You may long for a conservatory but are afraid it will detract from the appeal of your period property.
But by choosing the right type of conservatory, you can actually add to the charm (and value) of your home.
A traditional Victorian conservatory
From the middle to late 19th century, architectural fashion was for elaborate detail with features such as panels, columns, eaves and arches.
Our Victorian conservatories are designed in this style with a pitched roof, ornate ridge and bay window frontage. The structure will blend seamlessly with Victorian style properties to enhance the existing architecture.
A Victorian conservatory can also bring character and personality to a more modern house.
An elegant Edwardian conservatory
In the reign of King Edward VII from 1901 to 1910, architecture became less ornate than the elaborate features found in the Victorian era. This understated style continued for the duration of the first world war.
A classic square-look Edwardian conservatory is made up of three sections that slope upwards from the outer edges to meet at the centre ridge. The conservatory can also feature a series of small windows at the top of the frames.
Our Edwardian conservatories offer a choice of design that can be part-brick or glass-to-ground. This flexibility of design makes the conservatory a suitable addition to both traditional and contemporary houses.
A classic gable front conservatory
If you have gable features on your property, you can opt for a conservatory to complement the external appearance of your home.
Our gable front conservatories are characterised by the upright front panel and high roof slope. The beauty of this shape is that it offers maximum light and space. You can choose to have a part-brick wall construction or a full height wall on one side.
The roof ridge runs the full length of the conservatory and the abundance of natural light makes this a popular choice for different types of properties.
A Mediterranean orangery
Orangeries were considered the height of luxury and sophistication and became a feature of elegant residences between the 17th to 19th centuries.
As the name suggests, they were built to create an environment where orange and other fruit trees could be grown. With Italian origins, orangeries were architecturally adapted over the decades to suit the climate of different countries.
Orangeries have a higher proportion of brick to glass than conservatories – originally, they were constructed as standalone buildings in the garden. However, they later became more popular as an extension to the house.
An orangery is square or rectangular in shape and has a brick base, a flat perimeter roof and a central roof lantern. Because of their solid construction, orangeries have been used as dining rooms and reception rooms.
Originally built from brick and timber, modern orangeries can now also include uPVC in their construction.
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