A conservatory is a wonderful addition to your home, transforming it both on the inside and outside. Not only do they increase the value of your property, they help you to utilise the space you have, giving your more room for entertaining and hobbies without encroaching on your existing living space. So what options are there when it comes to conservatories? Quite a few, actually – although what one you go for will depend on the existing style of your property, your budget and how much room you have. Here are seven to get you started.
Victorian style conservatories are some of the most common in homes across the country. Appealing to those with more traditional tastes, these conservatories feature multifaceted elevations and ornate, period details along the ridge of the roof, which is usually apexed.
An Edwardian style conservatory is often confused with the Victorian – but there are some subtle differences. Often slightly less ornate that the Victorian, they are also square or rectangular rather than angled. These types of conservatories are traditional but due to their square design, work well with more modern properties too.
Winter gardens are perfect for those who want to enjoy the great outdoors whatever the weather. Featuring floor to ceiling glass and often a glass roof as well, these kind of conservatives blend seamlessly into the design of your outdoor garden while allowing enough light in to nurture indoor plants.
Ultra-modern conservatories are becoming popular not only with contemporary properties, but as a contrasting addition to period properties too. These kind of conservatories are no frills when it comes to design, with long, sleek lines and plenty of glass framed by wood and metal. Innovative features such as bi-folding doors are often found in this type of conservatory, allowing you to open up the space to your home or the great outdoors.
Lantern style conservatories are a traditional option often found on older and larger properties. They feature a second layer of vertical windows extending out from the roof. This style is reminiscent of the high ceilinged orangeries found in larger stately homes, so it’s perfect if you want to make a statement!
A lean-to is the perfect conservatory for those who are short of space but still want to extend their home. Usually featuring a square or rectangular floor plan, they have a sloped roof that is attached to one of the walls in the house. This adaptable and low-key design makes them perfect for bungalows and other low-pitched homes.
A glass canopy is a bold choice that uses a patio roof and vertical elements to create an outdoor space that can be enjoyed all year round. Less structurally imposing than a traditional conservatory, the awning offers shelter and the vertical elements can be opened or shut depending on the weather, offering you plenty of flexibility.
Which one will you choose?
So there you have it! As you can see, there are a wealth of styles to choose from, and that’s before you even get around to interior design and other finishing touches! Doing plenty of research and selecting a conservatory style that works for you and your home will not only give you more space indoors, but more enjoyment of your family home.
Mark Caulfield is the founder of The Caulfield Company, they specialises in bespoke conservatories that are tailored to the individual needs of each client.