How a conservatory is built

Each conservatory installation from T&K ends in the same result: an exceptionally stylish, high-performance conservatory that’s built to last. But before this happens, we undergo the following process for building conservatories:

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Taking the measurements of a conservatory

Before any building work begins, it’s essential to work out the measurements of the proposed conservatory. However, before we take any measurements, an adept member of the T&K team will come to your home to discuss your proposed conservatory. They will then show you an image of your conservatory using the latest graphics software. Once you’re happy with everything, a qualified surveyor will take the measurements, the most important of which is the width of the space, the projection and its height.

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Laying the conservatory foundations

Once the construction process is underway, the first area that we build is the foundations. Making sure these are reliable is essential for maximising the longevity of a conservatory. Usually, we construct a solid concrete base with deep footings for exceptional structural soundness. This base also features a damp-proof membrane to ensure any moisture is kept out of the conservatory. However, for certain projects, we’re able to use the Durabase plus base instead. This is a great option for minimising disruption to customer’s lives and reducing waste. After laying the right foundations, we’re able to move on to the next step of the conservatory building process.

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The start of work on a new conservatory
Conservatory framing

Building the walls, floor and frame of a conservatory

If you’ve opted for a conservatory with a dwarf wall, we’ll build this first. A dwarf wall is a small wall built around the base of the conservatory. When building one, we’re able to use bricks that match your current property so the new conservatory will blend in seamlessly with your existing home. Once this is done, we build the floor before moving on to fit the framing for the windows & doors and the conservatory’s roof.

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Installing the conservatory glazing

Once the framing is fitted, we install our high-quality glazing, locking it into place to ensure each conservatory we build is very well insulated. Either a glass or tiled conservatory roof is fitted next, depending on which has been opted for. Both of which are structurally reinforced to ensure they’ll last.

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Getting a conservatory ready for use

After finishing the structural work, we add the final touches to make the conservatory suitable for human occupation. Amongst our team, we have builders, plasterers and electricians, who during this stage, will plaster any walls, fit any lights and sockets and install heating. Once their work has been completed, our customers are left to enjoy their new, tailor-made conservatory in whatever way they wish.

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How long does it take to build a conservatory?

There is no exact amount of time for how long it takes for a conservatory to be built. This is because every conservatory is bespoke and constructed to specific customer requirements. That being said, average size conservatories tend to take between three and four weeks whilst larger ones can take up to six weeks to build.

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Does a conservatory need building regulations?

Usually, conservatories are exempt from building regulations, however this is only if the conservatory is less than 30m squared in floor area and is built at ground level. It also must be separated from the house by external quality walls, doors or windows and have an independent heating system that has separate temperature and on/off controls. The glazing and any fixed electrics must also comply with the relevant building regulations. Otherwise, conservatory building regulations must be met.

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How large can a conservatory be without planning permission?

Conservatories or other single-storey extensions can be a maximum of 4 metres in height. However, if the conservatory is within 2 metres of a boundary, the maximum height allowed is 3 meters. The conservatory must also not cover more than 50% of the size of the existing house. For a full look at planning permission for conservatories, check out our guide here.

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Do you need planning permission to put a tiled roof on a conservatory?

Previously, a certain percentage of a conservatory’s roof had to be translucent in order be exempt from planning permission. This means that newly built tiled roof conservatories can usually be built without planning permission, provided they meet this criterion. However, when replacing the glass roof on an existing conservatory with a tiled one, Building Regulatory Approval will be required. Planning permission might also be required because this is classed as ‘change of use’. However, when hiring T&K for a conservatory roof replacement, we will take care of all of this for you.

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