Types of Conservatory
The Different Types of Conservatories
Picking the right style of conservatory for your property is just one of the big decision you will have to make. First of all, it’s important to be clear about the amount of space you want to give up to this kind of construction. This isn’t a problem if you have a big garden but can be more difficult if you only have a small space to work with.
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Conservatories are defined by their shape and arrangement of windows as well as the type of doors they have installed. Here just some of the types of conservatory that you can choose from:
This is perhaps the most popular type of conservatory simply because it suits many house styles. It usually comprises a bay front with three or five facets, a pitched roof and ornate ridge at the top. Within this style you can find variations such as more gothic appearances which is one of the aspects that makes the Victorian conservatory such a favourite.
There is a minor difference between Edwardian conservatories and Victorian ones. Both have a pitched roof but Edwardian ones tend to have a flat front and are more square or rectangular in shape. Both can include a mix of glass and brick walling or can simply be made of entirely glass.
Lean to Conservatory
Also known as a Mediterranean conservatory, the lean to is the basic design for conservatories and comprises a box shape with a sloping or flat roof and is ideal for homes that have limited space, particularly bungalows where there is a natural height restriction. It is often seen as a cost effective but attractive options for many homeowners and is great for catching the winter sun. There are several different types of lean to conservatory including:
- Hip Roof Lean To Conservatory: Has a sloping roof rather than a flat one. You can add variation with the size of panes of glass and whether you have something like a dwarf wall included.
- Raked Lean To Conservatory: This has glazed frames on the side that let in more light.
P Shaped Conservatory
A classic design for a conservatory if you have the space, this has a longer section with a box on the end that forms the shape of a P. There is more choice here and you can use it to create two living spaces or just one and you can have it in both Edwardian and Victorian styles. If you want a more bespoke solution you can also opt for a T or even a B shaped conservatory.
Gull Wing Conservatory
If you want a more interesting shape then a gull wing conservatory may provide what you are looking for. Larger than ordinary conservatories it tends to have to panels facing away from the main building and is a particular style of lean to.
Gable Front Conservatory
Gable fronts have the Edwardian square style but with a sloped roof that gives the impression of more space. Because of the style they work very well with older properties.
If you have a period style property then you can do a lot worse than choose a lantern conservatory. Larger than most installations the difference is in the roof where there is a second level of windows that give it the appearance of lantern.
Of course, if you have the money you can get an architect to design your conservatory from scratch and have it installed to your exact specifications. This can mean your build is perfectly tailored to its surroundings and there are plenty of installers who now work with households to produce these kinds of solutions. That means you can not only incorporate designs from different styles but also dictate the type of double glazing and frames you have installed.
With so many shapes and types available our advice is to make sure that you take your time before committing to a particular design. Doing your initial research on what is available will mean it is easier to make the right choices when you begin to invite installers and suppliers to quote on the work.