Getting a conservatory built in your back yard or garden is one of the simplest and easiest ways of extending a house apart from, perhaps, building a garden shed. Conservatories can come in all shapes and sizes from kitset, home built constructions to more elaborate light, airy buildings which are a pleasure to have in the garden. For all conservatory designs which involve the need for proper plans and a builder rather than just using a kitset, consider using a qualified architect like architects London.
Conservatories are great for a multitude of different uses. They can be a daytime living space, a quiet place to doze or listen to music, have a barbecue on summer evenings or grow plants in. As with any other sort of building work think carefully what you want the conservatory for in the first place as your needs will determine the size and shape of the conservatory that you want built and how much it is likely to cost.
As conservatories are stand alone buildings they have a habit of taking up quite a bit of space in your garden, so if you only have a small garden you should seriously consider whether the extra building is worth losing the garden space for.
Many people gloss over the idea of planning permission these days as it has been simplified and generally relaxed in the last four years. However, planning permission regulations still apply to conservatories unless the specifications are not strictly adhered to.
The general rules about planning permission as they apply to conservatories are basically designed to prevent the new building being used as a separate living space. As long as the building has no permanent drains or heating and it has a separate door from the main building then planning permission will not be required. There are some rules about the amount of glass or glazing in the building as well as an overall maximum floor space. The roof has to be covered in glass completely, while the walls must be at least three quarters toughened glass and not brick or stone. The floor space cannot be more than thirty square metres, which is about five or six metres square – quite a large area.
The architect and /or the builder will give you detailed advice about planning permission or a trip to the planning department of your local authority or a look at their website on the subject will give you all the information you need, anyway.
As has already been mentioned in the introductory paragraph if you are the sort of person who is used to doing things yourself and have a bit of spare time and patience on your side, then a kitset conservatory is not beyond the average d.i.y. Householder. If you decide on a builder to do the work for you, the standard advice is to get several quotes first from different builders and get in contact with anybody who has had a conservatory built by that particular builder as well. If you are using an architect or a house extension designer they will probably be able to give you some names of suitable local builders as well.