The building of conservatories as extensions to a house has become very popular. Conservatories can be used for a huge variety of activities from relaxing morning newspaper-reading to entertaining guests to simply providing a spacious, bright and comfortable area for the family to go about their daily business. There are numerous designs, companies and styles available to suit each and every household and buyer, but finding and choosing the ideal type of conservatory can be a little confusing at first. Below is a brief explanation of the main styles of conservatory available:
The Victorian style conservatory is one of the most popular around for various reasons. It has an impressive traditional look that can be easily distinguished by its steeply pitched roof and the rather ornate and detailed designs along the ridges of the building. The front is curved giving an attractive rounded appearance. These features offer the conservatory a very classic effect making them particularly suited to older houses, although Victorian conservatories also often go well with more modern homes too. The design is usually available in either 3 facet or 5 facet styles, with the 5 facet-design giving an even more rounded appearance.
The Edwardian style conservatory, often also referred to as ‘Georgian’, is fairly similar to the Victorian type and is equally popular. The major way in which these two styles differ is that the Edwardian conservatory has a flat, as opposed to curved or angular, front. This gives the conservatory a more understated look and also makes a good use space with its economising rectangular internal space. Given, the simple and straightforward design, these conservatories are suited to the majority of properties of all styles.
The Lean-to style conservatory typically has a rectangular base that makes the best use of the space available. The roof then leans onto the main property, giving the style its name, in a simple and straightforward fashion. The clean and uncomplicated design offers the conservatory a more modern feel and this style is generally suited to any kind of property. Although they are versatile in this way, they are particularly well matched with single-storey houses with little space under the eaves or, given their versatility of specific design, houses which provide a limited or awkward space to place the extension.
Gable style conservatories can be easily distinguished by the sense of impressiveness and grandness they offer the property. Like other styles, these conservatories also attempt to maximise the use of internal space with its rectangular or square base. Also like some other designs, the front of the extension is flat, but the roof is where the similarities stop. Instead of an understated Edwardian or Lean-to style, the Gable conservatory roof adds grandeur as the front of the roof remains vertical instead of sloping backwards. This adds a sense of height, light and space to the inside of the conservatory.
Also on offer are various other designs, many of which combine two or more different styles. P and T-shaped conservatories, for example combine Edwardian and lean-to styles and are ideal for maximising space and fitting into a certain house shape and these can be specially customised.