What kind of conservatory should I select for my home? This is most probably one of the first questions people think about when considering the possibility of adding a conservatory to their property.
The idea of adding a conservatory to a house was popularised throughout the 19th century, with the advent of new products and skills related to glass and heating, along with the British love of nurturing rare plants. With modern construction techniques, smart design, and customisable details, the architecture of conservatories has now come a long way since its inception.
The range of conservatory designs is pretty much limitless, but most are based on the following styles.
Conservatory design: different types
Conservatories are versatile in use, but they also offer many different choices of design with a whole range of styles, shapes and materials.
While the design possibilities can seem infinite, almost all of them are based on a few fundamental styles.
Victorian style conservatories have a ridged roof as well as a multi-faceted end wall that creates an elegant rounded effect.
An Edwardian conservatory has a ridged roof and a rectangular base, providing the classical feel of Victorian conservatories, while providing greater available space.
Edwardian gable conservatories
The Edwardian gable conservatories are designed in a way that the ridged roof meets a gabled end, and therefore resulting in clean lines that suit modern homes.
Lean-to conservatories, at times also known as sun-room or Mediterranean is the simplest design of all. This conservatory is a single-sloped roof with the larger wall adjoined to the main property. It is a useful style for fitting into a corner area.
P, L, T or U-shaped conservatories
P-shaped, T-shaped, L-shaped or U-shaped conservatories combine any of the above alternatives and the choices take on a huge scope. The options allow for such conservatories to be attached to pretty much any home.
If none of the alternatives describes when it comes to conservatories convinces you, you can always go for the option of an orangery. Classic orangeries use a parapet wall and a solid corner construction. This brings a more traditional design while keeping the benefits of a modern conservatory.
Off the wall
You can select the material for the lower part of the conservatory. You can take the glass panels right to ground level or perhaps build a low wall, generally of material that will match the main property. This will be very insulated thus optimising comfort levels.
As well as the style options described above you can opt to build a custom conservatory design using custom conservatory materials. This bespoke option allows for a really individual design to suit your house and your needs.