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Which conservatory suits you?

September 14, 2012

Are you thinking about adding a conservatory to your home, but not sure what style would suit your house and reflect your family’s style? Edwardian, Georgian, T-shaped, P-shaped, Victorian… there are so many to choose from, it can be difficult to decide. Here at Nolan, we love to lend our expertise to ensure you pick the perfect choice for you. So let our conservatory style guide help you pick the ideal conservatory for you and your family.

Firstly, there’s the Edwardian Conservatory

What does it look like?

Edwardian conservatories are characterised by their classical, straight lines which are typical of the Edwardian era, as well as its distinctive pyramid roof.  The square or rectangular floor maximises floor space making it one of the most practical conservatories around.

Who would it suit?

Even though this conservatory represents an Edwardian style, it does suit both traditional and contemporary homes.  The additional space is perfect for large or growing families, whether it’s designed as a tranquil place to get peace and quiet or a place for entertaining guests. The great thing about this conservatory is that it can be personalised in whatever way you please.

The Georgian Conservatory

What does it look like?

The Georgian conservatory boasts similar floor space to the Edwardian style, yet the sloping roof style is higher which gives the feeling of more height and space. Due to the fantastic high ceiling, the conservatory will be flooded with light – making it the most bright and uplifting room in the house.

Who would it suit?

This is an ideal choice for families who like to maximise floor space as much as possible without destroying too much of the garden. The tall ceiling would be perfect for big plants and tall furniture.

The Victorian Conservatory

What does it look like?

The Victorian conservatory takes its elegant design ideas from the turn of the twentieth century. Its bay front gives a rounded effect, which along with a ridged roof, makes it suitable for modern and older houses alike. Typically with three facets, the Victorian conservatory can also be designed to with five or more facets to give a more rounded appearance.

Who would it suit?

This kind of conservatory would suit families wanting to make the most of their garden through the panoramic windows. If you’re the type of person who loves to nestle in a comfortable chair, this conservatory is perfect as the shallow corners create window bays – the ideal place to put your favourite furniture.

The P-Shaped Conservatory

What does it look like?

A P-shaped conservatory combines the Edwardian style with a lean-to conservatory. It can merge two living areas together, for example, a lounge with an office space.

Who would it suit?

This conservatory would suit families who want maximum versatility as with this style of conservatory you can combine two rooms together. This style of conservatory is particularly suitable for larger properties due to the vast proportions needed.

The T-Shaped Conservatory

 What does it look like?

The T-shaped conservatory, like the P-shaped conservatory, allows you to merge two rooms into one. The central part of the conservatory projects onto the garden, which is ideal for families who want to have the sense of integrating their garden into their home, and create a porch effect.

Who would it suit?

This conservatory tends to suit larger houses with generously sized gardens. It’s great for families who want to utilise their space into two rooms, and would also like the conservatory to complement their garden.

The Gable End Conservatory

 What does it look like?

A gable end conservatory is square or rectangular in style, similar to a Georgian or Edwardian conservatory. The front of the conservatory remains upright rather than sloping back to the centre and is often described as the ‘sunburst effect’ as it looks like the rising of the sun.

Who would it suit?

Gable conservatories are especially suited to period homes due to the stately grandeur produced by the stylish front elevations. This conservatory is great to transform small gardens, and their high roofs, which create significant bursts of light, are a great feature to complement many homes.


The Corner Infill Conservatory


What does it look like?

As the name suggests, this conservatory fits neatly in between two walls. It’s the perfect way to utilise a garden corner or an extra piece of land without intruding too much on the garden. They can often have extraordinary designs but are great for maximising the area they inhabit.

Who would it suit?

This conservatory would suit families who want a cost effective conservatory. It’s a cheaper option because it usually only requires the construction of two outside walls. It’s also ideal for making use of unwanted and underused garden space.

The Orangery

What does it look like?

An orangery is more room-like than most conservatories, as they use less glass. Originating from renaissance Italy, orangeries have a classical architectural style, making them a beautiful addition to any home.

Who would it suit?

This type of conservatory suits anyone looking to extend their home, who will appreciate the additional light and space offered by an orangery.

We hope this guide helps outline the range of choices available to suit any home. If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch for a no obligation chat.

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