Conservatory design and ideas
During the 19th century, the domestic house conservatory first began to boom in popularity. As
construction methods continued to develop, this type of structure
became more commonplace. These days, owning a conservatory is an
ambitious aspiration for lots of elite homeowners, many of whom who
see it as a symbol of middle class living.
The modern conservatory is
a great way to expand existing living space, without having to up and
move to another house. If planned and constructed correctly, it has
the potential to add a great deal of value to a property too. Though
these structures are more popular in American and European countries,
some aspiring Filipino homeowners who have a passion for interior
designing tend to set up the hype for this rare and upcoming piece of
structure. Here’s a useful guide to all the basic things you should
know about house conservatories.
1. What is a
Many Filipino locals may
not be familiar with this type of building structure since most are
used to living with the typical family type of home. Here’s a
better understanding of this new buildup.
A conservatory is a
building or room having glass or tarpaulin roofing and walls used as
a greenhouse or a sunroom. In a residential property, it would
typically be attached to the house on only one side. Conservatories
originated in the 16th century when wealthy landowners needed an area
where they can cultivate citrus fruits such as lemons and oranges.
Municipal conservatories became popular in the early 19th century.
A top quality conservatory
can be used as a recreation room, a dining area, a sun room, a guest
bedroom, or even as a play area. It offers the added benefit of being
open to the back yard, so that sunlight is allowed to bathe the room
in warmth. This means that homeowners can take advantage of the
natural light, without exposing themselves to poor weather or the
2. Why own a
Home conservatories not
only bring a beautiful appeal to your home and an added value of the
property, but it comes in all kinds of advantages to your family and
The best kind of
conservatory is one which is simply designed, because versatility is
a good attribute for this type of space. You really do want a
conservatory which can be adapted to suit all occasions – be it a
dinner party with a friend, an educational planting activity with
your kids, or just a desire to kick back and relax.
A growing trend for larger
kitchens with a dining table or informal living area has had an
impact on the way conservatories and orangeries are linked to the
home. This can be a great opportunity to organized small gatherings
for friends and family enjoying the view of the outdoors.
If you are a keen
gardener, you will be pleased to know that a conservatory is perfect
for nurturing high maintenance plants. The temperature inside the
space stays constant, but is still higher than outdoors, so fragile
flowers can grow unimpeded. They get to take advantage of a warmer
climate, without exposure to harsh weather.
Moreover, there is no
better way to introduce a little color into your life than with a
of beautiful flowers and plants.
They can be perfectly combined with a conservatory, because as soon
as they begin to bloom, and the sun comes out, natural light will
In many ways, a
conservatory helps add flow and natural style. It makes the
transition between rooms smoother, so that life within the space
feels balanced and even. You can drift in and out of a conservatory
as you like, without having to worry about turning on lights, or even
taking your shoes off, if you have a hardwood or tiled floor.
3. Types of
conservatories by architectural design
originated with very traditional-looking styles influenced by the
19th century architecture. As architectural designs developed over
the years, modern styles started to flourish and grow. Here are some
commonly known types of conservatories according to their
The Victorian conservatory
is influenced by a typical 19th century style that has a wide bay
facade, a steep roof, and intricate ridge features. This kind of
build usually has a very classic look, which tends to make it
unsuitable for contemporary properties.
The Edwardian conservatory is another popular
choice for homeowners who wish to expand their properties. The
primary difference between this style of conservatory and the
Victorian style is that the Edwardian is much more cost effective. It
also tends to have a high roof and square walls, unlike a lot of 19th
century builds. In addition, the biggest benefit of an early 20th
century construction is that it is very modern and versatile.
The gable fronted build
shares a similar interior layout to the Edwardian conservatory, as
both are based upon rectangular or square shaped floor plans, which
fully utilize the indoor space. They do differ in the roof style. For
gable fronted conservatories, the front roof panel stays upwards,
instead of being tilted backward. This feature is designed to add
height to the space, and to make the most of. Moreover, this type has
a distinctly church like style, and never fails to introduce a sense
of size and scope to a property.
The P-shaped conservatory
is valuable, because it can either be utilized as a single space, or
it can be separated into two adjacent spaces. For example, it could
be built, and then turned into a naturally lit dining room and
4. How is a
conservatory different from an orangery?
A lot of people do not
fully understand the difference between a conservatory and an
orangery, or a glass house. This is understandable, because the
structures do look very similar. However, there are some key
structural differences, and it is important to be aware of them.
A conservatory, even an
expensive one, will be less structurally extensive than an orangery,
because the latter features a lot of brickwork, and is more of a full
on extension. In addition, conservatories have the added benefit of
increased sunlight, space, and flexibility, without the need for this
costly brand of construction.
The traditional orangery
is a much more contained and private space, so it is usually
enclosed. Yet, both conservatories and orangeries do feature a main
door between the extension space and the primary building, whereas
glass houses are considered to be an organic expansion of the main
property. They tend not to have any separating features.
considerations for conservatories
Whether it’s choosing
the right material for your roof and glazing options or finding the
perfect set of blinds and floor tiles to tie up the space in your
room, designing doesn’t have to be as complicated as it sounds when
it comes to pulling up together all the components of your
A strong ground foundation
is of the essence to consider for your conservatory space. Laying
practical, durable floors is advisable; for best results choose ceramic-tile or natural stone flooring. Natural
looking floors look best since it flows well with the outdoor nature
view of the area.
Blinds are also essential
to protect furnishings, help maintain an even temperature throughout
the year and provide privacy to the room. There is a wide choice of
blinds: retractable pleated blinds, fabric roller blinds and Pinoleum blinds, which are made from strips
of wood. The blinds need to be made and fitted by an expert to ensure
that they are properly supported and it is also advisable to fit an
operating system for high windows.
Double glazing for your
windows is advisable, specifically low-emissivity glass. This has a
metal coating that allows sunlight through but reflects heat from
radiators back into the conservatory. Glass is a preferred choice for
roofing because of its durability and low-maintenance feature.
Polycarbonate is also an option, which is a lighter but durable
material and maybe required in some structures that will not support
the weight of glass.
Flowering plants and
greenery bring the vibrancy of nature into your conservatory. Allow a
budget for growing a garden in potential areas of the conservatory
and installing effective garden lighting.