Cost of Building a Lean to Conservatory
Conservatory guide and quotes
A lean-to conservatory is an additional room which has a flat angled sloping roof that allows rain to run off. Lean to conservatories have a shape that gives them the appearance of leaning against the wall of a house, hence the name. This is the simplest and quickest type of conservatory to build, plus it works well in small spaces, so is easily the most popular type of conservatory in the UK. Although these lean-to conservatories are basic in design, you can choose from a wide range of different options for the roof and walls. The base and roof offer a lot of versatility which means this simple conservatory type can be adapted to suit almost any property.The low pitched roof in particular works well in awkward spaces and is a good choice for bungalows or small terraced properties.
Example conservatory quotes
Things to consider when building a conservatory
Adding a conservatory means upheaval with tradesmen needing to access your property for weeks, so it’s important to be plan everything carefully to minimise any stress. Always shop around and get at least three quotes. Use a company recommended by a trusted friend or family member if at all possible, or get a local trustworthy trader with the help of MyJobQuote.co.uk. Consider whether you should go for a local or national conservatory company.
Most homeowners use a local firm as the prices tend to be much cheaper, but sometimes a national company will safer with a better guarantee and more chance of them still being around if you want to make any warranty claims! Always ask for details on exactly what is included in any quotes, so you don’t get any surprises later. Some features like TV and electrical sockets, roof vents and ceiling fans, can add considerably to the price. Many homeowners complain that the final cost was higher than the initial quote, so get quotes in writing and double check the small print.
Doing it Yourself
To build a conservatory as a DIY project, you need to first make sure your measurements are accurate, both in terms of the conservatory size and for the space that you have allowed. Most conservatory frames and other parts will come with a guarantee, but this will not help you if the conservatory does not fit the base you are going to lay it on. Any alterations or modifications will likely invalidate the guarantee. Then you have to make a decision about the design you want to go for. Most DIY Conservatory kits are modular so made up of standard size parts which fit together and are often interchangeable which means that you can change the door position to suit. In some cases, a Planning Permission application will be required for a DIY Conservatory which can take up to 10 weeks for approval if making an application, even if doing a DIY build, it is recommended that you seek advice from an architect with the planning.
The actual fitting of a conservatory kit is actually quite an easy job requiring just basic DIY skills and a bit of patience, think of a big Meccano set! But most of the labour costs normally involved are for the concrete base, the dwarf wall, and all the internal finishings (flooring, electrics, insulation, plastering etc.). Most DIY conservatory kits do come with full instructions so you should be able to get assemble everything relatively painlessly. But with all conservatories, before you can build the conservatory, your first job will be to construct a solid base.
Once the base is down and had time to dry, then you can construct the dwarf walls if applicable. If you require electrical sockets, ceiling fans, phone/broadband connections plan these services out before constructing the dwarf walls. Always contact a qualified electrician for help and advice in terms of when these items can and should be installed. Once you have received your conservatory kit check you have everything and double check sizes, then layout all the frames in the right positions to begin the construction. All the fixings required should be included so just fix the frames securely in place then fit the window glass and beads. Finally, seal all joints and then finish the interior to your requirements.
- This type of conservatory is usually the cheapest design
- Lean-to conservatories are often used as greenhouses and sun-rooms
- A typical lean-to conservatory will have dwarf walls with glazing on all three sides
- A standard lean-to conservatory on the back of a house is unlikely to require planning permission
Hiring a Tradesman Checklist
- Always get at least 2 quotes before hiring.
- Never pay the full amount upfront.
- Get the quote in writing.
- For any payment you make, always get a receipt.
- On more expensive jobs, ask for references.
- Check if the tradesman is a member of any trades associations.
- Make sure the tradesman has public liability insurance.
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What do I do with my old conservatory?
Removal of conservatory, render wall and add steps/patio.
Submitted by Muna
We have an old conservatory uPVC attached to the rear of the house that is roughly 8 feet by 11 feet. It sits on a small brick and block dwarf wall. We are looking to completely remove the conservatory down to ground level. There is no concrete slab as such to take up. The bricks/blocks sit on a con...
Submitted by Joe
I'm looking to build a conservatory in my garden. I wish to build a second small toilet within and plumbing for a sink. Please see some rough plans attached. I have also marked the position of the existing kitchen sink in red. Above the kitchen, on the first floor there is a toilet. A base will need...
Submitted by Radu
An old kitchen on an old cottage that needs turning into a modern build kitchen.
Submitted by Liz
Supply and fix conservatory 8ft X 8ft Edwardian -Wickes on a raised plinth to be built. Supply and fit WC and cistern sink and extracted fan with associated fittings. Supply and fit shower cubicle and tray. Supply and fit power shower with associated fittings. Leave all in suitable working ord...