Conservatories remain a sought-after addition to properties across the globe. From the ability to enhance natural light and maximise living space, along with avoiding the need to move home, there is an abundance of benefits to making the investment. However, when researching into the different types of conservatory styles, it can often be somewhat tricky to determine which option is best suited to your home. To help you make the right decision, we have put together a guide to the five most popular conservatory types.
The Different Types Of Conservatory Styles For Your Home
As conservatories grow in popularity, there are now many different ways that you can add a unique twist to your new property addition. As an experienced conservatory company in Billericay, we’ve been lucky enough to work on many different homes in both the town and the surrounding Essex areas. The conservatory types mentioned below are all styles that our team specialise in, which means that they are more than happy to answer any additional questions that you may have. So, without further ado, let’s take a closer look at the many options available when considering a conservatory.
Often referred to as a ‘Pavilion’ conservatory, the Gable is designed in a versatile square or rectangle shape. This can either be as one single space or an L-shaped alternative to maximise space. It features a combination of the styling of an Edwardian conservatory, balanced with the details of a Georgian; both of which we will delve into later in our article. The focal point of a Gable conservatory is always the roof, which has one upright side, most commonly at the front, with the rest of the sides sloped. This instantly creates a luxurious aesthetic, similar to those seen in a stately home.
The overall appearance of a Gable conservatory is rather elaborate, mainly thanks to the styling of the roof. The sloped edges meet in the middle in a triangular shape, which is finished with the flat front, often designed with various beams to create geometric patterns. For the remainder of the conservatory, large-scale windows are installed, most commonly floor to ceiling, accompanied by French doors. Due to the nature of a Gable conservatory, it is most popular in older properties as opposed to new builds. It perfectly complements the historic charm of period properties, without compromising on adding a modern twist.
When installing a Gable conservatory, homeowners can enjoy plenty of natural light, thanks to the large roof and plenty of windows. This creates a bright and spacious room, which can be used for any purpose. During the design process, many opt for installing sleek conservatory blinds to make the room feel more cosy and homely. In addition to maximised light, the shape of the Gable also means that it can accommodate any type of furniture. With this in mind, there will be no need to invest in bespoke furniture as due to the square or rectangle shape, any standard items will fit.
Named after the reigning monarch at the time, the Victorian conservatory features all of the elegance that you can expect from a period-style property addition. The design itself is a little more intricate than its alternatives, which means it is best suited to those who want to steer clear from a minimalist, contemporary appearance.
Victorian conservatories are characterised mainly by their bayfront, which is accompanied by three to five sides, technically known as faucets. Due to this, the Victorian does not have a solid square or rectangular floorplan, but more a circular area, which again, can have endless uses. Similarly to the Gable conservatory, the roof of a Victorian is very ornate with many homeowners opting for a “lantern” roof design made with many panes of glass. When building the foundations, a ‘dwarf wall’ is often added, which is brickwork that runs along the bottom of your conservatory. This is used to create a more solid feature to the design to break up the extensive use of glass.
For those with a large garden to accommodate their new addition, a P-shaped Victorian conservatory would be ideal. Instead of a single circular area fitted to the exterior of a property, a P-shaped Victorian is designed to run along the width of your property with the circular section attached to the end – resembling the letter ‘P’, hence the name.
One of the most significant benefits of a Victorian conservatory is that every component can be tailored to your style. While bi-folding doors are the most popular addition, almost any door or window type will complement the aesthetics of a Victorian conservatory. The multifaceted design also means that homeowners can enjoy a panoramic view of their garden, which is particularly beneficial if you live in a rural area surrounded by picturesque landscapes.
As one of the most cost-effective conservatory choices, the Lean-To style continues to be incredibly popular across the UK. Unlike the Gable and Victorian alternatives previously mentioned, the Lean-To has a contemporary aesthetic, incorporating a simple design and clean lines. This makes it ideal for those with a more modern property designed with a minimalist theme. The Lean-To conservatory has many different names, such as a Mediterranean conservatory, sunroom or garden room; all of which are based around the rooms ability to trap sunlight in your home, making it a comfortable temperature all year round.
In terms of design and functionality, the Lean-To couldn’t be more flexible. With a rectangular floor plan, flat sides and a sloping roof facing in just one angle, you are free to customise the space as much or little as you wish. You can choose to either incorporate low-level brickwork through a ‘dwarf wall’ or opt for sleek all-glass sides and ceiling. The style can also be designed in any size, which means that the Lean-To conservatory is the perfect addition, regardless of the scale of your property. Even if you own, for example, a cottage or bungalow and have limited space, a Lean-To can be adapted to accommodate your requirements.
Due to the modern approach taken when designing the Lean-To conservatory, many different colours are available depending on the style of your existing property. uPVC doors and windows are also often incorporated due to their versatility, reliability and durability. More information on the benefits of uPVC windows and doors can be found on the DGCOS Ombudsman Scheme website.
Edwardian or Georgian Conservatory
Edwardian and Georgian conservatories are often grouped together as one as the design and materials used are incredibly similar. Unlike their Victorian alternatives, these styles adopt a more simplistic aesthetic, trading the ornate design for a less fussy appearance. The floorplan is a straightforward rectangle, which is accompanied by a pitched roof designed with three sloping edges. These then meet together in the middle by a decorative ridge line to add a touch of class to what would have otherwise been a somewhat simple conservatory type. If you would like more information on the difference between the range of period-style conservatories, take a look at Compare Conservatory Cost.
One particular feature that makes the Edwardian or Georgian conservatory stand out from the crowd is the positioning of windows. Almost all conservatories that fall under this category incorporate a row of small windows which run across the top of the frame. These are then followed by larger panes, which together, cover around one-third of sides. The bottom section of the conservatory, just like the other types, feature brickwork in the form of a ‘dwarf wall’.
Similar to a Lean-To conservatory, there are many different ways that you can add a personal touch to the Edwardian or Georgian. Not only can you use uPVC as the frame material which comes in an array of colours, but you can also customise the roof. Although conventionally, the style includes a three-sided roof, there are four-sided alternatives available should you wish to achieve more of a lantern-type appearance. If you are less keen on the idea of an all-glass roof, then there are many different options, such as concrete tiles or quarried slates.
As there are a number of different conservatory styles available, it can often be tricky to decide which option is best suited to your property. If you like the features of more than one different conservatory type mentioned above, then you can choose the Combination route, which allows you to customise your own design. A Combination conservatory enables you to combine the most sought-after characteristics of different types to create a space that fits with all of your requirements. Whether you want the modern design of a Lean-To, but like the ornate roof appearance of a Gable, then these can be combined to create a unique appearance.
Of course, the most significant benefit of a Combination conservatory is that you do not have to limit yourself to just one option when picking styles. It allows you to design a conservatory that truly makes your property stand out from the crowd, whether this may be through a large-scale roof lantern or geometrically designed panes of glass. A Combination conservatory is also the ideal choice for those with an unusually shaped property or garden as every component can be installed to fit seamlessly into even the most awkward of contours. You are free to experiment with any sizes or shapes that you wish to create a space that works for your family and lifestyle.
The Perfect Addition To Your Property
Choosing a conservatory that best suits your property specifications, requirements and personal preferences will take time to ensure that you make the right decision. Whether you go down the traditional Victorian route or opt for a contemporary Lean-To alternative, every component can be tailored to create a functional space for your family. If you are yet to decide on the use of your new space, we suggest heading over to Ideal Home for a host of great ideas and Holloways for furnishing inspiration. From an open-plan living room to a dining room, the possibilities are endless!
Last, but most definitely not least, if you are searching for a reputable conservatory company in Basildon or the surrounding areas, then do not hesitate to contact Crown Windows & Doors. With years of experience transforming homes, our team will design and build a space that brings your vision to life!