Living in Style: Pick the Right Conservatory for Your HomeTerohan Nula March 9, 2015 0 COMMENTS
Despite their higher price point, hardwood conservatories remain a popular choice among enthusiasts and homeowners. After all, a hardwood conservatory enhances a property unlike any other decorative element can, giving any home a dash of old-time elegance. Thus, many choose to have hardwood conservatories constructed.
As wood is a sustainable material, replanting efforts make sure the trees used in producing these conservatories can be replenished. Still, it helps to consult with your suppliers if the material they sourced is sustainable. In addition, there are a number of factors to think about before you go ahead and have a conservatory constructed. Read the following tips from Joinery For All Seasons to make the process much smoother and avoid headaches in the long run.
- Aesthetics. Hardwood conservatories come in a variety of styles and designs — either traditionally styled or irregularly shaped, small or large, espousing Edwardian, Victorian or Georgian styles. A pitched roof, bay windows, and other ornate details are staples of Victorian-style conservatories; on the other hand, Georgian and Edwardian styles are regal, but adhere more closely to geometrical symmetry and occupy a wider area.
- Materials used. Perhaps the most oft-used material for these conservatories is English oak, followed by pine, cherry, mahogany, cedar, and even less popular options like idigbo. Regardless of type, manufacturers prioritise the condition of the wood (i.e., how appropriate it would be to use for construction purposes) and the closeness of its grain.
- Permissions. Make sure to secure a permit prior to having conservatories constructed, particularly for buildings and conservation area housing.
Types of Conservatories
- Contemporary conservatories. These are typically characterised by large folding doors, adequate exposure to sunlight, frameless glass structures, and a clean, well-organised design.
- Maintenance-free conservatories. Using aluminum to shield its outer sides from the harsh beating of the elements, maintenance-free conservatories are built with self-cleaning glass to truly minimise maintenance operations.
Other design elements to consider are colour, cresting, and door and window hardware. Make sure to plan the project well to achieve the best results.