5 Conservatory Styles That Add Value

Posted May 6, 2022 by in Decor

If you are considering adding a conservatory to your home to help add value to your property, you may be wondering which type of conservatory may be best for you. There are many different types of conservatories. This article will go over the different types of conservatories that can add value to your home. 

Lean-To Conservatory

A lean-to conservatory is very similar to the original Mediterranean sunrooms. These conservatories are very simple and feature clean lines. 

Lean-to conservatories are the most affordable option when it comes to conservatories. However, the budget-friendly price doesn’t mean that they lack any element of style or quality. Some lean-to conservatories can be a very dramatic statement piece on your home and can significantly increase your property’s value. 

The style of a lean-to conservatory is mostly described by the roof shape. This is a roof that slopes away from the house. The roof can come in varying heights and lengths, which add to the uniqueness and character of your particular conservatory. 

Lean-to conservatories are extremely versatile and come with various style options that allow you to make yours look unique. They are great for properties with a small outdoor space or a low roofline. They also work very well when built onto bungalows. 

Victorian Conservatory

If you are interested in a classic, traditional conservatory, a Victorian conservatory is probably the best option. A Victorian conservatory features an ornate gothic appearance. It has an apex roof style that often features spike finials and crests. 

Most conservatories are usually flat at the front, whereas a Victorian conservatory is rounded at the front. Similar to a bay window, a Victorian roof has a faceted front. This effect allows for maximum views of the garden and makes the inside of the conservatory seem very spacious. 

This style of conservatory is perfect for traditional homes. Victorian conservatories require a certain roof height and aren’t the best choice for bungalows or new-build modern homes. 

Edwardian Conservatory

An Edwardian conservatory is quite a grand feature of the home. The styling of this type of conservatory sits somewhere between a traditional Victorian style and an orangery. 

The main difference between an Edwardian style conservatory and a Victorian-style conservatory is that the Edwardian style is square at the front. In contrast, a Victorian style is rounded at the front. The rectangular shape of an Edwardian style conservatory helps to maximise the available space and can add a considerable amount of living space to your home, helping to significantly increase the value of your property. 

The styling of an Edwardian style conservatory is more subdued and has a less ornate finish than that of a Victorian-style conservatory. This is great for those who prefer the subtle style of traditional appearance. 

A hip-back Edwardian conservatory has four roof facets that create an apex, making it appear like a separate roof from the house. These types of conservatories are great for homes with a low roofline or for bungalows. 

Gable-End Conservatory

A gable-end conservatory is defined by its upright roof that looks exactly like the gable-end of a building. Instead of the roof sloping backwards, there is a full height to the apex of the roofline that appears at the front end of the conservatory. This feature helps to add grandeur and the additional height of the roof helps to maximise the internal space. 

The construction elements of a gable-end conservatory are based on the Edwardian style of a square frame. However, there is extra space on offer due to the gable roof. 

Inside a gable-end conservatory, it feels like there is much more space available and the light from the outside floods into the room. The floor plan of this type of conservatory makes it very versatile and practical. The layout makes it very easy to use and incorporate furniture. 

The grand style makes this type of conservatory perfect for traditional homes and some modern properties. However, it will need enough roof height on the house in order to accommodate the apex. 

As an alternative, a gable-end conservatory can be combined with a hip-back roof. This makes it great for bungalows and homes with a low roofline. 

Orangery 

Orangeries were once originally used by the wealthy in Southern Europe as a type of outhouse where they could grow oranges, lemons, and limes. 

This Mediterranean style of conservatory is defined by the design and the use of bespoke pillars. This type of conservatory is rectangular in shape and designed to maximise the floor space. It is also designed to provide a much more solid feel than a fully glazed conservatory. 

An orangery is a type of home extension that has a glass roof. The glass roof typically covers less than 75% of the overall roof materials. It will feature glass walls, and the glass will usually cover at least 50% of the wall materials. 

Orangeries are most commonly found in smaller homes. They tend to have a much more solid roof than traditional conservatories with the use of a lantern and flat roof or with an internal pelmet around the perimeter of the room’s ceiling. These types of conservatories are usually much more insulated than traditional conservatories due to the insulated pillars that they feature.