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What are the different styles of Conservatory?

20 August 2020

Perhaps the most frequently asked question we get is to explain the differences between an orangery and a conservatory, something we have covered in a number of previous blog articles. Another common query, however, is to define the different styles of conservatory that are typically designed and added to homes here in the UK. In this latest post, we will take a look at some of these different designs and explain the key differences.

Essentially, the fundamental differentiator from one style of conservatory to the next is the roof structure. A hallmark of every conservatory is a fully glazed roof, but this can be designed and constructed in a number of different ways. These different styles might be required to suit customer taste, planning requirements or to complement the existing property.

Conservatory interior for listed building

Fully glazed roof fills this conservatory with light

Bespoke orangery with lantern roof

Contrast to an orangery with solid perimeter roof

Perhaps the simplest form of conservatory is a ‘Lean-to’ which has 3 sides and uses an existing exterior wall of the host building to form the fourth. Typically rectangular or square in shape with a gradual sloping roof, these conservatories are a good way of increasing the size of your home and living space whilst minimising the impact on your garden.

Bespoke conservatory designs

Classic lean-to conservatory design

Traditional lean-to conservatory

Design can be adapted to almost any setting

A ‘Victorian’ style conservatory tends to have a rounded or bay-aspect front with a number of different facets or sides – these might consist of 3, 5, 7 or even more, depending on the design.  These more ornate, period replica designs became common place during the 1970’s and 1980’s but into the 2000’s the increasing trend for orangeries and garden rooms and solid roof extensions saw their popularity start to fade a little.

Victorian conservatory design

Victorian style conservatory with different facets

Edwardian conservatory design

Edwardian style conservatory with pitched roof

An ‘Edwardian’ (or ‘Georgian’) style conservatory is like a Victorian structure but is usually square or rectangular (flat fronted) and has a pitched roof.

These types of conservatory can be further divided into those with ‘hipped’ or ‘gable end’ style roofs.

A hipped or double hipped conservatory roof features a central ridge with multiple sides sloping downwards towards the walls. Gable roofs tend to be triangular in shape and create two roof sections sloping in opposite directions. The selection of photos on this page help illustrate these differences more clearly.

Traditional conservatory painted timber

Bespoke conservatory with hipped roof

Bespoke conservatory design for Listed Building

Gable fronted conservatory for this Listed Building

Over the past ten years or more, here at David Salisbury, orangeries (with their perimeter flat roofs and central roof lanterns) have overtaken conservatories in terms of popularity.

Whatever trends come and go, there will always be demand for a traditional conservatory extension with a fully glazed roof. Whether this is something ornate or a simple lean-to, the common feature is to allow year round enjoyment of the space linking your house and garden.

Conservatory interior views

A conservatory can open up views like these

Bespoke conservatory with gable ends

Stunning conservatory with twin gable ends

A bespoke David Salisbury conservatory can be designed in any one of these styles and will become your favourite room at home. If you’re thinking of extending your home, whether with a conservatory or other type of glazed extension, we’re ready to give you some expert advice.



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Posted under 'Comment' by Barney on 20 August 2020

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