Pros and Cons of building your own conservatory

General, Home extension, Windows, Doors & Conservatories

Pros and Cons of building your own conservatory

Conservatories are becoming increasingly common nowadays, with many homeowners choosing them as an efficient way of expanding space and adding value to their property.

The purpose of a conservatory can vary between household but they have been commonly associated as sun rooms, lounge or dining areas. This additional space can be particularly beneficial to homes with small pre-existing dining/living spaces.

When deciding to add a conservatory on to your home, there are a few options available – you can either get the experts in or build it yourself.

conservatory3Selecting the right builder

Hiring professionals to do the job might be the safest and easiest choice, but you also need to take into account the expensive labour costs. You will also need to work towards someone else’s time scale and working hours, so might need to leave your house in trusted hands.

Building it yourself

When building anything yourself, you face certain pitfalls and risks. Firstly, if you lack experience in building and haven’t undertaken a similar project before, you might make amateur mistakes.  Even though you might be cutting back on labour costs, you could be making small mistakes that might turn into costly issues in the future.

The next component you need to make sure you have exactly right is the type of conservatory for you and ensure all the measurement are completely accurate and you have all the materials and tools needed. However there are easy to build DIY conservatory packages available from reputable manufacturers that might ease the task.

Planning regulations and  permissions for a conservatory

You can’t simply erect a conservatory of any size without researching and abiding by building regulations. The current commissioned regulations state that the limit for the conservatory size was 8m past the end of your home for a detached house and 6m for all other houses.  However, there are exceptions to this rule, so it could be recommended that you check with your  Local Authority Building Control team beforehand.


There are lots of components that you need to take into consideration when calculating the budget for your conservatory. These include the conservatory frame and foundations, flooring, materials, tools and manpower needed. It is also crucial that you don’t forget to take into account heating, as conservatories can get very cold in the winter months. Other expenses such as lighting, furnishings and blinds need to be included in the overall budget. Of course these extras can be a later thought, however we want to ensure you can use your finished conservatory as soon as possible.


The actual construction time of a conservatory should not take long. However if you work full time, it might be difficult to dedicate the necessary time to the project. Having to take time off to building your conservatory can also occur another expense as  you will be using value holiday days.

The Choice

Ultimately, after taking all the suggestions into account – the choice is yours. Even though the ‘do it yourself’ option may have multiple associated risks, but it can be very satisfying, rewarding and even cheaper doing it yourself. You also can take full control, decide when to work and follow your own project requirements.

On the other hand, a professional would have carried out numerous similar jobs and has all the experience, tools and materials needed. These builders can also construct a larger range of different style conservatories, that might be beyond the ability of an amateur. However, this can be expensive and they might only work specified hours, leaving them fully accountable if things don’t go exactly to plan.

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