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Introduction to the Contemporary Conservatory
The evolution of the conservatory is tied to the introduction of new building materials and advances in the manufacture of glass to ever-larger sizes, the introduction of double-glazing, heat reflective glass and other innovations.
But over and above all this has been the influence of architects and designers who, having understood how to use new materials, design breathtaking public buildings to enhance gardens and the buildings they are often attached too. It is these conservatories that have captured the public’s imagination and with it created a demand for smaller conservatories for home use using similar designs.
Contemporary Conservatories for Period Properties
Understanding the History of the Conservatory can be important when working on a conservatory design for a property where Planning Permission may be needed and a non-traditional conservatory is required. Planning Departments often start off by insisting that the design for a conservatory should imitate that of a particular period, but a sensitive approach using modern materials within a structure that has a period feel, can sometimes be acceptable.
This is particularly true if oak is used for the frame of the conservatory and is built by craftsmen using traditional carpentry skills. And that is what we do!
Contemporary Conservatories for Modern Properties
A modern property may often appear to have a simple design, but this is often achieved by marrying quality materials and unfussy detailing so that the final design appears natural within its environment. We work to create a harmonious conservatory within this framework so that it complements both the property and the garden.
Some clients seek an all-glass conservatory and these can look very attractive on paper. However, the reality is that they can be expensive to heat in the winter or impossible to keep cool in the summer, even if the latest solar glass is incorporated into their structure.
A conservatory that cannot be used year-round becomes a liability, but a compromise to include some solid insulation against cold weather and summer sun can enable you to own a conservatory you can enjoy year-round. What’s more, it’s important to remember that an all-glass conservatory can be unsatisfactory if it is overlooked by another property, in public view near a road or is planned as a kitchen conservatory, in which last case, ventilation will need to be thoroughly planned to prevent condensation problems.
If you are planning a south-facing conservatory facing onto a garden, patio or deck, you can incorporate fully opening sliding or folding doors into the design that will give your conservatory a wonderful feeling of space in the summer months and make it easier to keep cool. This is very different to the traditional conservatory single, double-door or French door solution and gives the conservatory a modern and contemporary look.
Contemporary Conservatory Inspiration
If you are looking for inspiration for your Contemporary Conservatory design, take a look at the following websites:
The Contemporary Conservatory & Orangery
Orangeries are becoming increasingly popular as a solution to extend a property where lots of natural light is required and we find that many clients looking for a Contemporary, Modern or non-traditional Conservatory would really rather have an Orangery. You can find out more about these as we have several pages devoted to the orangery, the orangery conservatory and the History of the Orangery.