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How much will it cost to build a conservatory?

What is a Conservatory?

Conservatory is a building or room that has glass roof and walls. It can be used as a greenhouse or sunroom. There are different types of conservatory and you can choose your own design.

Different Types of Conservatory

  • Dwarf wall- This design is composed of three sides that will perfectly fit for those who have small houses who want to have a comfortable spot to read a book  or just simply have some time to relax.
  • Victorian Conservatory- This design consists of 5 glass windows that fit almost any kind of house design. 
  • P-shaped Conservatory- This design is a combination of dwarf wall and Victorian where it consists of a long room connecting to the shorter one. It can be three-faceted or five-faceted. This is only recommended to spacious properties. 

You can also check the other conservatory types such as the Gable Conservatory, Edwardian Conservatory, Lantern Roof Conservatory, T-shaped Conservatory, plus of course an unlimited range of bespoke designs to suit individual requirements.

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Factors that affect the Costs of a New Conservatory

If you’re planning to get a conservatory for your home, then you should consider the factors such as the materials going to be used, the type of conservatory design you would like, and how big it should be depending on the size of your area.

Here are some of the factors that you should consider before you build a conservatory 

  • The size of your property and
  • The type of roof you want to have (e.g. polycarbonate or glass roof panels)
  • The finishing you would like it to be (e.g white,wood effect)
  • The kind of conservatory you prefer and the number of doors you want to have
  • The type of glass if you want it to be tinted or plain
  • The designs or styles you want to add such as patio area or veranda
  • The cost for finishing the flooring and other decorations.

In reality, the cost for a cheap lean-to type or dwarf-wall conservatories usually start around £4,000 for the smallest. Then, for Victorian and P-Shaped conservatories it will cost up to £10,000 and possibly higher. So, if you want your conservatory to look perfect and meet your expectations then expect also for a higher cost.

Is it necessary to have a planning permission before I start building conservatory?

Actually, it is not that necessary nor required to have a planning permission right before you build a conservatory. But you have to plan ahead the design you want, the overall costs, and the size of your property and the location where your conservatory is going to be built. However, there are some limits to the size and height of your conservatory.So just to be sure, you can check the standards for building a conservatory with your nearest local planning department.  

But, most of the time, conservatories should not be larger than your existing property. It should only be half the size or if possible, much smaller than half of your land. It should also not be higher than your house. So, if you don’t want to undergo a  planning permission, then do your best to fit the standards for building a conservatory. Don’t extend verandas nor raised platforms. 

How much is the cost for demolishing an old conservatory?

It is not that hard to remove an old conservatory, but it will take time to completely remove it. So, it could take a few more days to demolish an old conservatory. The cost for labor should also be considered.

Cost for building a conservatory

The average overall cost for a conservatory will depend on the size of the property, type of conservatory, finishing, number of doors, the type of glass & if you have other decorations preferred. For small types of conservatory like dwarf-wall or lean to, the price will range from £2500 up to £4000. While for bigger types of conservatory, like Victorian and P-shaped conservatories, the cost usually starts from £8,000 up to £10,000. 

If you’re planning to get a specialist for conservatory, then the labour cost will typically range from£150 to £200 per day. For building conservatory, you’ll probably need at least 2 to 3 people and have a budget plan for the overall labour cost. Consider also the time frame to completely finish the conservatory. For a small conservatory, an average time to build it can take around 2 to 3 weeks. While for a Victorian or P-shaped conservatory, the estimated time to finish it can take around at least 3-6 weeks. You should also consider the weather in the UK when you’re planning to build a conservatory as it affects the time frame of the construction. But in actuality, the construction of a new conservatory can lead up to 3 months.