Conservatories, which are also known as greenhouse in different parts of the world are low-cost, natural, Eco friendly and beautiful extension of your house. Although these are regular feature in many UK homes, the trend is catching up fast across the globe, specially countries/states with prolonged winter months, or north-northern hemisphere.
The innovation in the industry and mechanization of part manufacturing made the cost of building your own conservatory easier now a days. You can go to you tube search a few videos, I found this one very interesting, talks about building your own conservatory in 2 quick days, cool! There are ordinary people like you an I who successfully installed DIY Conservatories at home. One such video is here, a lot to learn from for the novice.
Some FAQs while building your own conservatory
Do I need special permission from authorities? – Mostly no, unless you building it as a separate unit or making it bigger and taller than original house structure. Or if its going to encroach on property boundary in any way.
How do I get matching parts? – Mostly suppliers sell parts which you only need to assemble in your garden. You do need to do digging, nailing, etc though. I honestly feel two persons can finish the work in a week. With the assumption that both persons have strength and tenacity as I.
Is there any building regulations? – Conservatories are classified as temporary structures, and as such do not generally have to conform to Building Regulations. There are certain restrictions though, I would advice you to consult a property consultant before deciding.
Benefits of having a conservatory
- Low cost extension of house where guests can be accommodated. During winter months this place provides comfort without added energy cost to heat it up. A conservatory is like an extra room int he house.
- Adds up to the property value. It definitely increases the curb appeal. If I get to choose between two similar adjacent house, I’d go for the house with a conservatory, it’s a no brainer actually.
- You can enjoy nature, I know my wife SMB loves to have a garden room to sit and read in. Unfortunately in our apartment home I can not set it up but this would be in my wish list till we have one in our own home.
- If you’re planning to build one, don’t get it built by your contractor/builder. These things now come in ready-to-assemble packaging. Believe me, you’ll save a lot of cost that way. Additionally it can be set up real quick without leaving a mark on your outer walls or garden.
Readers, do you have a conservatory, tell us how did you go about building it and how comfortable you are because of it?