From the material to the use: With this overview, you can calculate the costs for a winter garden exactly – including additional costs.
The cost of a winter garden can vary enormously. They depend on the use, the material, and the equipment. And yet: A winter garden promises exclusive living space and plenty of space for plants. Depending on the model, it can even be used in winter and ensures a relaxed experience of nature all year round. In short, a winter garden is a worthwhile investment.
What are the costs of a winter garden?
Before you can even calculate the prices and costs for the winter garden, you have to be clear about what type of winter garden you want. Because the differences are huge – there is no such thing as a typical winter garden. That would be the same as asking about the price of a bike or a car. The variety of models is simply far too big.
A cold winter garden, for example, is not or only minimally heated in winter; it usually serves as winter quarters for plants and, at most, as a seat in summer. However, an unheated winter garden corresponds to the original concept of a winter garden – it does not cause heating costs but saves them. Because even the winter sun can heat the interior of a winter garden on cold days and pass the warmth on to the adjacent rooms of the house.
The outdoor season is also extended with a simple, uninsulated winter garden: as soon as the sun shines, it warms up quickly. If you open the curved sliding elements, you are practically sitting in the open. In winter, potted plants find a sheltered place here
A heated living room conservatory, on the other hand, is a fully-fledged living space and, thanks to the built-in heating, can also be used as such all year round. However, this also makes home conservatories more expensive – they cause heating costs and must also be well insulated. In summer, shading is just as necessary as perfectly functioning ventilation. This additional technology does not make the winter garden cost-effective.
The cost of the building permit
For a winter garden, you need a building permit just like for a garden house, for which additional costs are incurred. Since a winter garden is more planning-intensive than a garden house, the costs for the necessary documents alone are higher than for garden houses.
The documents are created by a specialist. Which documents you have to submit is regulated differently in the federal states. Usually the site plan, building description, various calculations such as area occupancy or site safety certificates as well as a drainage plan. You can calculate around ten percent of the construction costs for this. In addition, there is another 0.5 percent of the construction cost for the actual building application at the building authority.
The purchase price for a winter garden
The purchase price is essentially determined by the material used in the load-bearing structure, the roofing, and the insulating properties of the entire winter garden. Single glazing and uninsulated winter gardens naturally cost less than multi-glazed and therefore well-insulated models.
A self-designed winter garden is of course more expensive than a finished kit, but it is also something very special
You can buy a winter garden as a complete kit or you can plan your own individual winter garden and have it built for you. This is certainly the most beautiful, but also the most expensive variant. In the case of off-the-shelf winter gardens, all of the individual parts are machined and manufactured in large numbers, which of course ultimately makes the winter garden cheaper.
Skilled builders can also assemble the conservatory themselves from individual components and then build it up completely on their own like a garden house. Probably the cheapest method, but not for everyone. In addition to the high construction costs, there is a risk that the components that have been thrown together will not be perfectly coordinated with one another later and that problems will arise. In the case of conservatory kits, on the other hand, you can assume that all components are also coordinated with one another.
What does a winter garden cost per square meter?
Prices start at 550 $ and go up to 850 $ for a single-glazed winter garden with basic equipment and an uninsulated plastic frame. Double glazing or thermally insulated support profiles increase the price of the winter garden by 200 to 300 dollars per square meter. Wooden frames are generally a quarter more expensive than simple plastic frames. A combination of wood and aluminum costs around two-thirds more, high-quality aluminum easily twice as much.
A square meter of heated and fully equipped winter garden costs – again depending on the frame material and type of glass – between 1,400 and 2,400 dollars. For a three to four-meter large and unheated winter garden of the simplest version with a plastic frame, you pay a good 10,000 dollars, for a heated winter garden with an aluminum structure more than 20,000 to 30,000 dollars.
In addition to the choice of material, the costs for the winter garden are influenced by the following factors:
- The location or orientation of the winter garden: A winter garden facing south causes less heating costs than a winter garden facing north.
- Ventilation and shading: you can open the windows manually, clearly. But automatic ventilation and shading, which also work in your absence, are much more convenient so that the winter garden does not heat up so extremely. Outside shades are ideal, but they require more cleaning.
- The shape of the roof: Plain pent roofs are cheaper than hipped roofs. As soon as beveled corners or angled roof surfaces are involved, you have to expect price surcharges.
- The equipment, from the choice of doors to the floor covering: sliding doors are practical and significantly more space-saving than doors that open into the room, but they are also more expensive. When it comes to floors that are as waterproof as possible, there are enormous price differences even among natural stones.
- The plants: Plants should of course also grow in the winter garden. These will usually be large plants in pots – and they are expensive!
What additional costs do you have to expect in the winter garden?
The ancillary costs of a winter garden also include exterior cleaning, which should often be left to a specialist
If you have not agreed on a package deal, in addition to the pure purchase price for the winter garden, there are also costs for the foundation, ventilation and shading technology, flooring, furnishings, and, above all, for assembly.
In addition, the costs for the necessary building permit and later the costs for heating, electricity, and cleaning. You can quickly lose track of things or forget individual items. Therefore, when buying, make sure that as much of this work as possible is already included in the purchase price. The assembly costs are enormous.
Anyone who toying with a self-directed construction can save a lot of money. However, do not overestimate yourself, the construction of a winter garden kit requires manual skill and experience in dealing with roofing – and overhead work. Errors in the construction quickly destroy the price advantage, in the worst case, there is a risk of repairs by a specialist company.
As a benchmark, one likes to take a living room conservatory, which is built as a leaning house, is a good twelve square meters in size and has a ridge height of 330 centimeters. The additional costs quickly add up to 10,000 euros and more.
What does a winter garden cleaning cost?
You will probably do the interior cleaning of the winter garden yourself. When it comes to the outside, things look different. Because whether high-rise winter gardens, angled areas, or large roof areas – the entire glass surface is not always easy to reach from the outside.
And after all, the corners should also be cleaned, which is hardly possible without cleaning equipment with telescopic rods. If you don’t feel safe on ladders, you can leave the cleaning to a specialist company. In this case, prices between 130 and 160 dollars must be expected.
Of course, the costs vary – as always – depending on the size of the winter garden. In addition, many companies still differentiate between basic cleaning and intermediate cleaning. Remember: the basic cleaning of winter gardens that have hardly been cleaned or not cleaned at all for years is significantly more time-consuming and also costs more.