There are clearly many attractions to building a conservatory yourself. You may be a practical person who loves a challenge. You might want to have total freedom over what your conservatory looks and feels like. Perhaps you don’t want the stress of dealing with other parties, and would rather spend your time building it yourself. No doubt, your chief motivation will be the amount of money saved by starting such a venture.
Many see it as a challenge in their lives to undertake such a task. It would suit those who are driven and know what they want beforehand. It is not something to do if you have little drive or ambition. It still will cost a considerable sum of money, and so it is crucial once you start, you do not let it linger and go off the agenda. It should be a project that takes absolute priority.
There is no question that a DIY conservatory build is literally thousands of pounds cheaper than having one made, measured and installed by a company. This, along with a certain artistic control is key in the attraction of self-builds.
For those of you who feel like you could meet the challenge, the psychological rewards can be great. To sit back in a conservatory you built through your own hard efforts is an immense achievement and one you can be fully proud of. As well as this, the financial implications, as mentioned before, can be great. There is little doubt that creating a DIY structure will save you many thousands of pounds. To some, this can be an incentive too alluring to resist.
Of course, there come certain risks attached to this task. By taking control, you are effectively the project manager, and may well not know the insides and out of building a conservatory. A key statement to all this would be to ‘do your research’. You must plan and you must be prepared for all eventualities, and this includes pricing, as it is more than likely to go over your original budget.
A good idea would be to get in touch with any builders, through recommendations or local listings. You can then ask them for advice on areas you are unsure of. Look into planning permission as well, as this can be applicable to some.
Enlist friends, helpers, volunteers or anyone willing to give you a hand with your conservatory. It is best not to take something on that is too big for you and by sharing the load, it will come in on time and in doing so, more likely on budget.
Building a DIY conservatory is an exciting and rewarding experience. If you invest the time to plan beforehand and are aware of the potential pitfalls then you can enjoy and appreciate in a unique living space whereby you have saved money and earned the right to sit down in it and put your feet up!