Conservatory Types: Overview

Modern conservatories come in a whole host of different shapes, sizes and designs, which means you can get really creative with the type of conservatory you choose for your home. The design of your conservatory will play a big part in determining both the cost and the functionality of your new room, so it’s crucial you understand what your choices are and how to buy the right conservatory. Here’s a quick rundown of some of the most popular types of conservatories available to help you decide what’s best for you.

Victorian conservatories

The Victorian style conservatory takes its cues from the elegance and effortless beauty of the homes of the Victorian era. Standing out from the house, this conservatory typically has a rounded end with multi-faceted windows and a pitched roof. It suits the majority of houses from period to modern, and creates a large amount of useable space.

Victorian Conservatory

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Edwardian conservatories

The Edwardian conservatory style maintains the elegance and beauty of the Victorian, but with a more uniform, rectangular or square base. The roof is pitched on either side and the door can be either on the sides or the end. The angular base means it really maximises the available space, and makes this type of conservatory particularly good for dining rooms or play areas.

Edwardian Conservatory

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The true orangery is technically not a conservatory at all, but is still worth considering if you want a beautiful, useful space in your home. Rather than having walls made mainly of glass, the orangery will have solid stone, brick or wood walls but with large windows and a glass roof or large skylights. They typically use a rectangular floor plan for maximum light and space.


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A lean-to conservatory will have a rectangular base and a pitched roof that leans onto the house itself. They tend to be smaller in size, but are a fuss free, inexpensive way of creating and extra room when there is not much space outside. They suit modern homes and bungalows, creating valuable additional space and a lovely bright, airy room in which to relax.

Lean To Conservatory

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P-shaped conservatories

As you might expect, a p-shaped conservatory looks like the letter ‘P’ when viewed from above. Typically, they take the form of a Victorian conservatory at one end, with a narrower lean-to design leading off from that. These designs are great for larger houses with plenty of outside space, and can be split into two rooms inside, making them highly flexible in terms of use.

P-shaped conservatory

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T-shaped conservatories

A t-shaped conservatory combines the Victorian or Edwardian conservatory into a capital ‘T’ shape, with the top of the letter adjoining the main house and an extra area projecting out into the garden. They look incredibly elegant, and can be very functional as the inside space can be separated out to create two rooms, or to create a large room with a porch area inside.

T-Shaped Conservatory

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Custom conservatories

With a good designer on hand, you can create a completely custom conservatory for your home. By combining elements like the lean-to and the Victorian, you can design a bespoke conservatory that is everything you dreamed it would be. Conservatories can wrap around two sides of the building, work around garden features and embrace the unique shapes and character of your home to perfection when you design your conservatory from scratch.

Bespoke Conservatory

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