Having a new conservatory can seem like a daunting project. We are going to discuss some of the factors involved in making key decisions and have a brief look at why costs vary between companies when you get a quote. Some of the biggest choices that influence cost include:
Size – Square meterage, width and projection
Style – Period style and layout
Finish – Materials used and colours
A simple design such as a Lean-to conservatory will be relatively low-cost compared to a larger, more individual conservatory such as a T-Shape. With its unusual shape, decorative glass and large Bi-Fold Doors you can see how these extra costs will soon add up. The type of roof selected will also have an impact. Choices here include Polycarbonate, Glass or you may even wish to go for a Solid Roof which will quickly ramp up the price paid.
A great return for your money
There are many ways to add value to your home and a good approach is to choose an improvement which will provide you with the best possible return for your money.
So why are conservatories such a popular investment?
A conservatory will not only extend your living space but will also add up to 10% on the value of your property – an attractive prospect should you wish to sell your home in the future. Because of this Conservatories are seen as a very worthwhile addition to your home and there is a vast amount of choice on offer. This is the reason conservatories can cost anything from £5000 upwards depending on the design choices made.
When approaching different companies you will find your conservatory quote varies. Especially between smaller installers and the larger, national companies. This is because smaller companies don’t have the same overheads as the larger companies, and may not provide the same level of aftercare or installation service. As the old saying goes “you get what you pay for”. There are companies offering very cheap conservatories and as a buyer you’ll want to get a good deal, but cheap isn’t always the best option as you can end up paying more in the long run, especially if the conservatory has been badly fitted or designed.
Is it possible to build a conservatory on a tight budget?
It’s possible to find the right size and shape conservatory to suit almost any budget. Whether you’re looking at something grand and spacious or compact and modest, conservatories have become more and more affordable over the years. Don’t automatically assume you can’t afford one, because there are usually options available no matter your situation. For example Amber have a number of Finance Packages available.
Conservatory prices & design
Obviously your conservatory design and specification will have a bearing on the final price you pay. Choices including; size, style, build and materials used will all have an impact on cost. Before you request any conservatory quotes ask yourself, “Do I know what type of conservatory I want to buy?”. With a little research online you can start to get a feel for how what you have in mind will impact on cost. Once you have a good idea about what sort of conservatory you want it will help you narrow down prices and deals, as well as enabling companies to give you much more accurate quotes.
What is the best type of conservatory?
When choosing your conservatory’s style you will have to take into consideration your property size as well as your garden area. A conservatory which looks out of place or that takes up too much space in the garden can give you a large headache should you choose to sell the property in the future. There is no one “best” type of conservatory. However, a design which complements your home would be our recommendation. With correct positioning and planning a conservatory can provide a room you can use all year round, whether it’s for entertaining, relaxing or working. Have a browse of our Conservatory Range for more information on each style including their uses and benefits.
Will I need planning permission?
Conservatories are seen as a permitted development by Building Regulations so in most cases, you will not need any planning permission. If you have a listed property or one which is in a conservation area then you may well need permission. Always check the regulations in your area before proceeding with any build. Visit the Planning Portal for more information.
Conservatory building costs
Every conservatory build is different and your price will be largely dependent on your conservatory base. Your base will have to fit in with your existing groundwork and match your conservatory style. Some properties will not have sufficient access for large machinery such as diggers. If this is the case then your foundations will need to be dug by hand, impacting on your building costs. A large element of your conservatory’s construction will be the base work. Doing this by hand can add time (and therefore cost) to your quotation. In order to get a true idea of your “fully fitted price” you need to include; the installation itself; full survey; drain survey (if needed); as well as certification if planning permission is required. With a conservatory from Amber you would also have a comprehensive guarantee for materials and workmanship. All of which adds to the cost. These benefits however are enough to convince most homeowners that choosing a trusted specialist is worth it, ensuring a high-quality build as well as less risk for the future. Amber’s comprehensive no quibble 10 Year Guarantee also includes a dedicated customer service team on hand to address any issues that may arise.
Conditions impacting on pricing;
Building foundations – is the ground good? Are there any power cables or drains?
Materials used – each has different pricing.
Height & width – the larger or more complicated the design is will have an impact on the price you pay.
Roof type – tiled, full double glazed roof or poly-carbonate panels (polycarbonate tends to be lighter & cheaper)
Profiles for frames & panels – the width, thickness or profile for frames can vary.
Extras such as brick, block panels, dwarf walls or windows & doors – all can be priced differently especially if bricks need to be matched to the rest of the property.
“Special” or “seasonal” offers – “off peak” buying could be cheaper.
Building planning permission – if you need authorization, this should be included in the total price you pay.
Heating & cooling – this may include radiators, plumbing costs, fans or even air conditioning units if required.
Lighting – including electrical installation from the main property.
Flooring – a popular choice being tiles but underfloor heating can also be considered affecting costs.
Ventilation – openers above windows and air vents etc.
When considering buying a new conservatory, deal only with an accredited or properly certified installers (Amber’s Acreditors) who will provide you with a first class product, first class service and more importantly a comprehensive warranty protecting your investment now and for the future.
Because every house is different and your requirements are unique to you, adding a conservatory can seem a little scary at first. This is why Amber will arrange for one of our experienced design consultants to work with you and help assess your property to determine the best options to suit. You will then be provided with a free, competitive, bespoke quote, valid for 12 months with no obligation. There really is no need to wait, Book an Appointment Today and get a fixed quote for 12 months.
The Result is Just Amazing.
"Many thanks for the outstanding job done by all those involved at every stage of the replacement of our windows and the construction of the new conservatory." "It has made such a difference, we couldn't be happier. The result is just amazing."
N & S ReynoldsAmber WindowsSeptember 20, 2016
Thank You, For My Lovely Conservatory!
"Thank you, thank you, for my lovely Conservatory and my new windows. Thank the bricklayers for the hard work & lovely finish its great. Also the fitters for lovely windows & doors, etc. the quality is the best. The electrician has just finished the lights so I wont be doing the washing in the dark Continue Reading
M.D. WinklesAmber WindowsNovember 15, 2017
Keep up the good work
"We are delighted with your our new conservatory. From the initial meeting with Kevin James who’s a credit to you. The bricking stage went perfect the lads very polite didn’t stop working tidied up after. The construction went like clockwork again lads very polite worked none stop. Each time lads came on time and date Continue Reading
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