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Victorian Conservatories

victorian conservatory designHardwood Victorian Conservatories
A superb finishing touch to your home

With their fascination for ferns, fronds and exotic plants, the Victorians were passionate about their conservatories, experimenting with new materials, embellishing them with graceful architectural details.

The stunning Victorian Gothic style conservatory shown here was designed to complement a period home.

The conservatory includes many design features familiar to anybody with some knowledge of the Victorian Age; the windows and doors in the conservatory have a gothic shape, there are hints of complicated asymmetrical shapes in the roof glazing and a steep roof mirroring the roof of the existing property. The roof is finished with fleur-de-leys crestings and finials while the interior has a floor finish typical of the period.

The whole sits harmoniously with the existing property and looks like it has been there since it was built rather than being a recent addition. However, it has the advantages of modern double glazing, electrically controlled ventilation and under floor heating for cold winter days.

The conservatory was built in oak and has a painted exterior to match the exterior of the property it is attached too. The interior has been stained dark brown, again typical of the dark colours used in this period of Victorian architecture, but the stain does emphasis grain of the oak.

Victorian conservatories typically had delicate frames and thin lightweight glass. The challenge was to achieve this look and meet modern Building Regulations together with the installation of heavy double-glazing. Structural engineering took substantially longer than normal and the solution was to use steel posts clad with oak. And so we can now offer Hardwood Victorian Conservatories.

Victorian conservatories used wrought iron to achieve their curvilinear roof structures and we had to achieve a similar design using oak. The solution was to create the roof beams from short pieces of timber, steamed and laminated to create the curves. This had to be repeated for each roof beam within fine tolerances, as the next stage required the installation of the curved double-glazed roof that had to fit exactly.

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