With a pitched roof, bay front and ornate detailing, Victorian conservatories are the perfect addition to most styles of houses, and are capable of adding a sense of grace and sophistication to any property. Attractive and practical, this kind of design is both pleasing to the eye and suitable for all kinds of uses and applications. Victorian conservatories also come in different size options and can be made with a variety of materials. All things considered, it is no surprise that off all the different kinds of conservatories that are available, the Victorian is by far and away the most popular choice with UK homeowners. The good news is that Victorian conservatories don’t have to cost the earth. By getting more than one quote from reputable local suppliers, and planning carefully, a high-quality and durable Victorian conservatory can be added to your home at a reasonable cost. Here is a guide to the history of Victorian conservatories, the different options available and the conservatory prices you can expect to find.
What is a Victorian conservatory?
It was during the Victorian era that conservatories first gained mass appeal. A growing interest in botany, and ever-more adventurous explorations of the far flung corners of the world, led many people to attempt to cultivate the exotic plants and flowers that were being seen in Britain for the first time. It became necessary for anyone seriously interested in growing exotic plants to have some kind of glass house adjoining their home that would allow exotic plants to flourish all year round, and so the conservatory became the obvious solution.
The standard design of the Victorian conservatory has endured to this day, perhaps because it is the perfect complement to any property that has a more traditional design. The pitched roofs and octagonal bay windows that were common features of Victorian architecture persist in modern conservatory designs, blending in seamlessly with urban, suburban and rural homes.
How much does a Victorian conservatory cost?
As with all kinds of conservatories, the amount you can spend on a Victorian conservatory varies considerably according to its size and materials. The standard sizes of Victorian conservatories are 3-facet (with three main windows at wide angles) and the more spacious 5-facet design. There is the option of having floor to ceiling glass panels or a dwarf wall, and the most common materials for the frame are uPVC, hardwood and aluminium.
If your property is a listed building, it is likely that you will need to use a hardwood frame, as this is the most effective material for blending in with older houses. Hardwood is a more expensive option, however, and periodic maintenance will be required. Aluminium is also a more costly choice, more commonly used in conservatories for commercial properties, and it is very strong and durable. For most homeowners, the most economic choice of material is uPVC. Easy to maintain, and available in either white or wood grain, uPVC is a very popular choice.
In terms of costs, you can expect to spend anywhere between £225 and £3,000 per metre squared on a Victorian conservatory. This means that a small Victorian conservatory, made with cheaper materials could total less than £6,000, whereas a large bespoke design, using the most expensive materials could be in the region of £35,000. Always get more than one quote from trusted local suppliers before making a final decision.