How much does a conservatory cost?

A new conservatory can cost anything between £995 to hundreds of thousands of pounds, depending on the size, materials and complexity.

Conservatories are a popular way to add living space to your home. Light and airy, they can be cheaper and more versatile than a loft conversion or extension and can also complement your garden.

Conservatory prices vary significantly depending on whether you build it yourself or hire a professional, the size and type of conservatory and whether you employ a specialist company for the build. Costs can range from £995 for a DIY kit to between £10,000 and £60,000 for uPVC Victorian or Edwardian conservatories by Everest, depending on the size.

The Daily Mail reported in 2009 that ‘the average spend with Apropos [a firm with a history in engineering and aluminium] is £30,000, but minimum orders start at £12,500 for a 'modest' roof light or sliding doors, and the firm has carried out projects running into hundreds of thousands of pounds.’

Conservatories range in style and size from small DIY ‘lean-to’ units to enormous orangeries and sun lounges. Consumer website estimates that the supply and build price for a new conservatory will range between around £250 to £500 per square metre, whilst a K glass conservatory will cost around £750 per square metre. Luxury, bespoke conservatories can cost over £1,000 per square metre.

If you are looking to build a conservatory, remember to check with your local planning department whether you need planning consent for your conservatory. And, make sure you keep to your budget and don’t overspend. According to the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), the right conservatory can add around 4-5 per cent to the value of your home, and so it is important that you don’t pay higher conservatory prices than you need to.

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