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Frequently Asked Questions About Conservatories

18 February 2021

Different types of conservatory

These are a wide range of different conservatory types available, here are some of the options available to you:

  • Victorian – A popular conservatory with a bay front and three main windows.
  • Georgian – A high, sloped roof atop a square or rectangular conservatory.
  • Lean-to – A simple conservatory which can be used as a sunroom.
  • P-Shape – A conservatory which combines both a flat and rounded front for a unique design.
  • T-Shape – A large, stately conservatory that usually spans the length of a home’s external wall.

How much does a conservatory cost?

Conservatories are typically custom built to fit your needs and the dimensions of your home. It’s difficult to give an exact number because of this, especially when you consider the customisation available in any conservatory project.

Beyond the types of conservatory listed in the last question’s answer, you should also take into account the size of conservatory that you want added onto your home, the timeframe of the installation, glass and roof types, and any external factors that may delay the process.

It’s likely that you’re looking at upwards of £8,000 for your conservatory, based on a simple conservatory extension with no issues and a quick installation. But the average price puts conservatories at anywhere from £8,000 to £14,000+.

If what you’re having installed is actually an orangery, £14,000 is the minimum that you can expect to pay.

Conservatory Installation in Liverpool

Conservatory or Orangery?

The modern conservatory is a glass extension that uses brick as its base and has a pitched roof. An orangery, on the other hand, uses brick for almost all of its structure. Orangeries have large windows and roofs that are mostly flat, with the exception of a glass lantern (a small glass part of the roof that is pitched upwards). Some orangeries have larger glass roofs that use the design of the glass lantern.

Historically, an orangery was used to house fruit trees during the winter. They’re essentially a large greenhouse.

For more information read our blog post on The difference between a conservatory and an orangery.

Do I need planning permission for a conservatory?

Provided that your conservatory does not exceed 50% of the land around your home (still within your property boundaries, of course), you do not require planning permission to have one attached to your home or erected near it.

The conservatory should also have a footprint that is less than 30 square metres, or planning permission will, again, be required.

For small, extension-like conservatories that you wish to add onto your home, it is extremely unlikely that you will need any planning permission. You will need to own your home to commit to a conservatory project.

How to clean a conservatory

The outside of a conservatory can be notoriously difficult to clean, thanks to the glass roof and large, glass walls. It would be prudent for you to call in the help of a professional conservatory or home extension cleaner to complete this task.

It is all too easy to slip while cleaning a pitched roof, and it’s certainly not a task that you should try to undertake without any experience, safety measures, or at least a second person there to assist you in your endeavour.

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