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A countryside orangery extension full of character
A countryside orangery extension full of character
Westbury Garden Rooms
Set comfortably in the Northamptonshire countryside, this family home oozes character with the addition of a Westbury Orangery. Transforming the southwest aspect of the building with its two sides of joinery, the orangery has been finished externally in the shade ‘Westbury Grey’. Perfectly complementing the existing window frames and rich Grey colour from the roof tiles. Internally the doors and windows have been painted in the shade ‘Wash White’ to reflect the homeowners light and airy interior style.
Private Residence - Peterborough
Private Residence - Peterborough
Clement Windows Group Ltd
Home improvements specialist QKS have extensive experience in dealing with heritage sites and Grade I and II Listed Buildings. The owner of this listed property approached them to carry out a garden room/kitchen extension with the emphasis on filling the space with natural light. The old kitchen had been starved of daylight and the client wanted a social living/eating space that connected to the garden. 8 x Clement 3 Conservation Rooflights were specified in a slate profile to bring light into the extension. These were not only in keeping with the exterior of the property but also look fabulous inside too.
The Grinsel's
The Grinsel's
Joanne Hodges
This is an example of a country conservatory in Other with a wood burning stove, grey floors and a standard ceiling.
Chelsea Cottage
Chelsea Cottage
Joy Flanagan Design
Mark Williams Photographer
Inspiration for a small bohemian conservatory in London with a glass ceiling and light hardwood flooring.
Gwendolyn
Gwendolyn
Unique Homestays
Unique Home Stays
Vintage conservatory in Cornwall with terracotta flooring, a standard ceiling and red floors.
South London reModel
South London reModel
Graham Holland
Graham D Holland
Photo of a contemporary conservatory in London with light hardwood flooring, a skylight and beige floors.
Mrs Parmenter - Three Room Transformation
Mrs Parmenter - Three Room Transformation
Holly Ambrose Interiors
This is an example of a traditional conservatory in Essex with carpet, a glass ceiling and beige floors.
Manoir la foret, Guernsey
Manoir la foret, Guernsey
Clear Living Ltd
Structural glass box designed and installed onto this pool building in guernsey. Glass supported of Mortice and tennon joints to complete the framelesss look.
Pelham Place
Pelham Place
Jo Cowen Architects
Inspiration for a small classic conservatory in London with dark hardwood flooring, a glass ceiling, brown floors and no fireplace.
St Albans, Hertfordshire
St Albans, Hertfordshire
RLDC
Design ideas for a large contemporary conservatory in London with white floors.
F Road
F Road
MH Costa Construction Ltd
Inspiration for a classic conservatory in London with no fireplace, a glass ceiling and grey floors.
Lantern Hale Terrace
Lantern Hale Terrace
Pride Road Manchester
Beccy lane posimage
This is an example of an eclectic conservatory in Manchester with dark hardwood flooring, a skylight and brown floors.
Spider!
Spider!
Unagru Limited / Davide di Martino Architect
Attilio Fiumarella
Contemporary conservatory in London with ceramic flooring, a standard ceiling and multi-coloured floors.
The Bolton's Iceberg
The Bolton's Iceberg
EMR Architecture
This is an example of a contemporary conservatory in London.
Barnes
Barnes
Spencer & Wedekind
Benedicte Drummond
Inspiration for a classic conservatory in London with medium hardwood flooring, a glass ceiling and brown floors.
Modern orangery in Hampshire
Modern orangery in Hampshire
Anglian Home Improvements
An orangery is a truly modern added living space - it combines all the benefits of a conservatory with an extension, in that it's a particularly strong and stable structure with a beautiful glass roof.
Grade 2 Listed Cottage
Grade 2 Listed Cottage
Forbes Rix Design
This is an example of a classic conservatory in London with a glass ceiling and grey floors.
Crafting A Timber Frame Home | Surrey
Crafting A Timber Frame Home | Surrey
archangels ARCHITECTS
Alistair Nicholls Photographer
Traditional conservatory in Surrey with a skylight and beige floors.
Georgian country house extended with a beautiful orangery that blends harmonious
Georgian country house extended with a beautiful orangery that blends harmonious
Vale Garden Houses
Bespoke orangery internal view with open views to the garden
Conservatory in Other.
The Sanctuary - South West Cornwall
The Sanctuary - South West Cornwall
Post and Beam Ltd
Photo of a country conservatory in Cornwall.
A conservatory, garden room or orangery is a decidedly British and Irish home extension: a room that allows us to enjoy our outdoor space without having to brave the unpredictable weather. Originally a type of glass house or greenhouse where plants could be grown in sheltered conditions, the modern conservatory now offers flexible entertainment space. Your conservatory can serve as an additional living area, a garden room, a spacious dining room or an open-plan kitchen; all flooded with the extra light that a glass extension will give you.

What conservatory style should I choose?


A lean to conservatory is the most straight-forward garden room structure with a slanted roof that appears to lean on the original house wall. If you’re looking for a small conservatory then the simple rectangular design of lean to conservatories makes them ideal for bungalows and properties with small gardens.

The Victorian conservatory is the most common style, with an elegant shape which features a rounded end wall. An Edwardian conservatory is built similarly, but with a rectangular shape that is perhaps more space-efficient. L or P-shaped conservatories combine the styles of both Victorian and Edwardian garden rooms, and offer a versatile space that can be split into separate areas.

Contemporary garden rooms with large glass walls are fantastic additions to modern homes or extensions and can create stunning exteriors. However, designs like these do use a lot of space and could require special planning permission. If you don’t have space for a large, contemporary garden room and you aren’t a fan of the uPVC conservatory, orangeries or sunrooms may appeal more; the structure is sympathetically designed to appear consistent with the style of the house.

What is an orangery?


They are both glass-walled and -roofed structures, but what is the difference between a conservatory and an orangery? The traditional orangery has a longer history ‐ it became popular in the 17th Century when homeowners wanted a place to grow citrus plants (e.g. orange trees, hence ‘orangery’) and so built structures, either stand alone or incorporated into their homes, with glass walls and roofs, similar to greenhouses.

The conservatory is actually believed to have developed from the orangery after the fashion for growing citrus plants died down. However, homeowners still wanted a place to grow other tropical, herb or shrub plants that would allow sun and warmth into the house in summer and allow the plants to survive in winter.

Today, the real difference is in the construction. Orangeries are considered traditional extensions with masonry walls and more standard Victorian structures, whereas modern conservatories can be more varied and made of a range of materials, including timber, uPVC or aluminium.

What type of conservatory furniture do I need?


Chances are your conservatory furniture will see a high amount of direct sunlight. Keep this in mind when choosing pieces, since some fabrics and materials can quickly fade or become uncomfortably hot. Outdoor furniture will generally stand up well to the heat and light exposure of sunrooms and orangeries, but don’t be afraid to mix and match with indoor pieces as well. Wicker, seagrass and rattan furniture items are good options, while you might want to steer away from metal and leather pieces which will get hot in the sunlight. Installing conservatory blinds or shades that can be drawn when the room isn't in use is a smart way to prolong the life of your sunroom furniture when the space is not in use.

Whether you want inspiration for planning a conservatory renovation or are building a designer conservatory from scratch, Houzz has 58,286 images from the best designers, decorators, and architects in the country, including Jo Cowen Architects and Clement Windows Group Ltd. Look through conservatory photos in different colours and styles and when you find a conservatory design that inspires you, save it to an Ideabook or contact the Pro who made it happen to see what kind of design ideas they have for your home. Explore the beautiful conservatory ideas photo gallery and find out exactly why Houzz is the best experience for home renovation and design.
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