Conservatory Designs

2010 08 Apr

Victorian Style Conservatories

Posted by admin in New Construction at April 08, 2010

Conservatory Styles

Regardless of whether you own a period property or a modern one, a lean to conservatory can be designed to complement both styles. The roof of the lean to conservatory is relatively simple and less expensive to install as compared to the conservatories with a pitched roof making it an attractive option for many clients. The lean to conservatory can work well with bungalows and even single storied buildings. The slanted roof of the conservatory is braced onto the top elevation by the wall of the property which is why sufficient height needs to be available at the wall end of the building so that rainwater can run off the slope and there still remains enough interior headroom for the users. For such situations the roof of the lean to conservatory can also be made weatherproof and be fitted under the soffit of the building.

Lean to Conservatory Building Considerations

When deciding on a lean to conservatory certain considerations need to be made. For instance, before installing the conservatory you will need to decide on its positioning as well as the use intended out of it. The purpose of the conservatory is to get ample light so wither too little light or too much light can render the entire purpose of the conservatory useless.
A lean to conservatory can be built either on a dwarf wall or glass to the ground. If it is on the former that is, the dwarf wall can help with the insulation for either the cold for north facing conservatories or the heat for south facing conservatories.

The style of the lean to conservatory needs to be matched with the style of the property. For example, if the property is modern then the doors and windows of the lean to conservatory should be made simple and the adornments should be minimal. If the property is a period property then you can add some shape around the window like an arch across the top of it for a Victorian Gothic property. For a Georgian style property, glazed bars can be added. There are a range of styles and designs to choose from to add to your conservatory.

History of the Lean to Conservatory

Originally a popular design borrowed from greenhouses, lean to conservatories were originally built against south facing walls to maximize the heat from the sun while the north facing brick walls would give protection against the cold winds. Blankets of straw or straw bales could also be added to the north facing walls to act as additional insulation.

Many of the lean to greenhouses had walls of glass slanted in way that made the sun’s rays fall perpendicular to it so that during the coldest weather plants could get the maximum heat and light. You can copy this design but to a lesser degree by slanting the front wall of the conservatory away from the vertical to the maximum benefits of the occupants, be it humans or plants.

Alternative Names for the Lean to Conservatory

Lean to conservatories are also known by other names such as Mediterranean conservatory, sunrooms and also, garden rooms.

Shading a Lean to Conservatory

Installing a lean to conservatory has an additional benefit in the form of shading. If you don’t have thermal or tinted glass in the roof to provide the shading then this can be done by simply adding blinds or awning. As long as there is sufficient space available, you can attach the head box of the awning to the wall of the property and the awning can then run flush with the sloping glazing. Electronically controlled awnings are also available that can be electronically controlled to extend when the temperature reaches a certain level or retract when it becomes too windy or if it is raining.

Though its design originated from that of a green house, lean to conservatories have quickly become one of the most desired home improvement options. They add space to your living place naturally and lean to conservatories are economical since as they utilize one wall less this amounts to lesser material and work used. They are also simple in design and are cheapest among all other styles of conservatories. Lean to conservatories can act as greenhouses, living or dining areas and even as kitchens. They improve the energetic balance of your home, provide additional shelter, absorb heat and offer wind protection during colder times of the year.

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