home Extension or Conservatory: London Builders Help to Decide

When it comes to home enhancement in London, there are plenty of choices, but several things to consider before you pick one.

If you have a considerable garden space on the rear side of your property, you have more options: you can add a conservatory or a full building extension, depending on what result you are looking for.

Both are significant home renovation projects where expert help is needed. Nu Projects London collected the pros and cons to help you make the decision.

Conservatories (Illustrations from Pinterest)

Future Use

If you plan to extend your home because you lack living space, a conservatory is probably not a good choice. However, if you intend to use the new space as a home office, a reading nook, or to have an afternoon tea with your friends, our vote is on a conservatory.

If you need significantly more space, you can get a side return, rear or wrap-around extension done. If you can't decide which one to pick, read our previous article on the topic.

Home Extension (Illustrations from Pinterest)

Either way, you have to contact a professional team of builders to execute your extension project.


When you plan an extension, you have to think about the location; which direction will the new addition face, how will the sun hit the new wing etc. These factors will affect the future use of your home, so you need to be considerate. For example, if your new conservatory faces East, you can enjoy the morning sunshine; if it's facing West, the afternoon sun.

The location of the new room/space won't be affected by the external conditions if you choose the right materials, ventilation, blinds and heating. With the right products and correct insulation, you can avoid uncomfortable temperature fluctuations throughout the seasons.

Let's talk about numbers: Budget

The cost of both options depends on many factors, and the results are heavily influenced by your budget. In general, a conservatory is cheaper than an extension, and the price is decided by the size and style.

The pricing of an extension is more complicated and depends on many factors: