Building a small or cheap conservatory
Probably the first thing to do is to define what a small or cheap conservatory means to you.
For example, take the reference to the word “cheap”. If it means “low priced”, then it’s quite simple to compare prices, but a cheaply made or manufactured product could actually cost more in the long run – buying cheap does not always mean you are getting a bargain.
As a general rule, small conservatories that are liveable would be around 3 metres wide x 3 metres deep in size. Any smaller and you may have trouble fitting furnishings and having sufficient space left to move around.
But again, small is comparative and depends upon what you consider to be relevant to your situation.
Gull Wing Lean-to
Of the range of cheap conservatory designs in the market, the one that is most suited to use in a confined space is the Lean-to Style.
These conservatories are simple in design with no awkward curves or fancy vaulted roofing, just a straight forward 3-sided rectangle that can also work well with single story homes, such as bungalows.
Even if you compare the cost of a larger lean to conservatory with that of a different design, such as a Victorian Conservatory, Gable or Orangery, you could also consider it cheap – in terms of the amount of living space you get for your money.
How to keep conservatory costs down
Firstly, you need to have a firm grip on your personal budget. Secondly you will need to identify what are the minimum standards you are prepared to accept. Thirdly, stick to your budget.
Finally, get at least 3 or 4 written quotes from different companies and then negotiate on the prices quoted.
Low cost options for your cheap conservatory
Here are some things to consider that can raise or lower the final cost.
- Conservatories Roofing – polycarbonate is probably the lowest cost option, but it is somewhat of a compromise compared to a double glazed roof (or solid roof).
- Foundations – it may be less expensive to use a pre-fabricated steel frame base, especially if your ground needs a deep foundation or there are a lot of cables, pipes or drains in the ground where you want the room to be built.
- Preparation – if you can prepare the area where the conservatory is going to be built beforehand, then you could save some labour costs on the job.
- Walls – full glass sides are less costly than part glass, part brick (dwarf walls).
- If you want some solid panels, then consider upvc or composite infill sections.
- Window openers – some companies add a small extra cost for each glazed section that opens.
- Doors – compare different styles to see which offers the most cost effective combination of price & functionality. French doors are popular, but you could look at “tilt & turn or tilt & slide”.
- Power & Light – the fancier the internal lighting & the more power or media outlets you fit, the more likely it is to cost more. Only build in what you think you will need.
- Heat – this will depend upon what you can live with long term. Underfloor heating or centrally heated fitted radiators can ramp up the price.
- Look out for discounts & special offers – even ask for some “upgrades” (free window openers, better door & window furniture etc).
- Ex-display models – it may take some searching around to find, but some companies have showrooms where they construct sample conservatories to show their products. You may get lucky and find that the company will sell “ex-display” rooms at a large discount. If the size & design suits you then you could bag a real bargain.
- Timing – spring & summer are busy times for installers, try looking for better prices in the “off-season” when their workloads are much lower. You never know, it may work.
- Planning permission – this can be linked to the dimensions of your conservatory. Under a certain size you are unlikely to need planning permission. That extra few inches may in size could mean an extra few pounds in cost.
- Last, but not least, you could do it yourself as there are many DIY conservatory options in the market. You will, however, need at least a basic level of skill to do the work.
Prices for Small Conservatories – a rough guide
|Example Conservatory Prices Guide|
|Type of Conservatory||Approx Size (Millimeter)||Price Range|
|Lean-to||3000 x 3000||£4,000 to £6,000|
|Victorian||3200 x 3600||£5,000 to £14,000|
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