A conservatory is typically a room with a glass roof and glass walls, attached to a house or sometimes a standalone room. When choosing a type of conservatory for your house, its necessary to think about what you want to use it for. Traditionally, this room is used as a sun lounge on a warm summer day, to grow delicate plants in a controlled environment or as an extension to the living room.
Types of Conservatories
Although conservatories seem to be pretty straightforward, there are many different types to choose from.
A Victorian conservatory traditionally has a ridged roof and is round from the inside with a bayfront.
Edwardian / Georgian
An Edwardian or Georgian conservatory is similar to Victorian conservatories but have a flat front and are more rectangular in shape.
Gable conservatories have front windows that meet the roof to give the room a feeling of light, space and grandeur.
Orangeries are similar to Edwardian or Victorian conservatories but traditionally have a rectangular floor plan. These usually have solid brick pillars and large glazed windows to create a bright open space.
It’s important to think about the material used to construct a conservatory since this will be one of the major factors in determining how warm the room is, how much it will cost, what it looks like and how much sunlight is in the room in any particular day.
It is popular for some conservatories to have no brick at all and are made of glass completely. Although these conservatories look stunning to the naked eye, it doesn’t do much to control the temperature in the room. Depending on the season, it may be too hot or too cold and may almost be uncomfortable to sit in for most people, it’s important to take this into account to make sure your investment is worthwhile. Adding insulated brickwork will help regulate the temperature of the conservatory to make it feel less like a greenhouse and more like a bright, comfortable space to have brunch with your family on a late Sunday morning.
Choosing glass can be a daunting task but is crucial to have the perfect conservatory for your home. Thermally efficient glass stops heat from escaping and is ideal for places that are fairly cold all year round. Reflective glass or anti-glare glass reduces the suns glare which is ideal for summer. Self-cleaning glass is a great option to keep your conservatory as low maintenance as possible!
Wooden window frames and doors add an elegant and homey effect but can be pretty hard to maintain. This is why most people opt to use uPVC (unplasticized polyvinyl chloride) for their window frames and doors because of its easy maintenance. Metal frames are a lot stronger than wood or uPVC. However, it is one of the more expensive options, which is why people tend to avoid them in their conservatories.
Armed with this information, you should have no trouble building the ideal conservatory for your home. It really isn’t as intimidating a task as it seems and having a transformed home, in the end, will definitely be worth it!