Conservatories are a means of extending your home and getting more benefit from your garden. They tend to cost less than many other house extensions such as loft conversions whilst still gaining significant additional space. They have also become more popular because they are more effective than they used to be and can function for most of the year as opposed to just a few months. There is also now a wide range of conservatories in a number of styles.
The costs of a conservatory are not determined by the style but by the size & materials of construction. Other costs include additional extras such as blinds, air conditioning and furniture which will need to be factored into the total cost.
Most companies will offer the basic model which is constructed from uPVC in its cheapest form and will suit many homes which have existing uPVC windows. A lot of companies have sales and deals on the basic model but the size of your conservatory will determine whether it will cost as little as £2,000 or £10,000. This model will also not factor in any extras that you will also need and may not even include flooring. You should always ask your supplier what is factored into the quote they have given you. You should also check that the model (if it is significantly cheaper than other quotes) does not include the fitting as there are some DIY models. Some people are very happy with these and certainly they are the lowest price conservatories on the market but you will still be risking thousands of pounds unless you know exactly what you are doing. Unlike with companies which install conservatories you cannot get the same sort of guarantee and certainly with UPVC conservatories you should have a discolouration guarantee.
Other conservatories are more expensive. The hardwood variety, require occasional maintenance but they do come in a variety of stain and paint colours and can look gorgeous particularly on older houses. Hardwood lasts but so does oak-wood which comes in the traditional green oak and should be fitted with traditional beech pins or the more popular seasoned oak which suits classic or contemporary styles. Aluminium is probably one of the most robust materials yet is a poor insulator and more suited to commercial than private property. These types of conservatory without the extras cost easily around £20,000. You will also pay more for Low E or Pilkington K windows which ensure your conservatory is in use all year round.
Costs are best saved in the planning permission as if your conservatory meets the regulations such as ‘it is built on ground level’ (which are very much standard) then you may not need it or pay in the way of extras to fit the requirements. You can also save money by using alternatives for the fittings. You can always buy in your own furniture as cane sets cost easily in the range of £1,000 and have a heat pump instead of air conditioning which is cheaper and more easily fitted. For the conservatory itself however get some quotes and see exactly what you are getting for your money.