Conservatory Designs & Styles

An Introduction To Conservatory Styles

Small garden conservatories became popular in the second half of the twentieth century, as greenhouses, for conserving plants, and for recreational purposes, as a solarium or sunroom. Conservatories are also often used as an extra room rather than for horticulture. Most modern conservatories are small, due to space constraints, and can be made of PVC, wood, and glass, and are added to houses and gardens for home improvement purposes, and recreation or leisure.

Conservatories can be built in different shapes, styles, and sizes and building or adding a conservatory to your home is a relatively simple way to increase the habitable space in your home. You can either build your own conservatory with a DIY kit or hire someone to custom build it for you. Some of the different styles are as follows:

Conservatory Styles

Gable Front Conservatory

The gable conservatory is a light and modern conservatory that brings your garden into your home. A Gable Front Conservatory is recognisable from its rectangular floor plan and triangular frontage. A major feature of this style is that the front elevation windows extend to meet the apex of the roof. This helps to maximise the feeling of light and space and create a feeling of great height within the conservatory.

P-Shape Conservatory

A P-Shaped conservatory refers to the floor plan of the conservatory in which the vertical line of the P will usually be a lean-to design structure attached to the property, while the semicircle of the P could be a Victorian or Edwardian design in harmony with the lean-to part of the conservatory. Bespoke conservatories, such as a P-Shape offer increased flexibility in design and increased usability.

Victorian Conservatory

The Victorian is the most popular style of conservatory, thanks to its impressive versatility and its ability to complement most types of property. It can be distinguished by its steeply pitched roof and its use of ornate detailing along the roof’s center apex (called the ridge). Victorian conservatories have 3 or 5 facets, these are the angles of the conservatory that give it a curved appearance and provide maximum space.

Edwardian Conservatory

An Edwardian (also referred to as Georgian) style of conservatory is similar to a Victorian. The main difference being a rectangular floor plan which maximises the use of internal space. Edwardian conservatories are more understated in design and therefore detract less from the visual impact of the main property.

If you need more space and do not want the hassle of moving to a another house with some greenery around, then adding a conservatory to your home could be a perfect and cost effective solution.

A conservatory will provide an elegant addition to your home and will become the centre of summer activity. See more at
Conservatory Styles
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