Your ultimate conservatory guide
If you're looking to extend your home and add a new space that will allow you to enjoy an exciting new environment that is perfect for relaxing, socialising and indulging, a conservatory is a great option.
And the possibilities are endless when it comes to making the most of your space. Whether you use it for hosting dinner parties, enjoying drinks on warm summer evenings, or you want to create a new play den for your little ones, or even a peaceful retreat to escape the chaos of family life, a conservatory lends itself to a wide range of different uses.
But that's not all; any extension to your property can also add significant value to your home, making a conservatory a sound investment if you are thinking about selling your home in the near future.
We've created a guide outlining everything you need to know before investing in a conservatory. So if you are thinking about extending your home in this way, you have certainly landed in the right place.
Conservatory Prices 2018
Conservatory prices differ massively from supplier to supplier, and as there are so many different styles available, establishing what you can expect to pay for your conservatory depends on a number of different factors which we will look at in detail.
So how much can you expect to pay for a conservatory in 2018?
A conservatory is a big investment to your property, so it's important that you feel as that you have secured the best value for money.
Firstly, design and fitting will influence the price of your conservatory massively, so this is something you will need to consider carefully from the offset. For example, a lean to conservatory will cost you around £5000, whereas an orangery conservatory will cost you in the region of £20,000.
Here's a look at some more general prices for different types of conservatories in 2018!
Lean to — This type of conservatory will be your cheapest option and prices generally start from £5,800
Victorian — Prices for this type of conservatory tend to start from £6,500
Edwardian / Georgian / Elizabethan / Regency — You can expect to pay around £8,500- £10,000 for this type of conservatory.
Small orangery conservatories — These tend to start at £18,000
Orangery conservatories — For larger conservatories you can expect to pay £20,000 plus
Of course, there are many other factors, which can also influence the cost of your conservatory including the design, materials used, roof and finishing touches.
Obviously the bigger your conservatory is, the more you can expect to pay. And remember, because a conservatory is an extension of your home, you will be expected to get planning permission.
Energy efficient conservatories
Thanks to significant advances in technology, it's now easier than ever before to optimise energy efficiency in your home, allowing you to make big savings on your energy bills and improve your carbon footprint.
And in order for your conservatory to add value to your home, it's vital that it is energy efficient. With this in mind, this should be a top priority when it comes to choosing materials, as these will determine how energy efficient your conservatory is.
But that's not all; your conservatory is a space that should be enjoyed all year round, and one of the best ways to control the temperature of your conservatory is to opt for energy efficient glass and materials, which will keep your conservatory cool during the summer months and warm during the winter months.
After all, temperature regulation is key when it comes to creating a functional space that you and your family can utilise like any other space inside your home.
Energy efficient glass and materials are also ideal for reducing heat loss and retaining the winter sun, meaning you won't have to rely solely on your heating system to keep your home warm. Energy efficient conservatories are also a great option for reducing the glare from the sun during the summer months, so you won't have to install air conditioning, or rely on the use of a fan to keep you cool and comfortable.
And remember, when it comes to choosing your energy efficient conservatory, the greater your window's energy rating is, the more efficient it will be.
But how does energy efficient glass work?
Energy efficient glass consists of two sheets of glass, which have been filled with gas in order to improve thermal insulation and form an insulating barrier.
This means that you will not only be able to create a warmer space, but you will also be able to reduce your carbon footprint, enjoy a more environmentally friendly home, reduce condensation and lower your energy bills! So it's a win-win for your pocket and the environment.
Advantages and disadvantages of having Conservatory
Advantages of having a conservatory
Over the years, conservatory sales have continued to soar, mainly because more home owners than ever before are realising the substantial value and space a conservatory can add to your property, without the costs and hassle associated with moving home.
Here's a closer look at the advantages of having a conservatory…;
Additional living space
One of the main advantages of a conservatory is the additional living space it provides, allowing you to create a new and exciting living environment that the whole family can enjoy.
And whether you turn your conservatory into an extra bedroom, a dining area, office, family room or even a functional storage room, it's sure to become a sound investment, especially as extra space can significantly increase the value of your home.
Increase the value of your home
Adding a conservatory to your property will instantly increase its value, and is considered as a major selling point for potential buyers. So if you are looking to add value and function to your property - a conservatory is definitely the way to go!
A huge variety to choose from
Houses come in all shapes, sizes and styles and the good news is- conservatories do too! This means that you will be able to choose a conservatory that suits the style of your property.
Introducing light into your home
A conservatory is a great way to introduce light into your property, allowing you to enjoy a massive dose of vitamin D in the comfort of your own home.
The disadvantages of a conservatory
Keeping a conservatory a comfortable temperature can be a struggle, which is why energy efficient glass is so important. This is because so many homeowners report that their conservatory is too hot during the summer months and too cold during the winter months, meaning they don't get a chance to make the most out of the space all year round.
Privacy can sometimes be an issue with some conservatories, especially those that are made completely from glass, or if your garden is overlooked. Again, this can be easily resolved by investing in blinds, or curtains.
If you are working with a small budget, you need to manage your expectations when it comes to space. As budget conservatories offer less space than those at the higher end of the price scale.
All conservatories require regular maintenance, just like the rest of your home. Keeping on top of maintenance will not only allow you to prevent a build up of algae growth on the roof panels, leaks and other wear and tear issues, but it will also allow you to make sure that your home is always aesthetically pleasing.
Cannot be converted later
Finally, due to the nature of the build, a conservatory cannot be converted into a single story extension at a later date. This is because the foundations will already be too shallow.