Whether you are hoping to enhance living space or boost the value of your property, opting for investing in a conservatory comes alongside a wealth of benefits. And although in the past design options were limited, there are now a host of different types of conservatories, which means that it couldn’t be easier to track down the perfect solution for your family.
Every component of your new space, from the appearance of the exterior to the shape and roof type, can be tailored to fit your requirements, lifestyle and property specifications. However, while endless possibilities are always fantastic, it does mean that you’ll be faced with the tricky decision of which route to go down. So to help you to make your choice, we have put together a guide to each type of conservatories to consider.
7 Different Types Of Conservatories
When considering building a conservatory, one thing that you most definitely will not be short for will be design inspiration. Your final decision will be based on several different factors, including your budget, property style and how you plan to use your new space. Without putting together your must-have requirements from your conservatory, along with features that you like the idea of but are not essentials, you will struggle to determine which type you are best suited to. A conservatory is a significant investment and will transform your entire home, which means that it is vital to choose wisely. To give you a head start, let’s take a closer look at the following conservatory types:
- Lean-To Conservatories
- Victorian Conservatories
- Edwardian Conservatories
- Lantern Roof Conservatories
- Gable-End Conservatories
- Guardian Tiled Roof Conservatories
- Bespoke Conservatory
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The lean-to is the most simplistic style of conservatory, ideal for those who adore a contemporary aesthetic. As opposed to being designed with decorative accents and a lantern-shaped roof, a lean-to conservatory features clean lines with more box-like appearance. Due to their simplistic nature, they are also super versatile, which means that they can easily be altered to the size and specifications of your home. This proves particularly beneficial for those with limited space or a more awkwardly shaped garden, as the frame of a lean-to conservatory can easily be adapted to fit into its allocated area. Moreover, as their roofs are sloped instead of lantern-shaped, they can also accommodate properties that have height restrictions.
There is an abundance of advantages that come alongside a lean-to conservatory, not just those mentioned above. They remain one of the most affordable options when looking to extend your home without having to compromise on quality. One of the most popular materials for building a lean-to conservatory is uPVC, which again is hugely beneficial for your home and more cost-effective. uPVC conservatories are not only available in an array of colours, but they are also significantly more durable. The material will not rot, nor will it rust, which means that you can have peace of mind that your conservatory will remain in pristine condition without much need for maintenance. You can also pair your conservatory with matching uPVC windows and uPVC doors for a cohesive finish that will withstand all elements.
If any older homes already have a conservatory built, it is more than likely that it is the Victorian style. A Victorian conservatory is the most recognisable type, designed with high ornate roofs and multi-faceted walls. They date back hundreds of years, originally being used as sunrooms grow plants from home before being transformed into an additional room in the home. In fact, the overall appearance of a Victorian conservatory has not dramatically changed since its original introduction. Yet, the materials used for the build have evolved to provide enhanced reliability and resistance against damage.
Although the distinct appearance of a Victorian conservatory does perfectly complement a more traditional style home, this most definitely doesn’t mean that it cannot look fantastic against a modern new build. In this instance, many homeowners opt for designing their room with a dwarf wall, which runs along the bottom of the conservatory with glazing installed on top. The number of window facets that you incorporate is entirely down to personal preference, with anything from 3 to 7 sections able to be fitted.
One of the most sought-after benefits of a Victorian conservatory is that due to the majority of the space being glazed, it provides a beautiful panoramic view of your garden. This means that if you are a keen gardener or love to host BBQ’s in the summer, your conservatory will provide the ultimate retreat on a warm day. However, if you are considering incorporating a lot of glazing into your conservatory, we’d recommend opting for a sturdy frame material. Aluminium windows are a popular choice for those who want to maximise glazing, as the robust nature of the metal means that slimline frames can securely hold a lot of glass with ease.
Much like its Victorian alternative, Edwardian conservatories are one of the more traditional routes that you can choose. They are known as the “follow up” to the Victorian conservatory, ditching the overly decorative, ornate appearance for a much more modernised, simple look. The multi-faceted, bay-like design was replaced with a rectangular or square shape, focusing more on providing homeowners with an uninterrupted view of their outdoor space. This is the perfect representation of the Edwardian architectural style, which centred designs on subdued lines to make the space as light and bright as possible.
The most significant benefit of opting for an Edwardian conservatory over a Victorian is that thanks to its rectangular design, it becomes much easier to fully utilise all of your indoor space. There will be no need to pay for custom-designed furniture or storage solutions as you can decorate your conservatory just as you would any other room in your home. If you’re stuck for ways to decorate your space, then Ideal Home has a whole host of interior design ideas to meet everyone’s style.
For those who prefer the idea of an Edwardian conservatory but want to incorporate small decorative features, then there are many ways in which you can do this. The first is on the roof, which can be designed with ‘horns’ along the ridgeline. You could also consider opting for installing a row of smaller windows above the main section of glazing.
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There is nothing more peaceful than stargazing on a clear night, so why not have the opportunity to do this from the comfort of your home through a lantern roof conservatory? Just as the name suggests, this style features a simplistic design but complete with a large window on the roof shaped like a lantern. It is a concept that originates from the initial designs of an orangery but continues to be one of the most popular styles for those looking to transform their home. They can be installed on both flat and pitched roof conservatories, making them ideal for all property types, whether this may be traditional or modern. It is also entirely your choice whether you opt for keeping a simple, sleek roof design or incorporate features of Victorian designs with ornate details.
By far, the biggest advantage of choosing a lantern roof conservatory is that you can guarantee that your new space will be filled with natural light, creating a bright and airy atmosphere. There are also tonnes of advanced roof lights now available on the market, with many being electrical, allowing you to have total control over the window using a remote control. This means that not only can you open and close the window with ease but also improve ventilation. You even have the choice to install an electronically controlled blind so that you can cover the window whenever you wish.
Should you choose the route of a lantern roof on your conservatory, you must keep planning permission in mind. While a vast majority of these builds do fall under the permitted development category, there are a few exceptions. You can find more information on this over on the Planning Portal website.
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A gable-end conservatory is another style that dates such to the Georgian era, meaning that the designs are very similar. Much like a Georgian conservatory, a gable-end features a square or rectangular floorplan focused on allowing as much light to stream through. The only difference between the two is that a gable-end conservatory features a roof that stands upright at the front with two sloping sides that meet in the middle. It is just like the design of a house, meaning that the front of your conservatory will look just like the side of your property does, hence the name ‘gable-end’. Again, it is entirely your choice whether you opt for a plain, contemporary roof or add a touch of tradition through decorative accents on the roofing panels.
The traditional design of a gable-end conservatory includes a fully glazed roof, which is fantastic for creating the illusion of a larger space. However, this does mean that it is imperative to opt for double or even triple-glazed windows to ensure that your room remains at a comfortable temperature. In addition, you could consider applying a heat reduction window film, which is used to not only prevent your conservatory from overheating during the summer but also blocks UV rays from damaging your furniture. This means that you will be free to decorate your new space however you wish without the worry that items will start to fade. The Window Film Company has put together an excellent guide to the benefits of window film for more information.
In the past, one of the most common problems that homeowners with a conservatory encountered was that they found it challenging to keep their room at a comfortable temperature. The space was either too cold to relax in during the winter and unbearably hot over the warmer months, resulting in the conservatory never being used and turned into a room to hoard clutter.
The most effective way to resolve this issue, whether you are hoping to build a new conservatory or simply replace the roof, is to invest in a guardian tiled roof. Guardian tiled roof conservatories are explicitly designed to provide exceptional thermal performance, not only making your room usable all year round but also energy efficient. They are installed in several steps using a host of components that together keep warm outdoor air out and prevent heat from escaping in the colder months.
The appearance of a guardian tiled roof is somewhat modern and does mean that you will not be able to have a fully glazed roof like you would do so when designing a gable-end. However, the tiles are available in an array of different colours to suit your style and can be accompanied by roof windows. As many roof windows as you wish can be incorporated into your roof design, allowing you to reap the benefits of enhanced light and ventilation while keeping the space cool.
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Suppose you love particular components of several different conservatory types. In that case, there is absolutely no reason why you cannot combine them to create your own bespoke design. Although it is likely to take a little more planning and preparation, it does mean that you can create the perfect space for your family, ensuring that you can make the most out of your investment.
For those who do choose this route, we strongly recommend working with only reputable designers and installers to reassure that your conservatory is of the highest quality. The build of bespoke conservatories is often more tedious than opting for a set style, meaning that qualified installers that use the right materials and techniques are vital.
Choosing The Best Conservatory Roof Types
It has never been easier to transform the look and feel of your home through your chosen conservatory roof type and design style. When planning your renovation, there will be an abundance of different options to choose from, meaning that your final space will provide the perfect haven for your family to enjoy all year round. Whether you design a traditional or modern conservatory or a mix of both, you will most definitely reap a wealth of excellent benefits!