The addition of a conservatory is a very popular home improvement project, providing homeowners with valuable extra space without having to go to the effort and cost of building a standard extension or moving home. If you’ve never seen yourself as a 'conservatory person' you might want to take a look at some of the fantastic contemporary options out there today.
Conservatories have moved on a lot from the initial designs that sprung up in the 1970s and 1980s. Technological developments such as energy efficient glazing and effective heating and ventilation systems have enabled the development of new conservatory designs – many of which will challenge your idea of a traditional conservatory.
» Glass extension
Made from glass and aluminium, a glass extension offers a modern, stylish alternative to the traditional conservatory and makes a bold design statement. This kind of conservatory is perfect for homeowners with a contemporary sense of style and, with its expanses of glass, creates a light, airy space that offers unobstructed views of the garden.
» Tiled roof extension
For something that looks a little less like a conservatory and a bit more like a part of your home, you might want to go for a tiled roof construction. With roof tiles and brickwork matched to the main house, this type of conservatory has the look and feel of a standard extension and is perfect if you are looking for an additional room that can be used as an office, extra lounge or guest room.
» Living roof construction
A living roof construction offers the best of both worlds. Like the tiled roof option, it can be designed to give the impression of a standard extension, but with a part-glazed, part-plastered ceiling that makes it feel like a 'real' room while still letting in plenty of light. This type of conservatory is particularly suited to dining rooms and open-plan kitchens.
» Open plan living
Open plan living is a current trend in interior design and today’s modern conservatories lend themselves perfectly to this aesthetic. By using glazing with a high energy efficiency specification that satisfies building regulation requirements you won’t need to install a door between your conservatory and the rest of the house, enabling you to create a truly open plan space that flows smoothly from the rest of your home. Complete the look with bi fold doors which help to provide a seamless link to your garden, enabling you to blend the best of indoor and outdoor living.
» Tailored for you
When it comes to contemporary conservatory styles, there are lots of different options out there. In order to choose the right one for you, think about the style and structure of your existing home, your available budget, how you plan to use the room and, of course, your own personal taste.