Ask anyone what image comes to mind when they think of the term ‘conservatory’ and many of us will still think of a 1980’s white uPVC style extension. Perhaps one that is too hot in the summer and too cold in the winter? Thankfully, with the advances in modern glazing and building specifications, that analogy has long since become outdated.
Whilst orangeries and garden rooms have tended to be more popular in recent years, their solid roofs making them ideally suited to kitchen extensions for example, a well-designed and built conservatory still has an unmistakeable elegance.
To make the very most of your views and maximise the flow of natural light, a conservatory, with a fully glazed roof, should certainly be considered amongst the options to extend your home. So to help kick start your thinking, we’ve selected 5 inspirational conservatory designs, each of which are bespoke but will show different examples of what is possible.
Maximise Ceiling Height
If you’ve got the height available, why not maximise it? The vaulted style design of the interior roof space, shown above, adds to the feeling of height and increases the size of the space.
This conservatory is packed full of classic design features but is rounded off internally with some beautifully contemporary interiors. French doors on all 3 sides of the conservatory ensures the room flows seamlessly from inside to out.
Classic Lean-to Style
A lean-to conservatory is perhaps the simplest form of design for this type of glazed extension – but that doesn’t mean economising on style. The design of the windows and doors emulates the existing building, so as to blend in, whilst the Pebble White paint finish combined with brass hardware provides a clean, fresh finish to what is a beautifully effective conservatory.
Creating An Indoor/Outdoor Space
Like many period properties, this beautiful Welsh country house, suffered with a lack of light. This east-facing conservatory was designed with twin gables to complement the beautiful period detailing of the existing home roof and window frames. This is the very essence of an indoor/outdoor space.
Side Extension Ideas
More often than not, conservatories are designed as single storey rear extensions, but they can also work just as well as a side extension. This project in Worcestershire is a good example, improving the use and enjoyment of the garden as a relaxing and entertaining space.
Barn Conversion Conservatory
For something completely bespoke and eye-catching, how about designing a conservatory into a barn conversion? This design has transformed what would have otherwise an area lacking natural light.
This unusual design with its central gable is now the focal point for this barn conversion, opening up views of the impressive garden and surrounding landscape.
If you have previously discounted a conservatory from your home extension options, perhaps it is time to think again. These designs combine style with year round enjoyment, successfully joining house and garden in each case – so is time to re-think the conservatory?