Self Build or DIY Conservatory

DIY Conservatories: Building your own conservatory

Why Consider DIY conservatories?

Conservatories are a relatively easy way to add some more room to your home. If designed and built correctly a conservatory can be a wonderful addition, being a room that is light and warm on a dark winter day and cool and on a Summers eve. However, conservatories are expensive (conservatory companies start at around £500 per square metre to build one for you) and therefore likely to be the second highest expenditure after a house purchase you'll ever make.

So, are there lower cost alternatives to getting in a company to build a conservatory for you? Can I have a conservatory that is exactly the same except cheaper? Well yes - how about DIY conservatories? What are the pro's and con's of a self-build conservatory, what's the procedure and how much money will it save me?

Types of conservatory

As normal DIY Conservatories come in four main types

More bespoke designs may combine aspects from any or all the these three.

Planning Permission

Under UK planning law you are allowed to build a conservatory on the side of your house if the build and design follows certain rules and regulations. These rules are set out in another article on the whatprice site called conservatory planning permission. If in any doubt seek advice from the local planning office.

Experience Required for a DIY conservatory

This isn't some self-assembly chest of drawers from IKEA where the hardest thing you'll have to do is read the instructions, it's a proper building job and should be taken seriously.

If you are typically no good at DIY then why are you even considering it? You should be competent or know someone who is good with their hands and experienced at bricklaying and confident in taking on such a big job. Yes, I know its not quite up there with building a house but its not a Saturday afternoon lawn cut either!

There may also be some plumbing involved (if you plan on extending the household central heating system into the conservatory for winter heating) and almost certainly electrical work. Under January 2005 guidelines the electrical work should be carried out by a qualified electrician anyway.

Building Work Involved

Standard conservatories built by a specialist conservatory installation company will attach the timber or PVC-u framework onto a dwarf-wall or base. Whilst this is possible in DIY conservatories you can also buy ones that basically are bolted down onto the floor. Therefore, the work schedule varies for different types and builds.

The company that you buy the DIY conservatory from should provide you with complete plans and a to do list. But roughly should comprise of:

How long will it take?

Depends. Obviously the bigger and more complicated it is the longer it will take. Not including the time to build any dwarf-wall (if needed) it will probably take between 4 and 6 days, but be prepared to take your time and get it right first time. Mistakes can be costly.

Who can supply my DIY conservatory

Well according to Google just about anyone or at least a large percentage of small town. There are a huge number of outlets that are trying to sell you a conservatory. If you have any recommendations on good companies please let us know. We cannot list them all here but just search using Google or Yahoo and browse through the sites. Which ones seem the most informative, do they have any example information packs for viewing, how much are they, do they come with a guarantee, do they have a store that I can visit and view examples?

How much will it cost?

Again this varies depending on the design, the materials for construction and the size. Typically the larger it is the cheaper per square meter it works out.

For example a very typical 3m x 3m lean to conservatory may cost £225-250 per square meter. This is the price for a full height (all glass no dwarf wall) conservatory.

A 3m x 3m DIY Victorian style conservatories can by found for about £300 per square metre and a larger 4m x 4m Victorian conservatory for about £225 per square metre - again a full-height construction (no dwarf wall). 

Larger area DIY conservatories, such as a P-shape can be purchased for as little as £150 per square metre. These prices compare well to the average cost of getting a conservatory built which starts at £500 per square metre. The question to ask is how much is your time worth?

These prices were valid as of July 2008.

There is such competition that there are always special offers and sales on so you may be able to pick up something much cheaper than this or buy an otherwise more expensive type of conservatory or material. The dwarf wall will again vary with design and several quotes should be obtained from builders for the cost of it.

Below are some example prices that we have in our database.

Conservatory Prices: Disclaimer
General description Specific description Submitted Price Units Last Updated
Kit Dwarf wall Victorian conservatory kit including dwarf wall base kit. Wood grain effect. Not assembled 3.3x2.9m £6898 per item/job 2009-01-10
Kit Full height Edwardian conservatory kit including base. Wood grain effect. Not assembled 3.2x2.3m £5598 per item/job 2009-01-10
Kit Dwarf wall Edwardian conservatory kit including kit for dwarf wall. Wood grain effect. Not assembled 3.2x2.3m £6598 per item/job 2009-01-10
Kit Full height Edwardian conservatory kit including base. White PVC. Not assembled 3.2x2.3m £4698 per item/job 2009-01-10
Kit Dwarf wall Edwardian conservatory kit including kit for dwarf wall. White PVC. Not assembled 3.2x2.3m £5598 per item/job 2009-01-10
Kit Full height Victorian conservatory kit including base. Wood grain effect. Not assembled 3.3x2.9m £5398 per item/job 2009-01-10
Kit Dwarf wall Victorian conservatory kit including dwarf wall base kit. White PVC. Not assembled 3.3x2.9m £5798 per item/job 2009-01-10
Kit Full height Victorian conservatory kit including base. White PVC. Not assembled 3.3x2.9m £4398 per item/job 2009-01-10
Kit Full height Lean-to conservatory kit including base. White PVC. Not assembled 2.4x2.3m £3398 per item/job 2009-01-10
Kit Full height Lean-to conservatory kit including base. Wood grain effect. Not assembled 2.4x2.3 £4398 per item/job 2009-01-10
Kit Dwarf wall lean-to conservatory kit including dwarf wall base kit. Wood grain effect. Not assembled 2.4x2.3 £5398 per item/job 2009-01-10
Kit Dwarf wall lean-to conservatory kit including dwarf wall base kit. White PVC. Not assembled 2.4x2.3 £4398 per item/job 2009-01-10
Kit Full height edwardian conservatory kit not including base (requires purchase of base kit or having one built). White PVC Large area 14.5 square metres. £303 per m2 2009-01-10
Kit Full height edwardian conservatory kit not including base (requires purchase of base kit or having one built). Wood grain effect Large area 14.5 square metres. £365 per m2 2009-01-10
Kit Full height Victorian conservatory kit not including base (requires purchase of base kit or having one built). Wood grain effect Large area 15 square metres. £367 per m2 2009-01-10
Kit Full height Victorian conservatory kit not including base (requires purchase of base kit or having one built). White PVC Large area 15 square metres. £293 per m2 2009-01-10
Kit Full height Lean to conservatory kit not including base (requires purchase of base kit or having one built). White PVC Large area 10.6 square metres. £349 per m2 2009-01-10
Kit Full height Lean to conservatory kit not including base (requires purchase of base kit or having one built). Wood grain effect Large area 10.6 square metres. £443 per m2 2009-01-10
Kit 3.5m x 6.0m Glass roof Pilkington. 2 x Double (French) doors. Supply and build Top only (panels and roof.) Dwarf walls and base pre-existed. £13250 per item/job 2009-06-16
Kit CheapConservatories.com is the UK's Number 1 provider of self build conservatories. Lean To Conservatories, made from high quality PCVu start from just 1,895, but every conservatory is different, so just go to their website and fill out the "Get a Quote" page for a more accurate price. £1895 per item/job 2012-11-21

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DIY Conservatories Conclusions

DIY conservatories can save you a lot of money and give you exactly the conservatory you want. However, you must be aware that there are several days work ahead of you, you need to be good at constructing things and also at following plans.



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