How Much Do Extensions Cost in 2019?
Extension prices are often dependent on the size of the structure you are having installed, and are typically estimated around £1,000 per meter for a single storey, or £1,600 for two storeys. This means that a 4x3m extension can cost between £23,000 and £26,000, whilst a 5x5m extension can set you back around £50,000.
This may seem like a lot, but extensions don’t just add space to your home, they can also add value and desirability to your property, making it more likely to sell for a higher price should you ever put it on the market. Because of its mainly brick-built structure, extensions can last for as long as the rest of your property, with very minimal upkeep and blending in seamlessly into the masonry of your pre-existing home.
House Extension Costs
All that being said, what is the cost of your desired house extension going to be? We’ve put together a helpful table of guide prices so you can get the best idea possible about how your extension is going to affect your home improvement budget. It’s important to keep in mind that these prices can and will vary somewhat between companies.
|Extension Width (mm)||Extension Projection (mm)||Guide Price|
|4000||3000||£23940 – £26460|
|4100||3000||£24538 – £27121|
|4200||3000||£25137 – £27783|
|4300||3000||£25735 – £28444|
|4400||3000||£26334 – £29106|
|4500||3000||£26932 – £29767|
|4600||3000||£27531 – £30429|
|4700||3000||£28129 – £31090|
|4800||3000||£28728 – £31752|
|4900||3000||£29326 – £32413|
|5000||3000||£29326 – £32413|
|5100||3000||£30523 – £33736|
|5200||3000||£31122 – £34398|
|5300||3000||£31720 – £35059|
|5400||3000||£32319 – £35721|
|5500||3000||£32917 – £36382|
|5600||3000||£33516 – £37044|
|5700||3000||£34114 – £37705|
|5800||3000||£34713 – £38367|
|5900||3000||£35311 – £39028|
|6000||3000||£35910 – £39690|
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With these prices in mind, you may want to start thinking about how it compares to other similar house extension options, such as conservatories and orangeries. But what exactly is the difference, and how will it affect your property?
What is the Difference Between a Conservatory, an Orangery and a House Extension?
House extension options can vary from wildly different beasts to very similar in appearance, all depending on what materials, designs and roofing materials you choose from. However, there are a few noticeable differences between the three different types.
Conservatories are predominantly constructed from uPVC, with more glass than brickwork in its structure. They can come with either floor to ceiling windows, allowing for an unobstructed view of your garden or outside area, or with dwarf walls that allow for superior insulation, plumbing and electrical wiring.
These walls act as any other kind of wall, able to be painted, drilled and fitted with a numerous amount of personalisation options to really make it your own. Double glazed units can also be fitted with pelmets to improve insulation, prevent heat loss through convection currents, and allow for light fittings, speakers and other fittings to be installed.
Orangeries are the best of both worlds when it comes to conservatories and house extensions. They can be smaller than your typical house extension, and because of this share with a conservatory an exemption from planning permission; and whilst they are more affordable, they still sport an extensions’ superior insulation, security and privacy, and blend in well with the pre-existing brickwork of your property.
Originating in the 17th century as a way to house citrus plants during the winter months, they bring sense of class and sophistication to a property, with ornate detailing and stunning features to make it stand out from the crowd.
Extensions are, like orangeries, predominantly built from brick rather than uPVC, but can still have ample lighting from windows, skylights and uPVC roofing options. Whilst both conservatories and orangeries are limited in size in order to avoid planning permission requirements, extensions are pretty much unconfined and can be made to much larger dimensions.
This does require planning permission, but once you are through that initial planning stage then it is easy enough to have installed quickly and efficiently.
While many homeowners use extensions as a way of expanding on a pre-existing room, such as kitchens, living areas and dining rooms, extensions can be a completely separate room entirely, or incorporated into a larger communal space.
Perhaps you want a studio or office space for working from home, maybe you want a safe and well-lit playroom for your children, or maybe you just want a nice place to relax of an evening.
Because of its brick walls, there is no difficulty in having wiring and plumbing installed in the walls and allowing for kitchen expansion and other uses, even if it is just to fill up a watering can for your plants.
Because of their size and materials, home extensions are not cheap. However, they are a great investment and if you are in dire need of extra space in your home, they are much more affordable than moving home.
Home Extension Options
Extensions can come in either one or two storeys, depending on the size of your property, and, as mentioned above, an extension typically costs £1,000 per meter, with £1,600+ for two storeys. However, by keeping your extension to a ground-floor development, then you can pretty much halve the cost from £100,000 to £50,000.
Simple designs may be more affordable, but they are in no way lesser to more complex styles, and in many ways an understated design can help accentuate your properties pre-existing features.
Knowing the price ahead of time can be vitally important to keeping within your budget, and because of this it is very important that you are 100% satisfied with your initially planned out design, as changes can often put you out of pocket. Also, whilst made-to-order may seem tempting, off-the-shelf features are far more affordable and are often just as good.
Rather than having an extension constructed on-site, having a pre-fabricated conservatory assembled from pieces put together during manufacturing can often result in an installation 10-25% cheaper than traditional on-site construction.
There are several steps when having an extension installed, from initial planning stages to site surveys to actual construction work, and each of them has its own estimated price. Planning application fees have gone up in recent years, so the design work you do there is vitally important to remaining within the budget you set out for yourself. As mentioned above, prices of materials and features can vary depending on whether they are off-the-shelf or bespoke, and a change of material can affect your price by hundreds of pounds.
House Extension Cost Calculator
In order for you to get the best ideas about what kind of home extension is right for your property, we have put together a quotation engine for you to build up your very own bespoke extension design from scratch, choosing from a variety of personalization options including sizes, colours, materials and additional features. To do this use our extension cost calculator for a free online quotation.
So, no matter what you want your extension for or what your budget it, if you have your heart set on getting a professional and efficient extension installed on your property, Double Glazing on the Web can provide you with all of the information you need to know.
If you want to know more information about the price of extensions, or simply want to speak to someone from our team about our service, feel free to contact us through our online contact form.
Frequently Asked Double Glazing Questions
Frequently Asked Double Glazing Questions
What is an Orangery?
An Orangery extension is different from a conservatory in both size and style. Orangeries are typically designed to be a direct extension from your home, with brick walls that complement your existing build. An orangery roof usually incorporates a glazed lantern which provides a conservatory style element, providing lots of natural light.
Why Should I Choose One Of Your Installers?
All installers that operate in affiliation with Double Glazing on the Web are accredited by a recognised industry body such as FENSA or CERTASS. Double Glazing on the Web vet all of our double glazing installers to make sure you receive a professional and efficient quality service.
How Much Does A Conservatory Cost?
Your conservatory cost will depend on its specification. Your conservatory size, style, finishes, glazing and build are all factors which will determine the overall price. The good news is, you can now calculate the cost of your conservatory online using our handy online quote builder.
Do I Need Conservatory Planning Permission?
Conservatories are seen as a permitted development, however you may require conservatory planning permission if you have a listed property or if you are living within a conservation area.
Should I Buy A DIY Conservatory?
A DIY conservatory can be a great option if you have the required knowledge and building skills. It can be an expensive choice however, if anything should go wrong. The best thing about a supply and fit conservatory is that your installer takes care of all of the work for you, this includes any building requirements or planning permission.
Why Should I Buy A Conservatory?
A conservatory is an affordable way to extend living space and will prove to be a worthy investment over time. Not only does it help improve the value of your property but it provides you with a multi-functional space to use all year round.
What is The Best Type of Conservatory?
When choosing the best type of conservatory for your home, your property and garden size as well as style have to be considered. For example if you lack garden space, you don't want a conservatory build that is going to be too overpowering. There are conservatory designs for all types of home and specification so any property, traditional or new can benefit from this airy extension.
Can I Choose Custom Glass?
You can choose from a wide range of custom glass. Your double glazing installer will offer you a choice of glass types and glazing designs so you can choose custom glass for your windows, doors or conservatory.
How Much Is A Conservatory?
A Conservatory is cost-effective way of expanding your home without needing planning permission in most cases. Conservatory prices start around £6000. Please refer to our pricing guides below to see how much a conservatory may cost you, or start a quote today.
What’s the Difference Between an Orangery and Conservatory?
The biggest difference between an orangery and a conservatory is the construction of the roof. More than three quarters of a conservatory roof is glazed and an orangery has less than three quarters. A conservatory should have over half of the area of the wall glazed.
Can Conservatories Only Be Made Out Of uPVC?
Conservatories can be made out of uPVC, timber and aluminium – it really depends on the style you want for your home. However, uPVC is the cheapest material to make a conservatory out of; timber and aluminium are significantly more expensive. Please check our pricing tables below to get more of an idea on costs or start a quote with us today.
Do I Need Planning Permission To Build My Conservatory?
In most cases, you do not need planning permission for a conservatory, however, it must reach certain guidelines. For example, it cannot exceed the height of the original structure of the home. Please check your local council site for more details (links are found in the 'Gateshead Information' section).
How Long Will My Conservatory Last?
Depending on the materials used to build it, the installation and the general maintenance for a conservatory, they usually have a life span of anywhere between 10-30 years. UPVC conservatories, on average last about 20 years.
How Much Does a Conservatory Cost?
Prices on conservatories begin around £6000, however, this will be dependent on the shape, size and style of your conservatory. Please refer to our pricing table below to get a better idea on how much a conservatory will cost or start a quote with us today.
What Materials Can You Build A Conservatory With?
Conservatories can be constructed with either timber, aluminium or uPVC, the latter being the cheaper material out of the three. Please consult our pricing guide below to get a better understanding of what a new conservatory may cost you.