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Conservatory Style Guide

Installing a conservatory is a very effective way to increase the size and value of your property. Choosing the right style of conservatory for your property can be a daunting task, especially with such an array of different conservatories that all have their own unique benefits and features. When choosing a conservatory style, it’s important that it’s in keeping with the architecture of the property that it will be attached to. Conservatories can be utilised for a wide variety of activities from relaxing with a book to entertaining family and friends.


Below are five of the most popular conservatory styles:


This is something that needs to be considered very carefully as you will want to ensure that your conservatory offers you sufficient levels of sunlight. Your conservatory should also provide you with the best possible view of your garden, allowing you to sit back and relax whilst looking out onto your flowers and shrubbery.

Planning permission

Although most conservatories are exempt from planning permissions, some homes will need to obtain this before any building work begins. Failure to obtain planning permission may result in your conservatory being demolished or removed at a later date. If you are willing to invest the time and money into installing a conservatory, you may as well do it properly.


Edwardian Conservatories

The Edwardian conservatory is one of the most common conservatory styles; this is mainly due to its streamlined structure and rectangular shape, making the task of adding furniture a lot easier. The simple structure of this conservatory style allows homeowners to maximise floor space in even the smallest of gardens. The design also provides a generous amount of headroom and creates a real feeling of spaciousness.


Victorian Conservatories

The most classic style of conservatory, the design is traditionally English and works well with a diversity of properties.  This conservatory is characterised by its timeless and multifaceted design that creates a gorgeous curve and adds a touch of grandeur. Victorian conservatories are ideal for properties with large gardens as the design provides multiple window bays that will give you a great view of your garden.

Gable Conservatories

Arguably the most popular of period designs, Gable-end conservatories make use of an attractive high pitched front elevation that culminates in a triangular shape and creates an attractive and distinctive point of difference. Very few styles can match the proud architectural heritage of a Gable conservatory. Similar in style to orangeries and classic conservatories, this style of conservatory creates an attractive front elevation with the windows extending right through to the roof.


Lantern Conservatories

Generally larger in size, Lantern conservatories are very popular among homeowners with period style properties. This style of conservator is characterised by a second layer of vertical windows extending through to the roof, adding extra height to the conservatory. This style of conservatory is perfect for housing small swimming pools.

P Shaped Conservatories

As you may already know, P shaped conservatories are called this because of their apexed roof and P shaped structure. P Shaped conservatories provide homeowners with the option of combining two different conservatory styles, such as Edwardian or a Lean to. P shaped conservatories can also be used to create other layouts including a T-shape or B-shape.

T Shaped Conservatories

T-Shaped conservatories are ideal for large detached properties. The style is very versatile and allows homeowners to create two separate living spaces within one conservatory. The central part of the conservatory extends into the garden, making the garden feel a part of your home. The central projection of this conservatory style can also be utilised to create an attractive and sophisticated porch effect.

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This article was contributed by David at Leekes Conservatories, a family owned home improvement company that specialises in conservatories and conservatory installation.

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