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How Will You Cope With Your Children During The Summer Holidays?

The weather looks like it is finally turning a corner just in time for the school summer holidays, however with the amount of rain so far this year and the unpredictable weather we have had for the last few years, there is no guarantee that the sunshine is here to stay. This leaves you with the task of keeping the children entertained in the house for 6 weeks!

Don’t stress out with your kids being home, here are some tips to keep your sanity.

You know that within the first week they will be bored in the house and driving you up the wall, waiting for the rain to stop so that you can send them out into the garden. If only you had some sort of cover over the garden, you could send them outside to play no matter what the weather was. A solution may be a conservatory or orangery. These unique rooms create a space which feels like it is outside, but without having to worry about the rain.

Bring The Outside In

Glazed ceiling and walls give the feeling of being outdoors, so the children won’t feel caged in, large bi-folding doors can also help by opening up a whole side of the glazed extension when the weather is good, while a tiled floor will allow the children to run in and out as they please without having to worry about dragging dirt around the rest of the house. In fact, for many families, the conservatory often becomes the child’s permanent play room. Not only does this give the child their own space to play in, but it means that your living room doesn’t look like the warehouse for Toys ‘r’ Us.

Obviously, it is not just the summer that the conservatory will be useful for, in fact you will find it is even more useful during the winter months when there really is no sunshine at all. Snowing outside? No problem, you can sit in the conservatory and watch the children playing in the snow. Once they have finished they can come back into the conservatory and get cleaned up without leaving a trail of snow around the house.

Heating & Cooling

Ensuring that you have the correct systems in place to heat your conservatory throughout the winter months, in addition to blinds and opening windows in order to maintain a comfortable temperature inside the conservatory during the warmer months is critical to create a room which can be utilised no matter what time of the year or weather outside.

Not Just For Children!

Needless to say, it won’t just be the children that appreciate the new addition to the house, but you will wonder how you ever coped without it. Obviously a conservatory or orangery doesn’t have to be used as a children’s playroom. Truth be told, the space created by a conservatory or orangery is so flexible that it be adapted to perform almost any function within the house, whether that be a kitchen extension, dining room, office or even a home gym, provided that it is planned properly from the start. Nonetheless, that isn’t to say that you can’t repurpose the room at a later stage should you wish to.

Aaron Brown is a writer for, designers and manufacturers of bespoke conservatories, orangeries and roof lanterns. You can read more of Aaron’s work over on his Google+ account.

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