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DIY Conservatories – Edwardian DIY Conservatories £2,399*

  • Easy fit K2 Konnect™ frame and roof system designed for the DIY market
  • DIY conservatories: bespoke designs to suit your home & budget
  • Free base plan, drawings, manuals and videos to help you build quickly
  • Over 750,000 DIY conservatories by this manufacturer sold in the UK
  • We only deal with companies approved by Trading Standards and Which?
  • Designs: Lean-to, Victorian, Edwardian, Gable, P-Shaped & Orangeries
  • Free design drawings and quotation service by email

*Edwardian DIY conservatory for £2,399: Specification includes VAT & delivery of an Edwardian conservatory with external dimensions of 3.2 metres x 2.6 metres, 2 top opening vents, French double doors, 25 mm polycarbonate roof, double glazed sealed units, 10 year manufacturer’s warranty and installation videos & manuals.  Durabase™ baseworks kit for this Edwardian conservatory would cost £1,851 including VAT and delivery.  The total price of this Edwardian DIY Conservatory is £4,250 including VAT, delivery, instruction manuals and videos. 

Just a Quote only works with suppliers of DIY Conservatories which are approved by Trading Standards


DIY Conservatories: Styles and Designs

Sun-Lounge Conservatories

 DIY Conservatories - White PVCu double glazed lean-to conservatory
Sun-Lounge conservatories have a single pitched ‘lean-to’ style roof and are sometimes referred to as ‘Lean-To’ conservatories or a Garden Room.  Sun-Lounge DIY conservatories are generally the simplest, least expensive and easiest to build of all conservatory designs.  Normally square or rectangular in shape, the Sun-Lounge is the most economical of DIY conservatories in terms of build cost though most customers prefer something less plain.

Victorian Conservatories

 DIY Conservatories - Victorian conservatory in white PVCu with double glazed windows
Designed with a hipped roof, the stylish curved front of Victorian DIY conservatories normally have 3 or 5 sections offering panoramic views of your garden. The more sections or ‘facets’ the Victorian bay has, the softer the front curve of the bay. However, although a curved bay may add style and character to Victorian DIY conservatories, you need to consider the position of the doors and furniture as it could result in a loss of space, especially in small conservatories.

Edwardian Conservatories
DIY Conservatories - Edwardian conservatory in white PVCu with air conditioning unit
Edwardian conservatories are often referred to as Georgian conservatories and are probably the most popular of all conservatory designs.  They have a hipped roof and are square or rectangular in shape.  Edwardian conservatories combine the shape and practicality of a Sun-Lounge with the hipped roof style of Victorian conservatories. There are two styles to these conservatory roofs, Georgian – with the roof spars fanned out and Edwardian which is a more traditional hipped roof version.

Gable Conservatories

DIY Conservatories - Gable conservatory in woodgrain PVCu outside and white PVCu inside with brickwork detail matching the house
With the same rectangular floor space as Edwardian conservatories, gable or Regency conservatories have a continuous ridge from the house wall to the front of the conservatory. This forms a high, angled glazed front wall section to create a greater sense of space. It also helps to keep your internal room brighter by allowing light to stream in from the high front windows – ideal in north facing conservatories where an internal room would otherwise be dark.

Combination Conservatories

DIY Conservatories - P shaped conservatory with gable front and sunburst effect
Most conservatory designs can be combined with others to form extensions such as ‘P Shape’ or ‘T Shape’ conservatories by incorporating hips and valleys into the roof. They are ideal for larger homes where conservatories could be built across the rear of the property with one area providing a dining room, the other a second lounge, for example.  You could have a single door to provide side access and front double doors, patio doors or bi-fold doors to provide access to the garden.

Traditional Orangeries

DIY Conservatories - Orangery in white painted hardwood with Georgian glazing
Orangeries are the ultimate in luxury home extensions with period features like stone or brick pillars, sculptured pilasters, deep ornate external fascias & deep internal skirting boards.  The external fascia hides an internal flat roof section in which chrome or brass down lights can be installed to illuminate your Orangery during the evening.  Modern technology compliments traditional features by providing water tight flat roof areas and engineered roof systems.

Orangery Style Conservatories

DIY Conservatories - Orangery style conservatory from Synseal with base wall

A new style of conservatory has been introduced which maintains the ease of construction of conventional conservatories but which attempts to replicate some of the features of an Orangery.  Based on an Edwardian conservatory, they have a deep aluminium gutter and fascia cladding system which conceals the ends of the glazing bars, and an internal Orangery style soffit.  This provides the appearance of a traditionally built Orangery without the need for expensive parapet walls, flat roof sections and complex lantern roof structures.


Not ready to buy yet?  Just a Quote can help

Although you may be searching the internet for information on DIY Conservatories, you are probably not ready to buy just yet.  Like others, you are probably looking for design ideas, information about the latest products and most of all the best prices.  That’s where Just a Quote can help.

DIY Conservatories: Designed for you, to build with ease

We provide up to date information on the very best products and designs, and because of our massive home improvement range and national coverage we can get you the very best deals on DIY Conservatories. For DIY Conservatories we only deal with companies which have been approved by Trading Standards and the Which? Trusted Traders scheme.  

NO HOME VISITS BY PUSHY SALES PEOPLE Complete the form on our website today and we will arrange for an expert in DIY Conservatories to telephone you to discuss your requirements.  You will be offered a free design service and free quotations by email. If you do choose to buy, you will receive a free base plan, installation videos & manuals and all the help you need to build your own conservatory.  The K2 Konnect™ System of conservatory frames and the Durabase™ base works and dwarf wall systems were designed for homeowners with no previous experience of building conservatories. All products are guaranteed by the manufacturer for 10 years.

Typical ordering procedure for DIY conservatories

If you do decide to purchase a self-build conservatory from a company’s website, then the ordering procedure would quite often include the following steps: –

1. Choose a Design Option, Read More…

DIY conservatories company websites will normally show all the available styles such as Lean-to, Victorian, Edwardian or Georgian, Gable or Regency and combination styles such as ‘P-shapes’ and ‘T-shapes’.  Often prices for DIY conservatories are shown for the basic specification in a grid formation according to the overall width and projection, with optional extras shown separately. Once you have chosen a size, specification and design you would need to contact the company, generally by email or telephone.

2. Preparation of Drawings, Read More…

The more professional companies offering diy conservatories would respond to your request with a ‘computer aided design’ (CAD) drawing showing the various elevations of your chosen design (or designs, if more than one). Some will even allow you to upload a photograph of your property so that they can superimpose an image of your proposed conservatory or orangery on it and email it back to you.

3. Quotation, Read More…

Once you have finalised the design of your conservatory or orangery, the supplying company will provide you with a detailed quotation for your approval. It is vital at this point that all the details of size, design and specification are checked, and double-checked. It is also normal for the supplier company of DIY conservatories to provide a detailed base plan at this stage for your builder.

4. Payment and Delivery, Read More…

Payment terms for DIY conservatories will differ from company to company but it is not unusual to be requested to pay a large deposit – look at it from the company’s view, they may be manufacturing a bespoke conservatory to your specific design which they would probably struggle to sell on elsewhere if you fail to pay for it.  Payment for DIY conservatories is often split between a deposit and the balance either prior to despatch or on delivery.  Delivery of DIY conservatories would normally be made during weekday daytime hours – so you may need to take time off work to receive the conservatory.  Again, it is important that the delivered conservatory or orangery is checked thoroughly against your order and the delivery note, as missing parts will delay the build and may end up being chargeable later.

Even so, building your own conservatory or orangery is a major construction project and is not to be taken lightly. Planning permission and Building Regulations still need to be considered and although there is a wide choice of suppliers for the conservatory windows, doors, roofs and glass, it will still need base works and possibly a dwarf wall.


DIY conservatories: Building work

You may feel confident enough to build the frames and roof for your own conservatory or orangery but often the building work can be a different issue. Most people would interested in DIY conservatories need the services of a local builder to construct the base but there are other products on the market which can replace traditional foundations and walls and they are specifically designed to be quick and easy to construct.

One such product is the Durabase™ system which consists of a steel base and modular wall with adjustable legs, brick facing tiles on a high density insulation board, a hollow galvanised steel frame which allows for wiring and plumbing and a chipboard floor with under floor insulation. The brick facing tiles are available in a wide range of popular brick and stone finishes which will match with your property.  The Durabase™ system of base works and dwarf walls was specifically designed for homeowners interested in diy conservatories but without any building experience. 

DIY Conservatories: DURABASE™ baseworks system

Durabase™ provides a cost effective and time saving solution to base works and dwarf walls for DIY conservatories of all sizes and shapes, and it carries British Board of Agrément certification.

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British Board of Agrement logoThe British Board of Agrément (BBA) was originally set up by the Government in 1966 but is now an independent non-profit distributing organisation. It is the U.K.’s main authority offering approval and inspection services to manufacturers and installers supplying the construction industry. The BBA’s certification and inspection services are recognised by Local Authorities, Building Control departments and the major trade associations in the United Kingdom construction industry.

The Durabase™ system for DIY conservatories comprises a bespoke steel base and modular wall, manufactured to individual specifications, which means that it takes a fraction of the time that a traditional base will take to install. Durabase™ arrives in kit form and though it provides a strong, firm and safe foundation for the conservatory, it is suitable for both the professional and DIY conservatories markets. Other than a number of concrete pads to support the steel base, there are no excavation or concrete foundations to install.

1. Prior to installation
2. Concrete pads are installed according to the instructions provided
3. The steel base is fixed together, positioned on the concrete pads and levelled with adjustable legs
4. The brick-faced modular wall is fixed to the steel base

5. The finished conservatory

Durabase™ system for DIY conservatories with no dwarf wall

Durabase cross section with no base wall
The steel base sits on concrete pads and is bolted to the house wall. The external cill of the conservatory fits onto the outer beam, an insulated floor is installed and the exterior of the base (up to the damp proof course) is finished with a plain or brick-faced skirt.

Durabase™ system for DIY conservatories with a dwarf wall

Durabase cross section with a base wall
The steel base sits on concrete pads and is bolted to the house wall. The modular wall has a galvanised steel frame and on the outside, genuine clay brick facing tiles are bonded to a profiled building board the required size and shape of the proposed conservatory. The hollow galvanised steel frame is designed to hold and conceal plumbing and electrical supplies, and insulation.

DIY Conservatories: Base plan

If you are considering having a traditional base constructed for your conservatory, Just a Quote suppliers will provide you with a series of conservatory base plans.  The conservatory base plan below shows all of the necessary dimensions for the brickwork, including string measurements.  This ensures that your conservatory base is exactly the right size and shape to accept the conservatory frames and roof.

DIY Conservatories - Base Plan for a P Shaped Conservatory

DIY Conservatories – Base Plan for a P Shaped Conservatory

DIY Conservatories: K2 Konnect™ system

Visitors to this website will notice that rarely does the author refer to specific manufacturer’s products. The Durabase™ system of conservatory bases is mentioned already on this page but it would be negligent not to also refer to the K2 Konnect™ conservatory system of windows, doors and roofs which enables diy conservatories to be built without drilling or screwing. The Konnect™ DIY conservatories system is relatively easy to install as the panels come ready for assembly, as can be seen below: –

1. Sills are pre-routed and come ready cut to size

2. Panels are ready for assembly with factory fitted sill support blocks, which locate the panel onto the external sill

3. Panels engage into the sill and slide into position

4. Aluminium connectors slide down between the panels holding them together

5. Rotating the 1/4 turn button with an Allen key secures the panels and ensures that they are the correct distance apart

6. Once locked into position the buttons are used to locate the cover strip
DIY Conservatories: K2 Konnect™ specification

Detailed installation instructions and plans provided for all DIY conservatories
• DIY Conservatories are available in White, Rosewood on White, Rosewood and Light Oak
• All Panels and Doors are factory pre-glazed for DIY conservatories
• 25mm or 35 mm polycarbonate available in Opal, Bronze, Clear or Bronze Opal
• Glass roofs available in Celsius™ Performance Glass
• Roof vents available on most DIY conservatories
• Internally beaded 70mm sculptured profile
• 28mm toughened safety glass to BS 6206A and sealed units to BS EN 1279
• Range of panel styles available and optional extras such as decorative glass designs and obscure privacy glass for all DIY conservatories
• Two top opening vents as standard with additional vents available on all DIY conservatories
• Top opening vents have espagnolette and shoot bolt locking systems
• French doors have two pairs of flag hinges plus intermediates and shoot bolt locking
• 10 year guarantee on all DIY conservatories
• All fixings, sealants, rainwater goods, finial, cresting and flashing tape are included
• A classic Ogee gutter is supplied together with concealed brackets
• Roof spars are manufactured from structural aluminium to BS 8118 and BS EN 755-2 and are supplied with PVCu cappings[/spoiler]


Victorian DIY Conservatories – Design Process

Just a Quote DIY conservatories suppliers offer a CAD design service for conservatories and orangeries.  The following illustrations show an original Victorian conservatory design as a six image view, a computer generated image and the finished Victorian conservatory as it was built.

DIY Conservatories - CAD drawing showing six images of the proposed design - Three Facet Victorian conservatory

DIY Conservatories – CAD drawing showing six images of the proposed design – Three Facet Victorian conservatory

DIY Conservatories - Computer Generated Image - Three Facet Victorian conservatory

DIY Conservatories – Computer Generated Image – Three Facet Victorian conservatory

DIY Conservatories - The completed conservatory - Three Facet Victorian conservatory

DIY Conservatories – The completed conservatory – Three Facet Victorian conservatory