They offer the opportunity to extend your home without the expense or planning permission of an actual extension. They provide an extra space for the children to play or for the adults to entertain. With plenty of light and warmth it is the perfect room to relax in. When built off the kitchen they can provide extra space for family dining and social entertaining.
When choosing the right conservatory style for your home you first need to consider what type of material you want it to be made of. uPVC is economical, versatile and easy to look after material. It comes in a variety of colours and woodgrain finishes. Woodgrain is a good choice if you prefer the timber effect look. Aluminum frames offer a more contemporary finish. Consider what works with your house, the benefits and style you are looking to achieve then look at which type of conservatory will work best for you and your home.You may also want to look at our conservatory buying guide.
A lean-to conservatory is often the least expensive type of conservatory. If you have only a small space to fit a conservatory or you live in a bungalow or one-storey building then this is the conservatory design for you. It is lower than a traditional conservatory with a single pitch, sloping roof and often has a small dwarf wall.
A Lean-to conservatory often has a single door but you can also choose to have sliding patio, bi fold or double French doors installed.
Victorian & Georgian or Edwardian
Traditional and popular conservatory designs are Victorian and Georgian or Edwardian. They are well-liked because they blend well with most buildings, modern or period. A Victorian conservatory stands out from the home with a dwarf wall, sloping roof on each side and is characterised by a rounded wall at the end. A Georgian or Edwardian conservatory also has a dwarf wall and sloping roof but is square or rectangular in shape rather than rounded.
A gable is the generally triangular shape section of wall at the end of a pitched roof, occupying the space between the two slopes of the roof. A Gable Conservatory can, therefore, be distinguished by its unique triangular shape at the front, much like a roof has a gable-end. This shape allows for a square or rectangular shaped conservatory perfectly. The elevated roof, giving rise to the triangular shape, allows for even more light to come into the room. It is popular to choose the framework of the ‘rising sun’ within the triangular, gable-end.
An even larger roof than the Gable is the Lantern, which in turn lends itself well to large conservatories. There is an option of a 3 or5 facet Victorian design. They have a raised roof in the middle section, much like a lantern and is often referred to as two-tiered. This raised roof gives it a grand look from the outside and a majestic feel inside because the roof is so much higher. Installing a roof lantern in a room transforms the look, flooding it with light. It is the same with a glass Lantern Conservatory. The room is transformed inside from the fantastic view of the sky and the grandiose feeling of height.
A T-shape conservatory works wonderfully well on larger houses. If you want your conservatory to run the length of your house and then have a central projection extending out into your garden, then this is the conservatory style for you. It can be either Victorian or Georgian in design and also looks stunning with a Gable end conservatory, especially where the framework on the triangular shape shows a ‘rising sun’. This type of conservatory is popular with those who want to build an indoor swimming pool.
When you first consider having a conservatory it is important to decide what you want it to be used for. Often with large families their differences of opinion as to what they would like to use it for. If you are lucky enough to have a large house then the P-shape conservatory can end those debates by offering you a room which combines a dual usage. It is a combination of a Lean-To and a Victorian Conservatory. One side can be used as a playroom and the other side a dining room, for example. The decision is yours but the results will be striking.
Conservatories are moving forward with the times and demand of our fast paced world. Today some customers want to stand out from the crowd with a conservatory that adds the wow factor. The Glass Extension conservatory is a fashionable option and suits those looking for a more minimalist and contemporary extension which uses sleek lines, is spacious and lets in lots of light. It is a popular choice if you are looking to do something more bespoke.
As with an Orangery, a Loggia conservatory offers you more brickwork. It takes its inspiration from the Italian Renaissance period where a roofed gallery was designed to open the sides to the air and be supported by ornate columns. This architecture has been adapted to design a conservatory which looks beautiful and is more like an extension due to the columns. The columns here are metal and painted rather than brickwork, which helps to keep down the costs and are often called in-fill panels.
Gradually over the years a lantern roof has transformed into an Orangery. An Orangery has the same magnificent lantern roof feature but it contains a lot more brickwork than your average conservatory. It is often seen as more of an extension to the house because of the brickwork. They do vary but often there is a dwarf wall and columns so that the Orangery appears to be a room surrounded by extra large windows and a fabulous lantern roof.
A beautiful conservatory installed professionally will always add to your quality of life with your family and friends and add value to your property. Bespoke or custom made conservatories are another choice and very individual. The experts at Academy Home Improvements are here to help you make the right choice for you and your home.
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