How Much Does a Conservatory Cost?
A proven way to increase both living space and value to your home is to build a conservatory. Done properly, they look stunning. However, the first question popping into your head is no doubt, “how much does a conservatory cost?”.
You are absolutely right to query that, and in reality, there are an array of factors that can contribute to the overall cost of a new conservatory.
Fear not, the Loftera team are on hand to explain all, starting with the main costs when committing to a new conservatory.
What are the Main Conservatory Costs?
It goes without saying that the bigger the design of the conservatory, the more expensive. It will likely take longer to build, therefore an increase in pay to builders, and an increase in amount of material goes hand in hand with an increase in price.
Speaking of materials, your final choice will impact your conservatory cost. Aluminium, UPVC and timber are the most common materials used for a modern conservatory. UPVC is generally the cheaper option, but it all comes down to personal taste.
Go big or go home? Not necessarily, particularly given that you are already at home! While a larger conservatory can massively increase a property value, and provide additional living space, smaller options can be a cheaper and therefore ideal alternative for some homeowners.
A fully double-glazed roof is a common roofing option, and offers adequate insulation, security and sound proofing. Polycarbonate panels are a similarly priced alternative, while a tiled roof is the most expensive option. Read more about roofing costs per square metre.
Once you have finished the build of the conservatory itself, you will want to make it look and feel homely. Mood lighting, décor and furnishing are just three of many areas that you will need to consider. Our advice would be to have these finishing touches in mind from the outset, to avoid any last-minute surprises.
Main Conservatory Styles and Costs
There are numerous conservatory styles available, all of which can be completed by us at Loftera. Our experts will happily advise on which design will best suit your home, but the final decision is yours. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the more popular conservatory styles.
As the most popular style out there, a lean-to conservatory is wonderfully versatile and arguably the most affordable option available.
A simple rectangular shape makes the interior design nice and simple, with a sloped roof. Three outdoor walls are installed, with the house itself acting as the fourth and final wall that occupants can walk in and out of.
The sides are usually a combination of brickwork and windows, although full-glass windows are also an option.
In general, you can expect to pay between £6k-£8k for a lean-to conservatory.
A gable conservatory has a vertical roof at the front, with slopes either side of the roof before a vertical drop to the floor.
The shape is unmistakable and adds a Georgian feel to any home.
Generally, you can expect to pay between £7k-£9k for this style.
Usually coming out at between £10k-£15k, a Victorian style conservatory is the most traditional English design out there – as you probably guessed from the name.
A Victorian conservatory can be built with three or five facets, making it as versatile as you need it to be. The panoramic windows surveying the outside area makes this a really popular choice for those who like to admire their back gardens.
An orangery conservatory is the closest thing to an extension on the market and has grown in popularity in recent times.
While a traditional conservatory is predominantly fitted with windows around the sides, an orangery conservatory has solid brick walls with a glass roof in the centre. Windows are often still fitted around the outside, but the overall brick design makes this a much different choice.
They are wonderfully versatile in that they can act as a sunroom in warm weather while not losing too much heat in the winter.
Given the versatility of an orangery conservatory, it is difficult to estimate a final price in one sentence. The below chart will hopefully give you a clearer understanding.
Picture the letters T, L and P, and then imagine them in the shape of a brand-new conservatory. That is exactly what this option offers. They are brilliantly versatile in the sense that they act as a multipurpose conservatory.
Wouldn’t it be great to have a seating area at one end and a dining area at the other? That is very much possible with these designs.
Dependant on the size, you can expect to pay between £12k and £18k.
Conservatory Costs: Frame Materials
When choosing your framing material for a new conservatory, aesthetics should be the leading factor behind your decision.
However, costing also comes into play, with the below three options all differing in price.
UPVC is without question the most common choice, for three main reasons. It is the cheapest option out there, which is a welcome boost. It doesn’t require much in the way of maintenance, and it is the most economically friendly of the three options we are to discuss.
That’s three major boxes ticked. What’s not to love?
Offering a slimmer frame than UPVC, aluminium is the ideal choice for those seeking more natural sunlight through larger windows and less framework.
It is largely maintenance free and can be finished in a variety of colours.
Wooden framing is the most expensive option of the three, but the final look is incredible. Wood can be carved into a variety of styles, really putting the power in your hands in regard to your final look.
One possible negative is that wood needs to be painted or treated every few years, whereas UPVC and aluminium can largely be left alone once built.
Of course, pricing is a major factor for any building work, and you can expect to pay in and around the below quotes.
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Conservatory Costs: Windows
Think that choosing your conservatory windows is the easiest decision you’ll have to make throughout the entire process? Think again. There are multiple options available, each with their own advantages.
Otherwise known as solar, Low-E glass is installed with a reflective coating that deflects the majority of the sun’s heat – 80% in fact.
If you’ve ever sat in a conservatory on a sunny day, you’ll realise how important that can be. Another advantage here is that Low-E glass prevents heat from escaping the conservatory, giving you your own suntrap.
One of the most infuriating things about having a conservatory built is the difficulty involved in keeping the roof clean. The height and shape of most conservatories means that it can be extremely difficult to reach the roof to clean those awkward areas.
With self-cleaning glass, that is now a problem of the past. Titanium dioxide is fitted to react with water molecules (we get enough of them in this country) to effectively break down dirt on the glass itself, which in turn washes away with the rain.
It’s a fantastic system, and the glass itself looks no different as a result.
Live near an airport or off a busy road? Or even if you just generally want to reduce the amount of outside noise that you can hear, noise reduction glass does exactly what it says on the tin.
If you are concerned about security, toughened (or tempered) glass may be the ideal choice for you. It’s incredible strong, but if broken, it has been treated to ensure that it shatters into small pieces as opposed to large and dangerous shards.
If you’re seeking that final touch, it is entirely possible to achieve that with decorative conservatory glass. You can colour, stain or etch the glass to meet you taste.
Conservatory Costs: Flooring
Once again, choosing your flooring is another factor to consider when working out your overall conservatory cost. Your thinking may be split between pricing, aesthetics and practicality, allows us to explain the pros and cons of the most popular choices.
If you are planning on using your conservatory as a little nursery for any new additions, you may want to go with carpet as it protects against those little bumps and falls. Carpet is one of the more affordable options also, although is a touch more difficult to clean.
Although considerably cheaper than actual wood, you’d be forgiven for assuming that a well-done laminate flooring is the real thing. We love it, although you have to be careful not to scratch it.
The biggest plus point behind opting for tiled flooring in your conservatory is that it is easy to clean. Also available in a variety of colours and designs, your inner creative side can really come into play here. You may want to consider underfloor heating if opting for tiles, as they can be very cold in the winter. Of course, this would be another factor to consider when pricing up your overall conservatory cost.
The classy and elegant look to a wooden conservatory floor is unbeatable, in our opinion. Naturally, such quality comes with a price, and a wooden floor is the most expensive option out there.
Conservatories and Planning Permission
You will require planning permission for your new conservatory if:
- You live in a listed building
- You live in a conservation area
- Your conservatory is going to be taller than 4 metres
- Your conservatory is going to extend more than three metres away from your back wall (four metres for detached houses)
- Your conservatory is going to be facing a road
- Your conservatory is going to have a balcony
The majority of new conservatory builds do not require planning permission, but it is always best to be prepared. If you believe you are going to need planning permission, you should budget an extra £200 onto your conservatory cost.
What are the Benefits of Building a Conservatory?
A well-finished conservatory can add an average of 5% onto your property value. The chances are that you aren’t looking to sell anytime soon, given that you are planning for a conservatory, but it is always good to know that you have increased your property value and therefore out yourself in a stronger position in the market.
The average house price in Liverpool is currently just over £180k. Adding a conservatory to your property could increase its value by close to £10k.
It may sound obvious, bit a conservatory allows for an extra room in your home, usually around the back of your house where it is more peaceful. Additionally, some people may prefer to opt for an extension onto their home, but doing so costs an awful lot more than building a conservatory.
Experience teaches us that having a conservatory is a fantastic way to connect your home to your back garden, without compromising any space withing your house. In fact, you’re adding to it!
In case you can’t tell, we are big fans of conservatories. When done right, they can add so much to a property in terms of value, aesthetics, practicality and even tranquillity.
There is an awful lot to think about, particularly the overall conservatory cost. Please don’t get bogged down too much, that’s what our experts are there for.
Our team are on hand to offer advice, tips and inspiration and can easily be contacted on 0151 317 5013.
Failing that, feel free to drop us a line on firstname.lastname@example.org. Our determination to see your project through from start to finish, while keeping your requirements at the forefront of our thinking throughout, is what makes Loftera the industry leader in Merseyside and beyond.