Introduction to the Lean To Conservatory
A Lean To conservatory can be designed to complement modern or period properties and be an attractive design for many clients as the relatively simple roof can be less expensive to install than on conservatories with a pitched roofs.
With its slanted roof braced on the top elevation by the wall of the property it is attached to, the Lean To conservatory can work particularly well with single storey buildings, or bungalows, providing there is enough height available at the wall end of the property to provide a slope for rainwater to run off and sufficient interior headroom for the users. In this situation, the Lean To conservatory can be fitted under the soffit of the building and then made weatherproof.
Lean To Conservatory Building Considerations
Before deciding to install a Lean To conservatory, you should consider how the Conservatory Positioning and what use you will be making of it. Too much, or too little sun; can make a conservatory less useful than you may have thought.
A Lean To conservatory can be built with glass to the ground or on a dwarf wall. If it is on a dwarf wall, it can help with insulation from either the cold, for north-facing conservatories, or heat if you are planning a south-facing conservatory.
In a Lean To conservatory attached to a modern property you may wish to keep the doors and windows relatively simple and add little adornment to the structure. However, for a period property you can consider adding some shape to the window surrounds by adding an arch across the top of the window for a Victorian Gothic style, or by adding glazing bars for a Georgian Style. We are happy to advise on the best ways to incorporate any design features like these that you may want adding to your conservatory.
History of the Lean To Conservatory
The Lean To conservatory was originally popular as a design borrowed from greenhouses. They were often originally built against south-facing walls so that the glass would maximise the heat from the sun, while the north-facing brick wall gave protection against cold winds. Further insulation was often added to the north wall in winter by the addition of a blanket of straw or straw bales.
Many lean-to greenhouses had slanting walls of glass perpendicular to the sun ’s rays on the shortest days of the year when the plants needed most warmth and light. You can copy this technique to a lesser degree by angling the front wall of a Lean To conservatory away from the vertical, for the benefit of the occupants within whether they are human or plants!
Alternative Names for a Lean To Conservatory
Shading a Lean To Conservatory
One further benefit of installing a Lean To conservatory is that if they do need shading and you don’t have thermal or tinted glass in the roof, this can easily be provided on the exterior by an awning or blind. Providing there is sufficient room available, the headbox of the awning can be attached to the wall of the property and the awning can then run flush with the sloping glazing. The awning can be electronically controlled to extend when the temperature reaches a certain level and retracted when it becomes windy or when it rains.
We are always happy to advise on Lean To Conservatory design, so please contact us if you have any questions or wish to meet one of our designers.