There is an abundance of diverse conservatory styles you can choose from to best enhance the exterior features of your home. However, selecting the most suitable one takes some careful consideration and meticulous research. Investing your time, efforts and money into a new conservatory means choosing the most appropriate style is essential. To assist you in your plight to find the ideal conservatory design, we have devised an information pack detailing the most popular conservatory styles.

What to consider before deciding on conservatory styles

There are a few considerations we suggest bearing in mind before finalising your decision. You need to decide what purpose your conservatory will have; is it an additional living area, a playroom for children or purely a place to grow plants? You also need to determine whether or not it will be used frequently in the summer. If so, then installing effective cooling methods will be imperative. If you are merely adding the extra space into your home to increase property value, then consider the composition of the conservatory more broadly with an open view in mind.

As well as logistics, you need to take into account the cost. Integrating the conservatory into your home by taking down a wall is going to be an expensive procedure. If you want bi-folding or French doors fitted into the space, then this will be an additional cost to bear in mind. Once you have thought about the purpose and budget of your conservatory, you can then look into your preferred design.

Victorian

The Victorian conservatory is inspired by traditional Gothic architecture and offers a stunning panoramic view of your garden. The complex detail on the cresting and decorative glass ensures for a true replication of Victorian-era design. The period style conservatory best complements traditional properties but can make an elegant addition to modern and more contemporary homes.

Because of the versatile roofing system incorporated into the design of Victorian conservatories, you can decide on both the span and pitch, maximising the available shape, size and configuration of your conservatory. You have the choice of either a glass or solid roof, depending on your preference and the aesthetics of your home.

With exceptional thermal insulating qualities, the double glazing windows in Luton included in the structure of Victorian conservatories ensures you are kept warm in the winter and cool in the summer.

victorian conservatory
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Lean-To

This is one of the most contemporary styles of conservatories and is guaranteed to enhance any modern property. It is sometimes also referred to as a ‘Mediterranean’ conservatory. It incorporates a simple design and is ideal if you’re on a tight budget.

This style is perfect for properties with restricted space under the eaves. You can alter the pitch of the conservatory roof depending on the height of your home. A steeper pitched roof will fit suitably under a taller terraced house, whereas shallowly pitched conservatories are practical for bungalows.

You can combine French, bi-fold or sliding doors into the structure of your Lean-to conservatory. This addition will substantially increase the amount of light entering your home throughout the year. The simple rectangular floor-plan of the conservatory also ensures maximum utilisable space for furniture.

lean to conservatory
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Edwardian Conservatory

This style of conservatory is very similar to the design and layout of the Victorian conservatory. However, unlike the Victorian configuration, the Edwardian conservatory incorporates a square or rectangular shaped floor. Nevertheless, the rigid apex roof design still provides you with the authentic feel of a Victorian conservatory.

The practical composition of the Edwardian conservatory means it is specifically convenient for smaller properties looking to extend the available space. This additional space can be used for converting conservatories into second lounge areas, extended dining rooms, children’s playrooms, offices or gyms. With this increased space, you will find the saleability of your home and property value is likely to improve.

Similarly to the design of the Victorian conservatory, the three-sided roof allows maximum light into the room and a substantial amount of headroom. It is also finished with intricate detailing on the roof and elegantly designed girders. Because of these features, this design best complements the more traditional looking properties.

Edwardian Conservatory
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Gable

The unique design of the Gable Conservatory makes it the perfect addition to most properties. With the high vaulted roof and the triangular shaped front, this style of conservatory can be adapted to suit both period and contemporary homes. However, the elevated front does mean this style best complements buildings with high ceilings.

The verticle roof system and symmetrical design of this conservatory provides a significant amount of floor space, headroom and lets in an ample amount of light.

If you have a single story property and are contemplating the addition of a Gable conservatory, then you will have two options on how to go about the installation process.

The more elegant, but slightly pricier option is to create a dormer in the existing property roof that connects with the pitch of the new conservatory roof. Alternatively, you could use a sloping back pitch which will share the drainage with the house roof. This will then feed into a box gutter system and is the far cheaper alternative.

gable end
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Choosing Conservatory Materials

Carefully deciding on what your conservatory will be built from will not only determine what it will look like, but also how much maintenance it will require. The materials used will also contribute to the warmth of the room and the level of light let in.

You need to choose whether or not to incorporate brickwork into the structure of the conservatory. Having floor-to-ceiling glass will increase the amount of light entering but risks making the room feel like a greenhouse. Adding brickwork can help the building merge into the rest of your conservatory and make it feel part of your home rather than an obtruding add-on. We also suggest insulating any brickwork you have built to help regulate the conservatory’s temperature.

You can also decide whether you’d prefer a glass roof or a tiled roof in Luton. A glass roof will increase light transfer, but a tiled roof will give the room the look and feel of an extension rather than a conservatory. If you prefer the look of a tiled roof, but wish for substantial light entry, then you could consider the installation of a ceiling light. You must remember that when you’re planning your conservatory, the type of glass and other materials used will make a significant impact on the overall temperature of the room.

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