Last updated 21st May 2020
Trying to find out how much it costs to build a conservatory? In this article we breakdown conservatory prices for all the different types including Edwardian, Lean-to, Victorian, L-shaped, P-shaped and more! This then makes it easy for anyone to calculate the cost of a new conservatory for them!
The average material cost of a conservatory will depend on factors, such as size, type, finish, number of doors, glass type & more. On average, material costs for smaller type conservatories such as lean-to's will start from £2500-£4000. Bigger Victorian and P-shaped conservatories can range from £8,000-£10,000. Additional costs, such as skip hire & foundation work will be factored into the overall price.
The average rate a conservatory specialist will charge is typically around £150-£200 per day in labour. Typically, builders will work in a team of 2-3 people with the overall labour cost being factored into the overall price of the quoted job. We estimate on average a small conservatory can take from 2-3 weeks of labour to build, whereas a Victorian or P-shaped conservatory can take 3-6 weeks. Please note that the actual duration of erecting a conservatory will usually take around 3 months as there is quite a bit of waiting time between the building stages, especially with UK weather.
Below are some estimated costs of hiring a builder to construct a conservatory:
|Type of Conservatory||Avg. Cost||Duration|
|Lean-to conservatory||£6,000-£10,000||2-3 weeks|
|Victorian or P shaped conservatory full build||£10,000-£15,000||3-4 weeks|
|Premium conservatory build||£15,000-£20,000||4-6 weeks|
|Conservatory refurbishment||£5,000-£10,000||2-3 weeks|
Individual Costs to Build a 3.5m x 3.5m Lean-to Conservatory - Total Cost: £8000
The most basic conservatory type is the "Lean to" or "Dwarf wall" conservatory. This is a very basic three-sided design which is the perfect for those with small homes that are looking to add some extra space for relaxation to their home. The Victorian Conservatory type resembles an extended bay window, with usually 5 windows in total giving a great view of the garden. Despite the name, the Victorian conservatory is a timeless design that can complement a home of almost any age or type. The P-shaped conservatory is a combination of both the lean-to and Victorian designs, combining a long room with a second, shorter round addition. This type of conservatory is only really suited to large detached properties as the design requires a large amount of space. Other popular conservatory types include the Edwardian or Georgian conservatory, T-shaped conservatory, lantern roof conservatory, gable conservatory, plus of course an unlimited range of bespoke designs to suit individual requirements.
The cost of installing a uPVC conservatory will vary tremendously on a number of factors, mostly to do with the size and style required. Quite simply, as you would expect, the bigger & more fancy a conservatory is, the higher the conservatory cost!
Factors influencing the cost of a conservatory include:
But as a general rule, the cheaper lean-to type conservatories will start from around £4,000 for the smallest, rising up to £10,000 and more for Victorian and P-Shaped designs. But the sky is the limit with conservatories, with many costing upwards of £40,000!
When it comes to building conservatories, the design, planning and build are all things that must be taken into account if you want to get the perfect conservatory for your property. Conservatories generally do not require planning permission, usually being considered a permitted development. But there are limitations on the size and height. You should always check with your local planning department, but in general, conservatories must be no more than half the size of your existing property and not be wider or higher than the original property.
To avoid planning permission you must have no fronting highway with verandas, balconies or raised platforms. If the conservatory is within two metres of a property boundary, then the eaves must be no higher than three metres. If your home is detached or semi-detached, you are often granted a little more leeway and can extend your property by 70m3 or 15% of the volume of the original house, capped at 115m3, without the need for planning permission.
Removing an old conservatory is not a difficult job but it can take some time to remove the base and foundations. So, depending on the size of the conservatory you'd usually expect a couple of days worth of labour to remove it completely. This would also require a couple of skips, so in total you should expect to pay around £500.