Top Things To Consider When Building A Conservatory Yourself
Building a DIY Conservatory can sound daunting, but it does not have to be. With DIY conservatory kits available, homeowners can easily expand their property adding space and value.
Building the conservatory yourself will also save you money as you won’t need to employ builders to carry out the installation. By doing the project yourself, you get to personalize the conservatory by tailoring it to fit your needs.
Here are the top things to consider when building a conservatory yourself.
Conservatory Design and Planning
In order to ensure a sense of continuity, the conservatory should be designed and planned to match the existing look and feel of the home. It is important for the two structures complement each other. The windows, doors and roofs of the house and conservatory should match.
The materials used in the house extension should also be similar to those used in the house. During this stage, consider consulting with an architect for professional advice. Planning permission shouldn’t be necessary however it is also best to consult your local planning office.
There are several designs of conservatories available to choose from depending on one’s preference and style. As well as the different styles available you will need to consider the glazing options available, conservatories are now manufactured using double and triple glazing. It is always advisable to buy the best quality glazing you can afford, this will help reduce your energy bills and give you a better return on your investment when you come to sell.
Some conservatories are also available in a variety of colours so if you want to add some colour into your build, look for a glazing company that is able to manufacture in more than one colour. Another consideration is to go for dual colour frames, this will enable you to have a white interior to match existing windows and the new colour on the exterior for example.
Depending on the size of the self-build conservatory, government regulations that govern such constructions would have to be considered. The regulations mainly cover safety, health and conservation of power as well as fuel. Building plans are submitted to the local planning authority for approval.
Labour and Supplies
Since the project is DIY, no labour is required. However, professionals can be consulted if need be. It is advisable to consult a qualified electrician to carry out any electrical work. When looking for a conservatory supplier you should make sure they are an established and reputable company. Check out their details and products before you buy.
Establish a Budget
Just like any other project, DIY conservatory requires a budget. Choose a conservatory type, design and size that will meet your budget. Come up with a cost estimate for the whole project and have an additional fund should the project go over budget this will cover any unexpected issues.
Working with a budget ensures that one builds a conservatory that they can afford. All in all, remember that the conservatory is part of the house and thus give it the attention it deserves. It should suit the style of the property rather than the tastes, preferences and personality of the homeowner.