When looking to add extra space to your home or improve the value of your property, conservatories are a great option. Not only are they an attractive addition to your home, providing a bright room full of natural light, but they are also cost-effective when compared to other options for helping to improve the liveability of your house, such as extensions or moving home. As an added bonus, conservatories can also help you achieve a 5% increase on the estimated value of your house.
There are a wide range of conservatory types to choose from. This can make it a bit of a challenge to decide which one is right for you and your property, but not to worry, we’re here to help you understand the options available and the differences between them.
Firstly, when deciding on your new conservatory, think about what you want to use it for. Do you need extra space to entertain guests? A large conservatory with an impressive roof that offers additional living or dining space may work well. Or maybe you need a playroom for the little ones or a relaxing, cosy space overlooking the garden to escape from the stresses of modern life, in which case a smaller conservatory might suit your needs.
Different conservatories lend themselves better to different functions and home styles. Be sure to think about what you want to use your new conservatory for and read through the different types below to see which option seems best.
A very popular conservatory design with a bay front, pitched roof and ornate roof ridge. Victorian conservatories provide a classical look. They can be shaped into regular or rectangle shapes, or even with a hexagonal base depending on the shape of your home and garden – their multi-faceted walls will provide an elegant and rounded edge. This more complex layout can make them a popular option for additional living space.
You can even have a Victorian conservatory moulded against more than one wall if that’s what you would prefer. A Victorian conservatory can suit all styles of home whether it is a period property or a new build as they can be designed to fit with your home perfectly.
Georgian conservatories are usually more likely to be built in a simple yet sophisticated square or rectangle shape. They often have glazing made from smaller panes too to reflect the fashions and window of the Georgian era so can work well with period homes. The simpler style makes them ideal for tranquil, relaxing lounge areas.
Edwardian styles are more similar in structure to Georgian conservatories, reflecting the increased simplicity of buildings of the era. However, unlike the small panes found in most Georgian designs, Edwardian conservators are likely to have larger clear glazed sides to the room so think about which style best suits your tastes and your home’s aesthetic.
Sometimes called a Mediterranean conservatory, this is the simplest type of conservatory and is generally a good option if your budget is lower.
Lean-to conservatories are simple structures to build and won’t detract from the overall look of your property. Rectangular in shape, lean-to conservatories have a sloping roof that reaches from the top of the furthest wall of the conservatory to meet the house’s external wall. They are usually built against one or two walls of the home – though they can be adapted to lean against up to three walls.
A spectacular concept that is somewhere between a conservatory and an extension – orangeries are great spaces to use as elegant dining rooms. Orangeries utilise less glass than conservatories, incorporating a more substantial structure. You will usually find an orangery has a roof made up of less than 75% glass, with more emphasis on brickwork and roof tiles.
Tiled roof conservatory
If you want the best of both worlds, a conservatory with a SupaLite could be a perfect choice. With this option you will benefit from the full impact of the large glass panes for the walls, meaning there’s no compromise on natural light. You’ll also enjoy the added benefits a roof provides – such as increased energy efficiency and additional interior design options, which can make them a great option for creating cosy living space, perfect for everyone to enjoy.
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