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With a timber conservatory you’ll be able to add space and value to your home for minimal cost. In fact this is becoming the preferred option for many homeowners, rather than relocating and the thousands of pounds associated with a move.

There are a range of conservatory designs to choose from, including Victorian, Georgian, lean to conservatories and bespoke designs. This allows every home the opportunity to have a style in keeping with the existing infrastructure and benefit from extra space.

Timber conservatories are typically used as dining rooms or living areas, offering a fantastic place to relax in both summer and winter. With excellent energy efficient qualities you’ll also have the chance to keep your bills low.

With recent updates to planning permission laws most wooden conservatories won't require any planning permission, just building regulations need to be followed.

If you have a period property then a hardwood conservatory would make an amazing addition to your home.

Benefits of a wooden conservatory

A wooden conservatory is one of the most highly desired home improvements. It’s not uncommon to find properties with a conservatory installed and it has become very popular in this day and age.

With a timber conservatory:

  • Add value to your home. Conservatories will bring as much as £9,000 to your property’s value, ensuring you make a return of investment

  • Enjoy extra space and light all year round. With large windows, conservatories offer a means to build a spacious, light dining room or living area

  • Choose your entire design and make your conservatory unique. The power is in your hands to choose a style that looks brilliant and is in keeping with your home’s original appearance

  • Keep your bills low with great energy efficiency. The latest insulation techniques can be used to make sure you don’t pay out too much on your annual heating bills.

Why choose wood for your conservatory?

There is one main reason you would pick wood or timber over other options such as uPVC and aluminium, and that’s the aesthetic appeal it has to offer.

There’s no denying wooden conservatories can look amazing. As a feature for your home it’s unrivalled and is fantastic for traditional homes. As a bonus, even listed buildings or properties in Conservation Areas could be granted planning permission for a wooden conservatory.

Energy efficiency is always important, with the latest double glazing you can ensure your timber conservatory remains warm in the winter so you can get the maximum benefits of your news increased living space.

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Average Wooden conservatories cost

The typical cost of a Wooden conservatories is £60000 in your area. Costs vary based upon the materials and the organisation picked. The material costs are commonly approximately £15000

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Wooden conservatories installation cost in your area 2022

Labour cost £42,000
Material cost £15,000
Waste removal £3,000
Time frame: 1-2 weeks

Advantages for Wooden conservatories

  • Has a beautiful finish that adds value to your home
  • Can be contructed quickly
  • Some types of wood can outlast both uPVC and aluminium
  • Wide range of colour options available
  • Structure should be able to support a wide range of roof options including glass or tiles

Disadvantages for Wooden conservatories

  • Will need to be painted or treated every year
  • Insulation is not as good as a brick-built extension
  • Conservatories can have inconsistent temperatures

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Wooden conservatories FAQs

What finish is best on a wooden conservatory?

When people talk about finishes on a wooden conservatory, there are a few different things that they may be referring to. Some may be referring to the colour and type of wood used to build the conservatory, but they may also be talking about the type of treatment used to protect the wood from the weather. We’ll cover both bases for what finish is best on a wooden conservatory here.

When you’re thinking about the best wood type and finish for the conservatory, it’s best to go with a hardwood. There are both hardwoods and softwoods, and hardwoods are the most durable. Oak is the most expensive choice but is also the most durable, so lots of people decide to go for this option. Other good choices that are slightly cheaper are Brazilian cedar and idigbo. Softwoods like European redwood or Siberian larch are cheaper still, but they won’t last as long, so it may work out more cost-effective to spend more on a hardwood.

Wood is a natural material, so it’s important to look after your wooden conservatory to prevent it from rotting or getting attacked by bugs and pests. Your conservatory will be exposed to all weathers, so you’ll need to use a good finish to ensure that it stays in tip-top condition for years to come. Your installer should be able to tell you what’s best, but some of the best finishes for a wooden conservatory include breathable varnishes and decking oil. However, if you do use an oil, it’s best to use a preservative treatment too; oil will only repel water. Joints are particularly susceptible to water penetration, so make sure you use a good wood treatment and focus on areas where water would pool during rain. Then you can apply a decking oil afterwards.

How much do wooden conservatories cost?
The cost of a wooden conservatory depends on a number of factors, including the size of the conservatory, the finish and your property’s requirements. While wooden conservatories will cost more than a uPVC one, you might be surprised about the difference in quality and look for the extra cost. Generally, there are two types of wood that installers use for conservatories: softwood and hardwood. Softwood usually refers to European redwood or Siberian larch, and is the cheapest to buy because it grows much faster than hardwoods. However, softwood conservatories may only last between 7-15 years, so might not work out to be as cost effective. Therefore, it’s best to choose a conservatory company that can install a hardwood conservatory for you as they are much better quality. Depending on the type of wood your wooden conservatory is made from, how big it is and what style you want to go for, you should expect to spend anywhere between £25,000 - £60,000. The most expensive type of wood for a conservatory is likely to be oak, which is very strong and can be manufactured to make it bug and pest-resistant and still have a polished look. Although it’s the most expensive, it also looks the best, will probably last longest and will need very little maintenance.

How do wooden conservatories add value to my home?

Conservatories have long been a favourite home improvement with homeowners, and there are no signs of that trend going away. And because of that, they add value to homes.

Wooden conservatories add value to your home just as any other type would. In fact, in some cases a wooden conservatory will add more value to your property than a uPVC or aluminium one, for example if your home is a period property. A wooden conservatory will fit in keeping with the rest of an older property, so buyers will prefer a period home with a wood conservatory over a uPVC one.

It’s important to remember that wooden conservatories cost more than uPVC ones, but that does mean that they will add more value. They look more stylish than uPVC conservatories and may last just as long with the right care and maintenance, so if a wooden conservatory would complement your home much more than uPVC they’re worth looking into.

A wooden conservatory will set you back anywhere between £25,000 to £60,000, so factor this in when you’re thinking about how much value it will add to your home. It’s also worth thinking about the other things that will have an impact on the value it will add to your home, such your property’s location, whether conservatories are a common addition to houses in your area, the general look of your home and whether the conservatory would take up a large part of your garden. If you’re unsure whether a wooden conservatory will add enough value to your home, you could speak to a surveyor or valuer to give you their opinion before you start any work.

Are lintels required for a wood-constructed conservatory?

When you build a new wood-constructed conservatory, or any type of conservatory, you’ll need to dig a trench for the footings. You’ll need to dig to a minimum depth of 600mm and at least 300mm below your property’s damp proof course. When you dig down, you might expose obstacles such as underground pipes.

If this happens, you’ll need lintels for your wood-constructed conservatory. These are usually concrete and protect the pipes or obstructions from being crushed. You may also want to use steel mesh for additional support.

Building Regulations state that if an opening is formed in a wall, the structure above the opening needs to be supported. This will be especially relevant if you’re building a wooden lean-to conservatory. It says that there are two ways that you can use lintels to provide support.

The first way involves using a steel lintel to support both the inner and outer leaf of a cavity wall. It can then serve as a cavity tray that directs moisture from the cavity through the outer skin of the wall as well.

The second way to use lintels is to use two steel or concrete lintels. They support each leaf of a cavity wall construction. You’ll need separate thermal insulation and a cavity tray as well.

Whatever type of lintel you use, it should have a suitable bearing onto the wall at each side. If you’re not sure, speak to the manufacturer of your wood-constructed conservatory, or ask a reputable company to install it for you.

Do I need planning permission for a wooden conservatory?
The short answer is generally, you don’t need planning permission for a wooden conservatory. Conservatories come under permitted development rights, so you can usually build a conservatory without having to apply for planning permission. However, there are certain criteria that have to be met to ensure that your wooden conservatory comes under permitted development rights:
  • The rules only apply to houses – flats and maisonettes are not included
  • Only 50% of the area of land around the original house can be covered by extensions, including conservatories, and other buildings
  • You mustn’t build the conservatory higher than the highest part of the original roof
  • Where the wooden conservatory comes within 2 metres of the boundary, the height at the eaves can’t exceed 3 metres
  • A rear wooden conservatory can’t extend beyond the rear wall of the original house by more than 4 metres if it’s a detached house, or more than 3 metres for any other type of house
  • For side extensions, for example a lean-to wooden conservatory, it can’t exceed 4 metres in height and can only be up to half the width of the original house
Unless you’re planning on installing a very large construction, it’s very unlikely that you’ll need planning permission for your wooden conservatory. There are different rules for if your property is situated on a Site of Special Scientific Interest or conservation area or you live in a listed building, so make sure you investigate further if this applies to you. Your local planning office should be able to help or ask your installer who will be able to point you in the right direction.
Are wooden conservatories expensive?

If you’ve ever looked into different types of conservatories, you’ll see that wooden conservatories are not the cheapest. However, that’s not a reason to dismiss them as an option for your home.

Wooden conservatories can cost anywhere between £15,000 to £60,000. While this may seem expensive, they are often a much classier option for your home and are ideal for period homes and those in a conservation area where uPVC might not be permitted.

If you choose a hardwood conservatory, you could see your conservatory last over 15 years. Most uPVC conservatories will only last around this time, and as they get old they can look shabby; it’s common for the frames to discolour in the sun. With good maintenance, wooden conservatories can look fabulous for years. Wood naturally retains heat too, so ensure that you use low-e internal glass which reflects heat back into the room and you’ll have as warm a conservatory as any.

When you weigh up all of the pros and cons of uPVC conservatories compared with wooden ones, you might come to the conclusion that wooden conservatories aren’t that expensive when it boils down to it. Although the initial cost is higher, you’ll get a better-looking conservatory that works with both modern and period properties and will look elegant and tasteful for years to come.

What’s the cost of a hardwood conservatory?
If you want a wooden conservatory, a hardwood conservatory is the best option. Softwood conservatories are cheaper because the wood grows faster, but they aren’t as weather resistant so won’t last as long. Choose a hardwood conservatory and it should last you over 15 years. Hardwood conservatories will set you back anywhere between £35,000 and £60,000, depending on your requirements. Of course, the larger your conservatory, the more it will cost, but other factors such as the type of wood, the finish and any dwarf walls will make a difference too. Oak is the hardiest type of wood, making it the most expensive – but it can be finished with a bug and pest resistant coating and still retain its polished look, so many people think it’s worth spending their money on. Other hardwoods used for conservatories are idigbo, Brazilian cedar and luan and are cheaper than oak but are still a great option. If you’d prefer to keep the cost of your hardwood conservatory towards the lower end of the range, choose one of these. You can still get them in a variety of finishes and they are still natural heat retainers, so you’ll get a conservatory that is as warm as it can be. If you want to use your conservatory all year round, it might be worth thinking about having dwarf walls installed with your hardwood conservatory so you can plumb in radiators.

What wood should be used for a wooden conservatory?

You might think that all wooden conservatories are the same. But there are actually lots of differences between them, and some conservatories are better than others. One of the most important factors to consider when you’re looking for a wooden conservatory is the type of wood that it’s made from. Generally, there are two different types to look out for: softwood and hardwood. So what wood should be used for a wooden conservatory?

Softwood conservatories are usually made from European redwood or Siberian larch. These types of conservatories are the cheapest wooden conservatories you can buy because the wood grows much faster than hardwoods. However, due to their soft nature, they may only last 7-15 years, reducing their cost-effectivity.

The best wood to use for a wooden conservatory is a hardwood. The most expensive type is oak, but you get what you pay for – it looks fabulous and it can also be coated with a bug and pest-resistant solution to increase its longevity. If you haven’t got the budget for oak, other hardwood options include Brazilian cedar, idigbo and luan, which are still great choices. Make sure you speak to your conservatory installer about the ‘closeness’ of the wood grains, as close-grained hardwoods are said to be the most suitable for conservatories. You should also check that your supplier has strict control of the quality of the wood so can ensure that it’s been well seasoned and prepared for use in construction.

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