Conservatories

Conservatories

A conservatory can enhance most homes, and offer a range of practical as well as opulent design features. 

They fall into the following categories:

Victorian 

Victorian conservatories, often referred to as Victorian sunrooms are typically ornate, curved conservatories that are suited to both modern and period houses but especially to a period property.

Typically Victorian conservatories have a 3 or 5-facet design, a steeply pitched roof complete with decorative finishing.

Due to the nature of its design, a Victorian conservatory may not be best suited for a small design.

There are three typical design options for Victorian conservatories – dwarf walled, fully glazed and P-shaped designs; interestingly P-shaped designs can be designed to fit in with other conservatories – a popular option with a Victorian P-shaped design is to incorporate a lean to conservatory with it.

The incorporation of a dwarf wall design or to go fully glazed is a personal choice, traditional Victorian design would have included a dwarf wall.

There are three options for materials when building your frame – wood, aluminium and uPVC with different budgetary, maintenance and aesthetic implications.

Your choice of doors is again a personal choice – French doors remain the most popular choice with a Victorian conservatory due to the ease and aesthetics of how they are incorporated with the Victorian design.

The roof of a Victorian conservatory is a key design feature due to its may sided steep slope so particular consideration is necessary. Polycarbonate is an option and is very budget friendly. Glass is the more traditional but complete tiling is also an option if you do not mind sacrificing a lot of natural light.

Due to the different designs and materials available a Victorian conservatory can suit a wide range of budgets.

Gable 

Nothing quite makes a statement like a Gable conservatory. Also referred to as a Pavilion conservatory, it is a commanding design, bursting with elegance and grandeur. The Gable conservatory is inspired by the styling of the Edwardian conservatory and incorporates a stunning, high-roof design. The elegant, simple design coupled with the maximized use of space delivers a real upgrade to any home, period or modern.

The Gable conservatory offers many options to alter or enhance the traditional clean and simple Edwardian styling – many homeowners elect to incorporate a more Georgian feel with added detailing and elaborate glazing panels.

The most popular addition, the sunburst gable end window, brings a real sense of style to the Gable conservatory and is a perfect finishing touch for such a grand structure.

You also don’t have to be locked in by tradition when it comes to roofing. Polycarbonate, glazed, partially glazed and completely tiled are all options that are available.

Likewise your choices of doors are not limited – while French doors are very common with Gable conservatories, bifold doors are also a popular choice as are sliding doors – ultimately it is a decision of personal taste and budgetary restrictions.

The actual framing of your Gable conservatory is available in wood, aluminium and also uPVC. Traditionally, Gable conservatories incorporate a dwarf wall, which works well with the style.

Gable conservatories offer a huge amount of personalisation to suit either simpler or more extravagant tastes without detracting from the traditional design.

Lean To

Sometimes referred to a Mediterranean conservatory, garden room or sunroom, the lean to conservatory offers a flexible, adaptable and cheap conservatory leading it to becoming the most popular type of conservatory in England and Wales.

Lean to conservatories will most usually be found in rectangular form with flat-plane sides and a sloping, single piece roof. To mitigate against weight issues and lower costs, roofing can now be comprised of poly-carbonate panels which are available in a range of different tinted shades.

Normally there are two types of design with lean to conservatories. The cheapest and most popular are all-glazed designs. The other design consists of dwarf-walls, which obviously adds to the overall construction costs.

Budget wise there are obviously huge variations and scope for upgrades and modifications – the very cheapest DIY versions can be put together for a few hundred pounds.

Different material choices are available from hardwood to uPVC to aluminium all of which has a bearing on overall cost.

Many buyers are unaware that there are many bespoke design features that you can implement with a lean to conservatory that can add individuality and aesthetics to the basic design. Dwarf walls as opposed to full glass panels can dramatically alter the appearance of a lean to conservatory.

There are several alternative options for doors – French doors are the most common but sliding, tilt and turn doors or expensive bifold doors can all be factored into your design.

Glazing options come in many forms too – single, double or triple glazing.

Roofing can be polycarbonate panels that are extremely budget friendly or you could elect for partial glazing with infill panels or indeed fully tiled – however this is the most expensive option and requires certain standards to be met from your structure.

Edwardian

The Edwardian conservatory, sometimes also referred to as the Georgian conservatory in parts of the UK - although there are some distinct differences between the two, is an increasingly popular choice due to the clean, symmetrical design, the rectangular or square foot print which maximizes space and provides a large, simple extension to your living space that seamlessly fits in with both modern and period houses alike.

An Edwardian conservatory has the benefit of a pitched roof – unlike the lean to conservatory where the size is dictated by the amount you are able to pitch the roof – an Edwardian conservatory is limited only by the size your garden will accommodate.

Traditionally, Edwardian conservatories have a dwarf wall design, however for those building a smaller Edwardian conservatory, where increased light may be favourable, it is possible to elect for complete glass panels. 

Another tradition that you may wish to change is the 3-sided pitched roof for a 4-sided pitched roof. In fact, you may even wish to completely tile your roof as opposed to sticking with polycarbonate or glass.

Your choice of doors is again down to personal taste and budget. While French doors are the most common choice, sliding, tilt and turn doors or bifold doors are all possible.

Edwardian conservatories can be manufactured in wood, aluminium or uPVC depending on personal taste and budget.

Glazing options. There are also added features like underfloor heating that can be accommodated into your design.

Bespoke

A bespoke conservatory is just that, completely down to your specifications limited only by budget and space. Whether you want to incorporate the design of one of the traditional styles of conservatory, mix and match elements or work from an entirely fresh design; a bespoke conservatory puts you firmly in charge.

Bespoke conservatories are a fantastic option for homeowners who have an unusual space they want to extend into. It also gives great scope for incorporating designs that will enhance and suit your property without compromising.

Obviously a bespoke conservatory comes with a higher starting price due to the necessary design work however the varying options and materials available allows for a wide range of budgets.

Structures can be comprised of wood, uPVC or aluminium that will have a bearing on budget.

Dwarf panels or full glass panels can make a big difference to the aesthetics. Roofing equally is free choice – partly glazed, full glazing panels, completely or partially tiled and skylights are all available, as are different options for roofing material – polycarbonate panels or glass.

If working in an unusual space, by opting for a bespoke conservatory, door placement no longer needs to follow the typical design that can lead to a far more workable space. Door options range from French doors, bifold or if more suitable sliding.

Due to the huge variables possible with a bespoke conservatory it’s important to not only seek professional design advice but a thorough survey of the site needs to be carried out.

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