Is it possible to DIY a Conservatory?

Concrete based conservatory

If you are looking to boost the kerb appeal or your property, or just extend it to add more space, you may be weighing up the possibility of a DIY conservatory. Conservatories have multiple benefits: not only do they add space, but they also add infinite amounts of light.

If you want a bright and breezy space to host family meals, read a book or grow some trendy hanging plants, then a glass-filled addition could be ideal.

Many people consider the possibility of building one themselves, in the hope of saving some cash and having a more customised approach to their home. However, there are some pitfalls you can expect to do it this way.

Plausibility of a DIY Conservatory

Of course, it is entirely plausible to build a conservatory on your own terms and with the materials that you have purchased. However, those materials will be quite substantial in terms of pricing.

Not only will you have to construct the frame and fit the glass, but you will have to also lay a concrete foundation. This will require you to get a cement mixer and pour in a mixture that will be able to withstand the weight of a full conservatory.

Amatuer attempting a Conservatory installation

You will also have to consider some more bureaucratic realities, too. For example, your conservatory must not take up more than 50% of the space of your surrounding property.

If you have a house that is semi-detached it cannot exceed three metres high and if it’s detached – four metres. You should only go ahead with a DIY conservatory project if you are confident you can accurately meet these requirements.

A reality check

Whether you decide to do it yourself or hire professional help, the back end of your home will temporarily resemble a building site for some time. If you decide to embark on this venture by yourself, you will have to work on this building site by yourself and dispose of the waste on your own terms.

There will be no other tradespeople to assist you in the process of building and cleaning up your property. If you get yourself into a hairy situation, it will be down to you to fix it. Flooding, mess and accidents will all have to be tidied and remedied on your own clock.

If you do not have a huge amount of experience in construction, it is advisable to look for professional help. Much of the machinery used to create a conservatory is heavy-duty and quite dangerous if put in incapable hands. You shouldn’t rely on hope and ambition to pull you through the project.

When it comes to choosing materials, you have to bear in mind that professionals are likely to know more about choosing the right products. For example, a tradesperson will know that solar-control glazing will help to moderate the temperature in your home, and they will have more knowledge on how to landscape the rest of your garden around the conservatory.

If you are considering carrying out a substantial DIY project, you should be 100% confident in your abilities. Working with industrial materials can be incredibly dangerous, and your measurements need to be absolutely precise. The cost of doing this may also not really be worth it in comparison to hiring a contractor to do it for you.

4 Home Improvement Ideas to Add Value to Your UK Home

UK houses
UK houses

Your home is your castle, and no matter how much DIY you do, or how much renovation work, you’ll no doubt feel that there’s more to do. However, it’s not just about making your home look good or making things more practical; you want to know that you’re adding value too. Here are some home improvement projects, both big and small, that can boost your property’s price.

Get a new front Door

By installing a composite door you could increase the overall security and look of your home. A composite door is a combination of wooden doors and plastic doors. Taking the best features of each of the doors and combining them to create the best quality door possible for UK Homeowners. Find out what the average prices for composite doors are.

Give your kitchen a facelift

The kitchen is one of the most important rooms to a buyer, and a new kitchen can add around £5,000 to the value of your home. However, kitchens can cost tens of thousands, so this may not be a big return on your investment, but consider the negative effects that a dated kitchen may have on your home’s value. Kitchens are one of the most popular UK home improvements, as they’re not just spaces where you cook, but also socialise and relax.

If you can’t afford a new kitchen right now, you can give your kitchen a facelift by:

  • Replacing the cupboard doors to something more contemporary or using vinyl to cover old wood
  • Re-tiling the floors and splashbacks
  • Paint your vinyl floors
  • Replacing the lighting with spotlights or other contemporary styles
  • Add some bold, eye-catching accessories

All these things will make your kitchen look newer, without a significant outlay.

Modernise your bathroom

UK bathroom

Much like with an outdated kitchen, 25% of house buyers would be put off by an old-fashioned bathroom. After all, this is a room where you’re supposed to be able to relax. Merely updating your bathroom can add value to your home, and it’s easy to find a home improvement blog where you can get lots of inspiration for a modern look.

Again, renovating this room doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Getting a white suite is usually the most crucial part, as coloured bathroom suites instantly put people off. You can buy suites cheaply and have them replaced by plumbers, then maybe consider doing the rest yourself. Of course, if you hate DIY, then it’s worth using professionals to get the best possible finish.

Improve your kerb appeal

Kerb appeal is a term used by estate agents to describe how desirable your home is when potential buyers pull up outside. If you want to boost your property’s value, then one of the best bits of home improvement in the UK is to spruce up your front garden. Trim back trees and bushes, mow your lawn, paint your front door and fix your porch. This will make your home much more appealing from the outside, and it’ll cheer you up whenever you come home.

Improve your flooring

While it’s pretty easy to change your wall colour and make cosmetic changes, flooring can be a bigger task. Therefore, if you decide to sell and you have dated or stained carpet, that’s going to mean a drop in property value. Over half of home buyers said they’d be put off by outdated, worn flooring, so consider replacing old carpets in some rooms, or ripping them up if there are attractive floorboards underneath. 

Whether you’re planning to sell your home, or just want to boost its value, a few little changes can make a big difference to how much it’s worth.