Conservatories date back to the Victorian era. In a similar way to orangeries from a bygone era of the 17th century the conservatory also became popular for the more affluent home owner for growing indoor plants as by then advances in heating options and glass improvements made the building of these structures for relaxation and plants a more useful space.
The image to the right is a fine example of an early conservatory built for the Horniman Museum and Gardens in Forest Hill London which was commissioned in 1898 and opened in 1901 which was designed by Charles Harrison Townsend.
There are many fine conservatory companies around today and it would seriously test their design skills to recreate this today and as to cost it would be best to suggest extremely expensive. This designer was clearly way ahead of his time and is a magnificent example of an early conservatory.
THE MODERN ERA OF CONSERVATORIES
Over the last 35 years we have seen many changes in conservatory design. In the early 1980s the conservatory was a very inexpensive purchase made from aluminium which was no more than a converted greenhouse. Later in the late 80s we saw the expansion of the double-glazed P.V.C.u conservatory which was priced to suit all people’s budgets. The design options were very limited. As time passed into the 90s conservatory designs became far more adventurous and we saw improved designs in timber as well as P.V.C.u.
MODERN CONSERVATORY DESIGN
Nowadays there is a full choice of materials to build conservatories. P.V.C.u is still the number one conservatory choice for buyers mainly due to the advantages of price.
Hardwood and aluminium is now an extremely popular choice for the more discerning buyer. It is our opinion that building a conservatory in timber or aluminium is much more likely to add value over time and may well give you a better return on your investment.
Conservatories have more glass than orangeries in the roof and over the years the glass industry has made major advancements in glass technology with Solar control and insulating glass making glazing for conservatories that can be used all year round.
With this advance in glass home buyers are using conservatories to add extra space for a new dining room play room or just that extra space to enjoy the garden all year round.
To the right is a fine example of one of our timber conservatory structures built in the mid-90s.
For a more traditional design choice you cannot beat using timber as you can see from this interior of the same building it makes for a lovely room.
It is hard to believe but traditional design is a dislike for many people that love clean lines.
Aluminium as a material choice is the best example of conservatories with a minimalist look loved and hated in equal quantities by potential buyers.
To the left is a very modern glazed masonry orangery come conservatory design with bi folding doors in RAL 7016 Anthracite grey.