HOW MUCH FOR A CONSERVATORY?

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Up until a few years age adding a conservatory to your house was probably one of the worst investments you could make as a homeowner. In most cases the roof had single glazing, there was no heating and you could only use them for about four months in the year for recreational purposes.

Even worse was the fact that you probably paid out about 5,000 for a heap of rubbish that added absolutely no value whatsoever to your property.


THE CONSERVATORY EVOLUTION

You know how it is, you’ve done the loft and you still need more space for a play area for the kids, somewhere to sit and enjoy the garden or just somewhere to get a bit of peace and quite. What better than a conservatory?

Period ConservatoryProbably one of the most beautiful aspects of a decent conservatory is that it gives you the best of both worlds in that it feels like you’re outside but yet you have all the comforts of the inside.

The modern conservatory has evolved and now provides an all year extension to you home and if built correctly will actually add some value. The actual amount is dependent on the location of your property and the quality of the conservatory.

The one thing I would say at this point is that it is probably unwise to add a conservatory to you home just to add value. If you want to get a conservatory then do so but you should understand that they do not make a great investment like extensions or garage conversions.

Get a conservatory if you know you’re going to spend five years or so at you property that way you will have more or less has the value out of it by the time you sell.


SO HOW MUCH FOR A CONSERVATORY?

Conservatories are a bit like women in that they come in all shapes and sizes and the more quality you go for the more the cost.

A basic box that you could get from Wickes or B&Q starts about 4,000 and you just plant them on a ready prepared concrete base with dwarf walls. Roofs are usually How Much For s0012polycarbonate which is a type of double glazed plastic that is obscure. It can look okay but if you have a really smart house then you would probably be wiser to up the budget and get some refinements.

Like most thing in life quality costs money and the same applies to conservatories. Popular refinements include self cleaning glass, electric blinds and underfloor heating which drive up the costs substantially.

Open up the walls to create an open plan area with the conservatory at one end and you will also be looking at costs for architect plans, structural engineers costs and probable planning and building control costs as your conservatory may now be classed an extension and subject to building regulations.

Basic conservatories start off at about 4,000 and top out at around 100,000 for a Rolls Royce effort so the best advice is to get plenty of quotes and don’t ever take the first price you are offered.


CHOOSING A CONSERVATORY - TOP 10 TIPS

There’s no disguising the fact that choosing a conservatory is a major decision. Get it right and you’ll enjoy many years of enjoyment from what could be the perfect addition to your home and your lifestyle.

So how do you ensure you make the right decision? Simple. You can start by reading these 10 tips compiled from the advice of interior designers, architects and gardening experts.


THINK ABOUT THE INTENDED USE

How do you envisage using your new conservatory? Will be it a playroom, a dining area, an office, a second living room or an all year round, all weather extension to the garden? Its purpose doesn’t have to fit exclusively into one of these categories, but your conservatory’s ultimate day-to-day use will determine how large it needs to be as well which style, layout and materials will work best.


DESIGN & QUOTATION

Make sure that you receive detailed designs and quotation listing all the specification; don’t be afraid to ask for the quotation breaking down so you can see how the price has been put together.


DON’T AUTOMATICALLY GO FOR THE CHEAPEST QUOTE

With conservatories, you tend to get what you pay for. As such, don’t automatically go for the ‘cheapest’ company unless its products and services also happen to be better than the competition. Another important factor to consider when appointing your installer should be their ability to meet your time scales. The last thing you want is an installation that will drag on and on, leaving your home looking like a building site for weeks or even months.


CHOOSE YOUR MATERIALS WISELY

The materials that make up your conservatory will have an enormous effect on its life span, practicality and usage. Frames tend to be PVCu for lasting performance and glazing can now be polycarbonate, clear glass or performance glass. Choose materials that are easy to clean and maintain – you’ll be thankful for this in the long-term. Bases are typically built in stone or brick; ensure your builder can match to your existing brickwork.


THINK ABOUT THE POSITION

Bear in mind the aspect – or position – of your conservatory. Conservatories that face south receive more sun than those facing north and as such the need for adequate ventilation and blinds is of uppermost importance. To help you regulate the temperature in a south facing conservatory, you might also want to think about using Celsius performance glass in the roof.


SIZE MATTERS

Once you’ve decided on the design and size of your new conservatory, get a second opinion from a friend or family member. Make sure your choice complements your home and has enough internal floor space to meets your requirements. In short, treat it as a fluid extension to your home rather than just an add-on.


CONSIDER YOUR GLAZING OPTIONS

Carefully think about the type of glazing you’d like to use in your conservatory. Normal glass and polycarbonate will allow solar heat to penetrate into your conservatory, potentially making the inside temperature hot summer days. To avoid this ‘greenhouse’ effect, whilst reducing heat loss in winter, opt for a performance glass such as Celsius Plus or a polycarbonate with a solar reflective insert.


VENTILATION, VENTILATION & VENTILATION

To help prevent the build of condensation in your conservatory, you need to ensure it has adequate ventilation. The K2 roof vent lets fresh air in whilst keeping the elements and insects out. As an alternative, you could also consider roof fans or an air conditioning unit if your budget will stretch to it.


CHECK WITH BUILDING CONTROL

If you’re building a conservatory in England or Wales, you will not usually need planning permission (unless your property is listed, in a conservation area or it has already been extended). However it is always better to be safe than sorry. If you’re in any doubt, check as early as you can with your local authority or your chosen installer about this and any relevant building regulations.


USE PROFESSIONALS

Finally, always get your conservatory professionally designed and installed. Also be sure to use vetted installers who offer an insurance backed guarantee. With such a major and prized investment, it’s simply not worth taking the risk!

 


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