Choosing the conservatory design that will complement your home and garden is exciting, especially if you know something about architecture or design. But your ideas may be compromised by the space that is available or the need to get planning permission approval for your conservatory and it is sensible to ask a conservatory designer with experience of these issues for help and advice.

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Conservatory design has evolved over the years influenced by architectural styles, improvements in materials such as double glazing and more recently by the introduction of low-cost under-floor heating systems and the need for insulation to save on energy costs.

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In addition to the overall architectural conservatory designs, conservatories are often described by their style of specific shape:

Domed Conservatory – traditionally a domed conservatory referred to a grand design like that at the Great Conservatory at Syon Park, but more recently it describes the dome-shaped roof light inserted into the roof of an orangery or flat roofed conservatory.

Gable Conservatory – usually seen in Georgian and Victorian style conservatories it refers to the triangular shape under the end of the pitched roof of the conservatory, where the top of the triangle meets the ridge of the roof. It will often include a fanlight using an intricate design and/or coloured glass. A good choice if you have a period property and you need to negotiate with Planning Officers to get planning consent.

Lean To Conservatory – a modern style characterised by a slanted roof braced on the top elevation by the wall of the property it is attached to. The simple roof design can be less expensive to build than a conservatory with a pitched or flat roof, but can be impracticable if the height available at the wall of the property doesn’t give sufficient slant and headroom at the opposite end.

P Shaped Conservatory – describes the floor plan of the conservatory in which the vertical line of the P will usually be a narrow lean to design attached to the property, while the semi-circle of the P opens out further into the garden. This design allows you to create a large space as it can extend across the entire wall of a property.

Sliding Door Conservatory – increasingly popular as the folding or sliding doors enable you to open up between 35% and 95% of a wall directly onto the garden. It’s important to specify a good quality sliding door mechanism as double glazed doors are heavy and you will want to close them quickly if it starts to rain!

T Shaped Conservatory – like the P Shaped Conservatory, the T Shape also refers to the floor plan of the conservatory. In this case the horizontal top line of the T will usually be a lean to design structure attached to the property, while the vertical line of the T extends into the garden in a traditional or modern style.

Lantern Conservatory – a feature of many famous Victorian conservatories, the two-tiered roof that a lantern provides adds to the ceiling height and gives a feeling of real space. The second tier of windows can include coloured glass and opening windows to increase ventilation. These will probably need to be electrically operated due to their height from the floor of the conservatory.

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