Victorian & Edwardian Conservatories

Victorian Conservatories

This style is very reminiscent of a traditional sunroom, with ornate roof lines and usually 5 or 6 faceted sides in the shape of a pentagon or hexagon, used often for p-shaped variations on larger rooms.

Victorian conservatories look the most like traditional sunrooms that appeared during the time of Queen Victoria and have the most ornate and elaborate roof lines with many having quite intricate details on such things as ridges & gutters,

Many examples of Victorian conservatories use infill panels in the surrounding glass & low level brick dwarf walls as design features.

Elements characterising this design are the faceted sides as mentioned before, using normally 5 or 6 panels, however this shaped floor plan can cause some furnishing frustrations for smaller rooms as placing your chairs & tables becomes art because the room is basically circular so give it some thought as a lean-to may be more practical.

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Edwardian Conservatories

conservatoriesWith a more regular rectangle floor plan Edwardian conservatories tend to create more of a feeling of space and can be more suited than Victorian Conservatories when it comes to properties with limited space.

Once again, infill panels & low level brick dwarf walls are popular design features for this type of conservatory, but full glass sides do give a much lighter feel to the room.

With modern double glazed units being very thermally efficient, having full glass sides is not going to create a big problem with heat loss.

Hipped & Double hipped roofing sections give better ‘headroom’ than most and can really make the conservatory feel spacious.

Building a Conservatory

It’s worthwhile considering at outset what you are going to use your conservatory for.

Let’s say you use it as a kitchen extension, then you may need a lot of power outlets for appliances and also you may need to consider extra ventilation due to cooking.

Creating  a new opening from the main house to your conservatory can involve you in building regulation compliance issues and in order to qualify as a “permitted development” and not require planning permission there are quite a few rules to adhere to.

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