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The Stylish Sunhouse: How to Design Your New Conservatory

The decision to build a conservatory is never a small one. It represents a pretty sizeable investment in the future of your home. So, it needs to be carefully planned and considered. On the other hand, if you’re sure that you want and can afford a build like this, there’s no reason you can’t have a bit of fun with it.

There are more styles of conservatory than you might think. Ipswich is home to a great number and they come in all shapes and sizes. The thing about conservatories is that they can be shaped to fit your lifestyle. If it’s extra space you need, a longer hipped to structure is a great choice. If you want to do a little sun worshipping, try a big, broad gable conservatory.

This guide to the most popular conservatory styles will help you plan and design your own.

The Edwardian

You may have heard Edwardian conservatories referred to as ‘Georgian.’ In most cases, they are the same thing and the terms are used interchangeably. This is a broad, flat fronted style which makes excellent use of floor space. This is the design for you if you’re trying to squeeze out a fully functional room for play, study, or utilities.

The Victorian

The Victorian is, perhaps, the prevalent of conservatories in Ipswich. It is a common sight in suburban neighbourhoods. The design is defined by a bay front, with big windows. This façade is sometimes slightly curved (to incorporate five bays). It can also be combined with a pitch roof. Many people choose the Victorian because it has that classic conservatory aesthetic.

The Lean To

The Lean To (or Mediterranean) style is the most affordable. It is perfect for homeowners on a tight budget, as less structural work is required. Essentially, Lean To conservatories just sit alongside the house instead of fully connecting to it. They work in much the same way as Georgian or Victorian structures, but they cost substantially less.

The Gable

This style is very similar to the Edwardian, with the difference being that its roof doesn’t slope back to the centre. Like its counterpart, it is a great way to maximise space. Gable conservatories are big, bright, and let lots of light in. They are a good match for family rooms and spaces for entertaining.

The Combination

If you’ve got lots of room outside to play with and a big budget, you can really splash out and create a combination extension. These are often referred to as ‘P’ or ‘L’ style structures, because that’s what they look like from above. For instance, if you combine an Edwardian conservatory with a lean to, you’ll get a P shaped space. It’s a lavish way to do things, but if you have the money, time, and room, there’s nothing stopping you.

The Bespoke

Depending on which retailer you work with, you could design your own style of conservatory. This is useful in awkwardly shaped areas, which aren’t suited to the regular boxy structures. It requires a little more planning and preparation, but your contractor will be able to help you draw up blueprints and designs. They’ll also give you advice on how to stay within your budget.

For more tips and advice on designing the perfect conservatory, click here to visit Admiral Home today. Or, call 01473 659 062 to contact a local team and arrange a consultation.