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Selecting and installing a conservatory: the essentials

If you have been thinking of buying a conservatory you may have some questions about the whole process. From which company to choose to how long it will take to build. After all, you want to be able to enjoy your conservatory as soon as possible. So, to answer some of the questions we are most commonly asked, we have put together a step-by-step guide, from getting that important quotation, selecting the right company and how long it will take before you can enjoy your new conservatory.


Recommendations from family or friends for home improvements are always a good place to start. Getting this sort of feedback will save you a lot of work when searching for the right company. You will be able to narrow down your search to those that will provide the type of service you want at the right price. Or you could try going through a ‘trusted trader’ site and look through the customer reviews. You can view our reviews on Google, Check A Trade and Trust A Trader.  

Be Flexible

When you are taking advice about which conservatory to choose, remember to keep an open mind. A conservatory advisor may be able to offer you a different idea from that which you originally decided upon. For example, they may suggest a different location for the conservatory, a larger (or smaller) size or even a different roofing material.

Do you need planning permission?

You don’t generally need to apply for planning permission to add a conservatory to your home. However, there are some exceptions, so make sure you take advice, particularly if you live in a conservation area, a terraced house or are increasing the footprint of your home by more than 15%. Your conservatory advisor should be able to explain these rules to you, but it is always advisable to contact your local authority planning department. If you do need planning permission, then this should be agreed upon before work begins.

How long will it take?

A typical conservatory can be finished within 3-4 weeks. The first part of the construction is the base, which will be allowed to settle for a few days before the frames are fitted and electrical work is completed. Then, depending on the type of conservatory you are having; you might have to wait for walls to be plastered and floors to be laid.


Contact your insurance company, to let them know you are having a conservatory built. They will be able to make sure you are probably covered in case of accidental damage to the conservatory. Your Choice Home Improvements offer a 10-year guarantee on conservatories.

It is sometimes difficult to make decisions when choosing a conservatory. There seem to be so many companies to choose from and styles of conservatory too. But by following our few simple guidelines, you could be enjoying your new conservatory sooner than you think.

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