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Conservatories Cost

Аrе Lеаn-То Соnsеrvаtоrіеs thе Mоst Соst Еffесtіvе Орtіоn?

Conservatories Prices Guide

Lantern conservatrory

Lantern Conservatory

The alternative to a full orangery would be some kind of bespoke or “period conservatory”, such as Victorian, Georgian or maybe a P-shaped or T-shaped room. But at the opposite end of the spectrum to an Orangery would be the lean to style which is famed for its’ simplicity of design and ease of installation (more about lean-to below).

However, if you are not a fan of a basic rectangle with sloping roof, some of the more elaborate designs may suit your tastes.

Very similar to the orangery style would be Loggia or Lantern conservatories. Both of these styles share one or more design aspect with the orangery.

Loggia rooms make use of wide solid columns on the corners and are generally seen with full length glass sides.

The Lantern design gets its name from the type of roof featured – a lantern style which is also used to good effect in an orangery. They can be seen either with full glass sides or make use of dwarf walls.

Here are some typical prices for bespoke conservatories cost

GeorgianWhite upvc£7,500 upwards
VictorianWhite uPVC (no dwarf walls)£7,000 upwards
P ShapedWhite uPVC£10,000 upwards
LanternWhite uPVC£10,000 upwards

Generally the costs for  a Lean-to are at the lower end of the range, but 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 that will determine the final cost.

To find out more about the different types of conservatory that are in the market take a look here.

Popular lean-to conservatories

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”.

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Gull Wing Lean-to

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.

What do lean-to conservatories cost?

It would also be fair to say that professionally installed 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. Combined with the lower price of a poly-carbonate conservatory roof, this could considerably cut the overall installation cost.

Here are some typical examples of bespoke conservatories cost.

lean-to conservatory size general descriptionaverage price guide
3500 mm x 2500 mm (width x depth)White uPVC + full glass sides + poly-carbonate roof£6,000 upwards
3500 mm x 2500 mmWhite uPVC + dwarf walls + poly-carbonate roof£8,000 upwards
4000 mm x 2500 mmWhite uPVC + full glass sides + poly-carbonate roof£7,000 upwards
4000 mm x 2500 mmWhite uPVC + dwarf walls + poly-carbonate roof£8,000 upwards

A few Frequently Asked Questions & Answers

Do I need planning permission for my orangery?

Planning permission is going to be needed if your room does not meet the :permitted development guidelines – you can read more here: Planning Permission

How long does it take to build an orangery?

The time it takes to build an orangery will depend on what work needs to be done. But you should allow at least 3 to 5 weeks.

Will an orangery make my house worth more?

It’s generally accepted that a good conservatory can add from 7% to 10% to the resale value of a residential property. Orangeries are more often than not, viewed as a “proper” extension by valuers and therefore you could expect to be at the top of the range for added value.

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Stephen James
Stephen has worked in home improvement for over 20 years and is an avid fan of all things to do with home refurbishment.