How to DIY a Conservatory
Building a conservatory is an excellent way to extend your property and let light into your living space. Many people hire architects and builders to construct a property extension, but if you have sound DIY knowledge, then you’ll save considerable amounts of money by sourcing and erecting the materials yourself.
It’s important to do your research before investing money into this project, as there are many factors, such as insulation, design and construction to consider. Building a conservatory is no easy feat, but it’s entirely doable if you’re ready to take on an ambitious project. Here are five things you’ll need to do before you start.
Pick a Design
When planning your conservatory, you need to choose a design that will complement the style of your home. For instance, an Edwardian conservatory is usually square, whereas a Victorian style conservatory tends to be spherical. As well as stylistic preference, you also need to consider how the space will best serve your needs. Research different designs to decide which structure you prefer. Alternatively, you could consult an architect or builder for advice.
Decide What You Will Use It For
Before you settle on any structural components for your conservatory and decide where you’ll place windows, doors and glazing, you need to determine how you’ll use your space. If you’re going to be using the room as an office, then you may want to consider including fewer windows and doubling up on insulation, so it stays warmer during the winter. If it’s going to serve as a playroom for children, you’ll need to invest in shatterproof safety glass.
Get Planning Permission
Depending on your home’s location and build, you’ll most likely need to seek planning permission before building a conservatory. This is because the structure is considered to be an extension, so there are certain size limits and height restrictions to make sure you comply with the Neighbourhood Consultation Scheme. If you live in a flat or maisonette, there will be different building restrictions to consider.
Choose a Suitable Base
Fitting a conservatory base is perhaps the simplest part of the construction process. As long as you have good knowledge of basic DIY principles, the process should be painless. When it comes to choosing your flooring, you can decide between a traditional concrete base and a pre-fabricated base system.
Don’t Skimp On Insulation
If your structure of the room is not adequately insulated, it will be uninhabitable. The problem with poorly insulated conservatories is that they get too hot during the summer months and too cold during the winter. A solid polycarbonate sheet is a versatile and low-cost material that will insulate the walls of your conservatory and help regulate the temperature.
As you can see, there are many factors to consider when planning to build a conservatory. As well as researching the design, structure, and most efficient materials for your extension, you may choose to watch some tutorials online or get advice from your local DIY store to ensure you’ve covered all bases.