Lean to Conservatories:
As one of the simplest conservatory designs with flat sides & a single sloping roof, lean to conservatories are very suited to smaller areas where space is at a premium. However, it is also fair to say that when some thought goes into the look of the room that they can look spectacular.
Because of the rectangular footprint, they are easy to live with in terms of furniture, as there are no curves or awkward areas to deal with, and when you have the luxury of being able to use more area, they can really stand out when fitted with panoramic bi-fold doors.
Any glazed opening window sections & doors will feature multi-point locks and for vulnerable areas toughened or laminated safety glass can be fitted and, as a money saving feature. Poly carbonate roofing can be substituted for fully double glazed ceiling panels, with tinted options in opal or bronze available.
A modification on the lean-to style is the veranda conservatory, these designs have the front edge of the roof line extended by a few feet creating a protected area immediately outside the room.
If you also extend the sides of the conservatory, then you can create a place that is well protected from the weather all year round.
Pavilion, Gable or P, T & L-Shaped Conservatories:
Variations on basic designs such as pavilion, gable, P, T or L shaped conservatories come into their own when you have the space to build a medium to large size conservatory, with many example featuring solid ‘in-fill panels or brickwork ‘dwarf walls. When used selectively, these dwarf walls can really have a great impact on the whole look of the conservatory and give the room a more permanent look & feel.
Pavilion & gable conservatories are generally rectangular in appearance, whilst P, T or l shaped conservatories are named after the basic outline of the floor plan. P-shaped conservatories are usually a combination of a lean-to & Victorian conservatory. These designs are not best used when space is tight.
You can, of course, use floor to ceiling glazed wall sections, but may need to incorporate horizontal or vertical blinds to manage the sunlight that comes in.
Most conservatories can be fitted with low-emissivity energy efficient glass which improves the overall thermal performance of the room, with toughened glass being recommended for doors and areas of high traffic.