Generally found with square or rectangular floor plans, Lean-to conservatories are one of the types of home extension that can be quite simple in design. Having said that, there are plenty of examples that are very “up-market”.
Typically, the roof is a single flat surface sloping away from where it joins to the house and the sides are often fully glazed from floor to ceiling. Ideal for properties with low roof lines such as a bungalow.
Rooms such as Victorian, Edwardian or Gable Georgian styles can be more complex, making use of low level brickwork called “dwarf walls” – their roofing is also more complex with high ridge lines and vaulting meaning more work & more expenses are involved in their constriction.
At the very basic level, there are companies offering Lean-to “do-it-yourself kits” making this type of extension financially accessible to almost every homeowner. If you have the competence to do the work, then DIY would be very cost effective in the short term. But if you have to purchase the skills to build it (hire somebody), then much of the savings could be lost and a private handyman will possible not have the same backup (service / guarantees) as a fully certified conservatory company.
It would also be fair to say that fully fitted UPVC Lean-to conservatories can be found at much lower prices than other (popular) similarly sized designs such Victorian, Edwardian or Georgian Conservatories.
If you opt for using a poly-carbonate panel roof in place of fully double glazed panels, it could mean that the structure does not need such heavy duty frames and combined with the lower cost of a poly-carbonate conservatory roof this could considerably cut the overall installation cost.
Here are some typical prices for conservatories
|CONSERVATORY STYLE||MADE OUT OF||AVERAGE COSTS|
|Lean to Conservatory||White upvc||£2,500 upwards|
|Victorian conservatory||White uPVC (no dwarf walls)||£3,900 upwards|
|P Shaped Lean-to||White uPVC||£6,000 upwards|
|Basic Orangery||Wood /upvc / brick||SEE PRICE GUIDES|
Clearly the costs for Lean-to are the lowest, but at the end of the day, it’s going to be down to your personal preferences (maybe you want to have a specialised colour scheme), the size, material and quality of the conservatory that you decide to have built.
To find out more about the different types of conservatory that are in the market take a look here.