Conservatory Designs

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Find the right conservatory design for your home

Some people struggle to make that final decision on which conservatory design to choose or you may be constrained on which to choose possibly because of regulations which dictate you need a traditional period styled conservatory.

As a general rule conservatories are segmented into two categories, the first of which is a period style of architecture that was influenced from early Georgian times, which then developed into  Victorian and Edwardian architecture. The second group in defined by the shape, such as the Lean to conservatories, gable conservatories and p shaped conservatories.

Georgian Conservatories

Georgian conservatory styles are typified from their beautiful symmetry and fine lines that were derived from the early 1700’s to early 1800’s. It was a time when conservatories when predominantly built from masonry and limited amounts of glass.

If you want to look at an authentic Georgian conservatory, you typically need to head to stately homes and older buildings like national heritage sites across the UK and Ireland. The conservatory that comes to mind when talk about this is the Nash Conservatory, which was initially built for Buckingham Palace and subsequently moved to Kew Gardens in the early 1800’s. Take a look at our Georgian conservatories.

Victorian Conservatories

Victorian conservatories were derived from a period when conservatories became highly desirable and a sign of wealth. For the first time in history, people living in built up areas, countryside and towns wanted to bring exotic plants into their homes.

Victorian styled conservatories were built around the architecture of Westminster Palace, a complicated and asymmetrical shape which encompassed the amazing architecture from the period. Take a look at our Victorian conservatories.

Edwardian Conservatories

The Edwardian era was a short one in comparison to that of the term prior to that (the reign of Queen Victoria). Victorian Conservatories maximise space since their rounded edges blend seamlessly into properties. The Victorian conservatory style is a very versatile style of conservatory in terms of design and size configurations. This style can be extended beautifully into longer gardens  – this style can be easily accommodated for your property. Take a look at our Edwardian conservatories.

Orangery Conservatories

Some people aren’t sure about the difference between a conservatory and orangery, although its description is fairly clear. Conservatories are supposed to have more glass within its structure than an orangery of similar proportions, also an orangery generally tends to had a flat roof with a couple of roof lanterns built within its structure.

Also, orangeries tend to be seated on a dwarf wall, whereas a conservatory is generally floor to ceiling glass.

Orangeries also have a greater acceptance of planning applications made for period/listed properties. Take a look at our Orangeries.

Gable Conservatories

The Gable conservatory design is referred to the triangular peak that pitches up at the front end of the conservatory. Gable conservatories tend to have an interesting character to them, with many having sunburst and fan shapes running through the roof and glass. Take a look at our Gable conservatories.

Lean to Conservatories

Lean to conservatories offer a modern style with a slanted roof that is affixed to the exterior wall. Their fairly limited design means that the cost implication is often lower than any other conservatory. Take a look at our Lean to conservatories.

T Shaped Conservatories

T Shaped conservatories are called ‘T’ shaped for the simple fact that their ‘footprint’ or ‘floor plan’ is built in a ‘T’ shape, generally with the top of the T connected to the exterior wall of the property and the tail of the T extending out.

The shape of the T shaped conservatory allows for the conservatory to extend into the garden and give you a living space that protrudes out. Take a look at our T Shaped Conservatories.

P Shaped Conservatories

Like T Shaped conservatories, the ‘P’ shaped conservatory takes its name from the shape. The long vertical of the P being connected to the exterior wall and the semi-circle part being attached to an end of the vertical. Take a look at our P Shaped Conservatories.