Thursday 8th December, 2016
Christmas is approaching faster than Rudolph pulling a sleigh and whilst you can almost smell the mince pies wafting through the air we all know Christmas can be stressful if you’ve got a house full of people. We might not be able to offer up any advice on sprucing up your stuffing but we know a lot about space planning and usage as well as how to keep Aunt Sue away from Auntie Jean. So with a little merry time cheer, you will be well on your way to avoiding a chaotic Christmas if you follow these five tasty tips.
Tip One: Arrange the seating wisely. It’s tempting to usher your least favourite relative on a fold out camping chair while they get stuck into the sprouts, but don't be a Grinch. It’s not rocket science to work out if you’ve got enough chairs or table space for all your guests but think about seating children first for a ‘quick lunch’ and conserve your energy for your adult guests while the kids are off playing.
Tip Two: Conservatory makeover. A conservatory is worth its weight in turkey at Christmas. But, we all know that older conservatories can be less homey during the winter, so think about how you’re going to heat the space safely. Fan heaters or worse, electric bar heaters, aren’t ideal with children running around so consider investing in panel style heaters with a built in thermostat to keep your guests warm. Perhaps a conservatory transformation might be a good investment for 2017 in the shape of Livinroof or Ultraroof380. Add in some Loggia columns with corner heaters and hey presto you’ve got yourself an extra room you can use all year round.
Tip Three: Open plan living. Most people love open plan living space, seamlessly mixing eating, living and relaxing. It’s the ideal setting for Christmas if you’re entertaining lots of people so open up kitchen and conservatory doors so people feel free to roam from room to room. Similarly Christmas also seems to generate lots more stuff, especially toys and presents if you’ve got small children. So make this your last chaotic Christmas and consider a simple, straightforward single storey extension from our Extension Plus Collection – you could have it by Easter when you could do it all again!
Tip Four: Give your conservatory a health check. We all look forward to some well-earned time off at Christmas, a chance to catch up on all the things you’ve been meaning to do all year. If you are planning to use your conservatory space then think about giving it a health check – look for leaks, condensation, blocked gutters and so forth. And if that’s too much get your local Ultrainstaller to come and do the job for you!
Tip Five: Save costs for your guests. With taxis harder to find than the North Pole on Christmas Day, a conservatory is a fantastic space to host your overnight guests. You might need to consider the privacy element, but with the addition of a cheap and cheerful sofa bed, a simple conservatory provides the perfect ‘pop up’ bedroom especially with the addition of a Livinroof which combines solid and glazed sections – perfect for preventing nosey neighbours from looking in.