Conservatory design ideas, inspiration & pictures

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 conservatory?

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 Philippines humidity.

2. Why own a conservatory?

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 environment.

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 selection 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 illuminate everything.

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

House conservatories 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 architectural style.

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 entertaining space.

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.

5. Design 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 conservatory area.

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.