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2nd September 2020  |  News

How to Choose the Conservatory That’s Right For You

A conservatory is the perfect solution with open plan living being more desirable than ever, along with the need for more space. Whether you want an additional area to relax or cosy up in, a seamless transition between home and garden or extra space for entertaining or do we dare mention Christmas? (…emergency chairs anyone?)

With so many options out there, how do you know which is the right kind of extension for you?

(P.S. You can get free replacement frames with every solid roof replacement and buy one get one free on all windows until 24th December)

Conservatories

Conservatories (or glazed extensions as they are often referred to) are far more advanced than they used to be, gone are the days of being too hot in summer and too cold in winter, leading to an unused neglected space. New glazing technology means your conservatory is no longer a greenhouse, the natural heat is retained and glare reflected, resulting in a room that can be used all year round.

You aren’t restricted to a glazed roof either – a solid tiled roof expands your living, dining or kitchen area into a versatile space with the look and feel of a brick built extension without the cost of building one. Available with a range of tile colours to match your home’s roof and glazed panels to flood your home with natural light.

They can also be retrofitted to existing conservatories, making them the ideal conservatory roof replacement for old glazed or polycarbonate roofs.

Another great thing about conservatories is that whether you have a new build or a period property there is a design to suit. It can be overwhelming when you’re faced with making a choice between all the different styles, so here’s our handy guide…


Victorian Conservatory

Victorian conservatories were the most popular choice of conservatory for years until very recently, when it was overtaken by the lean-to. Designed to replicate the designs of the 16th century, when they were in fact built by the Victorians to keep exotic plants and foliage alive through the winter months!

Victorian conservatories were the most popular choice of conservatory for years until very recently, when it was overtaken by the lean-to. Designed to replicate the designs of the 16th century, when they were in fact built by the Victorians to keep exotic plants and foliage alive through the winter months!

They typically feature a bay-window style front with either 3 or 5 windows, with a steep pitched roof and ornate ridge details, enabling you to create a spacious room whether you have a small patio area or large garden.


Edwardian

The Edwardian conservatory, also referred to as Georgian (just to confuse matters) is similar in style to the Victorian, however it is square or rectangular in shape. Still featuring the steep pitched roof, giving you a vaulted look and a bright airy room, it’s ideal for a dining or additional living area. This imposing style allows you to maximise floor space while maintaining a traditional character.


Lean To

Currently the most popular style, the lean-to conservatory has had a bit of a modern revival, thanks to its simple but very stylish, sleek design – they look stunning in anthracite grey!

Allowing maximum space in an economical style, they have a shallower variable pitch, making them ideal for homes with limited space under the eaves – such as bungalows. The rectangular shape means they’re perfect to make the most of your additional space, no matter what you choose your room to be – no arguments please!

An added bonus, they’re also very finance-friendly thanks to their simplistic design, making them a very cost effective choice. 


Gable

Particularly well suited to period properties (one being Beningbrough Hall not too far from us, just outside of York) and sharing many similarities with Edwardian or Georgian, Gable-End conservatories create the feeling of grandeur and opulence to any home.

The traditional apex roof combined with a fully glazed front elevation it not only impressive, but floods your room with natural light. Often called ‘the sunburst’ the front of a gable conservatory can be glazed in a way that it resembles a rising sun.

A striking and versatile choice that’s also square or rectangular in shape, giving you the maximum amount of space to plan a delightful interior.


Combination Conservatory

Did you know that conservatory styles can be combined? Think Tetris for conservatories!

Choose a mix of Edwardian or Victorian, with a Lean-To – ideal to create two separate living areas in one. Or even a Lean-To with a Gable creating an impressive central projection – finished off with elegant French doors leading out into your garden.

There is just 2 possible ideas, you’re limited only by your imagination – Our expert design consultants at our showroom can help you create your perfect combination.


Orangery

Orangeries offer a twist to traditional conservatories. A combination of brick pillars with glass (rather than all round glazing), an orangery makes an elegant extension to any home, adding a touch of high-end luxury, with practical living.

The lantern roof allows for natural light, while the pelmet around the perimeter allows for those finishing touches such as spotlights or speakers.

Create a seamless link between home and garden with classic French doors or space-saving sliding patio doors, or how about bi-fold doors for uninterrupted views.


So there we have it, the definitive guide to all things conservatory and orangery. If there is anything we’ve not covered, just drop us a message on Facebook, email or give us a call.

If you’d like to see all of our conservatories for yourself, pop down to the biggest showroom in Yorkshire. Situated between Barnsley and Doncaster, we have a whole host of conservatory styles for you to explore and some great room inspo to boot.

And don’t forget to take advantage of our limited time offer

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Post by Nikki Dunbar