The History of Conservatories + Modern Options.


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This post will cover first the history of Conservatories, and then the types which can be bought from Three Counties, the collaborators of this post. Based in Surrey, England, Three Counties specialise in conservatories, doors, and windows. Providing services and expertise for England.


A Brief History of Conservatories

The development of the conservatory, an outbuilding attached to a building considered to be a guest area. Is linked to the development of the distortion-free sheet glass. It was the middle of the 18th century during the Industrial Revolution when architects could finally build delicate buildings with glass as a dominant material.

Crystal Palace designed in 1851 was the first of these structures to be exhibited to the public. It was quickly standardised for the Victorian Middle Class and has ever since been susceptible to personal taste. For countries in Europe, the add ons were great at holding extra warmth in the house, especially during winter.

The original structures were made with iron and glass. They aimed to bring a certain part of the home more into nature. These Iron structures were done away with in the 1920s due to rust issues. The 19th century was a Golden age of conservatory building in England, largely due to the English love of gardening. Kew Gardens, for example, is an example of a Greenhouse built in the iron and glass style.

Conservatory building largely came to a halt by the start WW2. Newer conservatory developments in the 1970s introduced floating glass. Modern conservatories are now limitless. The homeowner can choose from a range of materials, and designs range from Georgian to Edwardian.

Modern conservatories now vary from being used as family space, to sunrooms, to greenhouses.

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Types of Modern Conservatories

These are some examples of modern conservatories on offer through Three Counties. The collaborators of this post.

  1. Traditional – A traditional conservatory is a three sided extension added to your property that is sympathetic to the look and size of your home. This three sided extension can add a feeling of space to your home and give you that extra room you have always wanted. The most popular styles in the UK tend to be Victorian and Georgian.
  2. Orangeries – A combination of a traditional house extension and a conservatory. Orangies came to fashion in the 17th century and were a statement of wealth as only the richest could afford them. If you are looking for the feel of a traditional extension with the beautiful views of a conservatory then an orangery could be just what you have been looking for.
  3. Glass If your home suffers from lack of daylight then a glass veranda extension will solve that problem and make your room feel light and airy. With their contemporary style and elegant finish, they are taking the traditional garden room to the next level.

If you’re not sure whether you need planning permission for your conservatory, contact Three Counties.


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